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held 5-7 April 2004 in Coimbra, Portugal



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Opening Session:
Creating Complex Adaptive Systems"

      by Professor Stephanie Forrest                    

University of New Mexico

Her talk considers complex adaptive systems and argues that modern computers are an example of an engineered complex adaptive system. Current examples of evolutionary computation in our wired world as well as their limitations are explored. Overcoming these limitations will require the field of evolutionary computation to solve several outstanding open problems.

Stephanie Forrest is Professor of Computer Science at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and a Research Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. Professor Forrest received her Ph.D. in Computer and Communication Sciences from the University of Michigan. Before joining UNM she worked for Teknowledge Inc. and was a Director's Fellow at the Center for Nonlinear Studies, Los Alamos National Laboratory. She is currently a member of the Santa Fe Institute science board and served as SFI's Interim Vice President 1999-2000. Her research interests are in adaptive systems, including genetic algorithms, computational immunology, biological modeling, and computer security.

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Closing Session:

"Adaptive Business Intelligence"

      by Professor Zbigniew Michalewicz         

University of North Carolina-Charlotte

His talk will summarise his business experience of the last four years, including current trends in commercial software, the growing importance of adaptive business intelligence and the need for modern heuristic techniques in general and evolutionary computation in particular. His talk will emphasise the connection between research and practise and will be illustrated by some real-world examples of state-of-the-art commercial applications.

Zbigniew Michalewicz is Professor at the Computer Science Department, University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He completed his MSc degree at Technical University of Warsaw in 1974 and he received PhD degree from Institute of Computer Science, Polish Academy of Sciences, in 1981. He holds Doctor of Science (Habilitation) degree in Computer Science from the Polish Academy of Science (1997). In April 2002 he received the title of Professor from the President of Poland. Zbigniew Michalewicz holds also Professor positions at the Institute of Computer Science, Polish Academy of Sciences, at the Polish-Japanese Institute of Information Technology, and a honorary Professor position at State Key Laboratory of Software Engineering of Wuhan University, China.

His current research interests are in the field of evolutionary computation. He has published several books, including a monograph "Genetic Algorithms + Data Structures = Evolution Programs" (3 editions, a few translations), and over 200 technical papers in journals and conference proceedings. He was one of the editors-in-chief of the "Handbook of Evolutionary Computation". He was the general chairman of the First IEEE International Conference on Evolutionary Computation held in Orlando, June 1994. He has been an invited speaker of many international conferences and a member of 40 various program committees of international conferences during the last 3 years. He is a current member of the editorial board and/or serves as associate editor on 11 international journals. He also published (together with David B. Fogel) a text on modern heuristic methods, "How to Solve It: Modern Heuristics", which is a standard text on hundreds of universities all over the world (Chinese translation of the book appeared in 2003, and the second edition with 4 additional chapters will appear later this year).

In 1999 Zbigniew co-founded NuTech Solutions, which under his scientific leadership raised $14 million in venture capital, secured more than twenty Fortune 500 customers, and currently employs around 100 people. During his tenure at NuTech Solutions Zbigniew attracted several high-profile investors and board advisers to the company, including former President of Poland and Noble Peace Prize winner, Lech Walesa; Bank of America Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Hugh McColl; former National Security Advisor to the President of the United States, Zbigniew Brzezinski; and world-renown fraud expert and inspiration for the movie Catch Me If You Can, Frank Abagnale. He also helped to secure industry contracts valued at more than $10 million from companies such General Motors, Ford Motor Company, Bank of America, U.S. Department of Defense, AirLiquide, PKN Orlen, BB&T, and Dentsu. His scientific and business achievements have been recognized by countless invited talks and publications, including TIME Magazine, Newsweek, New York Times, Forbes, Business Journal, and Associated Press among others.