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School of Mathematical & Computer Sciences
Heriot-Watt University

Member of the Complex Systems Lab and the Robotics Lab. Email: m.vallejo@hw.ac.uk
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Research Interests

Currently I am working in the diagnosis and Understanding of Neurodegenerative Diseases like Parkinson's Disease. Parkinson's disease is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that affects one person in 1,000. Better methods are needed for diagnosing these conditions since is reported 25% of misdiagnosis. I am interested in applying multi-objective evolutionary algorithms (MOEA) to explore patients drawing figures to asses both cognitive and motor deficits.

I also collaborate in the SOPHIA project which investigates the design, calibration and testing of the “SOPHIA” (Soft Orthotic Physiotherapy Hand Interactive Aid) system. SOPHIA is a soft robotic device for stroke rehabilitation, more specifically for hand motor impairment recovery. The project is funded by the Royal Society/Newton Fund and it is a partnership between Heriot-Watt University (HWU), University of Edinburgh (UoE) and the International Institute of Neuroscience – Edmond and Lily Safra (IIN-ELS) in Macaiba, Brazil.

Other research interests are in the intersection between computational intelligence (machine Learning, evolutionary computation, clustering and local search optimizers) and computational sustainability. In my PhD I investigate the applicability of evolutionary approaches (single and multi-objective) to stochastic sequential decision making problems under uncertainty in stochastic urban environments.

I am also interested in developing novel approaches to quickly find solutions to difficult Combinatorial Optimization problems like Vehicle Routing.