You’ll not see nothing like the Mighty Qin: ICT rising star joins RMIT

Awarded one of only seven 2012 Vice-Chancellor Research Fellowships, Computational Intelligence expert Dr Kai Qin arrives at RMIT University with a research record that has new colleagues purring in anticipation.

New CSIT Research Fellow, Kai Qin ... and zebras?

New CSIT Research Fellow, Kai Qin ... and zebras?

“I first met Kai Qin back in 2006 at the SEAL’06 conference, when he was still a PhD student,” says Dr Xiaodong Li, a Senior Lecturer with the School of Computer Science and IT (CSIT). “Six years on, now he has established himself as one of the rising stars in the field of Evolutionary Computation and Machine Learning and we are so delighted that he has joined our ECML group at CSIT.”

Dr Qin will be based in the School of Computer Science and IT, as well as the Platform Technologies Research Institute, and Dr Li is expecting great things.

“Given that Kai has such an impressive publication track record, it is without doubt that his arrival will boost significantly our capacity to carry out high quality research in the coming years,” he said.

“His publications are highly cited and he had a paper published in the 2009 IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation (ERA Rank A*) journal that just recently won the prestigious 2012 IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Outstanding Paper Award.”

In addition to this award, one of Dr Qin’s recent conference papers presented at the 2012 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (ERA Rank A) was nominated for the best paper award.

“I feel very proud and excited to obtain in the same year two such highly prestigious honours,” said Dr Qin, who has an extensive and highly cited publication record, as well as solid experience in applying academic research to industrial applications.

Although he’s justly proud of these achievements, he feels his RMIT Research Fellowship offers a great opportunity, especially after working in so many countries in recent years, including China, Canada, Singapore and France.

“Most rewarding, however, is that, as one of seven recipients of the 2012 RMIT Vice-Chancellor Research Fellowship, I can now start my new job at RMIT, which is a world-famous university located in the world’s most liveable city,” said Dr Qin. “After working in many countries, I am attracted to settle down at RMIT to develop my long-term academic career.”

While the globetrotting academic is relieved to put away the suitcase and put down some roots, he’s also very enthusiastic about the potential to achieve great success at RMIT. “Based on RMIT’s strong research support, sufficient research resources and the pleasant research atmosphere, I believe I can quickly establish outstanding research profiles and make substantial research contributions,” he said.

Read the RMIT news story.

Kai (Alex) Qin – short bio:
Kai (Alex) Qin received the Bachelor of Engineering degree from the School of Automation at Southeast University (Nanjing, Jiangsu, China) in 2001, and completed his PhD with the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) in 2007. In 2005, Dr Qin visited the Illinois Genetic Algorithms laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign (Urbana, IL, USA) for three months. From 2007 to 2009, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Vision and Image Processing Lab in the Department of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada). From 2010 to 2012, he worked in the MISTIS Team at INRIA Grenoble Rhone-Alpes (Grenoble, France), firstly as a postdoctoral researcher and then as an expert engineer. Dr Qin is now with the School of Computer Science and Information Technology at RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia) as a Vice-Chancellor Research Fellow. His research interests include: global optimization, evolutionary computation, pattern recognition, image processing, computer vision, machine learning, remote sensing, biometrics and massively parallel computing, etc.

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