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The USTC-Birmingham Joint Research Institute in Intelligent Computation and Its Applications (UBRI) was officially launched on 21 October 2010 by Professor Chu-Sheng Chen, Vice President of USTC, and Professor Nigel Weatherill, Pro Vice Chancellor of University of Birmingham and Head of College of Engineering and Physical Sciences. The ceremony was held at USTC, Hefei, Anhui, China, and was attended by Professor Jianguo Hou, President of USTC, and Professor Malcolm Press, Pro Vice Chancellor of University of Birmingham and Head of College of Life and Environmental Sciences.

The 2016 International Workshop on Nature Inspired Computation and Applications (IWNICA'16) will take place from October 24-26, 2016 in Hefei!

The primary aim of the USTC-Birmingham Joint Research Institute is to strengthen long-term research collaboration and partnership between the two universities. Our objectives include:

  • to increase the quality and volume of our research by combining the expertise and strength from the two universities;
  • to increase the impact of our research in China, UK and internationally, including scientific, economic and societal impact;
  • to promote researcher exchanges, including both staff and PhD students, between the two universities;
  • to attract talented students to PhD programmes at the University of Birmingham and USTC;
  • to work with industrial partners on challenging real-world problems, including working with UK/international companies who want to have a Chinese research partner and with Chinese companies who want to have a UK research partner.
  • to work together with other leading universities and research organisations on joint projects.

The key expertise of our USTC-Birmingham Joint Research Institute includes (a) Adaptive Optimisation, and (b) Advanced Data Analysis and Mining.