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  • 21 January 2016 - Prof Michael O'Neill has received a 2016 Failte Ireland Conference Ambassador Award in recognition for attracting and hosting the ACM GECCO 2011 conference in Dublin, which attracted over 600 delegates from 52 countries.
  • 5 January 2016 - NCRA researchers have been nominated for two best paper awards (EuroGP and EvoApps) at this years EvoStar event. A total of nine papers will be presented by the group at the event held in Porto, Portugal at the end of March.
  • 18 December 2016 - We held the 6th Natural Computing Research & Applications Workshop today with presentations on a range of topics from Genetic Programming for Sports Analytics and Clinical Trial Optimisation to semantics and program traces.
  • 4 November 2015 - Prof Michael O'Neill was recently interviewed about "Natural Computing & Smart Business Systems" for the UCD College of Business - Faculty Insight Series.
  • 5 October 2015 - We've moved! The UCD Natural Computing Research & Applications Group is now based in the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock.
  • 25 May 2015 - NCRA researchers are presenting their latest findings at the IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation in Sendai, Japan this week. Papers on topics such as "Load Balancing in Heterogeneous Networks using Grammatical Evolution", "A Genetic Programming Approach for Delta Hedging", "Guidelines for defining benchmark problems in Genetic Programming", "Tonality Driven Piano Compositions with Grammatical Evolution", "Realised Volatility Forecasting: A Genetic Programming Approach" and "Deep Evolution of Feature Representations for Handwritten Digit Recognition" will be presented.
  • 21 May 2015 - UCD Centre for Business Analytics are now accepting applications for 2 ICON Doctoral Scholarships to start September 2015.
  • 20 March 2015 - "Information Propagation in a Social Network: The Case of a Fish Schooling Algorithm" has been published in a new book published by Springer Propagation Phenomena in Real World Networks.
  • 17 March 2015 - Prof Michael O'Neill gave a presentation on "Making sense of the big data generated" as part of an event on Re-engineering Clinical Trials - Developing new therapies in a connected world. The event was jointly hosted by Enterprise Ireland and ICON Plc on St Patrick's Day in Heidelberg, Germany. In attendance were Minister Simon Harris, the Irish Ambassador to Germany Michael Collins, and representatives from the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device sectors..
  • 2 March 2015 - We extend a warm welcome to Dr Gilyana Borlikova to our team in her new role as ICON Research Scientist.
  • 17 February 2015 - This week we welcome Filipe Assuncao as a visiting researcher from University of Coimbra.
  • 2 February 2015 - Congratulations to Dr Miguel Nicolau on being appointed as an ICON Lecturer in Business Analytics in the UCD School of Business.
  • 30 January 2015 - Congratulations Dr Mike Fenton on successfully defending his PhD thesis today on Grammatical Evolution for Engineering Design.
  • 16 January 2015 - There are a number of opportunities to join our group in 2015 including PhD and Postdoctoral researcher posts. To express your interest please contact Prof Michael O'Neill.
  • 12 January 2015 - Prof Anthony Brabazon gave an invited seminar on "Natural Computing" at UniversitÓ Ca' Foscari Venezia in Venice today.
  • 8 December 2014 - In recent times the NCRA has welcomed two new members to our team, Roisin Loughran and Loi Cao Van.
  • 1 December 2014 - Michael is giving an invited talk at the University of Exeter today on Applications of Evolutionary Design (AppED).
  • 24 November 2014 - Michael is giving an invited talk at the University of York today on Applications of Evolutionary Design (AppED).
  • 14 November 2014 - We are seeking expressions of interest in PhD scholarships (x4) to start in our group by Sep 2015. Please contact Prof Michael O'Neill for more details.
  • 13 November 2014 - We are now accepting applications for an ICON Post-doctoral Research Fellow post in our team (Ref 006991) with a closing date of 5 December (applications to UCD HR).
  • 20 October 2014 - NCRA win funding as part of the Science Foundation Ireland-funded LERO Software Research Centre (Irish Times).
  • 20 October 2014 - NCRA Director Prof Mike O'Neill features in the Irish Times today promoting the new BSc Business Analytics which starts Sep 2015.
  • 4 October 2014 - Would you like to join our expanding team at UCD? If so consider applying for one of two ICON Lecturer in Business Analytics posts (Ref 006816) are open for applicants until 17 October 2014.
  • 1 October 2014 - Over the past few weeks we have welcomed several new members to Team NCRA: Leo Dawson, David Lynch, Stefan Forstenlechner, Mike Fenton and David Fagan.
  • 18 September 2014 - Prof Michael O'Neill is featured in the UCD Faces of Research series of short films.
  • 13 September 2014 - Alberto Moraglio presented our latest research on combining Geometric Semantic Operators with Grammatical Evolution at the Semantic Methods in Genetic Programming Workshop held as part of PPSN 2014 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
  • 5 September 2014 - Congratulations to Dr's David Fagan, Eoin Murphy, Zheng Yin, Patrick O'Sullivan, Michael Phelan and Richard McGee who graduated from UCD with PhD's this week.
  • 13 July 2014 - Applications open for 3 postdoctoral researcher posts with a deadline 17th July Ref: 006771 (2 posts) & Ref: 006773 (1 post with Bell Labs) http://www.ucd.ie/hr/jobvacancies/.
  • 4 July 2014 - NCRA researchers presented their latest results at IEEE WCCI 2014 including "Ensemble Bayesian Model Averaging in Genetic Programming", "An Examination of Synchronisation in Artificial Gene Regulatory Networks", "Wave Height Quantification using Land Based Seismic Data with Grammatical Evolution", and "Experiments in Program Synthesis with Grammatical Evolution: a focus on Integer Sorting".
  • 18 June 2014 - Dr David Fagan's PhD thesis "Analysing the Genotype-Phenotype Map in Grammatical Evolution" is now available from our Publications page..
  • 20 May 2014 - Eoin Murphy's PhD thesis An Exploration of Tree-Adjoining Grammars for Grammatical Evolution is now available from our Publications page.
  • 19 May 2014 - Our latest research on Aircraft design exploration using artificial evolution has been published in Neurocomputing.
  • 16 May 2014 - Michael has been appointed as the ICON Professor of Business Analytics in the UCD School of Business.
  • 30 April 2014 - Science Foundation Ireland have awarded 1.8Million Euro to Michael for his research project on "Applications of Evolutionary Design". The NCRA are now recruiting a number of postdoctoral researchers and PhD students to start this September. .
  • 27 April 2014 - Just over one month left to submit extended abstracts to the Semantic Methods in Genetic Programming PPSN 2014 Workshop.
  • 23 April 2014 - A number of papers including, "Geometric Semantic Genetic Programming for Financial Data", "Dynamic Index Trading using a Gene Regulatory Network Model", and "Higher Order Functions for Kernel Regression" are being presented at the EvoStar events in Malaga, Spain this week. NCRA researchers are also playing a leading role in the organisation of the event. EuroGP, the European Conference on Genetic Programming is chaired by Miguel Nicolau, EvoMUSART is chaired by James McDermott and EvoFIN is chaired by Alexandros Agapitos.
  • 26 March 2014 - The SeEDS (Semantic-aware Evolutionary Design of Software Workshop) takes place 26-27 March in UCD CASL and is supported by an Irish Research Council New Foundations award.
  • 3 March 2014 - We welcome Dr Ahmed Katten to UCD as a visiting researcher, he will present a seminar on Friday 7th on "Real-world applications of Evolutionary Computation: End-users' perspective".
  • 8 February 2014 - Mike presents a series of lectures on "Genetic Programming: Syntax & Semantics" at the University of Basel Computational Toolbox Winterschool in Engelberg, Switzerland .
  • 1 February 2014 - Congratulations to Dr Miguel Nicolau on his appointment as a Lecturer in the UCD School of Computer Science and Informatics, and becoming a faculty member of the UCD NCRA group.
  • 13 January 2014 - Congratulations to Zheng Yin who successfully defended her PhD thesis on "Essays on Genetic Programing Applied to Financial Modelling".
  • 10 January 2014 - Mike is Guest Editor of a special issue of the Genetic Programming & Evolvable Machines Journal on Semantic Methods in GP. Submission deadline 19 Dec 2014.
  • 13 December 2013 - Michael is co-organiser of the "Semantic methods in Genetic Programming Workshop" to be held at PPSN 2014 in Ljubljana, Slovenia on 13 September 2014 (submission deadline 17 March 2014).
  • 6 Dec 2013 - Congratulations to Eoin Murphy who successfully defended his PhD thesis "An Exploration of Tree-Adjoining Grammars for Grammatical Evolution".
  • 4 Dec 2013 - Congratulations to Kai Fan who successfully defended his PhD thesis "Implied and Excess Volatility Analysis with Novel Approaches".
  • 30 October 2013 - Congratulations to David Fagan on successfully defending his PhD thesis "Analysing genotype-phenotype mapping in Grammatical Evolution".
  • 14 October 2013 - Mike, Miguel and Alex are representing the NCRA at the 28th CREST Open Workshop on Genetic Programming for Software Engineering in University College London.
  • 6 July 2013 - Mike presents the Open Issues in Genetic Programming Tutorial at the ACM GECCO Conference today in Amsterdam. NCRA research on semantics and dynamic environments will also be presented.
  • 25 June 2013 - Congratulations to Miguel and Dan who won the World in a Word 64-bit Design Challenge, a competition at the IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation 2013.
  • 23 June 2013 - NCRA collaboration with Bell Labs brings us a step closer to autonomic networks: How natural computing can help communication and learning in femtocell networks.
  • 21 June 2013 - Michael has been elected to the ACM SIGEVO Executive Board.
  • 14 June 2013 - Some of our research in Evolutionary Design has appeared today "A Methodology for User Directed Search in Evolutionary Design". Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machines 14(3):287-314.
  • 24 May 2013 - The 4th NCRA Workshop is on today!.
  • 6 April 2013 - Our latest research "On the Roles of Semantic Locality of Crossover in Genetic Programming" has appeared in the journal Information Science Volume 235 pp.195ľ213.
  • 5 April 2013 - Amongst the announcements made at the closing EvoStar session today, the NCRA warmly congratulate Miguel Nicolau on his appointment as Chair of EuroGP 2014, James McDermott on appointment to Chair of EvoMUSART 2014, and Alex Agapitos to Chair of EvoFIN 2014.
  • 3 April 2013 - NCRA members present their latest research at the collocated EvoStar conferences in Vienna this week, including three papers at EuroGP. Also, James is Chairing EvoMUSART, and Alex is Chairing EvoFIN.
  • 7 March 2013 - Congratulations to Noor Shaker (visiting NCRA researcher from ITU Copenhagen) who successfully defended her PhD thesis "Towards Player-Driven Procedural Content Generation".
  • 22 February 2013 - Congratulations to John Mark who successfully defended his PhD thesis today "Analyzing the Discovery and Use of Modules in Grammatical Evolution".
  • 13 February 2013 - Two articles by NCRA researchers have appeared in the latest issue of Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machines 14(1): "A comparison of grammatical genetic programming grammars for controlling femtocell network coverage", and "Better GP benchmarks: community survey results and proposals".
  • 28 January 2013 - NCRA research features in the Irish Times today "When software takes its cue from nature".
  • 7 January 2013 - Michael has been invited to become an Associate Editor of Applied Soft Computing.
  • 17 December 2012 - Congratulations to Wei who successfully defended his PhD thesis today on "An Empirical Investigation of Price Impact: An Agent-based Modelling Approach".
  • 7 December 2012 - Congratulations to Jonathan who graduated today, officially becoming Dr Byrne for his research on "Approaches to Evolutionary Architectural Design Exploration Using Grammatical Evolution".
  • 20 November 2012 - Michael has appeared in the UCD Science Showcase book launched today by Prof Mark Ferguson and Prof Joe Carthy.
  • 8 October 2012 - "A comparison of grammatical genetic programming grammars for controlling femtocell network coverage" arising from our collaboration with Bell Labs has been published online in GPEM.
  • 1 October 2012 - Michael has been appointed Director of the Complex and Adaptive Systems Lab (UCD CASL), UCD's interdisciplinary computational science institute comprising approximately 200 researchers.
  • 28 September 2012 - EvoMUSART 2013 Call for Papers (submission deadline 1 Nov 2012) to be held in Vienna in April 2013 this event is Chaired by James McDermott.
  • 10 September 2012 - Congratulations to James McDermott et al on their publication in Environment and Planning B on Evolutionary Architectural Design.
  • 6 Sep 2012 - Michael's research on Computer Science publication impact metrics has appeared in Volume 1 of TinyTOCS (The article).
  • 3 Sep 2012 - We congratulate Dr James McDermott who has been appointed as a Lecturer in the UCD School of Business, joining the MIS Department and Centre for Business Analytics from September 2012.
  • 1 Sep 2012 - Michael O'Neill, Anthony Brabazon, Miguel Nicolau, Alexandros Agapitos and Eoin Murphy represent the NCRA at the prestigious PPSN Conference (Parallel Problem Solving From Nature) in Taormina, Sicily with five studies on topics including Artificial Genetic Regulatory Network Models for Financial Modelling, a study with Bell Labs on "Evolving Femtocell Algorithms with Dynamic & Stationary Training Scenarios", and others including, "Controlling Overfitting in Symbolic Regression based on a Bias/Variance Error Decomposition", "Analyzing Module Usage in Grammatical Evolution" and "Differential Gene Expression with Tree‐Adjunct Grammars". All papers are publishing in Springer's LNCS series..
  • 29 August 2012 - Michael O'Neill and Anthony Brabazon present their latest research on Artificial Immune Systems at the annual ICARIS conference held in Sicily. Studies include "An Analysis of Natural Computing Venues - A Focus on Immunocomputing" and "A Survey of Immunocomputing in Business Analytics and Finance".
  • 13 August 2012 - We welcome Dr Miguel Nicolau as a new Research Fellow with FMC2. Earlier this month Dr Jonathan Byrne joined FMC2 as a Research Assistant having successfully completed his PhD earlier this Summer.
  • 3 August 2012 - Today we say farewell to Erik Hemberg who has been with the NCRA since 2006 as a PhD student and then post doctoral research fellow. All the NCRA wishes Erik the very best for the future and when he joins Una-May's group in MIT later this month.
  • 6 July 2012 - John Mark, David and Erik represent the NCRA at the ACM GECCO 2012 conference in Philadelphia from 7-11 July. They will present our latest research on Modularity and Adaptive Mutation in GP, and an application of GP to Femtocells in collaboration with Bell Labs.
  • 27 June 2012 - David Fagan is in Brno presenting "Fitness Reactive Mutation in Grammatical Evolution" at Mendel 2012.
  • 21 June 2012 - We have a PhD scholarship available to start in September to work in the area of Genetic Programming. Informal enquiries should be made directly to Michael.
  • 10 June 2012 - NCRA researchers Miguel and Tony are presenting at IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation as part of WCCI 2012 in Brisbane this week. The studies include "Optimal Patent Design: An Agent-based Approach" and "Termination in Grammatical Evolution: Grammar Design, Wrapping, and Tails". IEEE CEC is ranked in the top 3 publication venues in Evolutionary Computation .
  • 30 May 2012 - Congratulations Jonathan Byrne on successfully defending his PhD - Approaches to Evolutionary Architectural Design Exploration Using GE.
  • 25 May 2012 - Marc Schoenauer (INRIA Project-Team TAO) presents an invited NCRA seminar on "SVM-based surrogate models for Continuous Evolutionary Optimization" at UCD CASL.
  • 11 May 2012 - Google scholar metrics h5-index perspective on publication venues in Genetic Programming, EC, NC, ML, CI, AI etc see ncra.ucd.ie/metrics/.
  • 9 May 2012 - Erik Hemberg is presenting at Genetic Programming Theory and Practice Workshop (GPTP 2012) in Ann Arbor this week.
  • 13 April 2012 - James McDermott has been invited to Chair EvoMUSART 2013 which will be held as part of the EvoStar events in Vienna, Austria from 3-5 April.
  • 11 April 2012 - NCRA researchers present 8 papers at the EvoStar events in Malaga Spain this week including the EuroGP and EvoMUSART conferences and EvoFIN (Chaired by our own Alex Agapitos).
  • 5 April 2012 - NCRA's Jonathan Byrne features at CoderDojoUCD.
  • 16 Feb 2012 - Congratulations to Miguel on placing 3rd in the UCD Research Images Competition 2011 for his evolved art entitled "Digital Organic".
  • 16 January 2012 - Congratulations to NCRA researchers who have had 8 papers accepted to the European EvoStar events to be held in Malaga this April with proceedings published in Springer LNCS.
  • 15 December 2011 - Interview by Claire O'Connell (Irish Times contributor and freelance journalist) with Michael published today Evolution solutions, computer style.
  • 30 November 2011 - Erik Hemberg has won a Science Foundation Ireland Technology and Innovation Development Training award.
  • 1 Nov 2011 - The NCRA welcome Noor Shaker a visiting researcher from the IT University of Copenhagen.
  • 10 October 2011 - The fourth book in the "Natural Computing in Computational Finance" series published by Springer is available now.
  • 5 September 2011 - Congratulations to Edgar, James, Michael and Tony on publication of their article "Defining locality as a problem difficulty measure in genetic programming" in the Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machines journal.
  • 2 September 2011 - Congratulations to James who officially becomes Dr Murphy today following his graduation from UCD.
  • 31 August 2011 - NCRA researchers Miguel, Alex and Tony are presenting their latest findings at IEEE Conference on Computational Intelligence in Games (CIG 2011) in Seoul, Korea this week. Papers include "Learning Environment Models in Car Racing using Stateful Genetic Programming" and "Reactiveness and Navigation in Computer Games: Different Needs, Different Approaches".
  • 18 July 2011 - Congratulations to Eoin Murphy who won the Best presentation Award at the ACM GECCO 2011 Graduate Student Workshop.
  • 11 July 2011 - Check out the GECCO 2011 photo diary including todays GECCO Registration Setup.
  • 8 July 2011 - Team NCRA stuffed 600 delegate bags at the GECCO conference hotel today. It's all systems go for GECCO 2011.. .
  • 8 July 2011 - Congrats to Uy on defending his PhD thesis "Examining Semantic Diversity & Semantic Locality of Operators in GP" well done Dr Nguyen.
  • 4 July 2011 - We're running an Algorithmic Trading Summer School in UCD Quinn School of Business this week amongst the speakers are Dietmar Maringer, Chris Stephens, and Philip Hamill.
  • 27 June 2011 - ICSP Summer School 2011 is taking place in UCD School of Computer Science & Informatics this week with a lot of help from Team NCRA (Mike, Erik, John Mark, Jonathan, Cliodhna, Dave, Eoin and Irene).
  • 22 June 2011 - GEVA (Grammatical Evolution in Java) v2.0 has been officially released today.
  • 10 May 2011 - Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) support GECCO 2011 through their Conference & Workshops funding programme.
  • 29 April 2011 - Congratulations to all the NCRA on their 3 best paper awards at the prestigious EvoStar2011 events held in Turin this week. Diego, Miguel, Mike and Tony won the EvoGAMES 2011 best paper award for their paper "Evolving Behavior Trees for the Mario AI Competition Using Grammatical Evolution". Eoin, Mike and Tony won the EuroGP 2011 best paper award for their paper "Examining Mutation Landscapes In Grammar Based Genetic Programming". Jonathan, Michael, Erik, James, Mike, Beth and Ciaran won the EvoMUSART 2011 best paper award for "Combining Structural Analysis and Multi-Objective Criteria for Evolutionary Architectural Design".
  • 28 April 2011 - Congratulations to Michael, Tony and Erik on publication of their journal article "Tracer spectrum: a visualisation method for distributed evolutionary computation" in Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machines 12(2):161-171.
  • 28 April 2011 - Congratulations to Uy, Xuan, Michael, Bob and Edgar on publication of their journal article "Semantically-based crossover in genetic programming: application to real-valued symbolic regression" in Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machines 12(2):91-119.
  • 26 April 2011 - Ten NCRA team members are in Turin this week presenting nine papers at EvoStar2011.
  • 10 April 2011 - Deadline extension to 2 May for Genetic Programming in Game Computational Intelligence at IEEE CIG 2011 in Seoul, Korea.
  • 4 April 2011 - Congrats to all the group members on acceptance of 9 papers @ GECCO2011 including 4 full papers and 5 posters. There's still a few more days until the workshop submission deadline this Thursday 7th.
  • 24 March 2011 - Congratulations to Dr. James Murphy on submission of his hard-bound PhD thesis.
  • 22 March 2011 - Get your submissions in now for the Genetic Programming in Games Special Session at #CIG2011 Deadline 15th April.
  • 21 March 2011 - We've won a fourth Google CS4HS award of $33,700 to support our ICSP module delivered through the UCD CSI Summer School.
  • 3 March 2011 - Congratulations to Jonathan, Michael, Erik, James, Mike, Beth and Ciaran on their EvoMUSART 2011 best paper nomination for their paper "Combining Structural Analysis and Multi-Objective Criteria for Evolutionary Architectural Design". Miguel and Dan have also received a nomination for their paper "Using Grammatical Evolution to Parameterise Interactive 3D Image Generation".
  • 3 March 2011 - Congratulations to Diego, Miguel, Mike and Tony on their EvoGAMES 2011 best paper nomination for their paper "Evolving Behavior Trees for the Mario AI Competition Using Grammatical Evolution".
  • 3 March 2011 - Congratulations to Eoin, Mike and Tony on their EuroGP 2011 best paper nomination for their paper "Examining Mutation Landscapes In Grammar Based Genetic Programming".
  • 10 February 2011 - We are delighted to announce that GECCO 2011 to be held in Dublin, Ireland has achieved an all time record number of submissions. On the latest count there are 687! To put this in context 2010 saw 373, and the previous record was 577 in 2007. We look forward to welcoming a record number of delegates to Dublin in July.
  • 3 February 2011 - You can now book your room at the GECCO hotel (12-16 July) see the Burlington Hotel link.
  • 1 February 2011 - Today we invite applications for the CSI Summer School (including the ICSP module) which takes place 27-29 June 2011. The Summer School is sponsored by Google under their CS4HS awards.
  • 31 January 2011 - Today the NCRA sadly bid a "slán abhaile" to Edgar and we wish him the very best for his future adventures. In turn we extend a warm welcome to Mauro Castelli who joins our group as a visiting researcher this semester from Leonardo Vanneschi's group at University of Milano-Bicocca.
  • 25 January 2011 - Miguel has announced a Call for Papers for the 14th Annual Graduate Student Workshop to be held at the ACM GECCO conference in Dublin (12-16 July).
  • 19 January 2011 - The GECCO submission deadline has been extended by 2 weeks until Wed 9th Feb. More details on deadlines from the website.
  • 10 January 2011 - Congratulations to James Murphy who successfully defended his PhD thesis today "Applications of Evolutionary Computation to Quadrupedal Animal Animation".
  • 8 December 2010 - Congratulations to Erik who officially becomes Dr Hemberg today following his graduation from UCD.
  • 2 December 2010 - "Open issues in genetic programming" is the most downloaded article from the Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machines journal over the past 3 months.
  • 15 November 2010 - EvoFIN 2011 submission deadline has been extended to 30 November (see EvoStar 2011).
  • 12 November 2010 - Miguel's CASL seminar on "Artificial Intelligence in Games using Evolutionary Techniques" is available to view on the CASL website.
  • 9 October 2010 - Uy presents his latest research on "Predicting the Tide with Genetic Programming and Semantic-based Crossovers" at KSE 2010, in Hanoi, Vietnam.
  • 28 September 2010 - We welcome Petr Pospíchal as a visiting researcher to the NCRA. Petr is based in Brno University of Technology (Czech Republic) and will spend the next three weeks at UCD.
  • 24 September 2010 - The NCRA and FMC2 feature in the Irish Times Innovation supplement today.
  • 11 September 2010 - NCRA researchers present their latest findings at PPSN 2010 (Parallel Problem Solving From Nature) in Krakow over the next five days, including an invited tutorial by Tony and Michael on "Natural Computing and Finance", and three papers presented by Alex, Edgar and Michael on "Evolutionary Learning of Technical Trading Rules without Data-mining Bias", "A Fine-Grained View of GP Locality with Binary Decision Diagrams as Ant Phenotypes" and "The Role of Syntactic and Semantic Locality of Crossover in Genetic Programming" respectively.
  • 1 September 2010 - We welcome new team members Cliodhna Tuite (PhD student on the SFI Financial Mathematics and Computation Cluster) and Erik Hemberg (Post doctorate researcher) who join us today. Erik recently successfully defended his PhD thesis and re-joins our team to spearhead a collaboration with Bell Labs.
  • 18 July 2010 - NCRA research will feature prominently at this weeks IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation. We are organisers of the "Grammars in Natural Computing" track, and most of our team will be in Barcelona presenting our 12 papers (see our Publications page), which includes the latest findings on Semantics for Genetic Programming, Tree-Adjunct Grammatical Evolution, piGrammatical Evolution, Higher-order functions and Search Operators for Design, Modularity and Locality in Genetic Programming and applications in Finance and Games.
  • 15 July 2010 - GECCO 2011 is coming to Dublin, 12-16 July 2011 (Call for Papers) and the website is now live.
  • 8 July 2010 - The NCRA are represented at this week's GECCO 2010 conference by Michael who is presenting a paper on "Semantics Based Crossover for Boolean Problems", Edgar who is presenting the latest research on "Towards an Understanding of Locality in Genetic Programming" and Irene who is helping out with the registration desk in preparation for GECCO 2011 in Dublin. The official announcement on the Dublin venue for GECCO 2011 will take place at Sunday's Plenary session.
  • 2 July 2010 - A special 10th Anniversary issue of the Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machines journal has been published today. The issue includes two articles by NCRA Director, Michael O'Neill, namely "Open Issues in Genetic Programming" and "Grammar-based Genetic Programming: A Survey".
  • 1 July 2010 - v1.2 of GEVA has been released today including some minor bug fixes and new example problems.
  • 23 June 2010 - Michael is presenting the Keynote at Mendel 2010 today (slides) on "Recent Adventures in Grammar-based Genetic Programming" , and Jonathan presents his latest research on "Optimising Offensive Moves in Toribash".
  • 17 June 2010 - Our outreach programme for secondary students and teachers (ICSP and the CS Summer School) has successfully competed for funding under Google's CS4HS awards for the third year in a row.
  • 9 June 2010 - GECCO 2011 is coming to Dublin 12-16 July 2011, and will be hosted by UCD NCRA. Follow the latest news.
  • 25 May 2010 - GameBrains featured recently in Silicon Republic as an NDRC success story under their Catalyser programme.
  • 29 April 2010 - GameBrains has Summer internships available with an application deadline of 24th May (more details).
  • 9 April 2010 - Congratulations to Jianhua Shao, James McDermott, Michael O'Neill, and Anthony Brabazon on their EvoMUSART Best Paper Award for "Jive: A Generative, Interactive, Virtual, Evolutionary Music System" announced at Evo* 2010.
  • 9 April 2010 - Congratulations to Miguel Nicolau for winning the 'Evolve The Next Evo* Image' competition at Evo*2010 with Miguel's New Tatoo.
  • 6 April 2010 - NCRA researchers have four entries in the "Evolve the next Evo* image competition" each using Grammatical Evolution.
  • 6 April 2010 - NCRA researchers are a big feature at this years Evo* Event in Istanbul with 8 papers being presented including 4 Best Paper Nominations at EuroGP, EvoMUSART and EvoFIN it's going to be a busy week for the group.
  • 24 March 2010 - Congratulations to Uy, Hien, Xuan and Michael on their best paper nomination at EuroGP for "Improving the Generalisation Ability of Genetic Programming with Semantic Similarity based Crossover".
  • 24 March 2010 - Congratulations to Miguel on his best paper nomination (with Marc & Wolfgang) at EuroGP for "Evolving Genes to Balance a Pole".
  • 19 March 2010 - Congratulations to Jianhua Shao, James McDermott, Michael O'Neill, and Anthony Brabazon on their best paper nomination at EvoMUSART 2010 for "Jive: A Generative, Interactive, Virtual, Evolutionary Music System".
  • 19 March 2010 - Congratulations to Wei Cui, Anthony Brabazon and Michael O'Neill on their best paper nomination at EvoFIN 2010 for "Evolving Dynamic Trade Execution Strategies using GE".
  • 3 March 2010 - We warmly congratulate Dr. James McDermott who has been awarded a prestigious IRCSET-Marie Curie Fellowship to work for 18 months with Una-May O'Reilly at MIT followed by 12 months at UCD's NCRA (more details).
  • 10 February 2010 - The NCRA collaboration with Citi on Pattern Recognition is featured in a Citi Media movie (download), and is also available from the IDA Ireland website.
  • 1 February 2010 - The NCRA extends a warm welcome to our latest team member Dr. Alexandros Agapitos.
  • 25 January 2010 - We extend a warm welcome to our latest addition to the NCRA team Dr. Miguel Nicolau.
  • 2 January 2010 - Submissions are open for "Grammars in Natural Computing" a Special Session of the IEEE WCCI 2010 in Barcelona.
  • 4 December 2009 - James Murphy won GEVA Week'09 for his project on DrumBalls. See the demo video on the GEVA page.
  • 27 November 2009 - Next week is GEVA Week 2009! See flyer on how UCD researchers can participate here.
  • 6 November 2009 - FMC2 features in The Irish Times Innovation Supplement (available on-line and here).
  • 30 October 2009 - Prof Barry McMullin Head of the ALife Lab at Dublin City University presents a seminar today on "Exploring Hierarchical Evolution with an Artificial Protocell" (Abstract).
  • 28 October 2009 - The NCRA has an opening for a postdoc researcher starting early 2010 to work on Grammatical Evolution as part of the recently launched Financial Mathematics & Computation Cluster team (FMC2). Details available from UCD HR website.
  • 26 October 2009 - Uy is presenting his latest research on "Semantic Similarity based Crossover in GP: The case for Real-valued Function Regression" at EA 2009 in Strasbourg this week.
  • 22 October 2009 - Congratulations to Cornelia who successfully defended her PhD research on "A Reduced Parameter Model for Spectral Synthesis of Musical Sounds".
  • 15 October 2009 - The launch of FMC2 has appeared in the national press. See the Irish Times, The Irish Examiner, RTE Business, Silicon Republic, Business and Leadership and UCD News.
  • 15 October 2009 - We congratulate Roisin who successfully defended her PhD thesis this morning on "Music Instrument Identification with Feature Selection Using Evolutionary Methods".
  • 14 October 2009 - Science Foundation Ireland announce the creation of the Financial Mathematics & Computation Cluster (FMC2). The cluster has received € 4.1 Million in funding, and is a collaboration between Industry partners, UCD, NUI Maynooth and Dublin City University. Three of the six Principal Investigators are members of UCD's NCRA, namely Anthony Brabazon, Michael O'Neill and David Edelman. The other PI's are Gregory Connor (NUIM), Paolo Guasoni (DCU) and John Cotter (UCD).
  • 9 October 2009 - Colin Johnson is visiting the NCRA and gives a seminar on "Theoretically-Grounded Genetic Programming" at UCD CASL today.
  • 8 October 2009 - The NCRA has an opening for a postdoc researcher starting early 2010 to work on an NDRC-sponsored translational research project. Details available from UCD HR website.
  • 1 Oct 2009 - Citigroup launch a new R&D unit in Dublin's International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) which includes a collaboration with UCD NCRA researchers. The unit was launched by the Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Brian Cowen. See Irish Independent article, and Irish Times article.
  • 7 September 2009 - Edgar will present his latest research "On the Effects of Locality in a Permutation Problem: The Sudoku Puzzle" at the IEEE Symposium in Computational Intelligence and Games (CIG 2009).
  • 3 September 2009 - The NCRA welcomes 3 new team members this week, Richard McGee, David Fagan and Eoin Murphy.
  • 21 August 2009 - Congratulations to Jianhua Shao who successfully completed ODCSSS 2009 under the supervision of James McDermott, and gave a nice demo of his research on "Using evolutionary methods to play a sound synthesizer via camera and microphone".
  • 8 July 2009 - NCRA researchers are attending ACM's GECCO conference in Montreal this week. Michael is Chairing the Real World Applications track, while Jonathan presents research on Mutation in GE, Erik presents at the Graduate student workshop, John Mark presents a paper on Shape Grammars, Wei presents research on Efficient Trade Execution, and James has an entry in the Evolutionary Art competition.
  • 11 June 2009 - Ronald Hochreiter (University of Vienna) presents his latest research Multi-stage stochastic optimization - modeling techniques and solution approaches at an NCRA seminar today.
  • 22 May 2009 - A book launch reception is being held this evening for Foundations in Grammatical Evolution for Dynamic Environments by Ian Dempsey, Michael O'Neill and Anthony Brabazon. This is the second book published on Grammatical Evolution (Press Release and Photos).
  • 22 May 2009 - The 3rd NCRA Workshop (NCRA 2009) takes place today with an Invited Keynote by Dr. Ian Dempsey of Pipeline Trading Systems Inc., New York.
  • 18 May 2009 - Jonathan Byrne presents a paper on GE and the Binomial-3 problem at IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC) in Trondheim this week.
  • 4 May 2009 - MIT's Andrew Lo discusses the Adaptive Market Hypothesis and how Darwinian Evolution is relevant to financial markets in an FT Webcast.
  • 24 April 2009 - Tony and the NCRA get a mention in an Irish Times Special Report published today on "UCD Business at 100".
  • 24 April 2009 - ICSP is an outreach module for Second Level students delivered by members of the NCRA to promote Computer Science (ICSP 2008). This initiative is critical in the Irish context as there is currently no ICT curriculum for high-school level students and consequently a lack of understanding of what CS is about and the potential careers that exist. Given that this sector of the Knowledge Economy is booming despite a deep recession, there is now a massive shortfall in graduates. ICSP 2009 is now open for applicants.
  • 20 April 2009 - NCRA's latest monograph was published today by Springer. "Foundations in Grammatical Evolution for Dynamic Environments" by Ian, Michael and Tony is the second book to be published on Grammatical Evolution (GE) and describes some of the groups recent research on GE's application to dynamic environments.
  • 17 April 2009 - Evo*2010 will be held in Istanbul and will include the 4th Edition of EvoFIN - Evolutionary Computation in Finance and Economics, keep your eyes on evostar.org for more details (Evo*).
  • 16 April 2009 - Jing has been nominated for the EvoFIN Best Paper at Evo* 2009.
  • 14 April 2009 - Eight NCRA members (Michael, Tony, Uy, James M, Jing, James McD, Erik, Kai) are participating in Evo* 2009 events this week in Tuebingen, including papers at EuroGP, EvoFIN and EvoMUSART. Tony and Mike Co-Chair the 3rd EvoFIN, and Mike is on the EuroGP Debate Panel.
  • 10 April 2009 - A review by Michael of "A Field Guide to Genetic Programming" was published in the GP journal today..
  • 3 April 2009 - Genetic Programming making the headlines and appears in Science.
  • 30 March 2009 - Away from the computer Tony demonstrates some impressive early season race form .
  • 27 March 2009 - The latest book by Tony and Michael, Natural Computing in Computational Finance (Volume 2), has been published by Springer .
  • 18 February 2009 - GEVA v1.1 was released today.
  • 12 February 2009 - Erik Hemberg visited Darwin's birthplace (Shrewsbury) on the 200th anniversary of his birth.
  • 5 February 2009 - NCRA and CASL researchers make the most of the unusually cold and snowy Dublin weather to build a Snow Monster Man.
  • 2 February 2009 - The NCRA welcomes our latest team member, Edgar Galvan, who joins us today.
  • 28 January 2009 - GEVA (Grammatical Evolution in Java) v1.0 has been officially released today with the appearance of an article in SIGEVOlution.
  • 16 December 2008 - The NCRA welcomes Dr Martin Hemberg (Harvard Medical School) who visits us in Dublin this week as part of the SFI funded Grammatical Representations for Evolutionary Design project.
  • 8 December 2008 - The NCRA welcomes new team member Shane Martin to the group.
  • 4 December 2008 - We've just updated the NCRA website with a new look. Hope you like it..
  • 13 November 2008 - Submission Deadlines for EvoFIN 2009, and all other Evo* 2009 events have been extended until Sunday 30 November 2008.
  • 26 September 2008 - Prof Wolfgang Banzhaf visits the NCRA today and will give a seminar 'From Artificial Evolution to Computational Evolution'.
  • 24 September 2008 - The NCRA welcomes five new team members who have joined us this month, John Mark Swafford, Wei Cui, Jonathan Byrne, Uy Quang Nguyen, and James McDermott.
  • 1 Sep 2008 - Dr. Michael O'Neill has been awarded a Science Foundation Ireland Principal Investigator award for EDGE (Evolution in Dynamic Environments with Grammatical Evolution). The primary objective of the EDGE project is to analyse and improve the ability of Grammatical Evolution (GE) to ´Čünd solutions in dynamic environments, facilitating its application to hard real-world dynamic problems. Many of the most challenging problems facing researchers and decision makers are those with a dynamic nature. That is, the environment in which the solution exists, and consequently the optimal solution itself, changes over time.
  • 22 August 2008 - John Reddin won UCDs Best Project as part of ODCSSS 2008 the Online Dublin Computer Science Summer School for his project on Grammatical Evolution and Group Based Composition.
  • 18 August 2008 - Erik Hemberg and Zheng Yin are presenting at the Workshop and Summer School on Evolutionary Computation at the University of Ulster. Invited speakers include Kenneth De Jong, Hans-Paul Schwefel and David Fogel..
  • 6 June 2008 - In the 6th and final presentation of NCRA research at IEEE WCCI 2008 Kai presents his findings on "Benchmarking the Performance of the Real-Valued Quantum-Inspired EA".
  • 5 June 2008 - Sébastien presents his research "On the Scalability of PSO" at IEEE WCCI 2008 today.
  • 4 June 2008 - Michael Chairs the "Grammars in Evolutionary Computation" session at IEEE WCCI 2008 today, three NCRA papers are featured on Grammatical Evolution including Erik's presentation on Meta-Grammars, and Subtree Deactivation and Evolving the NCRA Logo Design by Michael.
  • 3 June 2008 - Anthony Brabazon and Michael O'Neill presented their research on SoSwarm for Financial Credit Risk Assessment at IEEE CEC part of WCCI 2008 in Hong Kong this week.
  • 22 May 2008 - James McDermott and Enda Ridge have both received IRCSET Postdoctorate scholarships to join the NCRA in September with each scholarship lasting for 2 years.
  • 21 May 2008 - Sébastien Piccand has received a Travel Grant to present his paper "On the Scalability of Particle Swarm Optimisation" at IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence WCCI 2008 in Hong Kong.
  • 10 May 2008 - Nguyen Quang Uy has been awarded a Non-EU IRCSET PhD scholarship to join the NCRA in September. Uy has just completed his MSc at Bob McKay's Structural Complexity Lab under the supervision of Nguyen Xuan Hoai. The research undertaken will be a collaboration between UCD NCRA and SNU.
  • 9 May 2008 - The 2nd NCRA 2008 Workshop takes place in UCD's Complex and Adaptive Systems Laboratory (CASL) today, and features and invited talk by Jorge Tavares (INRIA, Lille).
  • 11 April 2008 - Funding for 2 fully funded PhD studentships (including Fees, Monthly Stipend and Conference Travel) are available to start 1 September 2008. You must be an EU citizen to be eligible for full fees. The project is on Grammatical Representations for Evolutionary Design. Contact Michael for further details.
  • 10 April 2008 - Funding is available for a PhD studentship (to cover fees and a partial stipend) to start 1 September 2008. The project is on Algorithmic Trading System Design. Contact Tony for further details. .
  • 9 April 2008 - Congratulations to James McDermott who has just successfully passed his PhD examination on Evolutionary Computation Applied to the Control of Sound Synthesis.
  • 28 March 2008 - The EuroGP 2008 best paper award has just been announced at the closing session of Evo* 2008 and the well deserved winner is Semantic Building Blocks in Genetic Programming by Nic McPhee, Brian Ohs and Tyler Hutchison. The best paper of EvoFIN 2008 has been awarded to Philip Saks and Dietmar Maringer for Genetic Programing in Statistical Arbitrage. Evo* 2009 will be held in Tuebingen, Germany in April with a submission deadline of 1 November 2008.
  • 27 March 2008 - Jing presents Option Model Calibration using a Bacterial Foraging Optimization Algorithm and Kai Quantum-Inspired Evolutionary Algorithms for Financial Data Analysis today at EvoFIN 2008 .
  • 27 March 2008 - Tony and Michael Co-Chair EvoFIN 2008 (2nd European Workshop on Evolutionary Computation in Finance and Economics) which takes place today at Evo* 2008. The Proceedings of EvoFIN 2008 appear in Springers LNCS Volume 4974.
  • 26 March 2008 - Erik Hemberg presents at EuroGP today his research on Altering the Search Rates of the Meta and Solution Grammars in the mGGA. In addition, James presents his work on New Generation Methods in an Interpolating EC Synthesizer Interface at the EvoMUSART EvoWorkshop..
  • 26 March 2008 - EuroGP 2008 (11th European Conference on Genetic Programming) starts today and is Chaired by Michael. EuroGP is part of a number of joint conferences (EuroGP, EvoCOP, EvoBio and EvoWorkshops) held under the umbrella of Evo* 2008. The EuroGP 2008 Proceedings are published in Springers LNCS Volume 4971..
  • 20 March 2008 - Günter Bachelier has published a collection of Evolutionary Portrait Art of researchers in Genetic Programming along with one of yours truly. A description of the process is included in the Art of Artificial Evolution which also features a paper by our own James McDermott on Sound Synthesis.
  • 29 January 2008 - NCRA researchers publish a journal article on a novel variant of a Particle Swarm algorithm for unsupervised learning called SOSwarm.
  • 7 January 2008 - Registration is now open for EuroGP 2008 and EvoFIN 2008 at the Evo* website.
  • 6 December 2007 - Congratulations to Dr. Ian Dempsey who graduated today with his thesis on: Grammatical Evolution in Dynamic Environments.
  • 5 December 2007 - Nic McPhee visits the NCRA today to give a seminar on Semantic Building Blocks in Genetic Programming.
  • 13 Nov 2007 - Youwei Li (Queens University Belfast) will give a seminar this Thursday with the title "Can Trend Followers Survive in the Long-Run? Insights from Agent-Based Modeling".
  • 10 Nov 2007 - Due to network problems at ITI in Valencia the evostar.org website is down. In the meantime you can submit your papers directly to the individual event submission sites for EuroGP, EvoCOP, EvoBIO and EvoWorkshops 2008..
  • 26 October 2007 - Submission Deadlines for EuroGP 2008, EvoFIN 2008, and all other Evo* 2008 events has been extended until Sunday 11 November 2007.
  • 24 October 2007 - Michael O'Neill and Anthony Brabazon are co-organisers of a Special Session on Grammars In Evolutionary Computation at the IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence 2008 with Lourdes Araujo, Robert I. McKay, Xuan Hoai Nguyen, Peter Whigham and Man Leung Wong, see the Call For Papers and IEEE WCCI 2008site for more details.
  • 16 October 2007 - Zheng Yin and Erik Hemberg will present papers on "Dynamic Genetic Programming" and "An investigation of the mutation operator using different representations in Grammatical Evolution" today at the Advances in Artificial Intelligence and Applications (AAIA'07) in Wisla, Poland.
  • 25 September 2007 - EvoFIN 2008's Submission Site is now Open until 1 November 2007.
  • 24 September 2007 - EuroGP 2008's Submission Site is now Open with a Deadline for papers of 1 November 2007. See Evo* Website.
  • 1 September 2007 - The NCRA welcomes Jing Dang and Robert Bradley as the latest postgraduates to join the group.
  • 16 July 2007 - Congratulations to Dr. Ian Dempsey who successfully defended his PhD Thesis on Grammatical Evolution in Dynamic Environments.
  • 10 July 2007 - The 1st Natural Computing Research & Applications (NCRA) Workshop will take place this Friday at UCD.
  • 7 July 2007 - NCRA researchers present their latest findings at the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO 2007) in London this week. Sébastien Piccand presents a poster on Scalability of Particle Swarm Algorithms, Zheng Yin presents a paper on Adaptive Genetic Programming for Option Pricing and Kai Fan presents a paper on Option Pricing using Quantum-Inspired Evolutionary Algorithms.
  • 14 June 2007 - The Submission Deadline for EuroGP 2008 and EvoFIN 2008 is 1 November 2007, with the events being held in Napoli, Italy from 26-28 March 2008.
  • 5 June 2007 - The NCRA welcomes Jeff Wright (Carleton College, MN - USA) as a visiting undergraduate researcher as part of the Online Dublin Computer Science Summer School (ODCSSS).
  • 25 May 2007 - Prof Doyne Farmer (Santa Fe Institute) will give a seminar this morning on Complex Adaptive Systems in UCD CASL.
  • 22 May 2007 - NCRA researchers have been awarded UCD Seed Funding for a project on "A Grammatical Approach to the Evolutionary Exploration of Architectural Form". If you are interested in a postgraduate scholarship to work on this project please contact one of the NCRA directors.
  • 22 May 2007 - UCD Research have awarded Seed Funding for a project on "Estimation of Distribution Algorithms" to NCRA researchers.
  • 17 May 2007 - Martin Hemberg (Imperial College London) visits the NCRA today to give a seminar Integrating generative growth and evolutionary computation for form exploration.
  • 16 May 2007 - Following terminal hardware failure of our server 10 days ago we have finally restored ncra.ucd.ie and www.grammatical-evolution.org should be visible within 24 hours.
  • 19 April 2007 - Ian Dempsey has published a Journal Article on Constant Creation in Grammatical Evolution in the International Journal of Innovative Computing and Applications 1(1):23-38.
  • 13 April 2007 - Michael O'Neill has been voted Chair of EuroGP 2008, the 11th European Conference on Genetic Programming, to be held in Naples, Italy next April.
  • 13 April 2007 - Following from the success of EvoFIN 2007 held yesterday, Anthony Brabazon and Michael O'Neill will Co-Chair the 2nd European Workshop on Evolutionary Computation in Finance and Economics (EvoFIN 2008), to be held in Naples, Italy next April .
  • 12 April 2007 - Kai Fan presents a paper entitled Quantum-Inspired Evolutionary Algorithms for Calibration of the VG Option Pricing Model at the 1st European Workshop on Evolutionary Computation in Finance and Economics (EvoFIN 2007), held today in Valencia, Spain .
  • 12 April 2007 - Erik Hemberg presents a paper entitled A Grammatical Genetic Programming Approach to Modularity in Genetic Algorithms at EuroGP today, the 10th European Conference on Genetic Programming held in Valencia, Spain.
  • 12 April 2007 - Anthony Brabazon and Michael O'Neill Co-Chair the 1st European Workshop on Evolutionary Computation in Finance and Economics (EvoFIN 2007), which starts today in Valencia, Spain .
  • 11 April 2007 - James McDermott presents a paper entitled Evolutionary GUIs for Sound Synthesis at EvoMUSART today, the 5th European Workshop on Evolutionary Art and Music held in Valencia, Spain.
  • 11 April 2007 - Michael O'Neill is Co-Chair of the 10th European Conference on Genetic Programming (EuroGP 2007), which starts today in Valencia, Spain .
  • 3 April 2007 - Erik Hemberg will give a seminar today on A Grammatical Genetic Programming Approach to Modularity in Genetic Algorithms in UCD CASL.
  • 30 March 2007 - NCRA researchers authored one of only two papers that have been nominated for the Best Paper Award at EvoMUSART 2007 (Evo*), to be held in Valencia, Spain from 11-13 April. The paper is Evolutionary GUIs for Sound Synthesis by James McDermott, Niall Griffith and Michael O'Neill.
  • 9 March 2007 - Miguel Nicolau (INRIA) will visit the NCRA next Friday 16th March to give a seminar on An Artificial Genetic Regulatory Model: Analysis and Applications.
  • 2 March 2007 - NCRA has moved location to UCD's Complex and Adaptive Systems Laboratory (CASL).
  • 23 February 2007 - Lawrence Fogel, RIP. EC Pioneer and author of the 1st book on Evolutionary Computation (Artificial Intelligence Through Artificial Evolution) passed away on Sunday 18 February .
  • 5 February 2007 - Kai Fan will give a seminar on Quantum-Inspired Evolutionary Algorithms this Thursday @ 2pm.
  • 22 January 2007 - NCRA Discussion Groups restart again this week (Wed 24) after the Christmas break.
  • 23 November 2006 - NCRA researchers publish a Book Chapter on Grammatical Swarm: A Variable-length Particle Swarm Algorithm in Swarm Intelligent Systems.
  • 20 November 2006 - NCRA researchers publish a Journal Article on Credit Classification using Grammatical Evolution in Informatica.
  • 15 November 2006 - Carlos Cotta will be visiting the NCRA and giving a seminar on Tue 21 Nov @ 2pm.
  • 27 October 2006 - EuroGP and EvoFIN Submission Deadline has been Extended to 10 November.
  • 18 October 2006 - Only 2 weeks left to EuroGP and EvoFIN submission deadlines on 1 November.
  • 2 October 2006 - The NCRA welcomes three new PhD students to our team: Kai Fan (sponsored by UCD School of Business Seed Funding) and Conor Gilligan (SFI RFP Scholarship) & Erik Hemberg (SFI RFP Scholarship).
  • 20 September 2006 - Only 6 weeks left to Evo* Submission deadlines for EuroGP and EvoFIN.
  • 19 September 2006 - Book chapter published in Handbook of Research on Nature Inspired Computing for Economy and Management (publisher Idea Group, edited by J.P Rennard). The chapter is titled Simulating Product Invention using InventSim and describes an agent-based simulation model of product invention developed at the NCRA.
  • 15 September 2006 - EvoFIN 2007 is being Co-Chaired by Anthony Brabazon and Michael O'Neill of UCD's NCRA.
  • 1 September 2006 - NCRA researchers publish a Journal Article on Grammatical Swarm: The generation of programs by Social Programming in Springer's Natural Computing Journal.
  • 1 August 2006 - Only 3 months left to the EuroGP 2007 Submission Deadline on 1 November 2006.
  • 31 July 2006 - NCRA researchers have received a total of Euro 21,000 in Seed Funding from UCD Research.
  • 24 July 2006 - James McDermott is attending the Summer School in "Sound and Music Computing" this week in Barcelona, Spain.
  • 20 July 2006 - "Live Trading with Grammatical Evolution" was presented at WCCI today by Ian Dempsey with co-authors Michael O'Neill and Tony Brabazon.
  • 18 April 2006 - At WCCI today Jerome Perera, Bryan O'Hora and Tony Brabazon present a paper entitled "Designing Radial Basis Function Networks for Classification Using Differential Evolution".
  • 17 July 2006 - NCRA researchers will present their latest research at the World Congress on Computational Intelligence this week. Today O'Neill & Brabazon present "Self-Organising Swarm (SoSwarm): A Particle Swarm Algorithm for Unsupervised Learning" and Ian Dempsey presents "Introducing Grammar Based Extensions for Grammatical Evolution" with Miguel Nicolau (University of Limerick)..
  • 5 July 2006 - NCRA director Michael O'Neill is Program Co-Chair for the 10th European Conference on Genetic Programming (EuroGP 2007) held in Valencia, Spain April 11-13 2007 as part of Evo*...
  • 3 July 2006 - Dr. Dietmar Maringer from the Centre of Computational Finance and Economic Agents (CCFEA), University of Essex, visits the NCRA to present a paper on The Hidden Risks of Value at Risk today at 2pm in the Quinn School.
  • 29 June 2006 - NCRA papers titled Identifying Merger and Takeover Targets Using a Self-Organising Map and Grammatical Differential Evolution are presented at 2006 International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Las Vegas.
  • 20 June 2006 - NCRA book Biologically Inspired Algorithms for Financial Modelling is featured by MoneyScience.
  • 19 June 2006 - Under the UCD Ad Astra PhD studentship scheme, students are invited to apply for a PhD in "Genetic programming for the identification of novel signalling motifs in proteins" under the supervision of Denis Shields (UCD School of Medicine) and Michael O'Neill.
  • 8 June 2006 - Poster entitled Recent Advances in Grammatical Evolution: the opportunities for financial modelling by O'Neill and Brabazon presented at the International Conference on Numerical Methods for Finance held at the RCSI, Dublin.
  • 18 May 2006 - NCRA founders Brabazon & O'Neill present a paper Classification using the SOSwarm algorithm at the Third International Conference on Computational Management Science held at CWI, Amsterdam, Holland.
  • 12 May 2006 - Science Foundation Ireland have awarded a grant to the NCRA for a project entitled Meta-Grammars & Grammatical Evolution for Dynamic Environments worth Euro 159,701. Two PhD studentships are now available to start in September 2006. Contact Dr. O'Neill with CVs and for further details.
  • 11 May 2006 - NCRA researcher Zheng Yin presents paper on Genetic Programming and Option Pricing at Irish Accounting and Finance Association annual conference in DCU .
  • 9 May 2006 - NCRA hosted the ABC of Biofilms Workshop (Applications, Biology and Computation of Biofilms) with invited talks from Dr. Catherine Adley (University of Limerick) and Dr. Dermot Brabazon (Dublin City University).
  • 2 May 2006 - Dr. William B Langdon will be visiting the NCRA to give a seminar on The Probabilistic Halting Problem this Friday 5 May at 14h00. The seminar is kindly sponsored by the UCD School of Computer Science & Informatics.
  • 24 April 2006 - NCRA researcher Cornelia Kreutzer has received a scholarship to attend the Santa Fe Institute Complex Systems Summer School 2006.
  • 31 March 2006 - Journal Article InventSim: An agent-based model of product invention published in Inteligencia Artificial 9(28):77-84.
  • 26 Feb 2006 - Nature teaches computers how to solve real-world problems.
  • 16 Feb 2006 - New Book "Biologically Inspired Algorithms for Financial Modelling" by Anthony Brabazon & Michael O'Neill has been published by Springer.
  • 9 Feb 2006 - Robin Matthews from Kingston University Business School London gave a seminar on Evolution and Permanent Change in Organisations in UCD's Michael Smurfit School of Business.
  • 31 Jan 2006 - Book Chapter on Financial Classification using an Artificial Immune System is published in Business Applications and Computational Intelligence edited by Kevin Voges and Nigel Pope.
  • 22 Dec 2005 - Journal Article Organisational Strategic Adaptation in the Presence of Inertia published in Advances in Complex Systems.
  • 14 Nov 2005 - Invited talks on Recent Adventures in Grammatical Evolution and Credit Classification with πGE at Computer Methods and Systems CMS'05, Krakow Poland delivered by Dr's O'Neill and Brabazon.
  • 15 Sep 2005 - Robert Cleary and Saoirse Amarteifio both graduated from the University of Limerick with Research MSc's. Robert's thesis is entitled Extending Grammatical Evolution with Attribute Grammars: An Application to Knapsack Problems while Saoirse's thesis is called Interpreting a Genotype-Phenotype Map with Rich Representations in XMLGE.
  • 2 Sep 2005 - Papers on XMLGE and a Memetic Model of Product Invention @ CEC 2005 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • 25 June 2005 - ACM SIGEVO Graduate Student Workshop at GECCO 2005 Schedule, Awards & Photos.
  • 25-29 June 2005 - Papers on meta-grammar GE and Product Invention @ the SIGEVO GECCO 2005 in Washington, DC.
  • 12 May 2005 - libGE has been released.
  • 25 April 2005 - SFI funding (Euro 145K) is available for 3 PhD studentships on Synthesising Consistent Instrument and Voice Sounds using Physically Informed Spectral Models and Evolutionary Learning. Interested students should contact the group asap.
  • 24 March 2005 - EuroGP, EvoCOP and EvoMUSART in Lausanne, Switzerland (30 March - 1 April) will feature papers on mGGA, Attribute Grammars in GE, and Evolution of Sound Synthesis parameters.
  • 16 Feb 2005 - Poster on a Grammatical Evolution Approach to Eukaryotic Promoter Recognition at Bioinformatics INFORM 2005 (Biotechnology Ireland News Release).
  • 24 Jan 2005 - ACM SIG-EVO Graduate Student Workshop at GECCO 2005 Call For Papers Announcement.
  • 1 Nov 2004 - Conference Paper on OrgSwarm @ ICONIP, 11th International Conference on Neural Information Processing.
  • 18 Oct 2004 - Journal article Evolving Technical Trading Rules for Spot Foreign-Exchange Markets Using Grammatical Evolution published in Computational Management Science.
  • 1 Oct 2004 - Journal article Diagnosing Corporate Stability using Grammatical Evolution published in International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science.
  • 9 Sep 2004 - Paper on Complex System Regulation using Grammatical Evolution @ Artificial Life 9 in Boston, MA, USA.
  • 3 Aug 2004 - A limited number of Comp. Sys. FYP's available in the group for the AY 2004/05.
  • 26 June 2004 - 3rd Grammatical Evolution Workshop (GEWS 2004) was held @ GECCO 2004 in Seattle, WA, USA.
  • 26-30 June 2004 - NCRA papers on πGE, Grammatical Constant Creation, Attribute Grammars for ILP, Live Trading with GE, Grammatical Swarm & OrgSwarm @ GECCO 2004 in Seattle, WA, USA. Best paper nomination for πGE .
  • 19-23 June 2004 - Papers on Grammatical Swarm & OrgSwarm @ CEC 2004 in Portland, OR, USA.
  • 5-7 Apr 2004 - Papers on Grammatical Evolution by Grammatical Evolution & Bond Issuer Credit Rating with GE @ EuroGP 2004 in Coimbra, Portugal. Best paper nomination for GE by GE.
  • 21 March 2011 - We've won a fourth Google CS4HS award of $33,700 to support oura ICSP module delivered through the UCD CSI Summer School.
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