Biography

Dr Kalyanmoy Deb (Phd in Engineering Mechanics from the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa)) is a Gurmukh and Veena Mehta Endowed Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering (Indian Institute Of Technology Kanpur) and the Director of the Kanpur Genetic Algorithms Laboratory (KanGAL) which he established in 1997.

Prof. Deb received his Bachelor's degree from IIT Kharagpur (Mechanical Engg 1985). Before joining Alabama, Prof. Deb served with Engineers India Limited (New Delhi) between 1985 and 1987. He was also a Visiting Research Assistant Professor in the Department of General Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign between 1991 and 1992 and worked at Illinois Genetic Algorithms Laboratory (IlliGAL).

Recipient of Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant award for 2 consecutive years at Alabama, Prof. Deb has numerous awards and honours in his name, including the prestigeous Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in Engineering Sciences in 2005, `Thomson Citation Laureate Award', an award given to an Indian Researcher for making most highly cited research contribution during 1996-2005 in a particular discipline according to ISI Web of Science., Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award and Humboldt Fellowship from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany. He is a fellow of Indian National Science Academy (INSA), Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), Indian Academy of Sciences (IASc), and International Society of Genetic and Evolutionary Computation (ISGEC). He has been awarded 'Distinguished Alumnus Award from his Alma mater IIT Kharagpur in 2011. At present Prof. Deb is involved with 18 international journal editorial boards including IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation Journal , Evolutionary Computation Journal from MIT Press , Engineering Optimization Journal , Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machines and others. He has also the rare honour of being the only Asian Executive Council Member of the International Society for Genetic and Evolutionary Computation (ISGEC)

Author of more than 275 research papers, two textbooks, 17 edited books, his 2001 book on Evolutionary Multiobjective Optimization Algorithms is the first ever compilation of multiobjective optimization algorithms. Because of his pioneering research in the field of evolutionary multi-objective optimization (EMO), he has been invited to present 35 Keynote lectures and more than 100 invited lectures and tutorials on the topic. Professor Deb has organized several conferences and founder-chaired the First Conference on Evolutionary Multicriterion Optimization (EMO 2001) held at Zurich.

His research has a practical bend, because of which many researchers and applicationists refer to his research. His NSGA-II paper from IEEE Trans. on Evolutionary Computation (2000) is judged as the Fast-Breaking Paper in Engineering by ESI Web of Science and now this paper is awarded the 'Current Classic' and 'Most Highly Cited Paper' by Thomson Reuters. Immensely popular among his students and colleagues, Prof. Deb happens to be the most cited Indian researcher in the Computer Science area according Thomson Reuters for which he received 'Thomson Citation Laureate Award' in 2005. Overall ISI citation count of all his publications is over 15,000 (counted in December 2010) and over 30,000 using google scholar. His h-index according to Google Scholar (obtained from Harzing's Publish or Perish) is 61.