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Biography

My research interests are concentrated in Optimization and Data Mining. In Optimization, I have been working with Genetic Algorithms and their applications in:

  • Machine Scheduling (Single, Parallel, Flowshop, Jobshop)

  • VLSI circuit design - Energy distribution planning

  • Oil transportation planning

  • Timetabling

  • Coal supply chain

In Data Mining, I have been working with feature selection and pattern recognition in:

  • Decision making and learning processes

  • Classification using stock markets data

  • Classification using gene expression data

  • Genetic biomarkers for diseases

  • Prediction of seizures in epilepsy.

For a more detailed description of my research, please refer to:

 

Qualifications

  • PhD (Electrical Engineering), Universidade Estadual de Campinas - Brazil, 20/02/2004
  • Graduate Certificate Practice of Tertiary Teaching, University of Newcastle, 11/12/2009
  • Master of Engineering (Electrical), Universidade Estadual de Campinas - Brazil, 04/11/1999
  • Bachelor in Applied Mathematics, Universidade Estadual de Campinas - Brazil, 16/08/1997

Research

Research keywords

  • Bioinformatics
  • Combinatorial Optimisation
  • Data Mining
  • Operations Research
  • Robotics

Research expertise

I have co-authored a total of 65 publications, including book chapters, journals and conferences articles. My publications have been cited over 680 times (Google Scholar). I have also been awarded, as co-chief investigator, seven research grants and direct industry research funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC), Energy Australia, the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) and from The University of Newcastle, totalling just above AU$ 860,000.

I am a reviewer of several international journals, including Annals of Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, Entropy, Energies, Memetic Computing, International Journal of Production Economics, Computers and Industrial Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics - Part C, Optimization Letters, European Journal of Industrial Engineering, Production Planning & Control, Computers and Operations Research, European Journal of Operational Research, International Journal of Production Research, IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks, Journal of Combinatorial Mathematics and Combinatorial Computing, Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing, Soft Computing and Journal of Heuristics.

I have reviewed papers the following conferences, as well:

  • Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO-2005)
  • 33rd National Congress of Applied Mathematics and Computing (CNMAC2010)
  • The 3rd IAPR Intl. Conf. on Pattern Recognition in Bioinformatics (PRIB2008)
  • IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC2009-2010-2011)
  • The 1st Intl. Conf. on Networked Digital Technologies (NDT2009)
  • The 5th Intl. Symposium on Management, Engineering and Informatics (MEI 2009)

I am also a reviewer 'of international standing' for the Australian Research Council (ARC):

  • Discovery projects (since 2006)
  • Laureate Fellowships (2009)
  • Future Fellowships (2012-2013)
  • DECRA projects (2012)
  • Linkage projects (2013-2014)

I was part of the Organizing Committees of the IWOCA'07 - International Workshop on Combinatorial Algorithms and the 2008 Winter School in Mathematical and Computational Biology. Finally, I was in the Program Committee of the ACAL2011 - The 5th Australian Conference on Artificial Life.

Languages

  • English
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
080108Neural, Evolutionary And Fuzzy Computation55
080110Simulation And Modelling30
080101Adaptive Agents And Intelligent Robotics15

Awards

Best paper in International Conference.

2012Best student paper award - A Novel Approach to Ball Detection for Humanoid Robot Soccer
25th Australasian Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (Australia)
As the supervisor of Computer Engineering Final Year Project student Mr. David Budden, who was the leading author of the publication.
2003Best paper award - Applying Memetic Algorithms to the Analysis of Microarray Data
EvoBIO2003 - 1st European Workshop on Evolutionary Bioinformatics (United Kingdom)
Best paper award for the research on the use of memetic algorithms for clustering microarray gene expression data.

Research Award.

2011Pro Vice-Chancellor's Award for Research Excellence
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment - The University of Newcastle (Australia)
In recognition for "outstanding track record relative to opportunity".

Administrative

Administrative expertise

Administrative responsibilities within the Discipline of Computer Science and Software Engineering include:

  • Head of Discipline - CSSE (since March 2014)
  • Acting Head of Discipline - CSSE (2nd semester, 2013)
  • Acting Computer Science Honours Coordinator (2nd semester, 2012)
  • NUbots Deputy Team Leader (since October 2011)
  • Marketing Coordinator (since June 2011)
  • Seminar Coordinator (Januarsiy 2005 - December 2012)
  • Help Desk Coordinator (March 2011 - December 2012)

I am currently supervising three PhD students and have participated in over 15 committees for PhD and Masters confirmations in Australia and overseas. In addition, I have supervised Final Year Projects of three Software Engineering and two Computer Engineering students.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • C++ and Data Structures
  • Matlab and C
  • Software Architecture
  • Work Integrated Learning

Teaching expertise

I have been lecturing since semester 1, 2008. My courses are in C, C++, Matlab, Data Structures, Software Development and Software Architecture. Those courses have students from all years of the programs of Computer Science and Software Engineering, as well as Information Technology and several other Engineering programs. Class sizes vary from as small as 6 (COMP3850) up to 270 students (GENG1003):

SENG2130 - Software Development

SENG1120/6120 - Introduction to Software Engineering II

SENG4420 - Software Architecture

GENG1803 - Introduction to Engineering Practice

SENG3130/6140 - Software Architecture & Quality Management

GENG1003 - Introduction to Procedural Programming

COMP3850 - Computer Science Work Integrated Learning

In 2009, I completed the Graduate Certificate in the Practice of Tertiary Teaching, through the Centre for Teaching and Learning, after taking the following courses:

  • TEHE6010 - Principles and Practice of University Teaching and Learning
  • TEHE6020 - Course Design
  • TEHE6030 - Assessment of Student Learning
  • TEHE6040 - Supervision and Mentoring
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Publications

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Chapter (5 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2008Mendes ADS, Scott R, Moscato PA, 'Microarrays - Identifying molecular portraits in prostrate tumors with different gleason patterns', Clinical Bioinformatics, Humana Press, New York 131-151 (2008) [B1]
2008Hourani M, Berretta R, Mendes A, Moscato P, 'Genetic signatures for a rodent model of Parkinson's disease using combinatorial optimization methods', Bioinformatics, Humana Press, New Jersey, USA 379-392 (2008) [C2]
2004Moscato PA, Mendes ADS, Linhares A, 'VLSI design: gate matrix layout problem', Studies in fuzziness and soft computing - new optimization techniques in engineering, Springer, New York Not Known (2004) [B1]

Co-authors: Pablo Moscato

2004Moscato PA, Mendes ADS, Cotta C, 'Scheduling and production & control: MA', Studies in fuzziness and soft computing - new optimization techniques in engineering, Springer, New York Not Known (2004) [B1]

Co-authors: Pablo Moscato

2004Moscato PA, Cotta C, Mendes ADS, 'Memetic Algorithms', Studies in fuzziness and soft computing - new optimization techniques in engineering, Springer, New York Not Known (2004) [B1]

Co-authors: Pablo Moscato

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Journal article (16 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Mendes A, Cardoso RL, Mário PC, Martinez AL, Ferreira FR, 'Insolvency Prediction in the Presence of Data Inconsistencies', Intelligent Systems in Accounting, Finance and Management, 21 155-167 (2014)
2013Mendes A, Boland N, Guiney P, Riveros C, 'Switch and Tap-Changer Reconfiguration of Distribution Networks Using Evolutionary Algorithms', IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER SYSTEMS, 28 85-92 (2013) [C1]
2012Linhares A, Freitas AETA, Mendes ADS, Jarbas S, 'Entanglement of perception and reasoning in the combinatorial game of chess: Differential errors of strategic reconstruction', Cognitive Systems Research, 13 72-86 (2012) [C1]
2012Ravetti MG, Riveros RC, Mendes ADS, Resende MGC, Pardalos PM, 'Parallel hybrid heuristics for the permutation flow shop problem', Annals of Operations Research, 199 269-284 (2012) [C1]
2009Rosso OA, Mendes ADS, Berretta RE, Rostas JA, Hunter M, Moscato PA, 'Distinguishing childhood absence epilepsy patients from controls by the analysis of their background brain electrical activity (II): A combinatorial optimization approach for electrode selection', Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 181 257-267 (2009) [C1]
2009Rosso OA, Mendes ADS, Rostas JA, Hunter M, Moscato PA, 'Distinguishing childhood absence epilepsy patients from controls by the analysis of their background brain electrical activity', Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 177 461-468 (2009) [C1]
2009Ikin A, Riveros RC, Moscato PA, Mendes ADS, 'The Gene Interaction Miner: A new tool for data mining contextual information for protein-protein interaction analysis', Bioinformatics, 26 283-284 (2009) [C1]
2007Berretta RE, Mendes ADS, Moscato PA, 'Selection of discriminative genes in microarray experiments using mathematical programming', Journal of Research and Practice in Information Technology, 39 287-299 (2007) [C1]
2007Moscato PA, Mendes ADS, Berretta RE, 'Benchmarking a Memetic Algorithm for Ordering Microarray Data', Biosystems, 88 56-75 (2007) [C1]
2005Mendes ADS, Franca PM, Lyra C, Pissarra C, Cavellucci C, 'Capacitor placement in large-sized radial distribution networks', IEE Proceedings-Generation Transmission and Distribution, 152 496-502 (2005) [C1]
2005Franca PM, Gupta JND, Mendes ADS, Moscato PA, Veltink KJ, 'Evolutionary algorithms for scheduling a flowshop manufacturing cell with sequence dependent family setups', Computers & Industrial Engineering, 48 491-506 (2005) [C1]
2004Mendes ADS, Linhares A, 'A multiple-population evolutionary approach to gate matrix layout', International journal of systems science, 35 13-23 (2004) [C1]
2002Mendes AS, Franca PM, Moscato P, 'Fitness landscapes for the total tardiness single machine scheduling problem', Neural Network World, 12 165-180 (2002)
2002Mendes AS, Muller FM, Franca PM, Moscato P, 'Comparing meta-heuristic approaches for parallel machine scheduling problems', PRODUCTION PLANNING & CONTROL, 13 143-154 (2002)
2001Franca PM, Mendes A, Moscato P, 'A memetic algorithm for the total tardiness single machine scheduling problem', EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF OPERATIONAL RESEARCH, 132 224-242 (2001)
1998Teixeira E, Mendes A, 'An extension of the model for the problem of workpiece scheduling in a flexible manufacturing cell', PRODUCTION PLANNING & CONTROL, 9 176-180 (1998)
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Conference (29 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Annable B, Budden D, Mendes A, 'NUbugger: A visual real-time robot debugging system', Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) (2014)
2014Budden D, Mendes A, 'Unsupervised recognition of salient colour for real-time image processing', Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) (2014)
2014Fountain J, Walker J, Budden D, Mendes A, Chalup SK, 'Motivated reinforcement learning for improved head actuation of humanoid robots', Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) (2014)
2013Boland NL, McGowan B, Mendes A, Rigterink F, 'Modelling the Capacity of the Hunter Valley Coal Chain to Support Capacity Alignment of Maintenance Activities', MODSIM2013, Proceedings of the 20th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, Adelaide, SA (2013) [E1]

Co-authors: Natashia Boland

2013Budden D, Fenn S, Mendes A, Chalup S, 'Evaluation of colour models for computer vision using cluster validation techniques', Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, Mexico City (2013) [E1]
2013Budden D, Walker J, Flannery M, Mendes ADS, 'Probabilistic Gradient Ascent with Applications to Bipedal Robotic Locomotion', Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation, Sydney, Australia (2013) [E1]
2012Budden DM, Fenn SK, Walker JR, Mendes ADS, 'A novel approach to ball detection for humanoid robot soccer', AI 2012: Advances in Artificial Intelligence. 25th Australasian Joint Conference Proceedings, Sydney, Australia (2012) [E1]
2011Cardoso RL, Mendes ADS, Mario PDC, Martinez AL, Ferreira FR, 'Accounting information inconsistencies and their effects on insolvency prediction models', Abstracts. 34th Annual Congress of the European Accounting Association, Rome, Italy (2011) [E1]
2011Mendes ADS, 'Identification of breast cancer subtypes using multiple gene expression microarray datasets', AI 2011: Advances in Artificial Intelligence 24th Australasian Joint Conference Perth, Australia, December 5-8, 2011 Proceedings, Perth, WA (2011) [E1]
2011Mendes ADS, Boland NL, 'Multi-objective optimisation of power restoration in electricity distribution systems', AI 2011: Advances in Artificial Intelligence 24th Australasian Joint Conference Perth, Australia, December 5-8, 2011 Proceedings, Perth, WA (2011) [E1]
2010Mendes ADS, Boland NL, Guiney P, Riveros RC, '(N-1) contingency planning in radial distribution networks using genetic algorithms', 2010 IEEE/PES Transmission and Distribution. Proceedings, San Paulo, Brazil (2010) [E1]
2008Mendes ADS, 'Consensus clustering of gene expression microarray data using genetic algorithms', PRIB 2008 Supplementary Proceedings, Melbourne, VIC (2008) [E1]
2007Inostroza-Ponta M, Mendes ADS, Berretta RE, Moscato PA, 'An integrated QAP-based approach to visualize patterns of gene expression similarity', Progress in Artificial Life, Gold Coast, QLD (2007) [E1]
2007Hourani MA, Mendes ADS, Berretta RE, Moscato PA, 'Genetic biomarkers for brain hemisphere differentiation in Parkinson's Disease', Computational Models for Life Sciences (CMLS '07): 2007 International Symposium. Conference Proceedings, Gold Coast, QLD (2007) [E1]
2007Tuga M, Berretta RE, Mendes ADS, 'A hybrid simulated annealing with kempe chain neighborhood for the university timetabling problem', Proceedings of the 6th IEEE/ACIS International Conference on Computer and Information Science, Melbourne (2007) [E1]
2006Garcia VJ, Franca PM, Mendes ADS, Moscato PA, 'A Parallel Memetic Algorithm Applied to the Total Tardiness Machine Scheduling Problem', IPDPS 2006, 20th International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium, 2006, Rhodes Island, Greece (2006) [E1]

Co-authors: Pablo Moscato

2006Inostroza-Ponta M, Berretta RE, Mendes ADS, Moscato PA, 'An automatic graph layout procedure to visualize correlated data', Artificial Intelligence in Theory and Practice, Santiago, Chile (2006) [E1]
2005Mendes ADS, Cotta C, Garcia V, Franca P, Moscato PA, 'Gene Ordering in Microarray Data Using Parallel Memetic Algorithms', International Conference Workshops on Parallel Processing, 2005. ICPP 2005 Workshops, Oslo, Norway (2005) [E1]

Co-authors: Pablo Moscato

2005Moscato PA, Mathieson L, Mendes ADS, Berretta RE, 'The Electronic Primaries: Predicting the U.S. Presidency Using Feature Selection with Safe Data Reduction', Proceedings of the twenty eighth Australasian Computer Science Conference (ACSC 2005) Newcastle, Australia, January, 2005, Newcastle, N.S.W (2005) [E1]
2005Moscato PA, Berretta RE, Hourani MA, Mendes ADS, Cotta C, 'Genes related with Alzheimer's disease: A comparison of evolutionary search, statistical and integer programming approaches', Applications on Evolutionary Computing: EvoWorkkshops 2005: EvoBIO, EvoCOMNET, EvoHOT, EvoIASP, EvoMUSART, and EvoSTOC, Lausanne, Switzerland (2005) [E1]
2005Berretta RE, Mendes ADS, Moscato PA, 'Integer Programming Models and Algorithms for Molecular Classification of Cancer from Microarray Data', Proceedings of the twenty eighth Australasian Computer Science Conference (ACSC 2005) Newcastle, Australia, January, 2005, Newcastle, N.S.W (2005) [E1]
2005Berretta RE, Cotta C, Hourani MA, Mendes ADS, Moscato PA, 'Hacia una Mejor Compresion del Perfil Genetico de la Enfermedad de Alzheimer a Traves de Metaheuristicas', Proceedings of the MAEB2005, Granada, Spain (2005) [E2]
2005Moscato PA, Berretta RE, Mendes ADS, 'A New Memetic Algorithm for Ordering Datasets: Applications in Microarray Analysis', Proceedings of MIC2005, Vienna, Austria (2005) [E2]
2003Cotta C, Mendes A, Garcia V, Franca P, Moscato PA, 'Applying memetic algorithms to the analysis of microarray data', Applications of Evolutionay Computing: EvpWorkshops 2003, EvoBIO, EvoCOP, EvoIASP, EvoMUSART, EvoROB and EvoSTIM: Proceedings, Essex, UK (2003) [E1]

Co-authors: Pablo Moscato

2002Mendes A, Franca P, Moscato PA, Garcia V, 'Population Studies for the Gate Matrix Layout Problem', Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Berlin (2002) [C1]

Co-authors: Pablo Moscato

2001Mendes A, Franca P, Moscato P, 'NPOpt: An Optimization Framework for NP Problems', International Conference of the Production and Operations Management Society, Guaruja, Brazil (2001)
2000Mendes A, Franca P, Moscato P, 'Fuzzy-Evolutionary Algorithms Applied to Scheduling Problems', Proceedings of POM2000 - 1st World Conference on Production and Operations Management, Sevilla, Spain (2000)
2000Silva A, Ohishi T, Mendes A, Franca F, Delgado E, 'Using Genetic Algorithm and Simplex Method to Stabilize an Oil Treatment Plant Inlet Flow', Proceedings of IPC2000 - International Pipeline Conference, Calgary, Canada (2000)
2000Franca P, Gupta J, Mendes A, Moscato P, Veltink K, 'Metaheuristic Approaches for the Pure Flowshop Manufacturing Cell Problem', Proceedings of PMS2000 - 7th International Workshop On Project Management And Scheduling, Osnabruck, Germany (2000)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants9
Total funding$838,055

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2012 (2 grants)

Smart-CPMAT: Configuring intelligent buildings with wireless sensor networks$100,000
Funding Body: FAPEAL - Alagoas State Research Foundation, Brazil

SchemeRole
PRONEMInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$100,00020122015
GNo:185621777

The 25th Australasian Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Sydney, 4-7 December 2012$1,490
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Project Team
Doctor Alexandre Mendes
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,49020122012
GNo:G1201047

2011 (3 grants)

Mathematics and Computing for Integrated Stockyard-centric Management of Mining Supply Chains$560,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Professor Natashia Boland, Professor Peter Stuckey, Doctor Alexandre Mendes, Doctor Faramroze Engineer, Conjoint Professor Martin Savelsbergh, Dr Andreas Ernst, Doctor Thomas Kalinowski
SchemeRole
Linkage ProjectsInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$560,00020112014
GNo:G1000957

Mathematics and Computing for Integrated Stockyard-centric Management of Mining Supply Chains$130,000
Funding Body: Triple Point Australia

Project Team
Professor Natashia Boland, Professor Peter Stuckey, Doctor Alexandre Mendes, Doctor Faramroze Engineer, Conjoint Professor Martin Savelsbergh, Dr Andreas Ernst
SchemeRole
Linkage Projects Partner fundingInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$130,00020112014
GNo:G1001080

24th Australasian Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Perth, Australia, 5 - 8 December 2011$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Project Team
Doctor Alexandre Mendes
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020112011
GNo:G1100923

2010 (1 grants)

Optimal Switching Strategies to maintain Load Balancing in No-Failure/Minimum-Impact Outage Scenarios$20,000
Funding Body: Ausgrid

Project Team
Doctor Alexandre Mendes, Professor Natashia Boland
SchemeRole
Sponsorship AgreementChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$20,00020102010
GNo:G0900080

2008 (1 grants)

Consensus clustering of samples using gene expresssion microarray data$5,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Project Team
Doctor Alexandre Mendes
SchemeRole
Pilot GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020082008
GNo:G0189055

2006 (2 grants)

Computational Methods for Breast Cancer Genetic Profiling Using Genome-Wide Data$15,000
Funding Body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Project Team
Doctor Alexandre Mendes, Dr Pritha Mahata
SchemeRole
Special Competitive Research Fund for Early Career Researchers in CancerChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$15,00020062006
GNo:G0185931

A New Web Data Mining Tool for Functional Genomics Analysis$5,065
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

SchemeRole
Independent Investigator Project Grant SchemeChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,06520062006
GNo:16242786
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions3
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.83

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20142018PhD (Computer Science)Co-SupervisorFeature Selection and Metaheuristic-based Aggregation of Recommender Systems for Image Processing Using Crowd-sourced Information and Their Potential Applications in Digital Pathology and Information-based Medicine
20142018PhD (Computer Science)Co-SupervisorIntelligent Controller Design.
20102015PhD (Computer Science)Co-SupervisorAlpha-Labellings of Trees with Maximum Degree 3 and a Perfect Matching
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Dr Alexandre Mendes

Work Phone(02) 4921 6172
Fax(02) 4921 6929
Email
PositionSenior Lecturer
Centre for Bioinformatics, Biomarker Discovery and Information-Based Medicine
School of Elect Engineering and Computer Science
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaComputer Science and Software Engineering
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Callaghan NSW 2308
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URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/alexandre-mendes
Linkhttp://www.cs.newcastle.edu.au/~mendes