2007 GECCO Workshop on Open-Source Software for Applied Genetic and Evolutionary Computation

Location: SoftGEC is part of GECCO 2007 to be held at University College London, England

Date:
Saturday (AM), July 7, 2007.  The GECCO workshop schedule can be found here.

Organizer: Jason H. Moore, Ph.D.

Description:
The field of Genetic and Evolutionary Computation (GEC) is undergoing a transition from a largely theoretical discipline to a more applied discipline as more and more people discover the power and utility of GEC methods.  Freely-available, open-source, and user-friendly software for the application of GEC methods to real-world problems is more important than ever as GEC algorithms mature.  However, there are few examples of software for applied GEC that are free, open-source, platform-independent, and user-friendly.

The first annual workshop on Open-Source Software for Applied Genetic and Evolutionary Computation (SoftGEC), organized in connection with the GECCO 2007 in London, is intended to explore and critically evaluate the development, evaluation, distribution, and support of GEC software.  The availability of software is very important if GEC is going to find its way into applied computer science in fields such as engineering, economics, and bioinformatics.  This is partly because the development, evaluation, distribution, and support of user-friendly software is both time consuming and expensive.  This workshop will critically explore barriers to the development and dissemination of GEC software and will critically evaluate solutions.


Program:
The first SoftGEC workshop will feature 3-4 invited speakers (TBA) working in the area of GEC software development followed by a panel discussion.  Each speaker will give an overview of their GEC software package and will present their successes and failures in developing, distributing, and supporting open-source software. The workshop is scheduled to last two hours.

Confirmed speakers include:

Jason H. Moore, Ph.D. from Dartmouth College will speak about the open-source Symbolic Modeler (SyMod) software package. Information about the speaker can be found here.  Information about the software can be found here.

Robert T. Pennock, Ph.D. from Michigan State University will speak about the open-source Avida-ED software package.
Information about the speaker can be found here.  Information about the software can be found here.

Marc Schoenauer, Ph.D. from the University of Paris Sud will speak about the Graphic-User Interface for Evolutionary Computation (GUIDE).  Information about the speaker can be found here.  Information about the software can be found here.

Kenneth O. Stanley, Ph.D. from the University of Central Florida will speak about the open-source NeuroEvolution of Augmenting Topologies (NEAT) software package. 
Information about the speaker can be found here.  Information about the software can be found here.


Last updated March 11, 2007