Thomas Bäck is full professor of computer science at the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS), Leiden University,The Netherlands, since 2004. His research interests are in the areas of evolutionary computation and related heuristic search and optimization methods, and in algorithm configuration and predictive analytics – with a strong emphasis on industrial applications. In combinatorial optimization, he is also working on exploring the potential of quantum annealing for solving such problems. In his work with industrial partners in the industry 4.0 domain, he collaborates with companies such as, e.g., BMW, Daimler, Honda, Tata Steel, and KLM. Thomas Bäck has more than 300 publications and authored a book on evolutionary algorithms, (Evolutionary Algorithms: Theory and Practice). He is co-editor of the Handbook of Evolutionary Computation and the Handbook of Natural Computing, and co-author of the book Contemporary Evolution Strategies (Springer, 2013). He is editorial board member of a number of journals and has served as program chair for major conferences in evolutionary computation. He received the best dissertation award from the Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI) in 1995 and is an elected fellow of the International Society for Genetic and Evolutionary Computation for his contributions to the field. In 2015, he received the IEEE Evolutionary Computation Pioneer Award for his contributions in synthesizing evolutionary computation.
Evolutionary computation and related heuristic search and optimization methods, and in algorithm configuration and predictive analytics – with a strong emphasis on industrial applications