Distinguished Research Professors


Amir H. Gandomi is a Professor of Data Science and an ARC DECRA Fellow at the Faculty of Engineering & Information Technology, University of Technology Sydney. Prior to joining UTS, Prof. Gandomi was an Assistant Professor at Stevens Institute of Technology, USA and a distinguished research fellow at BEACON center, Michigan State University, USA. Prof. Gandomi has published over three hundred journal papers and 12 books which collectively have been cited 31,000+ times (H-index = 81). He has been named as one of the most influential scientific minds and recognized by Highly Cited Researcher award (top 1% publications and 0.1% researchers) for five consecutive years, 2017 to 2021. He is ranked 17th in GP bibliography among more than 15,000 researchers and ranked as the 59th most impactful researcher in the area of AI and Image Processing based on a study led by Stanford University. Prof. Gandomi has received multiple prestigious awards for his research excellence and impact, such as the 2022 Walter L. Huber Prize which is known as the highest level mid-career research award in all areas of civil engineering. He has served as associate editor, editor, and guest editor in several prestigious journals such as AE of IEEE TBD, IEEE Networks, and IEEE IoTJ. Prof Gandomi is active in delivering keynotes and invited talks. His research interests are global optimisation and (big) data analytics using machine learning and evolutionary computations in particular.

citation: 31354

Hirsch index 81


Andrea De Gaetano is a biomathematician with Director of Research (full professor) tenure with CNR since 2001, currently working as Director of the CNR Institute for Biomedical Research and Innovation. A certified emergency surgeon by training (Italy), he attained both M.Sc. (USA) and Ph.D. (France) degrees in Applied Mathematics, is a J.D. with Italian Bar license and has received a Doctor Honoris Causa (Statistics) from Óbuda University, Budapest. He is Adjunct Professor of Mathematical Statistics, Mahidol University Dept. of Mathematics, Bangkok Thailand.

His research interests focus on the mathematical modelling of physiological systems with ODEs, Stochastic and Fractional differential equations, and on the attending estimation of the model parameters from experimental observations. He has published so far over 200 full-length papers on international peer-reviewed journals, largely on the mathematical modelling of energy metabolism (Google Scholar metrics: 250 documents, 9879 citations, h-index 44). He has taught Mathematical Statistics at the Universities of Urbino, Copenhagen and Mahidol Bangkok. He has obtained approx 4.5 MEuro funding for research through a series of EC-financed FP and H2020 projects as well as several Italian projects (Ministry of Research, Ministry of Defense). He has been president of the European Society for Mathematical and Theoretical Biology, as well as Italian National Academic delegate at the NATO STO Human Factors and Medicine Panel and at the European Defense Agency Captech Simulation.

Google Scholar

citations: 9882

Hirsch index: 44


Professor Seyedali Mirjalili is the founding director of the Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research and Optimization at Torrens University Australia. He is internationally recognized for his advances in Optimization and Swarm Intelligence, including the first set of algorithms from a synthetic intelligence standpoint – a radical departure from how natural systems are typically understood – and a systematic design framework to reliably benchmark, evaluate, and propose computationally cheap robust optimization algorithms. Prof. Mirjalili has published over 300 publications with over 50,000 citations and an H-index of 77. He has been on the list of 1% highly-cited researchers and named as one of the most influential researchers in the world by Web of Science for three consecutive years. In 2021, The Australian newspaper named him as the top researcher in Australia in three fields of Artificial Intelligence, Evolutionary Computation, and Fuzzy Systems. Prof. Mirjalili is a senior member of IEEE and an editor of several AI journals including Neurocomputing, Applied Soft Computing, Advances in Engineering Software, Computers in Biology and Medicine, Healthcare Analytics, Decision Analytics, and Applied Intelligence. His research interests include Optimization, Swarm Intelligence, Evolutionary Algorithms, and Machine Learning.

citations: 54663

Hirsch index: 77



Habib Zaidi is Chief physicist and head of the PET Instrumentation & Neuroimaging Laboratory at Geneva University Hospital and full Professor at the medical school of Geneva University. He is also a Professor at the University of Groningen (Netherlands), the University of Southern Denmark (Denmark). His research is supported by the Swiss National Foundation, the European Commission, private foundations and industry (Total 8.8M US$) and centres on hybrid imaging instrumentation (PET/CT and PET/MRI), computational modelling and radiation dosimetry and deep learning. He was guest editor for 13 special issues of peer-reviewed journals, serves as founding Editor-in-Chief (scientific) of the British Journal of Radiology (BJR)|Open, Deputy Editor for Medical Physics and on the editorial board of leading journals in medical physics and medical imaging. He has been elevated to the grade of fellow of the IEEE, AIMBE, AAPM, IOMP, AAIA and the BIR. His academic accomplishments in the area of quantitative PET imaging have been well recognized by his peers since he is a recipient of many awards and distinctions among which the prestigious (100’000$) 2010 Kuwait Prize of Applied Sciences (known as the Middle Eastern Nobel Prize) and the 2019 Khwarizmi International Award given by the Iranian Research Organization for Science and Technology (IROST). Prof. Zaidi has been an invited speaker of over 160 keynote lectures and talks at an International level, has authored over 385 peer-reviewed articles in prominent journals and is the editor of four textbooks.

Citations 19’600

Hirsh index 73


Peng Shi received the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Newcastle, Australia, the PhD degree in Mathematics from the University of South Australia, the Doctor of Science degree from the University of Glamorgan, UK, and the Doctor of Engineering degree from the University of Adelaide, Australia. He is now a Distinguished Professor at the School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, and the Director of Advanced Unmanned Systems Laboratory, at The University of Adelaide, Australia. His research interests include systems and control theory and applications to autonomous and robotic systems, cyber-physical systems, and multi-agent systems. He received the Ramesh Agarwal Life-time Achievement Award from the International Engineering and Technology Institute in 2023, the MA Sargent Medal Award from Engineers Australia in 2022; the honor of Life-time Achiever Leader-Board and Field Leader from The AUSTRALIAN Research Review from 2019-2022, the recognition of a Highly Cited Researcher from Thomson Reuters from 2014-2022, the Outstanding Research Achievement Award from The University of Adelaide in 2020, the Chancellor’s Medal for Outstanding Research Performance from Victoria University, Australia in 2018. He has received a number of Best Paper awards, including the Andrew Sage Best Transactions Paper Award from IEEE SMC Society in 2016, Most Cited Paper Award from Signal Processing in 2009, and the Lotfi Zadeh Best Paper Award from the International Conference on Machine Learning and Cybernetics in 2019. Currently he serves as the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, a Senior Editor of IEEE Access, and an editorial member for a number of journals, including Automatica and IEEE Transactions on (Artificial Intelligence, and Circuits and Systems). His professional services also include as the President of the International Academy for Systems and Cybernetic Sciences, the Vice President of IEEE SMC Society, and IEEE SMC Society Distinguished Lecturer. He is a Fellow of IEEE, IET, IEAust and CAA, and a Member of the Academy of Europe.