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Professor & Director of Education
|Full name:||Prof. Dr. T.H.W. (Thomas) Bäck|
About Thomas Bäck
Thomas Bäck is head of the Natural Computing Research Group at the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS). He received his PhD in Computer Science from Dortmund University, Germany, in 1994. He has been Associate Professor of Computer Science at Leiden University since 1996 and full Professor for Natural Computing since 2002. Thomas Bäck has more than 150 publications on natural computing technologies, is the author of a book on evolutionary algorithms, entitled Evolutionary Algorithms in Theory and Practice, and co-editor of the Handbook of Evolutionary Computation. He is editorial board member and associate editor of a number of journals on evolutionary and natural computation (Journal of Natural Computing, Theoretical Computer Science C, Evolutionary Computation), co-editor of the Natural Computation Book Series, and has served as program chair for all 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. Prof. Dr. Thomas Bäck is an expert on theory and application of special prediction and optimization algorithms based on concepts from natural evolution, so-called evolutionary algorithms. He received his PhD in Computer Science from Dortmund University (Germany). He worked as a department leader for the Informatik Centrum Dortmund (ICD) and as President and Chief Executive Officer for divis digital solutions GmbH. Since early 2000, professor Bäck is Managing Director of NuTech Solutions GmbH and CTO of NuTech Solutions, Inc. His role at NuTech Solutions includes the scientific supervision of projects with Fortune 1000 customers.