1. Shinshu University Appoints Two New Collaborative Professors from Lille, France

Shinshu University Appoints Two New Collaborative Professors from Lille, France


On September 29, 2021, Shinshu University awarded the title “Shinshu University Collaborative Professor” to Associate Professor Arnaud Liefooghe and Associate Professor Bilel Derbel from the CRiStAL laboratory at University of Lille, France.

A ceremony to mark the appointments was held online, and Vice-President Kiyoshi Tanaka presented the letters of appointment ‘virtually’ to our new Collaborative Professors, who expressed their sincere gratitude for the tribute.


From top left: Vice-President Prof. Kiyoshi Tanaka, Assist. Prof. Amanda Schuetze, Prof. Daisuke Tsuda, Prof. Hernan Aguirre (Shinshu University), Collaborative Professors: Bilel Derbel and Arnaud Liefooghe (University of Lille)

Both professors have been collaborating with the Shinshu University Faculty of Engineering professors Kiyoshi Tanaka and Hernan Aguirre for almost ten years. Several joint research projects, some of them supported by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), have produced notable results such as the best paper award at the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO) in 2015, the publishing of papers in top international journals in the field of Evolutionary Computation and the co-authoring of a total of 31 international papers.

Further landmarks in this collaboration have been the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (2014), the creation of an international associate laboratory named “LIA-MODO” (“The Way of Massive Optimization”), the opening of a Shinshu University Satellite Office at Lille University (2017), the opening of a University of Lille Satellite office at Shinshu University (2018) and the implementation of the “Language and Culture Study Program at the University of Lille” since 2019.


Prof. Bilel Derbel (left) and Prof. Arnaud Liefooghe.

These appointments will contribute to strengthening the academic bridge as well as the friendship between the University of Lille and Shinshu University, and between France and Japan.