Prof. Mario F. Pavone
University of Catania

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I'm Associate Professor in Computer Science at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Catania, Italy. My research is focused on the design and develops of nature-inspired algorithms for optimization tasks, which have been applied on several research areas, as combinatorial; numerical; and systems biology problems.

In July 2016 I was visiting professor with fellowship at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Angers, France, where I worked with Prof. Jin-Kao Hao.

From August 2017 I'm member of the IEEE Task Force on the Ethical and Social Implications of Computational Intelligence, for the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (IEEE CIS).

Since February 2015 I am Vice-Chair of the Task Force on Interdisciplinary Emergent Technologies for the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (Emergent Technologies Technical Committee - ETTC), whose main aim is to promote the interdisciplinary study of emergent computation in bio-informatics, bio-physics, interdisciplinary domains of economy, medicine, industry and so on.

From May 1, 2014 to April 30, 2018 I was Chair of the Task Force on Artificial Immune Systems for the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (IEEE CIS). Since 1st May 2018, I'm Vice Chair of the same Task Force.

I'm member of the Editorial Board for several international journals, as well as member of Program Committees for many international conferences and workshops. I'm editor of several special issues, such as Artificial Life, EAAI, BMC Immunology, Natural Computing, and Memetic Computing - and co-chair of many international conferences. I'm also Scientific Director of some international summer schools, such as MESS 2018, SSBSS 2014 & SSBSS 2015.

I was co-founder of TaoScience Research center, and from May 2018 I'm Scientific Director of ANTs Lab - Advanced New Technologies research laboratory.

In November 2009 I was visiting professor at the School of Computer Science, University of Nottingham, UK, where I worked with Prof. Natalio Krasnogor.

In 2006 I was a visiting researcher at the IBM-KAIST Bio-Computing Research Center, Department of Bio and Brain Engineering, at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Republic of Korea, where I worked with Prof. Doheon Lee.


  Recent Publications    

V. Cutello, M. Oliva, M. Pavone and A.R. Scollo, "An Immune Metaheuristics for Large Instances of the Weighted Feedback Vertex Set Problem", IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence (IEEE SSCI 2019), IEEE Press.

A.G. Spampinato, R.A. Scollo, S. Cavallaro, V. Cutello, and M. Pavone, "An Immunological Algorithm for Graph Modularity Optimization", 19th UK Workshop on Computational Intelligence (UKCI 2019), Advances in Computational Intelligent Systems, part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC), Vol. 1043, pp. 235-247, 2020, Springer.

C. Crespi, A.G. Spampinato, R.A. Scollo and M. Pavone, "ACOLABS: an Ant Colony for Labyrinth Solving", XIV International Workshop on Artificial Life and Evolutionary Computation (WIVACE 2019).

V. Cutello, M. Oliva, M. Pavone and A.R. Scollo, "A Hybrid Immunological Search for the Weighted Feedback Vertex Set Problem", 13th Learning and Intelligent OptimizatioN Conference (LION 2019), LNCS, Springer.

A. Plebe, V. Cutello and M. Pavone, "Optimizing Costs and Quality of Interior Lighting by Genetic Algorithm", Studies in Computational Intelligence book series, Springer, vol.829, pp. 19-39, 2019.

T. Calenda, A. Vitale, A. Di Stefano, V. Cutello, E.G. Talbi, and M. Pavone, "Maturation of Individuals in Evolutionary Learning", Recent Developments in Metaheuristics, Springer.


  Current Events    

2nd Metaheuristics Summer School, MESS 2020 - 27-31 July 2020, Department of Economics and Business, University of Catania
Directors: S. Greco, E. Ozcan, M. Pavone, E.G. Talbi, & D. Vigo

IEEE Symposium on Immune Computation, part of IEEE SSCI 2019 - 6-9 Dec. 2019, Xiamen, China
Chairs: L. Jiao, W. Luo, P. Parrend & M. Pavone


  Current Special Issues    

Immune Computation: Algorithms & Applications, s.i. in Applied Soft Computing, Elsevier.
Edts: Z. Chelly, L. Jiao, W. Luo, Mario F. Pavone, & S.T. Wierzchoń


  Current Teaching    

Bio-Inspired & Natural Computing, Computer Science, University of Catania (graduate)

Laboratory of Algorithms, Computer Science, University of Catania (undergraduate)

Introduction to Computer Science, Dentistry, University of Catania (undergraduate)


  News and Announcements

Nov 20, 2018: The Metaheuristics summer school next edition will be held in 2020! Stay tuned!!



  Latest News    

19th Feb 2019:
Le lezioni del corso di Computazione Naturale & Bioispirata avranno inizio Venerdì 8 marzo c.a. ore 11.

20th Nov 2018:
The Metaheuristics summer school next edition will be held in 2020... then, stay tuned!!.


  My Research's Impact    

-   Google Scholar Citations
-   Scopus
-   Web of Science
-   DBLP
-   Microsoft Academic


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