I received my BE and ME respectively in 1989 and 1992 from China and my PhD in Computer Science from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia in 2000. Since 2000, I have been working as a lecturer then senior lecturer, Associate Professor/Reader, and now Professor of Computer Science at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. I have published over 200 academic papers in refereed international journals and conferences. I have been serving as an associated editor or editorial board member for five international journals (including IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation and the Evolutionary Computation Journal) and as a reviewer of over 15 international journals. I have also been serving as a steering committee member and a program committee member for over 60 international conferences in the areas of evolutionary computation and artificial intelligence. Since 2005, I have been awarded two Marsden grants by the Marsden Council administrated by the Royal Society of New Zealand, and also a Postdoctoral Fellowship grant by the BuildIT (a National Funding Agency for ICT Research) of New Zealand. I am a Panel member of the Marsden Fund, Royal Society of New Zealand; a Board Member of the Evolutionary Computation Technical Committee, IEEE Computational Intelligence Society; and a Committee Member of the IEEE New Zealand Central Section. I am currently the Deputy Head of School and Chair of the Research Committee of the School of Engineering and Computer Science, and the Representative of the Faculty of Engineering on the Board of Faculty Graduate Research and the University Scholarships Committee.