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May 2015 Prof Gusz Eiben has Paper Published in Nature Journal

Posted on 29 May 2015

Prof Gusz Eiben, a Visiting Professor in the Department and attached to the Intelligent Systems group is considered to be one of the world-leading authorities on Evolutionary Computation. This week saw the publication of a paper in Nature by Prof Eiben which discusses how theories from biological evolution can be used to inspire the creation of evolutionary algorithms and novel systems design.


Evolution has provided a source of inspiration for algorithm designers since the birth of computers. The resulting field, evolutionary computation, has been successful in solving engineering tasks ranging in outlook from the molecular to the astronomical. Today, the field is entering a new phase as evolutionary algorithms that take place in hardware are developed, opening up new avenues towards autonomous machines that can adapt to their environment. We discuss how evolutionary computation compares with natural evolution and what its benefits are relative to other computing approaches, and we introduce the emerging area of artificial evolution in physical systems.

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