Faculty of Business Administration
Visiting Scholar Seminar


Bio-inspired swarm intelligence optimization theories and their applications

Professor Ben NIU
Department of Management Science
Shenzhen University

Date: 14 May 2021 (Friday)
Time: 15:00-16:00
Venue: E22-2007


Bio-inspired Swarm Intelligence (Bio-SI) is a subfield of Artificial Intelligence (AI), which has attracted the attention and study of scholars during in the past 20 years. Bio-SI optimization algorithms (Bio-SIOAs) mimic the behaviors of animals, like birds, ants, honeybees, fishes, and bacteria, etc. For example, Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) simulates the behavior of a flock of birds to find food through their own historical experience and communication with other birds. Ant Colony Optimization (ACO) imitates the behavior of ant colony to search for food through pheromone. Bacterial Foraging Optimization (BFO) simulates the foraging behaviors of E. coli. During the whole searching process, the birds, ants, and bacteria present the characteristics of self-organization, self-adaptivity, flexibility, and robustness. Due to these characteristics, Bio-SIOAs have been widely used to solve portfolio optimization, data mining, and medical diagnosis, among others, in the fields of management, economic, engineering, medical, and science.

In this seminar, a brief introduction of the relationships of AI and Bio-SI will be given. Then, it will present the Bio-SIOAs in detail, and explain the mechanism of Bio-SIOAs by taking PSO and BFO as examples. Finally, the practical applications of Bio-SIOAs will be introduced, which include academic research and innovation and entrepreneurship practice research.


Prof. Ben Niu, Head of the Management Science Department of Shenzhen University, has been elected the only Pearl River Scholar Chair Professor in Shenzhen City for the year 2016. In the past 5 years, he was awarded several honors, including ‘Hong Kong Scholar’ (National Level), ‘Pearl River Scholar of Guangdong Province’, ‘Top Youth Talent of Guangdong Province’, ‘QianBaiShi Talents of Guangdong Province’, ‘Overseas High-Caliber Talent of Shenzhen’, and ‘High-Level Talent in Shenzhen’. Prof. Niu earned his doctoral degree from Shenyang Institute of Automation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang, China, in 2008. He obtained M.Sc. degree from the Anhui Agricultural University, Anhui, China, in 2004. He received the B.S. degree in Mechanical Design and Manufacturing from Hefei Union University, Hefei, China in 2001. His main fields of research include Data Science, Computational Intelligence, Swarm Intelligence, Machine Learning, Feature Engineering, and Decision Support System. He has a strong record of influential research, and his papers are widely cited (4695 times citations, H-index is 33) and well-reputable in his fields. He is the editorial member of “International Journal of Swarm Intelligence Research”, “The Scientific World”, and “Journal of Optimization” etc.