Professor Aderemi Adewumi graduated with B.ScHons and M.Sc. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, where he also lectured for over ten years in Computer Science. He later received his PhD in Computational & Applied Mathematics from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa with specialty in Global Optimization and Computational Intelligence. He joined the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2009 as a Lecturer and progressively rose to Associate Professor Level. He is currently the Academic Leader (HOD) for Computer Science in the School of Mathematics, Statistics & Computer Science, University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), South Africa where he also serve as the Director of the recently created Applied Artificial Intelligence Research Unit while leading the Optimization and Modeling research Group within the centre. He has worked in various capacities for different tertiary institutions before joining UKZN. An active Researcher in Computer Science, Professor Adewumi has over 80 publications in high impact journals, conferences and workshops.
Professor Adewumi has and is still serving in various capacities both in the academic and non-academic environment. A former United-Nation University fellow to the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Professor Adewumi is a member many academic and professional organizations including Operations Research Society of South Africa (ORSSA), IEEE and IAENG. He served as the Chairperson of the KwaZulu-Natal Chapter of ORSSA. He is deeply into researches in many areas including global optimization and artificial intelligence, with particular interest in computational intelligence and (meta) heuristics solutions to several real-world (industrial) global optimization problems.
He is a visiting Professor, examiners and moderator for several Universities in different countries including Nigeria, India, South Africa and Botswana. He is also a member of many research programmes/groups both in South Africa and beyond serving as a mentor to many young academics and professionals. As a result of his efficiency and productivity, Professor Adewumi has secured research funding that have been and are being judiciously used to fund researches at Maters, Doctoral and Post-Doctoral levels with positive results.
Professor Adewumi has supervised to completion over 20 student researches at the Masters, Doctoral and Post-Doctoral levels. He currently reviews research papers on regular basis for several high ranked journals and conferences within and outside South Africa. He is also a regular examiner and reviewer for graduate student theses from within and outside the country. He serves as guest editor, reviewer and editorial board member for reputable journals and conferences aside serving on other conference committees. He regularly presents invited talk and keynote speeches at International Conferences.
Professor Adewumi has been involved in several University Administrative structures at various levels, ranging from School to the University Council. At UKZN, he served on the Council, finance committee, among others while currently serving on the Senate, College of Academic Affair Board (Agriculture, Engineering & Science), Convocation Executive Committee (Convex), School Management Committee and others within the School. He has vast experience in curriculum development, student administration and counselling as well as School/University Administration. Professor Adewumi is a lecturer, teacher and administrator.
Professor Adewumi is happily married with two sons and two daughters