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Research interests

My interests span a number of topics at the interface between computer science and biology, including bio-inspired computing, computational biology, and biomedical data mining. Currently my research focuses on biochemical models of connectionism, with applications in complex systems control and robotics, and methods for finding complex, dynamical patterns within biomedical data, with applications in the diagnosis and understanding of neurodegenerative diseases.


I am an Associate Professor in the School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences at Heriot-Watt University. I have MEng and PhD degrees from the University of York, awarded in 1999 and 2003 respectively. Following my PhD, I held an ERCIM Fellowship at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. I then worked for 8 years as a researcher at the University of York, before moving to Heriot-Watt in 2013, where I now run the Complex Systems Laboratory.

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Research Output

Machine learning discriminates a movement disorder in a zebrafish model of Parkinson's disease

Hughes, G. L., Lones, M. A., Bedder, M., Currie, P. D., Smith, S. L. & Pownall, M. E., 28 Aug 2020, In : Disease Models and Mechanisms.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • Mitigating Metaphors: A Comprehensible Guide to Recent Nature-Inspired Algorithms

    Lones, M. A., Jan 2020, In : SN Computer Science. 1, 49.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Open Access
  • 14 Downloads (Pure)

    Neural-Guided Particle Swarm Optimization

    Benhalem, A. M. & Lones, M. A., 3 Sep 2020, 2020 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC). IEEE, 9185700

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Open Access
  • 13 Downloads (Pure)
    Open Access
  • 12 Downloads (Pure)

    Optimising Optimisers with Push GP

    Lones, M. A., 9 Apr 2020, Genetic Programming: EuroGP 2020. Springer, p. 101-117 17 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; vol. 12101).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • Prizes

    Humies Gold Award

    Lones, Michael Adam (Recipient), Jane E. Alty (Recipient), Jeremy Cosgrove (Recipient), Philippa Duggan-Carter (Recipient), Stuart Jamieson (Recipient), Rebecca F. Naylor (Recipient), Andrew J. Turner (Recipient) & Stephen L. Smith (Recipient), Jul 2018

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Press / Media

    A new algorithm for detecting the side-effects of Parkinson's medication

    Michael Adam Lones


    2 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research