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Steven Guan


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Steven Guan (Sheng-Uei Guan) received his BSc. from Tsinghua University and M.Sc. Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is currently an Honorary Professor at University of Liverpool also a Professor at Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU). He served the head of department position at XJTLU for 4.5 years, creating the department from scratch and now in shape. Before joining XJTLU, he was a tenured professor and chair in intelligent systems at Brunel University, UK. Prof. Guan has worked in a prestigious organization for several years, serving as a design engineer, project leader, and department manager. After leaving the industry, he joined the academia for three and half years. He served as deputy director for the Computing Center and the chairman for the Department of Information Communication Technology. Later he joined the Electrical Computer Engineering Department at National University of Singapore as an associate professor for 8 years. Prof. Guan’s research interests include: machine learning, computational intelligence, big data analytics, mobile commerce, modeling, networking, personalization, security, coding theory, and pseudorandom number generation. He has published extensively in these areas, with 140+ journal papers and 210 book chapters or conference papers. He has chaired, delivered keynote speech for 100+ international conferences and served in 190+ international conference committees and 20+ editorial boards. There are quite a few inventions from Prof. Guan including Generalized Minimum Distance Decoding for Majority Logic Decodable Codes, Prioritized Petri Nets, Self-Modifiable Color Petri Nets, Dynamic Petri Net Model for Iterative and Interactive Distributed Multimedia Presentation, Incremental Feature Learning, Ordered Incremental Input/Output Feature Learning, Input/Output Space Partitioning for Machine Learning, Recursive Supervised Learning, Reduced Pattern Training using Pattern Distributor, Contribution Based Feature Selection, Incremental Genetic Algorithms, Incremental Multi-Objective Genetic Algorithms, Decremental Multi-objective Optimization, Multi-objective Optimization with Objective Replacement, Incremental Hyperplane Partitioning for Classification, Incremental Hyper-sphere Partitioning for Classification, Controllable Cellular Automata for Pseudorandom Number Generation, Self Programmable Cellular Automata, Configurable Cellular Automata, Layered Cellular Automata, Transformation Sequencing of Cellular Automata for Pseudorandom Number Generation, Open Communication with Self-Modifying Protocols, etc.

Research interests

lifelong machine learning

machine intelligence

self-aware systems

machine consciousness

autonomous systems

machine learning, computational intelligence, big data analytics, mobile commerce, modeling, networking, personalization, security, coding theory, pseudorandom number generation


2021 - now Honorary Professor, Computer Science Department, University of Liverpool at University of Liverpool

2020- now Chair, School Internationalization Committee, School of Advanced Technology, Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University

2020 - now Global Engagement Officer, Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University

1996 - 1998: Lecturer, School of Computer Science Computer Engineering La Trobe University, Bundoora, Vic. Australia

1999 – 2006: Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Computer Engineering (ECE), National University of Singapore

2006 – 2007: Chair in Intelligent Systems (tenured), School of Engineering and Design, Brunel University, UK

2008 – 2012: Head of Department, Department of Computer Science Software Engineering, Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University

Adjunct Professor, Xian Jiaotong University

2018 - now Professor (tenured), Department of Computer Science Software Engineering, Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University

2015 - 2020 Director, Research Institute of Big Data Analytics, Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University


Computer Systems, Data Structures Algorithms,

Computer Science, Digital Design Fundamentals, Multimedia Web Technology, Computer Communication Networks,

Computer Systems, Data Structures, Engineering Maths, Technology Assessment, Software Engineering, Computer Science

Operating Systems, High Speed Networking, Technical Writing and Communication, C Language, Advanced Topics in Computer Science

Numerical Analysis, Computer Architecture Organization, Distributed Systems, Computer Supported Cooperative Work,

Computer Communication Networks, Protocol, Performance and Routing, System Programming in Unix and C

Awards and honours

Best conference paper award in Multi-Agents and Mobile Agents in Virtual Organizations and E-Commerce (MAMA2000), International Computing Sciences Conventions (ICSC) Symposium on Intelligent Systems and Applications, December 11-15, 2000, University of Wollongong, Australia

Suzhou Talents-in-Need, 2009-2014 (苏州市高层次紧缺人才2009-2014年)

Suzhou Industrial Park Jinji Lake Double Hundred Talents Award, 2011 (首届金鸡湖双百人才, 科教领军人才)

Excellent Oral Presentation Award, 2012 International Conference on Information and Intelligent Computing (ICIIC 2012), Chengdu, China, Dec. 8-9, 2012

Best Paper Award, the 6th FTRA International Conference on Information Technology Convergence and Services (ITCS-14), Taipei, Taiwan, October 16-18, 2014

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

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Education/Academic qualification

B.Sc., Mathematics, Tsinghua University

M.Sc., Computer Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

Ph.D., Computer Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

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