The Authors

Zbigniew Michalewicz

Image zbigniew_michalewicz.jpgZbigniew Michalewicz is Professor at the School of Computer Science, University of Adelaide. He completed his MSc degree at Technical University of Warsaw in 1974 and he received PhD degree from Institute of Computer Science, Polish Academy of Sciences, in 1981. He holds Doctor of Science (Habilitation) degree in Computer Science from the Polish Academy of Science (1997). In April 2002 he received the title of Professor from the President of Poland, Mr. Alexander Kwasniewski. From 1988 to 2004 he was Professor at University of North Carolina at Charlotte (USA). Zbigniew Michalewicz holds also Professor positions at the Institute of Computer Science, Polish Academy of Sciences, at the Polish-Japanese Institute of Information Technology, and a honorary Professor position at State Key Laboratory of Software Engineering of Wuhan University, China. He is also associated with Structural Complexity Laboratory at Seoul National University, South Korea. Zbigniew Michalewicz is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society. In 2006 he was appointed a Business Ambassador for the State of South Australia.

His current research interests are in the field of evolutionary computation. He has published several books, including a monograph "Genetic Algorithms + Data Structures = Evolution Programs" (3 editions, a few translations), and over 200 technical papers in journals and conference proceedings. He was one of the editors-in-chief of the "Handbook of Evolutionary Computation". He was the general chairman of the First IEEE International Conference on Evolutionary Computation held in Orlando, June 1994. He has been an invited speaker of many international conferences and a member of 40 various program committees of international conferences during the last 3 years. He is a current member of the editorial board and/or serves as associate editor on 12 international journals. He also published (together with David B. Fogel) a text on modern heuristic methods ( 2 editions, the second one from 2004), "How to Solve It: Modern Heuristics", which is a standard text on hundreds of universities all over the world (Chinese translation of the book appeared in 2003 and Polish translation appeared in 2006). The newest books include "Winning Credibility: A guide for building a business from rags to riches" and "Adaptive Business Intelligence."

His current research interests are related to various problem-solving activities and teaching methodologies.

Zbigniew has secured numerous multi-million dollar industry contracts from companies such as General Motors, Ford Motor Company, Bank of America, U.S. Department of Defense, AirLiquide, PKN Orlen, BB&T, and Dentsu, and his scientific and business achievements have been recognized by many invited talks and publications, including TIME Magazine, Newsweek, New York Times, Forbes, Business Journal, and the Associated Press among others. Currently, Zbigniew also serves as the Chairman of the Board of SolveIT Software, a technology company he co-founded with several world-renowned computer scientists. The company specialises in advanced planning and scheduling, supply and demand optimisation, predictive modelling and mine optimisation. SolveIT Software’s mining software applications cover mining exploration management, mine-to-port logistics, mine planning and refinery plant optimisation. Customers include Rio Tinto Iron Ore, Rio Tinto Simandou, Xstrata Coal, Xstrata Copper, Xstrata Zinc, BHP Billiton Iron Ore, BMA Coal, Fortescue Metals Group, and Pacific National Coal.

Matthew Michalewicz

Image matthew_michalewicz-updated.jpgFrom 2005 – 2012, Matthew was the co-founder and CEO of SolveIT Software, a supply chain optimisation business he grew from zero to almost 180 employees and $20 million in revenue before selling the business to Schneider Electric. Under his leadership, SolveIT Software became the 3rd fastest-growing company in Australia in 2012, as ranked by Deloitte. The company won numerous awards, and counted among its customers some of the largest corporations in the world, including Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton, and Xstrata.

From 1999 - 2003, Matthew was the co-founder and CEO of NuTech Solutions in the USA, where he raised more than US$15 million in venture capital and grew the business to almost 200 employees in six international offices. Matthew established an “A-list” board of directors, which included former President of Poland and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Lech Walesa, former National Security Advisor to the President of the United States, Zbigniew Brzezinski, former Bank of America Chairman and CEO, Hugh McColl Jr., and world-renowned fraud expert and subject of Steven Spielberg's blockbuster "Catch Me if You Can," Frank Abagnale. NuTech Solutions was acquired by Netezza Corporation, which was subsequently acquired by IBM Global Services.

Matthew is an international expert in entrepreneurship, innovation, and success psychology. He has established boards that include former heads of state, Nobel Peace Prize winners, and Fortune 500 CEOs, and has a track record of starting businesses from scratch and selling them for tens of millions of dollars.

From 1994 – 1999, Matthew was the founder and operator of Fitness Forever, a personal training business, and later, the co-founder of CFG Investments, a money management and financial planning company with more than $150 million under management.

Matthew's business achievements have been recognised by countless publications, including Time Magazine, New York Times, Newsweek, and Forbes. He was named the Pearcey Foundation "Entrepreneur of the Year", Business Journal "40 under 40" list of accomplished business leaders, University of North Carolina "Alumnus of the Year", and Ernst and Young "Entrepreneur of the Year" finalist.

Matthew is the author of several books, including "Life in Half a Second" (Oct 2013), "Winning Credibility", "Puzzle-Based Learning", and "Adaptive Business Intelligence", and lectures at the University of Adelaide as a Visiting Fellow on the subject of technology commercialisation.

More information on Matthew can be found at his personal website.


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