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Dr. Lee Spector, "Evolutionary Computation for Science, Engineering & Art"

Date: 04/26/07
Time: 4-5:30 with reception at 3:30
Audience: Public
Sponsored By: School of Science and Engineering
Cost: free
Location: Coykendall Science Building (Auditorium and Lounge)
Contact: David Clark, x3524, clarkd@newpaltz.edu
Web Site: http://www.newpaltz.edu/sse

Since the 1960s a growing community of technologists has borrowed ideas from evolutionary biology - mainly Darwin's idea of natural selection acting on random variation - to produce "evolutionary computation" systems that solve difficult problems in science and engineering. Artists, inspired by the obvious creative track record of biological evolution, have also developed and exploited evolutionary computation technologies for aesthetic purposes. This talk will present the principles of evolutionary computation and some of its applications to science, engineering, and art. It will also describe broader implications of evolutionary computation for science and science education. Dr. Spector, Professor of Computer Science and former Dean of Hampshire's School of Cognitive Science, conducts research in artificial intelligence, artificial life, quantum computing, and cognitive science.