Welcome to the UCD Natural Computing Research & Applications Group

We are an interdisciplinary team of researchers motivated by Artificial Intelligence and Complex Adaptive Systems, who are based in the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, operating at the intersections of disciplines including Business, Analytics, Computer Science, Statistics & Mathematics, and Biology.



10 years on from hosting GECCO 2011 in Dublin, Ireland, Mark Connor and Michael O’Neill presented an approach to optimising the Banister Dose-Response Fitness-Fatique model used in athlete training management (arxiv draft) at GECCO 2021… Do you use the Banister Dose-Response/ Fitness-Fatigue Model? Well, chances are you might have been using it wrong all this …


Michael presented an invited talk on “Grammars, Evolutionary Computation and Intepretability” in a special session on Grammatical Evolution at DSSV-ECDA 2021 (7-9 July, 2021). The session was organised by Andreas Geyer-Schulz who spoke on “Architectural Design of a Unified GA/GP Package for R”, and Franz Rothlauf gave a talk on “Program Synthesis with Grammatical Evolution”.