12-14 December we welcomed TPNC 2018, the 7th instance of the international conference on the Theory & Practice of Natural Computing with over 40 delegates to the UCD Natural Computing Research & Applications Group in the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. The proceedings are published by Springer in Lecture Notes in Computer Science Volume LNCS 11324.
Congratulations to David Lynch and Stefan Forstenlechner who both successfully defended their PhD theses this month on “Automated Self-Optimisation in Heterogeneous Wireless Communications Networks using Techniques from Evolutionary Computation” (Lynch) and “Program Synthesis with Grammars and Semantics in Genetic Programming” (Forstenlechner).
To celebrate 20 years since the first publication on Grammatical Evolution at the First EuroGP in 1998 in Paris, France the original authors and inventors of Grammatical Evolution have joined forces to bring together a collection of chapters contributed by leading researchers in the field of Genetic Programming.
Dr Mike Fenton, Dr Ciaran McNally, Dr Jonathan Byrne, Dr James McDermott, Prof Michael O’Neill and Dr Erik Hemberg (MIT) have won the 2017 HUMIES Bronze Award for Human Competitive Artificial Intelligence at the annual ACM GECCO 2017Conference held in Berlin this July. The award winning work focused on Innovative Truss Design using Grammatical Evolution
Dr Mike Fenton officially launched the release of PonyGE2, a Grammatical Evolution library in Python, at the GECCO 2017 EvoSoft Workshop in Berlin. The code and Wiki Documentation are available from GitHub and a paper outlining the library is available from arxiv
David Lynch and Roisin Loughran are lead authors on two papers which have been nominated for Best Paper Awards at the European Conference on Genetic Programming (EuroGP 2016) and the European Conference on the Applications of Evolutionary Computation (EvoApplications 2016), and Prof Michael O’Neill has been awarded a Failte Ireland Conference Ambassador Award 2016 for attracting the ACM GECCO conference to Dublin.