MEDAL Gathering on Evolutionary Computation

   Monday, July 24, 2006       302 CCB, University of Missouri in St. Louis


MEDAL Gathering on Evolutionary Computation is organized by the Missouri Estimation of Distribution Algorithms Laboratory (MEDAL), which has recently been opened at the University of Missouri in St. Louis. The goal of this gathering is to discuss important lines of research in evolutionary computation and outline areas for collaboration of MEDAL with other institutions. The main focus is on the the design, enhancement, analysis, and applications of evolutionary algorithms and learning classifier systems.

Time and Place

Monday, July 24, 2006

320 Computer Center Building (campus maps)
Department of Math and Computer Science
University of Missouri-St. Louis
One University Blvd., St. Louis, MO


9:30am Martin Pelikan    (Missouri Estimation of Distribution Algorithms Lab (MEDAL), St. Louis, MO)
Quo Vadis MEDAL: Current and Planned Projects at MEDAL
PDF (slides)
10:05am Kenneth P. Turvey   (Missouri Estimation of Distribution Algorithms Lab (MEDAL), St. Louis, MO)
XCS in Dynamic Environments
10:40am Coffee Break
10:55am Kumara Sastry   (Illinois Genetic Algorithms Lab (IlliGAL), Urbana, IL)
Efficiency Enhancement of Estimation of Distribution Algorithms
PDF (slides)
11:30am David E. Goldberg   (Illinois Genetic Algorithms Lab (IlliGAL), Urbana, IL)
Little Models, Big Results
12:05pm Lunch Break
1:30pm Cezary Janikow   (University of Missouri, St. Louis, MO)
Representations and Heuristics in GP
PDF (slides)
2:05pm Moshe Looks   (Washington University, St. Louis, MO) and Ben Goertzel   (Novamente LLC)
Towards Competent Genetic Programming - What are the Missing Ingredients?
PDF (slides)
2:40pm Shigeyoshi Tsutsui   (Hannan University, Matabara, Osaka, Japan)
Node Histogram vs. Edge Histogram:A Comparison of PMBGAs in Permutation Domains
PDF (slides)
3:15pm Coffee Break
3:30pm Mark Jakiela   (Washington University, St. Louis, MO)
Open collaborative design of tangible artifacts - simulation and optimization?
4:05pm Open Discussion


Nasser Arshadi
Erick Cantu-Paz
Joe Federer
Richard Friedlander
David E. Goldberg
Mark Hauschild
Mark J. Jakiela
Cezary Z. Janikow
James Laury
Moshe Looks
Ronald P. Loui
Martin Pelikan
Kumara Sastry
Jim Tom
Shigeyoshi Tsutsui
Kenneth P. Turvey

Photo Gallery


We would like to thank the Illinois Genetic Algorithms Laboratory for help with organizing this event and support. We also thank all participants for contributing to this workshop. This event is supported by the National Science Foundation under CAREER grant ECS-0547013, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Air Force Materiel Command, USAF, under grant FA9550-06-1-0096, and the University of Missouri in St. Louis through the High Performance Computing Collaboratory sponsored by Information Technology Services.