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GECCO Scientists To Explore Use Of Evolution To Solve Computational Problems

Keynote Event Features Panel of Best-Selling Authors Richard Dawkins, Steve Jones and Lewis Wolpert on Latest Ideas in Evolution

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GECCO SCIENTISTS TO EXPLORE USE OF EVOLUTION TO SOLVE COMPUTATIONAL PROBLEMS

 

Keynote Event Features Panel of Best-Selling Authors Richard Dawkins, Steve Jones and Lewis Wolpert on Latest Ideas in Evolution

 
NEW YORK, July 7, 2007 - The 2007 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO 2007) will explore some of the latest ideas on the use of artificial evolution in computers to solve complex problems. The conference, which runs from July 7-11 at University College London, UK, features the newest findings of leading scientists on evolutionary computation - the application of Darwin's ideas of natural selection to computational problems in many industries. It is sponsored by ACM's Special Interest Group on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation (SIGEVO).

The GECCO 2007 conference keynote event is being held in the Central Hall of London's Natural History Museum. It features Oxford University professors Richard Dawkins, and University College London professors Lewis Wolpert and Steve Jones as part of a "BBC Question Time"-style debate on evolution. These internationally renowned scientists are authors of several bestselling books, including "The God Delusion" (Dawkins); "Almost Like a Whale" (Jones); and "Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast: The Evolutionary Origins of Belief" (Wolpert).

GECCO 2007 is the largest conference for genetic and evolutionary computation - a research field which exploits evolution within computer programs to solve difficult problems by evolving solutions to them. These evolutionary programs are applied to a variety of applications including robot design and control, timetabling and scheduling, engineering design, and making computers program themselves. GECCO 2007 will also feature the Human-Competitive Results Awards - known as "HUMIES" - where evolved solutions are as good as or better than solutions created by humans.

GECCO 2007 will also host tutorials and workshops on innovative computation paradigms, including DNA computing, parallel computing, swarm intelligence, and ant colony optimisation. Among its many applications, evolutionary computing has been used in telecommunications, design, bioinformatics, defense, and electronics. The conference is making use of UCL's Darwin Building and Darwin Lecture Theatre at the site where Charles Darwin himself once lived.

For further details, including the full programme, please visit: http://www.sigevo.org/gecco-2007.

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ACM/Press Release. Last updated July 3, 2007 by Steven Geringer