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Penousal Machado is Associate Professor at the Department of Informatics of the University of Coimbra in Portugal. He is a deputy director of the Centre for Informatics and Systems of the University of Coimbra (CISUC), the coordinator of the Cognitive and Media Systems group and the scientific director of the Computational Design and Visualization Lab. of CISUC. His research interests include Evolutionary Computation, Computational Creativity, Artificial Intelligence and Information Visualization. He is the author of more than 200 refereed journal and conference papers in these areas, and his peer-reviewed publications have been nominated and awarded multiple times as best paper. Until 28 February 2018 his publications gathered over 1828 citations, an h-index of 21, and an i10-index of 40. He is also the chair of several scientific events, including, amongst the most recent, PPSN XV, EvoStar 2016, and EuroGP 2015; member of the Programme Committee and Editorial Board of some of the main conferences and journals in these fields; member of the Steering Committee of EuroGP, EvoMUSART and Evostar; and executive board member of SPECIES. He is the recipient of several scientific awards, including the prestigious EvoStar Award for outstanding Contribution to Evolutionary Computation in Europe, and the award for Excellence and Merit in Artificial Intelligence granted by the Portuguese Association for Artificial Intelligence. Penousal Machado has been invited to perform keynote speeches in a wide set of domains, from evolutionary computation to visualization and art. His work was featured in the Leonardo journal, Wired magazine and presented in venues such as the National Museum of Contemporary Art (Portugal) and the “Talk to me” exhibition of the Museum of Modern Art, NY (MoMA). He has been the Principal Investigator and Coordinator of several national and international projects, both at an academic and industry level. His most well-known research project in the field of evolutionary art is NEvAr. This system started as a traditional interactive evolutionary art tool. However, the inclusion of automated fitness assignment schemes, allows it to autonomously perform aesthetic judgments. The refinement of the aesthetic abilities of NEvAr, over the years, has converted it on what is probably the first Artificial Evolutionary Artist.