Assistant Professor
Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU)
luzhichaocn [at]

Zhichao Lu received his B.Sc. and Ph.D degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Michigan State University, USA, in 2014 and 2020. He was a member in the COIN Laboratory, under the supervision of Prof. Kalyanmoy Deb, where he studied bilevel optimization, multi-objective optimization, and neural architecture search.

His general research interest is Evolutionary Computation based learning and optimization. His current research focuses on developing efficient and automated ML/DL algorithms and systems, with an overarching goal of making AI accessible to everyone.

Research Grants
  • 2022/04 - 2024/04: Shenzhen Science and Technology Program (Postdoc Start-up),   PI
  • 2022/01 - 2023/12: National Natural Science Foundation of China (Youth Program),   PI
  • 2021/06 - 2022/10: China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (General Program),   PI
Honors and Awards
Professional Experience
Sun Yat-sen University
Assistant Professor
09/2022 - present
School of Software Engineering
Southern University of Science and Technology
Post-doc Research Fellow
10/2020 - 08/2022
Evolutionary machine learning, neural architecture search.
Siemens PLM Software
Research Scientist (Intern)
05/2018 - 08/2018
Algorithm developer for large-scale combinatorial optimization.
Michigan State University
Research Assistant
12/2013 - 08/2014
Handling variable and parameter uncertainty in evolutionary bi-level optimization.
Doctor of Philosophy
Michigan State University
08/2014 - 8/2020
Engineering and Computer Engineering
Bachelor of Science
Michigan State University
09/2009 - 12/2013
Engineering and Computer Engineering