Bernard Manderick

Postal address:

Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Artificial Intelligence Lab
Pleinlaan 2
Building G, 10th floor
1050 Brussels

Room: 10G711
Phone: + 32 2 629 35 24
Fax: +32 2 629 37 08


  • “If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?” (Albert Einstein - Noble Prize Physics 1921)
  • “Science is an essentially anarchistic enterprise: theoretical anarchism is more humanitarian and more likely to encourage progress than its law-and-order alternatives.” (Paul Feyerabend - Philosopher)
  • “Computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes” (Edsger Dijkstra - Turing Award winner 1972)
  • “Lisp has jokingly been called “the most intelligent way to misuse a computer. I think that description is a great compliment because it transmits the full flavor of liberation: it has assisted a number of our most gifted fellow humans in thinking previously impossible thoughts.” (Edsger Dijkstra - Turing Award winner 1972)
  • “There is no harm in doubt and skepticism, for it is through these that new discoveries are made.” Richard P. Feynman - Noble Prize Physics 1965)

Educational Background

  • 1978 Bachelor's degree in Philosophy with great distinction, State University of Ghent. Subject: Linear System Theory and Quantum Mechanics, promotor: Prof. Dr. Leo Apostel (State University Ghent).
  • 1982 Bachelor's degree with the greatest distinction in Mathematics through the Central Examination Commission of the Ministry of Education. Subject: Catastrophe Theory, promotor: Prof. Dr. R.Delanghe (State University Ghent).

Career History

  • 1982-1985 Software engineer at Bell Telephone Antwerp (Belgium). Main concerns there were the operating system and relational database of System 12, a digital exchange which can be viewed as a massively parallel computer.
  • 1985-1992 Affiliation with the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of the Free University Brussels headed by Prof. Dr. L. Steels through his research on parallelism, genetic algorithms and classifier systems. Ph. D. with the greatest distinction. Subject: Selectionism as a Basis for Categorization and Adaptive Behavior, promotor: Prof. Dr. L. Steels. Received the IBM-prize for Informatics for this dissertation.
  • 1992-1994 Assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science (Faculty of Economics) at the Erasmus University Rotterdam where he is teaching the courses Knowledge Systems, Programming Paradigms and Learning Systems.
  • Since 1994 Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Brussels where he is teaching the courses Formal Methods, Algorithms and Datastructures, Adaptive Systems, Theory of Computation, and Techniques of Artificial Intelligence.



  • IBM Prize for Informatics 1992 for the PhD dissertation Selectionism as a Basis for Categorization and Adaptive Behavior.
  • Awarded a Science and Technology Agency and Fellowship (sponsorewd by the Japanses Government) by the European Commision (DG XII) in 1992
  • Awarded a ERCIM (European Research Center for Informatics and Mathematics) Fellowship by the European Commision (DG XII) in 1992.

Conferences and Journals

Bernard Manderick is a member of the editorial board of a number of jounals, member of the program committee and/or reviewer of the following conferences:

  • Journal of Evolutionary Computation (editorial board), MIT Press.
  • IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation (editorial board), IEEE.
  • Evolutionary Optimization, An international Journal on the Internet.
  • IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, IEEE
  • Journal of Artificial Intelligence, North-Holland
  • Journal of Applied Artificial Intelligence
  • International Conference on Genetic Algorithms 91, 93, 95, 97.
  • International Conference on Parallel Problem Solving from Nature 92, 94, 96, 98.
  • International Conference on Evolvable Systems: From Biology to Hardware 96, 98.
  • IEEE World Conference on Computational Intelligence, 94, 95, 96, 97.
  • IEEE Conference on Evolutionary Computation, 95, 96, 97.
  • European Conference on Artificial Intelligence.
  • European Symposium on Artificial Neural Networks 96, 97, 98.
  • International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence.
  • 12th Brazilian Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, 95.
  • International Conference on Software Agents, 1996.