Dr. Simone Ludwig joined the Department of Computer Science at North Dakota State University (NDSU) as Associate Professor in Fall 2010. Prior to joining NDSU, she worked at the University of Saskatchewan (Canada), Concordia University (Canada), Cardiff University (UK) and Brunel University (UK). She received her PhD degree and MSc degree with distinction from Brunel University (UK), in 2004 and 2000, respectively. Before starting her academic career she worked several years in the software industry. Her research interests lie in the area of computational intelligence including swarm intelligence, evolutionary computation, neural networks, and fuzzy reasoning. In particular, computational intelligence methods and algorithms are applied to optimization problems in areas such as data mining (including big data), image processing, and cloud computing.