Professor Nikola Kasabov is the Director of the Knowledge Engineering and Discovery Research Centre (KEDRI) and Personal Chair of Knowledge Engineering in the School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematical Sciences at AUT.
His main interests are in the areas of: computational intelligence, neuro-computing, bioinformatics, neuroinformatics, speech and image processing, novel methods for data mining and knowledge discovery.
He has published over 600 works, among them 180 journal papers, text books, edited research books and monographs, conference papers, book chapters, edited conference proceedings, 28 patents and authorship certificates in the area of intelligent systems, connectionist and hybrid connectionist systems, fuzzy systems, expert systems, speech recognition, bioinformatics, neurocomputing and neural networks. Recently he invented the first neuromorphic spatio-temporal data machine called NeuCube.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and a Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, UK. Professor Kasabov served as the President of the International Neural Network Society (INNS), 2009-2010, and of the Asia-Pacific Neural Network Assembly (APNNA), 2008 and is currently a governing board member of the two societies.
Professor Kasabov is the General Chairman of a series of biannual international conferences on Neurocomputing and Evolving Intelligence in New Zealand. In 2011-2012 he was awarded an EU Marie Curie Fellowship. In 2012 he received the INNS Gabor Award and in 2007 – The Bayer Science Innovator Award for his innovative work on neural network applications. He also received The Royal Society of New Zealand Silver Medal for contribution to Science and Technology in 2001.
Professor Kasabov is Associate Editor of numerous international journals, including Neural Networks. He has extensive academic experience at various academic and research organisations: University of Otago, New Zealand; University of Essex, UK; University of Trento, Italy; Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria; TU Kaiserslautern Germany; ETH Zurich; Shanghai Jiao Tong University (Honorary Guest Professor). Professor Kasabov has Masters degrees in Computer Science and Engineering, and Mathematical Sciences and a PhD in Mathematical Sciences from Technical University, Sofia, Bulgaria. He has supervised to completion 28 PhD students.