Dr. Fernando Buarque de Lima Neto has a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence from University of London (2002), Diploma of Imperial College London on Artificial Neural Networks (2002), Masters in Computer Science from Federal University of Pernambuco (1998) and a degree in Computer Science Catholic University of Pernambuco (1990). He also studied Philosophy of Science, Neuroscience, and Administration. Dr. Lima Neto is an Associate Professor at the University of Pernambuco, IEEE Senior Member, Humboldt Fellow and Accredited Researcher by the Brazilian Council of Research. His current research focuses at (1) Computational Intelligence (Evolutionary, Social, and Hybrid Metaheuristics), (2) Complex and Stochastic Modeling/Simulation, and (3) Intelligent and Semiotic Decision Support Systems. For the past 15 years, he led or was member of projects funded by CNPq, CAPES, FINEP, FACEPE, Petrobras, South African HESA, European Community Programs, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation among others. He is a member of several scientific organizations among them the Brazilian Computer Society (SBC), the Brazilian Society of Computational Intelligence (SBIC, past president), the Computational Intelligence Society (IEEE-CIS) and the Systems, Man & Cybernetics Society (IEEE- SMC). In recent years he has committed himself to internationalization hence he co-chaired/steered several international conferences such as BRICS-CCI 2013(Recife-Brazil), BRICS-CCI 2015(Beijing-China), LA-CCI 2014(Bariloche-Argentina), LA-CCI 2015(Curitiba-Brazil), IEEE LA-CCI2016(Cartagena-Colombia) among others.