Brief Bio:

Dr. He is an IEEE Fellow and the Robert Haas Endowed Chair Professor at the University of Rhode Island (Kingston, RI). He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), Wuhan, China, in 1999 and 2002, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Ohio University (Athens, OH) in 2006. From 2006 to 2009, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken, NJ).

He is the Director of the Computational Intelligence and Self-Adaptive Systems (CISA) Laboratory. His research interests include computational intelligence, machine learning and data mining, cyber-physical systems, human-robot interaction, smart grid, cyber security, and various application fields. The long-term research goal is to advance the fundamental principles and mathematical foundations of general-purpose brain-like intelligence, develop systematical methodologies to potentially replicate certain levels of such intelligence, and demonstrate its wide applications to real-world complex problems to bring this level of intelligence closer to reality.

He has published 1 research book entitled "Self-Adaptive Systems for Machine Intelligence" with Wiley (Links: Wiley or Amazon), edited 1 book entitled "Imbalanced Learning: Foundations, Algorithms, and Applications" with Wiley-IEEE (Links: Wiley or Amazon), edited 6 conference proceedings with Springer, and authored/co-authors over 280 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers, including several highly-cited papers, Cover Page Paper, Spotlight paper, and Best Papers.

Since 2006 to date, he has secured over $6 million external research funding from National Science Foundation (NSF), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Department of Defense (DOD), Army Research Office (ARO), U.S. Army ARDEC, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), and various industry companies. His research have been covered by national and international medias such as IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter, The Wall Street Journal, Yahoo!, Providence Business News, CCTV, among others.

He has advised 6 post-docs, 20+ Ph.D. students (10+ graduated), 6 Master students, and many undergraduate students (including one Best Senior Design project team), and hosted 10+ Visiting Scholars. Five of his Ph.D. students joined major research universities in the U.S. and Canada as tenure-track assistant professors immediately after graduation, four Ph.D. students won the prestigious "Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Student Abroad", the highest honor bestowed by the Chinese government for oversea students (CCTV, SinovisionNet), one Ph.D. student received the URI Graduate School Excellence in Doctoral Research Award (2016), the only award conferred in the year across the entire university.

He regularly serves on the Organizing Committees and Program Committees of the international conferences in his field, including the General Chair of the IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence (IEEE SSCI'14). He serves on numerous Technical Committees within IEEE and other professional societies, including the Chair of the IEEE TNNLS Outstanding Paper Award Subcommittee (2017),  Chair of the IEEE CIS Neural Network Technical Committee (NNTC) (2013 and 2014), Chair of the IEEE CIS Emergent Technology Technical Committee (ETTC) (2015), Vice Chair of the IEEE CIS ADPRL TC, Vice Chair of the Computational Intelligence in Smart Grid Task Force, IEEE-USA Energy Policy Committee, among others. He has delivered over 60 invited talks/keynotes around the globe.

He currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems, as well as on the editorial board for several other IEEE journals.  

He received the IEEE Annual Computing and Communication Workshop and Conference (IEEE CCWC) Best Paper Award (2018), IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) Best Paper Award (2014), IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) Outstanding Early Career Award (2014), National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award (2011), and Providence Business News (PBN) "Rising Star Innovator" Award (2011).