Kourosh Neshatian

Dr Kourosh Neshatian is a senior lecturer at the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering at the University of Canterbury. His research looks at improving the performance of Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems by devising better representation and algorithms.

Kourosh started his research by working on neural networks and inference systems. In 2004, he published a five-layer network for time series prediction. He later worked on information retrieval and expert systems. He developed an ontology-relational backend for an automated question answering system which led to several publications.

Kourosh completed his PhD in Machine Learning at Victoria University of Wellington working on representation learning. This was followed by a post-doc research. The focus of his research was on the manipulation of the feature space through feature construction and dimensionality reduction. He developed several algorithms in this area which were published in various conferences and journals. Some of his papers were nominated and received best paper awards.

Kourosh has directed several research projects in various areas of AI and Machine Learning including Dimensionality Reduction, Representation Learning, Hyper-Parameter Optimisation, Support Vector Machines, Artificial Life and Open-ended Evolution, Zero-Sum Games and MCTS, Transfer Learning, Multi-Agent and Swarm-based Learning, General Game Playing, Reservoir Computing, and Approximate Matching.

Kourosh provides his professional services to the community and local industry. He also provides consultation to the public sector and crown entities in NZ and Ireland.

Kourosh is regularly invited to serve as a member of programme committees, organising committees, track chair, and session chair in various major conferences in AI and Machine Learning.

Kourosh acts as reviewer for the following journals: Elsevier Journal of Information Fusion; Elsevier Journal of Information Science; IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation; IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems & Rehabilitation Engineering; IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics; Journal of Neural Computing and Applications; Journal of Soft Computing; Journal of Intelligent and Fuzzy Systems. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Computing and Information Technology Kourosh has supervised and examined over 50 post-graduate research projects at Honours, Masters, and PhD levels. He is currently the post-graduate research coordinator at the department of Computer Science and Software Engineering

For more information about Kourosh’s research please visit his University of Canterbury research page.