Thomas Bäck

Titels Prof. dr.
Initials T.H.W.
Main position Hoogleraar UL
Disciplines Artificial intelligence, expert systems
Chair Natural Computing
Domain Natural Sciences and Engineering
Membership Member
Since 2021
Member of Natural Sciences and Engineering
Employed by Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS)
Universiteit Leiden
Niels Bohrweg 1
2333 CA Leiden
tel.  071 527 7108
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Thomas Bäck is the founder of evolutionary computation, a subfield of mathematics that draws inspiration from evolutionary biology to find the best solution to a given problem. Bäck’s numerous publications (400 since 1990) have had an enormous impact and cover subjects ranging from the theory of global optimisation techniques to their application in logistics, health care, industrial production and other fields. Bäck excels at building bridges. He works extensively with businesses and is a champion of education, having spent eight years as the Director of Education for Leiden’s Computer Science programme. Bäck is head of the Natural Computing Research Group and in this role is preparing approximately 20 young scientists for their future.