Jon Paragreen has an undergraduate BEng-MEng degree in Chemical Engineering with Process Control from University of Bradford. Following on from this he completed his PhD, studying the rheological effects of supercritical CO2 in polymers and modelling flow. Jon has also held various posts in industry; working as a process engineer for Conoco Phillips and BP, as a lead test engineer for Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems Limited and more recently as a research and development specialist for Network Rail. During his career at Network Rail and Rolls-Royce he has worked on various EU funded projects in the 6th and 7th framework including Real-SOFC, InnoTrack, AUTOMAIN, ERRAC Roadmaps, Railect and MonitoRail. At the University of Sheffield Jon has worked on the SecureStation EU FP7 project and is currently participating in the FP7 Capacity4Rail and ENCOUNTER projects, as well as project managing the H2020 project NeTIRail-INFRA.
Rahi completed his PhD in the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering of University of Sheffield. His PhD focused on developing finite element models for different types of steel connections and study of their robustness under different rates of dynamic loads. He has since been working on the EU ENCOUNTER project developing techniques for mitigation and neutralisation of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in urban/civil environments, and recently joined the NeTIRail-INFRA project working on aspects of track and overhead line technology targeted at maintaining sustainability of lower use and secondary rail lines.
Sam (Samadhi) Nallaperuma completed her PhD at University of Adelaide in 2015. She was a postdoctoral researcher at University of Adelaide, Australia until February 2016 and currently a postdoctoral researcher at University of Sheffield, UK.
Sam is a program committee member in the Special Session on Theoretical Foundations of Bio-inspired Computation in 2013-2016 at IEEE CEC and the theory track of GECCO 2016 and 2017. She has co-organized the “Simulated Car Racing Championship” at GECCO 2015 and student workshop at GECCO 2016. She is also serving as a reviewer for Evolutionary Computation Journal (MIT Press), Algorithamica, IEEE transactions in Evolutionary Computation and conferences including PPSN, SEA, TPNC. Her work focuses on understanding the influence of problem and algorithm parameters on the performance of randomized search heuristics and applying evolutionary optimisation techniques to solve real world problems in rail industry.