Katherine Malan is a full professor in the Department of Decision Sciences at UNISA. She received her BSc (Computer Science & Mathematics), BSc Hons (Computer Science) and MSc (Computer Science) from the University of Cape Town and her PhD (Computer Science) from the University of Pretoria in 2014. She has over 25 years' lecturing experience, mostly in Computer Science, at three different South African universities and has co-authored two programming textbooks. She is editor-in-chief of South African Computer Journal, associate editor for Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, co-chair of ENUM track of GECCO, and has served as a reviewer for over 20 Web of Science journals. She currently holds a National Research Foundation C1 rating for research (2020 - 2024).

Her research interests include:

  • automated algorithm selection in optimisation and learning,
  • fitness landscape analysis, in particular the analysis of optimisation problems in relation to population-based (mostly nature-inspired) algorithm performance, and
  • the application of computational intelligence techniques to real-world optimisation and data mining problems.

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