About Keynote Speakers


Keynote Speaker I

Prof. Khaled Abou-El-Hossein, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa

Prof. Khaled Abou-El-Hossein serves as the director and a full professor of School of Engineering, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa . His current research focus is on ultrahigh precsion diamond machining of optical materials. He obtained his PhD in manufacturing engineering from National Technical University of Ukraine in 2000.


Keynote Speaker II

Prof. Ramesh Kuppuswamy, University of Cape Town, South Africa


Dr. K. Ramesh is currently serving as Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Cape Town, South Africa. He is having several years of industrial and research experience at A&STAR -Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology and Okamoto Machine Tools in machine design and automation with a particular focus on material removing processes. He has obtained his PhD from the department of Mechanical & Production engineering of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. While working at Okamoto Machine tools both at Japan and Singapore, he did extensive machine design like surface grinders, Chemical mechanical polishing machine, dicing machine, lapping machines and automation equipment. He is an author or co-author of seventy + peer reviewed scientific-technical publications and international conferences focusing on material removal process and machine design. Currently he is serving as international reviewer and guest editor for several journals. He holds senior membership in Society of Manufacturing Engineers, USA and his name did appear in Marquist Who's Who book of World 2009.


Plenary Speaker I

Dr. Mardé Helbig, University of Pretoria, South Africa


Bio:  Mardé Helbig is a senior lecturer at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. She obtained her PhD at the University of Pretoria, with her thesis entitled: “Solving dynamic optimisation problems using the vector evaluated particle swarm optimisation algorithm”. Before joining the university, she worked for 14 years at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa. She received a Y1 rating from the South African Research Foundation. 
She has been the main organizer of special sessions on DMOO at CEC 2014, CEC 2015 and SSCI 2016, and a competition on DMOO at CEC 2015. She also presented a tutorial on DMOO at SSCI 2015, ICSI 2016 and as co-presenter of a PSO tutorial at WCCI 2016. She has numerous publications on DMOO and is a regular reviewer for the top conferences and journals in the field. 
She is active in the international community as the vice chair of the IEEE Computational Intelligence (CIS) Task force on Evolutionary Multi-objective Optimization, a member of the IEEE CIS Emergent Technologies Technical Committee, a member of the IEEE Woman in Computational Intelligence sub-committee and the chair of the IEEE CIS Chapter in South Africa.
Her research interests include dynamic-, constrained-, multi-objective- and many-objective optimization.