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 (UIUC) and director 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 Engineer and Marketing Manager. Following his doctoral studies he joined the Engineering Mechanics faculty at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, in 1984 and 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, and in 1995 he was named an Associate of the Center for Advanced Study at UIUC. He is founding chairman of the International Society for Genetic and Evolutionary Computation, and his book Genetic Algorithms in Search, Optimization and Machine Learning (Addison-Wesley, 1989) is widely used and cited. His research focuses on the design, analysis, and application of genetic algorithmsócomputer procedures based on the mechanics of natural genetics and selectionóand other innovating machines. He has just completed a new book, The Design of Innovation: Lessons from and for Competent Genetic Algorithms, that shows (1) how to design scalable genetic algorithms and (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. After receiving his undergraduate degree at The Queen's College, Oxford he completed his graduate work at the University of Maryland in the area of Quantum and Statistical Field Theory. He then had several postdoctoral positions, including Imperial College, London and 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 and the University of Essex. He is also a founding partner of Adaptive Technologies Inc. and Adaptive Technologies SA de CV - research companies dedicated to the production of agent-based technologies for dynamical optimization in finance and industry.
Chris's research interests are very broad, having published over 70 research articles in a wide array of international journals - ranging from Classical and Quantum Gravity 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 freedom via coarse graining - and, 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 and reconciliation of many previously antagonistic theoretical elements, such as Holland's Schema theorem and the Vose model.