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Important and leading keynote speeches will be given in ICHSA 2020. The keynote speakers are masters in the field of soft computing, heuristic computation and optimization. All of them developed a significant method in the field of soft computing. Participants of ICHSA 2020 will have an opportunity to attend presentations of developer of popular metaheuristics (harmony search, bat algorithm, big bang-big crunch algorithm, flower pollination algorithm, firefly algorithm, cuckoo search, spider monkey optimization, etc.) and an structural analyses method called TPO/MA.

İbrahim Eksin

Istanbul Technical University


Jagdish Chand Bansal

South Asian University New Delhi


Joong Hoon Kim

Korea University

Republic of Korea

Mehmet Polat Saka

University of Bahrain


Osman Kaan Erol

Istanbul Technical University


Xin-She Yang

Middlesex University

United Kingdom

Yusuf Cengiz Toklu

Beykent University


Zong Woo Geem

Gachon University

Republic of Korea

Dr. Jagdish Chand Bansal is an Associate Professor at  South Asian University New Delhi and Visiting Faculty at Maths and Computer Science,  Liverpool Hope University UK. Dr. Bansal has obtained his Ph.D. in Mathematics from IIT Roorkee. Before joining SAU New Delhi he has worked as an Assistant Professor at ABV- Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management Gwalior and BITS Pilani. He is the series editor of the book series Algorithms for Intelligent Systems (AIS) published by Springer. He is the editor in chief of  International Journal of Swarm Intelligence (IJSI) published by Inderscience. He is also the Associate Editor of  IEEE ACESSS published by IEEE. He is the steering committee member and the general chair of the annual conference series  SocProS. He is the general secretary of Soft Computing Research Society (SCRS). His Primary area of interest is Swarm Intelligence and Nature Inspired Optimization Techniques. Recently, he proposed a fission-fusion social structure based optimization algorithm,  Spider Monkey Optimization (SMO), which is being applied to various problems from engineering domain. He has published more than 60 research papers in various international journals/conferences. He has supervised Ph.D. theses from ABV-IIITM Gwalior and SAU New Delhi. He has also received Gold Medal at UG and PG level.

Title (tentative): Searching for the Harmony in Istanbul: East and West

Professor Kim, Dean of Engineering College of Korea University, obtained his Ph.D. degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1992 with the thesis title “Optimal replacement/rehabilitation model for water distribution systems”.  Prof. Kim’s major areas of interest include: optimal design and management of water distribution systems, application of optimization techniques to various engineering problems, and development and application of evolutionary algorithms.

He has been the faculty of School of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering at Korea University since 1993. He has hosted international conferences including APHW 2013, ICHSA 2014 & 2015, and HIC 2016, and has given keynote speeches at many international conferences including 2013, GCIS 2013, SocPros 2014 & 2015, SWGIC 2017, and RTORS 2017. He is a member of National Academy of Engineering of Korea since 2017.

Prof. Dr. Mehmet Polat Saka is currently working at the Civil Engineering Department of University of Bahrain as professor of structural engineering. Prior to this, he worked as full professor in the Engineering Sciences Department of Middle East technical University, Ankara, Turkey. He graduated from Civil Engineering Faculty of Istanbul Technical University with MSc in 1969. He gained his PhD on Structural Optimization at the University of Aston in Birmingham, United Kingdom in 1975. After that he worked at the Karadeniz Technical University, Trabzon, Turkey as Assistant and Associate Professor from 1975 to 1984. In October of 1984, he joined the University of Bahrain. He has established structures l and micro computer laboratories in the Civil Engineering Department. Through structures laboratory, Department provided testing services to Construction Industry in Bahrain during 1999-2001. He has initiated the MSc and PhD programs in the Department and he is still the coordinator of these programs. He is active in research and has supervised 10 PhD and 18 MSc theses until this date. He is the author of 66 articles published in Science Citation Indexed (Core or Expanded) international journals and 75 papers in the proceedings of International conferences. He is also author of 10 chapters in various books published by International publishers. He is invited several international conferences to give special lecture particularly on structural optimization and soft computing. He is awarded Telford Premium by the Institution of Civil Engineers, London in 1979 for the paper titled “The Theorems of Structural Variation Generalized for Rigidly Jointed Frames” published in Proceedings of ICE, London, U.K. together with Prof. Dr. K. I. Majid and Prof. Dr. T. Celik. His research topics cover optimum size, geometry and topology design of linear and non-linear structures as well as structural re-analysis. He is currently member of the editorial boards of Computers and Structures, an International Journal and Advances in Engineering Software and Associate Editor of Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization and Asian Journal of Civil Engineering.

Title of the Talk: "Nature-Inspired Computation and Swarm Intelligence: Review and Analysis"

Xin-She Yang obtained his DPhil in Applied Mathematics from the University of Oxford. He then worked at Cambridge University and National Physical Laboratory (UK) as a Senior Research Scientist. Now he is Reader in Modelling and Optimization at Middlesex University, and an elected
Bye-Fellow at Cambridge University. He is the Chair of the IEEE CIS Task Force on Business Intelligence and Knowledge Management. He has given many keynote talks at over 20 international conferences such as ICCS'15 (Iceland), SIBGRAPI'15 (Brazil), OIPE'16 (Italy), ISCBI'16 (Switzerland), BDIOT'17 (UK), ICAAI'2018 (Spain) and ICIST2019 (UK). He has published more than 250 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 20 books. He has been on the prestigious list of Clarivate Analytics/Web of Science Highly Cited Researchers in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Yusuf Cengiz Toklu, Having obtained B.S. and M.S degrees from Middle East Technical University (Turkey) in Civil Engineering and Ph.D. in Mechanics from Paris University VI (France), Dr. Toklu worked as academician and administrator in several Universities and also as director of many giant civil engineering projects in Turkey. His main research areas are non-linear structural analysis, optimization, space civil engineering, and meta-heuristic methods. He is the developer of the method “Total Potential Optimization using Meta-heuristic Algorithms (TPO/MA)” which is shown to be more successful than classical methods including the Finite Element Method (FEM) in analyzing non-linear structural systems. Professor Toklu is now with the Beykent University in Turkey. Among others, he is member of the ASCE Emerging Computing Technologies Committee, ASCE Global Center of Excellence in Computing, European Group for Intelligent Computing in Engineering (EG-ICE), and European Chapter of Metaheuristics (EU/ME).


Zong Woo Geem is a Professor in Department of Energy IT at Gachon University, South Korea. He has obtained B.Eng. in Chung-Ang University, Ph.D. in Korea University, and M.Sc. in Johns Hopkins University, and researched at Virginia Tech, University of Maryland - College Park, and Johns Hopkins University. He invented a music-inspired optimization algorithm, Harmony Search, which has been applied to various scientific and engineering problems. His research interest includes phenomenon-mimicking algorithms and their applications to energy, environment and water fields. He has served for various journals as an editor (Associate Editor for Engineering Optimization; Guest Editor for Swarm & Evolutionary Computation, Int. Journal of Bio-Inspired Computation, Journal of Applied Mathematics, Applied Sciences, and Sustainability).