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
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).
John Woodward (Queen Mary University London) visited our group on 9 November 2018 to give a seminar on “Genetic Improvement: Taking Real-World Source Code and Improving it Using Genetic Programming”
Welcome to Tomasz Pawlak who is a visiting researcher with the NCRA group funded by a grant from the National Science Centre, Poland, grant no. 2016/23/D/ST6/03735. Tomasz will spend two weeks at UCD working with the NCRA group before returning to Poznan University of Technology in Poland. His research interests are synthesis of mathematical programming models from data, program synthesis using genetic programming, and process mining.
The NCRA Group are delighted to host the 7th International Conference on the Theory and Practice of Natural Computing (TPNC 2018) at UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. Takfarinas Saber will present a paper on A Hierarchical Approach to Grammar-Guided Genetic Programming The case of Scheduling in Heterogeneous Networks and Nam Le will present a paper on How the Baldwin Effect Can Guide Evolution in Dynamic Environments.
Prof Michael O’Neill’s Investigator Award (App’ED) has been shortlisted for the Science Foundation Ireland Best Reported Impact Award 2018 and includes a collaboration with Bell Labs.
The 2nd call for the ALECS Programme is now open and the deadline has been extended to 21 October 2018. This is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie COFUND Fellowship Programme coordinated by Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre. Click here for further details.
Welcome to Mark Connor and Ishaan Singhal who join the group as PhD researchers. Ishaan will be working on the SFI funded App ‘Ed project and Mark will be working with STATSports as part of the SFI funded Lero Centre.
Ishaan graduated from Amity University in India with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering. He then worked for IT firms including Accenture for two years before undertaking an MSc in Business Analytics at UCD where he worked with Accenture to complete his thesis in extracting sentiment from chatbots. For his PhD he will work on issues surrounding Programme Synthesis.
Mark graduated with BSc (Hons) Sports Science from Loughborough University and is currently working as a Research and Innovation Lead with STATSports. His PhD will look at Designing optimal training prescription systems for elite team sports.
Nam Le and Stefan Fortenslechner both presented papers at the 15th International Conference on Parallel Problem Solving from Nature (PPSN18) in Coimbra, Portugal 8-12 September 2018. Nam’s paper looked at Adaptive Advantage of Learning Strategy: A study through Dynamic Landscape and Stefan’s paper was titled Extending Program Synthesis Grammars for Grammar-Guided Genetic Programming.