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Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, Université d'Angers (France); Senior Fellow of the French "Institut Universitaire de France", Working on computational methods for large scale and complex combinatorial optimization problems.
Jin-Kao Hao holds a full Professor position in the Department of Computer Science of the University of Angers (France) since 1999. He becomes Distinguished Professor (Professeur de classe exceptionnelle - PR CE1 in 2010, nominated by the National Council of Universities - CNU 27, last level PR CE2 since 2013). In 2015, he was nominated as Senior Fellow of the Institut Universitaire de France. He was the Director of the LERIA Laboratory (2003-2015) (Angers Computer Science Lab) and the founder of the research group "Metaheuristics, Optimization and Applications". Before joining the University of Angers, he has been an Associate Professor at the National Higher Engineering School "Ecole des Mines d'Ales" (EERIE Campus at Nîmes) and head of the "Constraints and Heuristics" research group until September 1999. He is the holder of the French National Research and Doctoral Supervision Bonus (PEDR) and the Research Excellence Bonus (PES).