about me

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

In November 2009 I was a 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.

I'm member of the Editorial Board for some international journals, as well as member of Program Committees for several international conferences and workshops. I'm editor of some special issues published in Natural Computing and Memetic Computing journals, and I have been, and I am co-chair of many international conferences.

I am co-founder of TaoScience Research center with Prof. Giuseppe Nicosia.

In January 2014 I have got the National Scientific Qualification for Associate Professor in Computer Science

Since April 2014 I have been nominated Chair of the Task Force on Artificial Immune Systems 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).

  

Recent Publications

J. Costanza, V. Cutello and M. Pavone. An Immunological Algorithm for Combinatorial Optimization: the Fuel Distribution Problem as Case Study, International Journal of Swarm Intelligence and Evolutionary Computation, 2015. (to appear)

P. Conca, G. Stracquadanio, O. Greco, V. Cutello, M. Pavone and G. Nicosia. Packing equal disks in a unit square: an immunological optimization approach, 1st International Congress on Systems Immunology, Immunoinformatics & Immune-computation (ICSI3), IEEE Press 2015.


  

Current Events

HM 2016 - International Workshop on Hybrid Metaheuristics - 8-10 June 2016, Plymouth, UK

ICSI3 2015 - 1st International Congress on Systems Immunology, Immunoinformatics & Immune-computation - 17-18 July 2015, Taormina, Italy

SSBSS 2015 - International Synthetic & Systems Biology Summer School - 5-9 July 2015, Taormina, Italy


  

Current Special Issues

Systems Immunology & Immunoinformatics, s.i. in BMC Immunology. Edts: Coello Coello, Cutello, Lee, Pavone, Zammataro

Recent Advances in Immunological Inspired Computation, s.i. in Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, Elsevier. Edts: Coello Coello, Cutello, Lee, Pavone

Intelligent Cloud Computing, s.i. in Memetic Computing, Springer. Edts: Pavone, Ramadan, Vasilakos

  

Current Teaching

Natural Computing, Computer Science, University of Catania (graduate)

Computer Programming, Computer Science, University of Catania (undergraduate)


  

News & Announcements

May 13, 2015: I'm going to give a Tutorial at ECTA 2015 - 7th International Conference on Evolutionary Computation Theory and Applications - Lisbon, Portugal, 12-14 November 2015

Feb. 13, 2015: A new Task Force has been launched on "Interdisciplinary Emergent Technologies". I'm very glad to be Vice-Chair!!(link)

Jan. 2015: Two great special issues at ICSI3 2015: BMC Immunology & Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence

Nov. 2014: the proceedings of ICSI3 2015 will be published by IEEE Press!

Apr. 2014: I'm going to give a Tutorial at META 2014, Marrakech - Morocco (link)

Apr. 2014: I have been nominated Chair of the Task Force on Artificial Immune Systems for the IEEE CIS (link)

Jan. 2014: I have got the National Scientific Qualification for Associate Professor in Computer Science

2014: Biology meets Engineering and Computer Science (link)

Dec. 2013: Recent Developments in Swarm Intelligence, special session at META 2014 (link)

2013: International Summit on Industrial Engineering 2014 (link)

2013: ECAL 2013 is featured on WIRED! (link)

2013:ECAL 2013 on the CORDIS news webpage! (link)

2012: Algorithms & Models for Complex Natural Systems - special issue in Natural Computing

2012: Optimization on Complex Systems - special issue on Memetic Computing

2010:NCB 2010 - Natural Computation in BioInformatics, special session at the 24th European Conference on Operational Research (EURO XXIV).

Jan. 26, 2009: Prof. Vincenzo Manca, University of Verona, will talk on "Biologia Computazionale e Computazione Biologica: modelli algoritmici di sistemi biologici"