Dialectics of nature: new approaches to optimisation

12 September 2017, 11:00 - 12:00
Chelmsford campus

The Anglia Ruskin IT Research Institute is delighted to welcome Dr Nazmul Siddique from the School of Computing and Intelligent Systems, Ulster University.

Dr Siddique’s presentation will be followed by a short Q&A session.


Nature does things in an amazing way. Behind the visible phenomena, there are innumerable invisible causes hidden at times. Philosophers and scientists have been observing these phenomena in the nature for centuries and trying to understand, explain, adapt and replicate the artificial systems. There are innumerable agents and forces within the living and non-living world, most of which are unknown and the underlying complexity is beyond human comprehension as a whole. These agents are acting in parallel and very often against each other giving form and feature to nature, and regulating the harmony, beauty and vigour of life. This is seen as the dialectics of nature which lies in the concept of the evolution of the natural world. The evolution of complexity in nature follows a distinctive order. There is also information processing in nature performed in a distributed, self-organised and optimal manner without any central control. All these phenomena known or partially known so far are emerging as new fields of science, technology, and computing that study problem solving techniques inspired by nature as well as attempts to understand the underlying principles and mechanisms of natural, physical, chemical and biological organisms that perform complex tasks in a befitting manner with limited resources and capability.

Mankind has been trying to understand the nature ever since by developing new tools and techniques. The field of nature-inspired computing (NIC) is interdisciplinary in nature combining computing science with knowledge from different branches of sciences, e.g. physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, and engineering, That allows development of new computational tools such as algorithms, hardware, or wetware for problem solving, synthesis of patterns, behaviours, and organisms. This talk will present an overview of significant advances made in the emerging field of nature-inspired computing (NIC) with a focus on the physics and chemistry based algorithms to optimisation.


Nazmul Siddique is a Lecturer in the School of Computing and Intelligent Systems, University of Ulster. He obtained Dipl.-Ing. degree in Cybernetics from the Dresden University of Technology, Germany, MSc in Computer Science from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology and PhD in Intelligent Control from the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, University of Sheffield, England. His research interests include: cybernetics, computational intelligence, bio-inspired computing, stochastic systems and vehicular communication. He has published over 150 research papers in the broad area of cybernetics, intelligent control, computational intelligence and robotics including four books published by John Wiley, Springer and Taylor & Francis. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a senior member of IEEE and member of different committees of IEEE SMC Society and UK-RI Chapter. He has been involved in organising many national and international conferences. He is on the editorial board of seven international journals.

Event Details

12 September 2017, 11:00 - 12:00
Chelmsford campus
Free to attend