Jerry Swan received his Ph.D. in pure mathematics from Nottingham University, Nottingham, UK in 2006. He is a Research Fellow at the Computer Science Department, University of York, UK. Before becoming an academic, he worked in industry as a systems architect and software company owner. His research interests include metaheuristic optimization, symbolic computation and machine learning. He has published more than 70 papers on the above and related topics in international journals and conferences. He has lectured and presented his research worldwide, and has been running international workshops and tutorials on the automated design of metaheuristics since 2011.