NIA2NIA-CEC2021 is a Special session organized in the 2021 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC2021).


Alexandros Tzanetos (
Management and Decision Engineering Laboratory,
School of Engineering,
Department of Financial and Management Engineering,
University of the Aegean

Dr. Tzanetos received his Diploma in Financial and Management Engineering from the Department of Financial and Management Engineering, School of Engineering, University of the Aegean, Chios, Greece, in 2013 and his Ph.D. in Nature-inspired Computational Intelligence, in the Management and Decision Engineering Laboratory (MDE-Lab) of the same department in 2020. Currently, he is Adjunct Academic Stuff in both University of the Aegean and the Hellenic Open University.

His main areas of research interest are Nature Inspired Intelligence and its applications, optimization, Operational Research and Decision Engineering. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Data in Brief Journal and also, serves as Reviewer in high impact Journals related to Artificial Intelligence, such as Computational Intelligence, Expert Systems with Applications and Applied Intelligence.

He is a member of the Hellenic Association of Artificial Intelligence (EETN), the Technical Chamber of Greece (TEE), the Economic Chamber of Greece (ΟΕΕ), the EURO Working Group on Metaheuristics (EU/ME) and also, the Panhellenic Association of Financial and Management Engineers.

Iztok Fister Jr. (
Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science,
University of Maribor

Iztok Fister Jr. received a B.Sc (2011) and MEng in Computer Science (2013), Master of Bioinformatics (2019) and PhD in Computer Science (2017) from the University of Maribor, Slovenia. Since 2017, he has been a Teaching Assistant with the Laboratory for Information Systems at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Maribor. In 2018, he was promoted to Assistant Professor.

His areas of interest include Data Mining, Nature-inspired Algorithms for Optimization and Sport Science. Iztok has published more than 120 research articles in referred journals, conferences and book chapters. Furthermore, he is a member of the Editorial Boards of 5 international journals, including Data in Brief, International Journal of Bio-Inspired Computation, and Associate Editor of Expert Systems with Applications.

He was a founder and first Chair of the ACM Student Chapter Maribor from 2015 - 2016. He is also a member of the IEEE.