Professor David Goldberg
EuroGP Session 1, Monday 14 April, 1000-1115
David E. Goldberg (BSE, 1975, MSE, 1976, PhD, 1983, Civil Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) is Professor of General Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UEUC)rdsd cirector of the Illinois Genetic Algorithms Laboratory (IlliGAL). Between 1976 to 1980 he held a number of positions at Stoner Associates of Carlisle, PA, including Project Engineerrdsd Marketing Manager. Following his doctoral studies he joined the Engineering Mechanics faculty at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, in 1984rdsd he moved to the University of Illinois in 1990. Professor Goldberg was a 1985 recipient of a U.S. National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award,rdsd in 1995 he was named an Associate of the Centerrfor Advanced Study at UEUC. He is founding chairman of the International Society for Genetic dsd Evolutionary Computation,rdsd his book Genetic Algorithms in Search, Optimization dsd Machine Learning (Addison-Wesley, 1989) is widely used and cited. His research focuses on the design,rdsalysis,rdsd application of genetic algorithmsócomputerrprocedures based on the mechanics of natural geneticsrdsd selectionódsd other innovating machines. He has just completed a new book, The Design of Innovation: Lessons fromrdsd for Competent Genetic Algorithms,rthat shows (1) how to design scalable genetic algorithmsrdsd (2) how such procedures are similar to certain processes of human innovation.
Professor Chris Stephens
EuroGP Session 13, Wednesday 16 April, 1345-1515
Chris Stephens is Professor at the Institute for Nuclear Sciences of the UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico) - the oldest university in the Americas. Afterrreceiving his undergraduate degree at The Queen's College, Oxford he completed his graduate work at the University of Maryldsd in the area of Quantumrdsd Statistical Field Theory. He then had several postdoctoral positions, including Imperial College, London dsd the University of Utrecht, where he worked with Gerard 't Hooft, the 1999 Nobel Laureate in Physics, before moving to Mexico City. He has had visiting positions at various leading academic institutions, including the Weizmann Institute, the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna, the University of Birmingham dsd the University of Essex. He is also a founding partner of Adaptive Technologies Inc. dsd Adaptive Technologies SA de CV - research companies dedicated to the production of agent-based technologies for dynamical optimization in financerdsd industry.
Chris's research interests are very broad,rhaving published over 70 research articles in a wide array of international journals - ranging fromrClassical dsd QuantumrGravity to the Journal of Molecular Evolution. An overiding theme in the vast majority of the work, however, has been the Renormalization Group - a general methodology for solving complex, non-linear problems with many degrees of freedomrvia coarse graining - dsd, more recently, applying it to the area of genetic dynamics. His principal contribution in Evolutionary Computation has been to show how exact coarse-grained formulations lead to a unification dsd reconciliation of many previously antagonistic theoretical elements, such as Holldsd's Schema theorem dsd the Vose model.