Xiaodong Li, PhD, Associate Professor

School of Computer Science and Information Technology, RMIT University

GPO Box 2476, Melbourne, 3001, Victoria, Australia
Office: 14.08.14B (City Campus)
Email: xiaodong.li <@> rmit.edu.au
Telephone: +61 3 99259585
Facsimile: +61 3 96621617

Consultation time: every Friday between 4:30 - 5:30pm

*PhD scholarships available for strong PhD candidates (APA, IPRS, RPIS, RPS, VCPS). Preferences will be given to students with excellent academic records, already published in quality journal or conference venues, and strong in maths.   

Professional activities 

IEEE Senior Member.

Associate Editor, the journal of IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation.

Associate Editor, the journal of Swarm Intelligence (Springer).

Associate Editor, the International Journal of Swarm Intelligence Research (IJSIR)

Chair, Task Force on Large Scale Global Optimization, IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (from 2012).

Vice Chair, Task Force on Swarm Intelligence, IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (from 2012).

Member, Task Force on Evolutionary Computation in Dynamic and Uncertain Environments (ECiDUE), IEEE Computational Intelligence Society.

Member, Intelligent Systems Applications Technical Committee (ISATC)IEEE Computational Intelligence Society.

Member, Technical Committee on Soft Computing, Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, IEEE.

Member, IEEE Computational Intelligence Society.

Vice Chair, Computational Intelligence Society Chapter, IEEE Victorian Section, Melbourne, Australia.

Member of the editorial board of the journal of Softcomputing (Springer).

Member, IASR Board of Editors, Journal of Advanced Research in Evolutionary Algorithms (JAREA).

Member, Steering committee of Simulated Evolution And Learning (SEAL).

Member, Advisory Board of the Center of Computational Science.

Advisor, Scientific Advisory Board, SolveIT Software.

General Chair, Seventh International Conference on Simulated Evolution And Learning (SEAL'08), 7 - 10 December 2008.

Program Co-chair, 22nd Australasian Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AI'09),  1 - 4 December  2009.

Technical Committee Chair, International Conference on Swarm Intelligence (ICSI'2010),  6 - 9 June  2010.

Publicity Co-Chair, Seventh International Conference on Swarm Intelligence (ANTS 2010), 8 - 10 September 2010. 

Visiting research fellow at CERCIA, University of Birmingham (12 July - 19 September 2008; 13 - 22 May 2009; 28 August - 11 September 2009), funded by an EPSRC grant.

Guest editor, Special issue on Swarm Intelligence, IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation.  

Organizing chair, First Australasian Computational Intelligence Summer School (ACISS’09), 30 November - 1 December, 2009.

Organizing chair, 2010 IEEE CEC Special Session on Niching Methods for Multimodal Optimization, 18 - 23 July 2010, Barcelona, Spain.

Program Chair, IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation 2012 (CEC 2012), part of 2012 IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence (WCCI 2012), 10 - 15 June 2012.

Special session chair, Third International Conference on Swarm Intelligence (ICSI'2012), Shenzhen, China, 17 - 20 June 2012.

Organizer, 2014 International Workshop on Advances in Multimodal Optimization, 13 - 17 September 2014, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Technical Committee Co-Chair, International Conference on Swarm Intelligence (ICSI'2014),  17 - 20 October  2014, Hefei, China.

Technical Co-Chair, Tenth International Conference on Simulated Evolution And Learning (SEAL 2014), 15-18 December 2014, Dunedin, New Zealand.

  Panel member for "Big Data and Computational Intelligence Panel" in the upcoming WCCI 2014.

Organizing chair, 2015 IEEE CEC Special Session on Niching Methods for Multimodal Optimization, May 25-28, 2015, Sendai, Japan.

Organizer, 2015 IEEE CEC Special Session on Large Scale Global Optimization, May 25-28, 2015, Sendai, Japan.

Call-For-Paper: Special Issue of Information Sciences Journal (ISJ) on "Nature-Inspired Algorithms for Large Scale Global Optimization", due 21 November 2013 (closed).

Research interests

   Artificial Intelligence; Learning algorithms; Connectionist Learning models
   Neural Networks; Support Vector Machines; Deep learning
   Evolutionary Algorithms; Genetic Programming; No Free Lunch
   Artificial Life; Complex Systems; Cellular Automata; Chaos theory; Multi-agent simulation; Intelligent Agents
   Swarm intelligence; Particle Swarm; Ant colony algorithms; Differential Evolution; Memetic Algorithms
   Percolation; Self-organized criticality; Phase transition
   Evolutionary Multiobjective Optimization
   Evolutionary Algorithms for Dynamic Optimization Problems
             Evolutionary Multimodal Optimization (Niching methods)
   Lagre scale optimization; Constrained optimization; Bilevel optimization
   Game theory; Prisoner's dilemma
             Estimation of Distribution Algorithms (EDAs)
   Neuro-evolution methods
   Principal components analysis
   Reinforcement learning; Kalman Filter
   Data mining; Big data analytics

I am a member of ECML (Evolutionary Computation and Machine Learning) research group. Here are my publications and CV

I am the recipient of 2013 ACM SIGEVO Impact Award. A list of past recipients.

Citation stats: h-index: 28, according to GoogleScholar.

Current competitive national grants

  • ARC Discovery Grant (DP120102205), "Novel Decomposition Methods for Large Scale Optimization", $317K, 2012 - 2014.
  • ARC Linkage Grant (LP120200305), "An integrated and real-time passenger travel and public transport service information system", $510K, 2012 - 2015.
  • ARC Linkage Grant (LP130100743), "Enhancing the Australian theme park experience by harnessing virtual-physical play", $300K, 2013 - 2016.
  • ARC Linkage Grant (LP130100236), "Developing an integrated optimisation platform for innovative design of composite fabrication process", $205K, 2013 - 2016.


  COSC2148/2149 Research Methods (2013 - present)

  COSC1283/1284 Programming Techniques (2007 - present)

            Introduction to Programming (2010)

 COSC1125/1126/1127 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (2001 - 2005, 2014); link to the new search animation software

            COSC1165/1167 Intelligent Web Systems (2006 - 2007)
            COSC2269/2270 Artificial Intelligence Tools and Applications (2005 - 2006)

 COSC1207/2033 Evolutionary Computing (2002 - present)

Administrative duties

             Higer Degree of Research (HDR) coordinator.      
             RMIT Programming Club coordinator (2010 - 2013).
   ACM ICPC (International Collegiate Programming Contest) 2010 South Pacific Regional Contest - Melbourne Site