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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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Evolutionary algorithms Engineering & Materials Science
Parkinson Disease Medicine & Life Sciences
Genes Engineering & Materials Science
Classifiers Engineering & Materials Science
Genetic programming Engineering & Materials Science
Dyskinesias Medicine & Life Sciences
Sensory feedback Engineering & Materials Science
Neurodegenerative diseases Engineering & Materials Science

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Research Output 2013 2019

Evolutionary Acquisition of Complex Traits in Artificial Epigenetic Networks

Turner, A., Tyrrell, A., Trefzer, M. & Lones, M., Feb 2019, In : BioSystems. 176, p. 17-26 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Biological systems
Gene expression

Instruction-Level Design of Local Optimisers using Push GP

Lones, M. A., 18 Apr 2019, (Accepted/In press) GECCO '19 Proceedings of the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference Companion. ACM

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

Genetic programming
Computer programming languages

Biochemical fingerprint of colorectal cancer cell lines using label‐free live single‐cell Raman spectroscopy

Gala de Pablo, J., Armistead, F. J., Peyman, S. A., Bonthron, D., Lones, M. A., Smith, S. L. & Evans, S. D., Aug 2018, In : Journal of Raman Spectroscopy. 49, 8, p. 1323-1332 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Raman spectroscopy
Lactic Acid
Discriminant analysis

Evolutionary Algorithms

Corne, D. & Lones, M. A., 22 Feb 2018, Handbook of Heuristics. Martí, R., Panos, P. & Resende, M. (eds.). Springer

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Evolutionary algorithms
Genetic programming
Genetic algorithms

Investigating the use of Boolean networks for the control of gene regulatory networks

Taou, N. S., Corne, D. & Lones, M. A., May 2018, In : Journal of Computational Science. 26, p. 147-156

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access


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