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Professor Alex Freitas

Professor of Computational Intelligence
Head of Research

About

I got my PhD in Computer Science from the University of Essex, UK, in 1997, doing research on data mining, and I have continued to do research on data mining up to the present. In terms of data mining applications, since 2005 my research has been focusing on creating new data mining methods for bioinformatics; initially focusing on the prediction of protein functions, and more recently focusing on classificaton methods for analysing data about ageing-related genes and proteins. In the academic year 2009-10 I did a research-oriented master's degree (MPhil) in Biological Sciences at the University of Liverpool, UK. My MPhil thesis was entitlted: "A Data Mining-Based Approach for Investigating the Relationship Between DNA Repair Genes and Ageing " (pdf).

More information about me can also be found in my personal webpage: https://www.cs.kent.ac.uk/people/staff/aaf/

Research interests

I belong to the following research groups:

My main research interests involve the following areas:

  • Data Mining (or Machine Learning) and Knowledge Discovery, focusing on developing new classification methods that produce interpretable models (e.g., decision trees, if-then rules and Bayesian network classifiers)
  • Applications of classification methods in the Life Sciences, mainly in the Biology of Ageing, but also in Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Biologically-inspired algorithms: mainly Evolutionary Algorithms and Ant Colony Optimisation.
  • Teaching

    I am currently teaching Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery (a master-level module) and Natural Computation (evolutionary algorithms and swarm intelligence).

    Professional

    Senior Member of the Association for Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)

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