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Women Led Research in Computational Intelligence

Friday, March 29, 2024

March 29th, 2024

10am CST

Livestreamed on Zoom @ https://auburn.zoom.us/j/81706339239

Recorded for later viewing at https://eng.auburn.edu/ai-au/forum


Dr. Alice Smith, Joe W. Forehand, Jr. Distinguished Professor, Dept. of Industrial Systems Engineering, Auburn University


This talk will give a current overview of some of the exciting and impactful research endeavors in computational intelligence by women led investigative teams from around the world. The work is taken from the 2022 landmark volume Women in Computational Intelligence: Key Advances and Perspectives on Emerging Topics, https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-79092-9. The 34 authors of this book are nearly all women and represent thirteen countries across five continents. All chapters are authored by IEEE Women in Computational Intelligence members except the first chapter which is a professional biography of computer pioneer Admiral Grace Hopper by Jill S. Tietjen, an esteemed author on women and technology.

The book is structured into four main sections of Intelligence, Learning, Modeling, and Optimization. The primary technical methods include artificial neural networks, evolutionary and swarm computation, and fuzzy logic and systems. The wealth of applications can be seen throughout the nineteen chapters within this volume. These include natural language processing, intelligent tutoring, autonomous systems, digital pathology, intrusion detection, and energy management. The talk will highlight a sampling of these research chapters, explaining the importance and novelty of the work described.

A unique part of this book is the biographies of the authors which include information concerning their beginnings and advancement in computational intelligence research along with advice for those considering this field and its possibilities. The talk will also give some short videos from these authors on their experiences with computational intelligence and their career advice to those getting started. The aim of this talk to celebrate the contributions of women in CI and to inspire future generations of CI scholars through a lens of diversity and inclusion.


Dr. Alice Smith is the Joe W. Forehand, Jr. Distinguished Professor of the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at Auburn University, where she served as Department Chair from 1999 to 2011. She also has a joint appointment with the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering. Previously, she was on the faculty of the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh from 1991 to 1999, which she joined after industrial experience with Southwestern Bell Corporation. Dr. Smith has degrees from Rice University, Saint Louis University, and Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Dr. Smith’s research focus is analysis, modeling, and optimization of complex systems with emphasis on computation inspired by natural systems. She holds one U.S. patent and several international patents and has authored more than 200 publications which have garnered over 17,000 citations and an H-Index of 49 (Google Scholar). She is the editor of Women in Computational Intelligence: Key Advances and Perspectives on Emerging Topics ( https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-79092-9) and Women in Industrial and Systems Engineering: Key Advances and Perspectives on Emerging Topics ( https://www.springer.com/us/book/9783030118655#aboutBook). Several of her papers are among the most highly cited in their respective journals including the most cited paper of Reliability Engineering & System Safety and the 3rd most cited paper of IEEE Transactions of Reliability. She won the E. L. Grant Best Paper Awards in 1999 and in 2006, and the William A.J. Golomski Best Paper Award in 2002. Dr. Smith is the Editor in Chief of INFORMS Journal on Computing and an Area Editor of Computers & Operations Research. For more details about the speaker, please click here: https://www.eng.auburn.edu/~aesmith/