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Prof Edward Keedwell

Associate Professor in Computer Science


Location: Harrison 280

Telephone: 01392 724014

Extension: (Streatham) 4014

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Prof. Keedwell is an Associate Professor in Computer Science. He joined the Computer Science discipline in 2006 and was appointed as a lecturer in Computer Science in 2009. He is currently Director of Research for Computer Science and has personal research interests in nature-inspired computing techniques (e.g. genetic algorithms, neural networks, cellular automata) and their application to a variety of difficult problems in bioinformatics and engineering. He leads the Nature Inspired computing research group focusing on applied optimisation and has been involved with successful funding applications totalling over £2 million from the EPSRC, Innovate UK, EU and industry.  Particular areas of current interest are the development of sequence-based hyperheuristics and human-in-the-loop optimisation methods for applications in engineering.  Current projects include:

Multi-Horizon Digital Twin Models for Transportation (InnovateUK 2019-) 

Human-Computer Optimisation for Water Systems Planning and Management  (EPSRC 2017-)

SIM4NEXUS (EU 2016-)

Previous projects include:

Sequence Analysis Based Hyperheuristics (EPSRC 2012-2016)

Ant Colony Optimisation for Genome-Wide Association Studies (EPSRC 2012-2013)

Cellular Automata Dual Drainage Simulation (EPSRC 2010-2013)

Membership of professional bodies

Member of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM)

Member of Committee of The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Member of the EPSRC Peer Review College

Member of the IEEE Task Force on Hyperheuristics



Administrative responsibilities

Admissions Tutor, Computer Science (2013-2017)

Director of Research, Computer Science (2015-)

Chair of the EPSRC Strategy Group (2018-)


BSc in Cognitive Science, University of Exeter (1998)

PhD in Computer Science, University of Exeter (2003)