Dr. Ran Cheng is currently an Associate Professor (Tenured) with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology, China. Previously, he was a Research Fellow (2016-2018) with the School of CompAuter Science, University of Birmingham, U.K. He received the PhD degree in computer science from the University of Surrey, U.K His main research interest is Artificial/Computational Intelligence based learning, modeling and optimization. He serves as an Associated Editor for IEEE Transactions on Artificial Intelligence (2020-) and IEEE Access (2018-), and an Editorial Board Member for Applied Soft Computing (2018-) and Complex & Intelligent Systems (2017-). He is the recipient of the IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation Outstanding Paper Award (2018), the IEEE CIS Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award (2019), the IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine Outstanding Paper Award (2020), and the IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation Outstanding Paper Award (2021).