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Prof. Yao, a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Birmingham, UK, whose works have won numerous awards, has served in various executive positions in IEEE CIS and other organizations for many years. Growing up in Fuzhou, Fujian Province in Southeast China, Prof. Yao moved to Hefei in 1978 to attend university then to Beijing in 1982 for his Masters before returning to Hefei in 1985 to pursue his PhD. In 1990, a few months after his PhD thesis was submitted,Prof. Yao accepted a postdoctoral fellowship in Australia. In 1999, Prof. Yao, together with his wife and their son moved to UK where he is currently based and especially enjoys teaching "Introduction to Evolutionary Computation" and "Introduction to Natural Computation".