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Professor Michael O'Neill


Michael O'Neill

Icon Full Professor Of Business Analytics
School of Business
01 716 8048
University College Dublin, School of Business, Graduate School of Business Carysfort Avenue Blackrock Co. Dublin


Prof Michael O'Neill is Full Professor of Business Analytics in the UCD School of Business, and a founding Director of the UCD Natural Computing Research & Applications Group. He has served in senior leadership roles including Associate Dean - Director of the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, Vice-Principal UCD College of Business (Research, Innovation & Impact), and Director of UCD's Institute for interdisciplinary research, the UCD Complex & Adaptive Systems Laboratory (CASL). One of the inventors of Grammatical Evolution, he is the lead author of the seminal book on this subject, and is independently ranked as one of the all time top 5 researchers in Genetic Programming. In 2019 his team won the HUMIES Gold Award for Human-competitive Artificial Intelligence on Cellular Networks presented at the ACM GECCO 2019 conference in Prague. This follows his team winning the HUMIES Bronze Award for Innovative Truss Design presented at the ACM GECCO 2017 conference in Berlin. Prof O'Neill has co-authored a number of successful funding applications with a total value over Euro 7 Million. He has won two Science Foundation Ireland Investigator Awards, a Principal Investigator award with Lero - the Irish Software Research Centre, and a Principal Investigator award with FMC2 - Financial Mathematics & Computation Cluster. Both FMC2 and Lero are funded by Science Foundation Ireland. His projects have been twice shortlisted for the SFI Best Reported Impact Award (2016 and 2018). Michael has published in excess of 300 peer-reviewed publications including 4 monographs, 17 edited books, has over 7000 citations, and a H-index of 40. His published books are: - Grammatical Evolution (2003) with Conor Ryan, - Foundations in Grammatical Evolution for Dynamic Environments (2009) with Ian Dempsey and Anthony Brabazon, - Biologically Inspired Algorithms for Financial Modelling (2006) with Anthony Brabazon, - Natural Computing Algorithms (2015) with Anthony Brabazon and Sean McGarraghy, and - Handbook on Grammatical Evolution (2018) with Conor Ryan and J.J. Collins. Michael was Local Chair of the ACM Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO 2011) which was held in Dublin, 12-16 July 2011. Chair of the European Conference on Genetic Programming (EuroGP 2007 and EuroGP 2008), Chair of the Genetic Programming Track of the ACM Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference 2010, Co-Chair of the Grammars in Evolutionary Computation Special Session at IEEE WCCI 2008 and WCCI 2010, and Chair of the Real World Applications Track of the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO 2009). He is Co-Founder and Chair of the European Event on Evolutionary and Natural Computation in Finance & Economics (EvoFIN 2007, EvoFIN 2008, EvoFIN 2009 and EvoFIN 2010), which sees its tenth instance (EvoBAFIN 2016), which is now expanded to include Business Analytics, in Porto Portugal in April 2016. He was also Chair of the Grammatical Evolution Workshops (GEWS 2002, GEWS 2003 and GEWS 2004), and Chair of the SIGEVO Graduate Student Workshop 2005.Michael has served as Associate Editor of the journal Applied Soft Computing, and on the Editorial Boards of Genetic Programming & Evolvable Machines, Recent Patents on Computer Science, the Journal of Artificial Evolution and Applications, and the International Journal of Innovative Computing and Applications. He is a regular reviewer for the IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machines, and the Evolutionary Computation Journal. Prof O'Neill has acted as External Examiner for a number of PhDs in the field of Evolutionary Computation, and has supervised a number of PhD's and Research MSc's to successful completion. He is a member of ACM, ACM SIGEVO and ACM SIGEVO Executive Board. UCD Natural Computing Research & Applications Group


  • BSc
    University College Dublin
  • H Dip Computer Science
    University College Dublin
  • PhD
    University of Limerick