You are kindly invited to attend the SPECIAL KCDC seminar Monday 3rd December. The event is sponsored by COSNet. KEY CENTRE OF DESIGN COMPUTING AND COGNITION SEMINAR more information: http://www.arch.usyd.edu.au/kcdc/seminars/ Monday 3 December 2007 1-2PM University of Sydney, Wilkinson Building, ALT 2 LOCATION Architecture Lecture Theatre 2 PRESENTER Ken De Jong TITLE Evolutionary Design: Lessons from Biology ABSTRACT Much of the use of evolutionary computation methods in engineering design has focused on design optimization, i.e., tuning the parameters of a design to improve its characteristics with respect to one or more metrics. A more challenging problem is the use of evolutionary computation techniques at an earlier "conceptual design" stage. Here, taking additional inspiration from nature in the form of "generative representations" appears to be the most promising approach. In this presentation I will discuss this approach in some detail and give examples of the state-of-the-art. BIO Ken De Jong has done fundamental work in developing evolutionary systems and genetic algorithms in particular. John Holland, the founder of evolutionary systems, was his doctoral supervisor. His current research is on adaptive systems, the application of evolutionary algorithms to the problem of learning task programs in domains such as robotics, diagnostics, navigation and game playing. He is also interested in experience-based learning in which systems must improve their performance while actually performing the desired tasks in environments not directly under their control or the control of a benevolent teacher. This work includes the evolution of agents in a very large scale agent environment. Support for these projects is provided by DARPA, the US Office of Naval Research, and the US Naval Research Lab. Ken De Jong is currently a Professor of Computer Science, head of the Evolutionary Computation Laboratory, and Associate Director of the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study at George Mason University and is the founding editor-in-chief of the journal Evolutionary Computation (MIT Press), and a member of the board of ACM SIGEVO.