Alina Patelli

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I joined Aston University as a PhD student, in January 2012, and progressed from young researcher to Programming Support Officer to my current job, Teaching Fellow on the Degree Apprenticehip Programme. Before that, I obtained my first PhD degree, in Systems Engineering, from the Department of Automatic Control and Applied Informatics, at the “Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University of Iasi, Romania. I got my BSc in Applied Science at the same university, in 2008.

I spent 6 semesters (during and after the completion of my first PhD) combining research with teaching – I have been a laboratory demonstrator at my Alma Mater in fields such as real time programming, software projects management and systems theory.

During my last three years as an undergraduate student, I worked as a junior software developer with Fastpath Logic Inc., a small company specialised in providing support for parsing and translating hardware descriptive languages. This experience has added a practical side to my professional background, one that I found most useful in providing my research with immediate applicability in solving realistic problems.

Even though my full-time job is teaching the fundamentals of computing to degree apprentices, I maintain an active research profile, with focus on urban technologies, specifically traffic data analysis and prediction for smart cities, evolutionary computation with applications in robotics and metaheuristic design patterns.

Qualifications & Education

  • PhD in Computer Science, Aston University, Birmingham, UK, 2017
  • Fellow of The Higher Education Academy, UK, 2017
  • PhD in Systems Engineering, “Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University, Iasi, Romania, 2011

  • BSc with First Class Honours in Applied Sciences, “Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University, Iasi, Romania, 2008


  • September 2015 - present: Teaching Fellow on the Degree Apprenticeship Programme, researcher in urban technologies for smart cities (EXCELL EU Project), evolutionary computation and self-organising systems (ALICE)
  • September 2014 - September 2015: Programming Support Officer
  • January 2012 - September 2014: PhD researcher in Semantic Technologies for Autonomic IT Systems, TA in various Java  related subjects
  • October 2008 – December 2011: TA in Real Time Programming, Software Projects Management and System Theory, Department of Automatic Control and Applied Informatics, “Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University, Iasi, Romania.

  • March 2006 – October 2008: Junior Software Developer, Fastpath Logic Inc, Iasi, Romania.

Research Interests

Urban technologies (road traffic data mining, modelling and prediction) for smart cities, evolutionary computation and applications in robotics, self-organising systems, metaheuristics design patterns, semantic technologies, autonomic systems

Research Projects - currently recruiting PhD students

Controlling Self-Organising Behaviours in Robotics: An Evolutionary Computation Approach - PhD studentship description

Selected publications


Patelli A., Lewis P., Ekart A., Wang H., Nabney I., Bennett D., Lucas R., Cole A. (2017). An architecture for the autonomic curation of crowdsourced knowledge. Cluster Computing, 20(3), 2031-2046.

Wang, H. H., Gibbins, N., Payne, T., Patelli, A., & Wang, Y. (2015). A survey of semantic web services formalisms. Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience, 27(15), 4053-4072.

Patelli A. and L. Ferariu (2010). Elite Based Multiobjective Genetic Programming in Nonlinear Systems Identification. Advances in Electrical and Computer Engineering, vol 10(1), pp. 94-99, ISSN 1582-7445, e-ISSN 1844-7600


Ekart A., Patelli A., Lush V., Ilie-Zudor E. (2017). Gaining insights into road traffic data through genetic improvement. In Proceedings of the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference Companion (pp. 1511-1512). ACM.

Patelli, A., Bencomo, N., Ekárt, A., Goldingay, H., & Lewis, P. (2015). Two-B or not Two-B?: Design Patterns for Hybrid Metaheuristics. In Proceedings of the Companion Publication of the 2015 Annual Conference on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation (pp. 1269-1274). ACM.

Patelli, A., Calinescu, R., & Wang, H. (2014). Semantic reasoning for autonomic IT systems. In Proceedings of the 19th international doctoral symposium on Components and architecture (pp. 13-18). ACM.

Patelli A. and L. Ferariu (2011). A Regressive Schema Theory based Tool for GP Evolved Nonlinear Models. Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Automation and Computing, Huddersfield, UK, pp. 215-220, ISBN 978-1-86218-098-7.

Patelli A. and L. Ferariu (2010). Elitist Multiobjective Nonlinear Systems Identification with Insular Evolution and Diversity Preservation. Proc. of 2010 IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence - Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC 2010), Barcelona, Spain, pp. 2076-2081, ISBN 978-1-4244-6910-9, IEEE catalog no. CFP10ICE-DVD.

Patelli A. and L. Ferariu (2010). Increasing Crossover Operator Efficiency in Multiobjective Nonlinear Systems Identification. Proc. of 2010 IEEE International Conference on Intelligence Systems, London, UK, pp. 426-431, ISBN 978-1-4244-5164-7, IEEE catalog no. CFP10802-CDR.

Patelli A. and L. Ferariu (2010). Genetic Programming Based Tools for Nonlinear Systems Identification. Doctoral Consortium of 2010 IEEE International Conference on Networking, Sensing and Control, Chicago, IL, USA,

Patelli A. and L. Ferariu (2009). Nonlinear Systems Identifications by Means of Genetic Programming. Proc. of European Control Conference, Budapest, Hungary, pp. 502-507, ISBN 978-963-311-369-1.

Ferariu L. and A. Patelli (2009). Migration-Based Multiobjective Genetic Programming for Nonlinear System Identification. Proc. of SACI 2009 5th International Symposium on Applied Computational Intelligence and Informatics, Timisoara, Romania, pp. 475-480, ISBN 978-1-4244-4478-6, IEEE catalog no. CFP0945C-CDR.

Book chapters:

Ferariu L. and A.Patelli (2012). Genetic Programming for System Identification. Formal and Practical Aspects of Autonomic Computing and Networking: Specification, Development and Verification, ed. P. Cong-Vinh, pp. 135-168, IGI Global, doi:10.4018/978-1-60960-845-3.

Patelli A. and L. Ferariu (2011). Regressor Survival Rate Estimation for Enhanced Crossover Configuration. Adaptive and Natural Computing Algorithms, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 6593, pp. 290-300, Springer Heidelberg, ISSN 0302-0743.

Ferariu L. and A. Patelli (2009). Multiobjective Genetic Programming for Nonlinear System Identification. Adaptive and Natural Computing Algorithms, Lecture Notes on Computer Science, vol. 5495, pp. 233-242, Springer Berlin/Heidleberg, ISSN 0302-9743 (print) 1611-3349 (online).