Prof. El-ghazali Talbi received the Master and Ph.D degrees in Computer Science, both from the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble in France. Then he became an Associate Professor in Computer Sciences at the University of Lille (France). Since 2001, he is a full Professor at the University of Lille and the head of the optimization team of the Computer Science laboratory (LIFL, CRISTAL). His current research interests are in the field of multi-objective optimization, parallel algorithms, metaheuristics, combinatorial optimization, cluster and grid computing, hybrid and cooperative optimization, and application to logistics/transportation and bio-medical.

Professor Talbi has to his credit more than 150 publications in journals, chapters in books, and conferences. He is the co-editor of 5 books. He was a guest editor of more than 15 special issues in different journals (Journal of Heuristics, Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing, European Journal of Operational Research, Theoretical Computer Science, Journal of Global Optimization). He is the head of the INRIA Dolphin project and was the director of the bioinformatics platform of the Genopole of Lille. He has many collaborative national, European and international projects.

He is the co-founder and the coordinator of the research group dedicated to Metaheuristics: Theory and Applications (META). He is the founding co-chair of the NIDISC workshop on nature inspired computing (IEEE/ACM IPDPS) ad META (Int. Conf. on Metaheuristics). He served in different capacities on the programs of more than 100 national and international conferences. He is also the organizer of many conferences (e.g. EA'2005, ROADEF'2006, META'2008, IEEE AICCSA'2010, META'2014, MIC'2015).

Animation and administration of research

  • Fondator and head of the research team OPAC (Parallel cooperative optimization) & DOLPHIN at the LIFL and CRISTAL CNRS laboratories (1998-2017)
  • Fondator and head of the INRIA project team « DOLPHIN » (Discrete Multi-Objective Optimization using Hybrid Distributed Techniques) (2004-2017)
  • Member of the direction team of the LIFL laboratory (2002-2007): head of international and industrial relations
  • Responsible of the group SCOPE (Parallel Simulation, computing and optimization) of the CNRS LIFL laboratory (4 research teams, 1998-2008)
  • Director of the CIB (Bioinformatics center of the Genopole of Lille, 2001-2010)
  • Co-fondator et co-animator of the META group (Metaheuristics: Theory and applications) since its creation in 2002 (ROADEF operations research French society, GDR CNRS RO, GDR CNRS MACS)


  • Actual position: Professor Exceptional Class – University of Lille
  • Previous positions:
    • 1994-2001: Associate Professor (University of Lille 1)
    • 2001-2018: Professor (Polytech-Lille, University of Lille 1).
    • 2005-2017: Project leader at INRIA (Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et Automatique).


  • 1989: Master in computer Science ENSIMAG/INPG (Ecole Nationale d’Informatique et des Mathématiques Appliquées de Grenoble, Grenoble, France)
  • 1993: PhD in computer science (Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble - INPG, Grenoble, France)
  • 2000: Habilitation for research direction (University of Lille 1)

Research Activities

  • Metaheuristics
    • Evolutionary Algorithms, Local search, Hybrid Methods, Multi-objective optimization, Exact methods, Software frameworks
  • Parallel and Distributed Optimization
    • Parallel Optimization Methods, Grid computing, GPU computing, Cooperative optimization, heterogeneous computing
  • Applications
    • Energy, Cloud computing, Networks, Bio-medical, Transportations and Logisctics