Welcome to the Natural Computing Group

At the Natural Computing Group, Univerisity Leiden, we delve into the fascinating world where natural phenomena intersect with computational algorithms. Our team of dedicated senior researchers and PhD students is committed to advancing the frontiers of knowledge in areas like evolutionary algorithms, neural networks, and the principles of natural processes that inspire computational techniques.

Research

Our mission is to foster a deep understanding of natural computing and to develop innovative solutions that can address some of the world's most complex problems. By harnessing the power of nature-inspired computing, we aim to contribute to scientific advancement and create a positive impact on society. Research in natural computing is at the core of our activities, covering theoretical foundations, the development of new algorithms, and interdisciplinary applications of natural computing methods. Some of our current projects, in particular, focus on the following areas: Beyond this, we are also executing projects in direct cooperation with industry (see collaborations for more information). The driving force behind our research is the mission to increase our understanding of natural systems as models of computation, with a focus on the development of new algorithms and applications to challenging problems.

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Research

We engage in cutting-edge research that spans a variety of disciplines. Our group collaborates with international researchers and industry partners, creating a vibrant community that shares a passion for exploring the untapped potential of natural computing. We are proud to be at the forefront of this dynamic field, contributing to groundbreaking discoveries and technologies.
AI for Oversight

AI for Oversight

AI for Oversight ICAI lab

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XAIPre

XAIPre

eXplainable AI for Predictive Maintenance

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Complex Lens Design

Complex Lens Design

Optimization of Complex Lens Designs

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Excellent Buildings

Excellent Buildings

Realistic Geometries for optimal structural, thermal, and lighting performance

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People

Group leader

Prof. Thomas Bäck
Professor of Natural Computing

Assistant Professors

Niki van Stein
Assistant Professor of Explainable AI
Hao Wang
Assistant Professor of Optimization and Learning
Anna V. Kononova
Assistant Professor of Efficient Heuristic Optimization
Elena Raponi
Assistant Professor of Bayesian Optimization
Yingjie Fan
Assistant Professor of Logistics Optimization
Michael Emmerich
Guest researcher
Andre Deutz
Guest lecturer

Post Doctoral Researchers

Burak Gülmez
Burak Gülmez

Graduate Students

Qi Huang
Qi Huang
Xiaohan Wei X
Xiaohan Wei
Chen Chen C
Chen Chen
Christiaan Lamers
Christiaan Lamers
Kirill Antonov
Kirill Antonov
Fu-Xing Long
Fu-Xing Long
Roy de Winter
Roy de Winter
Alexander Zeiser
Alexander Zeiser
Anh Nguyen
Anh Nguyen
Jacob de Nobel
Jacob de Nobel
Diederick Vermetten
Diederick Vermetten
Annie Wong
Annie Wong
Haoran Yin H
Haoran Yin
Shuaiqun Pan
Shuaiqun Pan
Veysel Kocaman
Veysel Kocaman
Wei Liu W
Wei Liu
Andre Thomaser
Andre Thomaser
Maarten Vonk M
Maarten Vonk
Lucas Correia
Lucas Correia
Anna van Oosterzee A
Anna van Oosterzee
Sebastian Ellmaier
Sebastian Ellmaier
Jiawen Kong
Jiawen Kong
Ksenia Pereverdieva
Ksenia Pereverdieva

Collaborators

BMW B
BMW
HRI Europe H
HRI Europe
Heerema Marine Contractors H
Heerema Marine Contractors
ASML A
ASML
Hanze Hogeschool H
Hanze Hogeschool

Alumni

Thiago Rios Ph.D., 2022. Now at HRI Europe.
Samineh Bagheri
Koen van der Blom
Ron Breukelaar
Martina Echtenbruck
Ramin Etemadi Idgahi
Daniel Gaida
Theodoros Georgiou
Alexander Hagg
Marios Kefalas
Natasa Kieft
Milan Koch
Patrick Koch
Johannes Willem Kruisselbrink
Rui Li
Hugo Manuel Proenca
Ingo Matthias
Asep Moelana
Charles Moussa
Edgar Reehuis
Ofer Michael Sir
Mozhan Soltani
Mohamed Tleis
Yali Wang
Zhiwei Yang
Sheir Yarkoni