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
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.
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.
Big congratulations to former NCRA member Cliodhna Tuite who graduated from UCD with a PhD today.
Farewell and best wishes to Gilyana Borlikova who completed her work with the NCRA Group in August 2018.
Welcome to Celia de Aza who is a visiting researcher with the group as part of the H2020 Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) programme. Celia will spend six weeks in Dublin working with the NCRA group before returning to University of Valladolid in Spain.
Dr. Róisín Loughran from the NCRA Group organised and hosted the third conference on Computer Simulation of Musical Creativity (CSMC2018) at the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School on 20-22 August 2018. Speakers included Tim Blackwell (UCL) and Sarah Angliss (sarahangliss.com). A concert was organised as part of the conference that reflected key themes. Further details on the programme, speakers and the concert can be found here.
Stefan Forstenlechner presented his paper Towards Effective Semantic Operators for Program Synthesis in Genetic Programming at GECCO 2018 which took place this year in Kyoto, Japan 15-19 July.
The NCRA Group were very well represented at WCCI 2018. David Lynch presented his paper Managing Quality of Service through Intelligent Scheduling in Heterogeneous Wireless Communications Networks, Takfarinas saber presented A Hybrid Algorithm for Multi-objective Test Case Selection, Stefan Forstenlechner presented Towards Understanding and Refining the General Program Synthesis Benchmark Suite with Genetic Programming and Nam Le presented The Baldwin Effect reconsidered through the Prism of Social Learning. The conference took place 8-13 July 2018 in Brazil.