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Dr. YUEN Shiu Yin, Kelvin

AP, MPhil, HKP, D.Phil. Sus., SMIEEE


Associate Professor


Room: G6359   Tel: (852) 3442-7717 

Fax (EE Dept.): (852) 3442-0562



Research Interests

Big Data Analytics   Machine Learning   Evolutionary Computation   Artificial Intelligence   Computer Vision  



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Personal Profile


Shiu Yin Yuen, Kelvin was born in Hong Kong. He was awarded the Associateship (AP) in Electronic Engineering by the Hong Kong Polytechnic in 1985. He became the first person to be awarded the MPhil Degree by the Polytechnic in 1988. He was awarded the Doctorial degree (DPhil) from the School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences, University of Sussex, UK in 1992. He joined City University in 1992 as a Lecturer, and is now an Associate Professor.


He has published more than 30 international journal papers and around 60 international conference papers, including papers in IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, Journal of Machine Learning Research and International Journal of Computer Vision.  Citation information can be found in Scopus.


He was Program Co-chair of International Conference on Natural Computation 2013 and has served as Program Committee Member in 17 international conferences. He is Coordinator of Community of Practice for Social Responsibility and Ethics.  He collaborates with the Hong Kong Blind Union to develop aids for the visually impaired. Recently, he is also interested in ways to reduce myopia and other eye diseases in young children. He serves as an Adjudicator and Supervisor of the Joint School Science Exhibitions.


He was the recipient of the Hong Kong Government Scholarship for Outstanding Performance in Joint Primary 6 Examination, the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowship and the Croucher Foundation Scholarship.




Selected Recent Publications


Evolutionary Computation


Algorithm Selection (Given any problem, learn to find the best algorithm to solve it)


  1. S.Y. Yuen, C.K. Chow, X. Zhang, and Y. Lou, “Which algorithm should I choose: an evolutionary algorithm portfolio approach,” Applied Soft Computing, vol. 40, pp. 654-673, 2016.
  2. S.Y. Yuen, X. Zhang, and Y. Lou, “Sequential learnable evolutionary algorithm: a research program,” Proc. IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, pp. 2841-2848, Oct., 2015.
  3. S.Y. Yuen and X. Zhang, “On composing an algorithm portfolio,” Memetic Computing, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 203-214, 2015.
  4. S.Y. Yuen and X. Zhang, “Multiobjective evolutionary algorithm portfolio: choosing suitable algorithm for multiobjective optimization problem,” Proc. IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC), pp. 1967-1973, July 2014.


Novel Algorithms


  1. Y. Lou and S.Y. Yuen, “Non-revisiting genetic algorithm with adaptive mutation using constant memory,” Memetic Computing, vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 189-210, 2016.
  2. X. Zhang and S.Y. Yuen, “A Directional mutation operator for differential evolution algorithms,” Applied Soft Computing, vol. 30, pp. 529-548, 2015.
  3. C.K. Chow and S.Y. Yuen, “A Dynamic history-driven evolutionary algorithm,” Proc. IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC), pp. 1558-1564, July 2014.
  4. X. Zhang, X. Zhang, S.Y. Yuen, S.L. Ho, and W.N. Fu, “An improved artificial bee colony algorithm for optimal design of electromagnetic devices,” IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, vol. 49, no. 8, pp. 4811-4816, 2013.
  5. X. Zhang and S.Y. Yuen, “Improving artificial bee colony with one-position inheritance mechanism,” Memetic Computing, vol. 5, no. 3, pp. 187-211, 2013.
  6. S.W. Leung, S.Y. Yuen, and C.K. Chow, “Parameter control system of evolutionary algorithm that is aided by the entire search history,” Applied Soft Computing, vol. 12, no. 9, pp. 3063-3078, 2012.
  7. C.K. Chow and S.Y. Yuen, “A multi-objective evolutionary algorithm that diversifies population by its density,” IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 149-172, 2012.
  8. C.K. Chow and S.Y. Yuen, “An Evolutionary algorithm that makes decision based on the entire previous search history,” IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, vol. 15, no. 6, pp. 741-769, 2011.
  9. S.Y. Yuen and C.K. Chow, “A Genetic algorithm that adaptively mutates and never revisits,” IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 454-472, Apr. 2009.


Energy Saving Applications


  1. X. Zhang, K.F. Fong, and S.Y. Yuen, “A Novel artificial bee colony algorithm for HVAC optimization problems,” Science and Technology for the Built Environment (formerly HVAC&R Research), vol. 19, no. 6, pp. 715-731, 2013.
  2. K.F. Fong, C.K. Lee, C.K. Chow, and S.Y. Yuen, “Simulation-optimization of solar-thermal refrigeration systems for office use in subtropical Hong Kong,” Energy, vol. 36, pp. 6298-6307, 2011.
  3. K.F. Fong, S.Y. Yuen, C.K. Chow, and S.W. Leung, “Energy management and design of centralized air-conditioning systems through the non-revisiting strategy for heuristic optimization methods,” Applied Energy, vol. 87, no. 11, pp. 3494-3506, Nov. 2010.




  1. C.W. Sung and S.Y. Yuen, “Analysis of (1+1) evolutionary algorithm and randomized local search with memory,” Evolutionary Computation, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 287-323, summer 2011.


Machine Learning


Inductive Logic Programming


  1. J. Ahlgren and S.Y. Yuen, “Efficient program synthesis using constraint satisfaction in inductive logic programming,” Journal of Machine Learning Research, vol. 14, pp. 3649-3681, 2013.


Neural Network Design


  1. C.K. Chow and S.Y. Yuen, “Illumination direction estimation for augmented reality using a surface input real valued output regression network,” Pattern Recognition, vol. 43, pp. 1700-1716, Apr. 2010.


Computer Vision


Visual Attention Model


  1. J. Liang and S.Y. Yuen, "A Novel saliency prediction method based on fast radial symmetry transform and its generalization," Cognitive Computation, vol. 8, no. 4, pp. 693-702, 2016.
  2. J. Liang and S.Y. Yuen, “An Edge detection with automatic scale selection approach to improve coherent visual attention model,” Pattern Recognition Letters, vol. 34, pp. 1519-1524, 2013.


3D Shape from 2D Shape Cues (Explanatory Computer Vision)


  1. C.K. Chow and S.Y. Yuen, “A Solution to illumination direction estimation of a shaded image: genetic algorithm,” Image and Vision Computing, vol. 28, pp. 1717-1730, 2010.
  2. C.K. Chow and S.Y. Yuen, “Recovering shape by shading and stereo under Lambertian shading model,” International Journal of Computer Vision, vol. 85, no. 1, pp. 58-100, Oct. 2009.



Full List of Papers …




Non-revisiting Stochastic Search (4th September 2009)

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Research Students


Current Research Students


  1. Mr. Y. Lou
  2. Mr. Y.D. He


Graduated Research Students


PhD Graduates

  1. Dr. J.Y. Liang, “A Novel saliency prediction method based on fast radial symmetry transform and its extensions,” 2015.
  2. Dr. J. Ahlgren, “Automated programming using constrained inductive logic programming”, 2014.
  3. Dr. X. Zhang, “Techniques for improving differential evolution and artificial bee colony algorithms,” 2013.
  4. Dr. S.W. Leung, “Applying entire search history for parameter control of evolutionary algorithms,” 2013.
  5. Dr. C.Y. Lam, “Methodologies of 2D object recognition: a robust hypothesis/verification approach,” 1997.
  6. Dr. T.S.  Lam, “2-D object recognition by computer: a robust Hough-like prediction/correction approach,” 1995.


MPhil Graduates

  1. Dr. S.F. Chen, “Graph-based stereo correspondence algorithms and occlusion detection,” 2005.
  2. Ms. Y.Y. Tsui, “A Study of fast marching method for shape from shading under orthographic and perspective projection,” 2003.
  3. Mr. C.K. Fong, “A Study of statistical design for genetic algorithm and its application on object localization,” 2001.
  4. Mr. C.H. Tse, “Object boundary estimation using successive approximating genetic algorithm,” 2000.
  5. Mr. C.H. Ma, “An investigation of Hough transform and genetic algorithm for multi-modal pattern recognition,” 1998.





2016/17 Courses


Core Courses


EE3001 Foundations of Data Engineering     (BEngCE /CDE Undergraduate)

EE3274  Design Project                                  (BEngCE /CDE Undergraduate)




EE5808  Topics in Computer Graphics          (Postgraduate)



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Updated: 24th  April, 2017