Deb and his student receive IEEE Outstanding Paper Award

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Prof. Kalyanmoy Deb, IEEE Fellow (2012), and his student, Himanshu Jain have been awarded the IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation Outstanding Paper Award for 2017 by IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS). 

This IEEE Outstanding Paper Award is given to two papers chosen from 50+ papers published in all issues of  IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation for the year 2014.  The award will be given to Prof. Deb during 2017 Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC-2017) conference ( in San Sebastian, Spain in May 2017.

The award paper entitled “An Evolutionary Many-Objective Optimization Algorithm Using Reference-Point-Based Nondominated Sorting Approach, Part I: Solving Problems with Box Constraints” was published in IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, Vol. 18, No. 4, pp. 577-601, August 2014 (Impact Factor: 5.908). This paper has already been cited 346 times since its publication in 2014. The list of all IEEE 2017 awards can be found at

The paper proposed a many-objective optimization algorithm capable of handling as many as 15 to 20 objectives. The algorithm uses evolutionary computation framework in its core and maintains a modular and parameter-less approach which its highly-cited predecessor NSGA-II algorithm adopted (over 21,000 Google Scholar citations). His NSGA-II work had won him a number of awards -- Infosys award, Cajastur Mamdani Prize, Thomson Citation Laureate Award. The new algorithm enables researchers and practitioners to handle three or more objectives simultaneously in arriving at a widely-distributed set of trade-off optimal solutions.

Prof. Deb is Koenig Endowed Chair Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and is a thrust area leader at NSF Beacon Center for study of evolution in action. Prof. Deb has been working in evolutionary multi-objective optimization area for the past 23 years. His Computational Optimization and Innovation (COIN) Laboratory at MSU is currently active in working on several industrial projects and houses more than 10 doctoral students and three post-doctoral researchers. More information about Prof. Deb's research can be found or