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Network of excellence in evolutionary computing

Objective

The objectives of EvoNet are: to consolidate and coordinate basic and applied research on evolutionary computing in the European Union, to explore the evolutionary paradigm and its relation to other fields in order to specify better solutions to real world complex problems, to exploit industrial applications of evolutionary computing and to facilitate the transfer of technology from academic institutions and research organizations to industry.

The field of evolutionary computing encompasses algorithms based on the biological process of natural selection and their use for search and optimisation. The principal classes of algorithm are: evolution strategies, genetic algorithms, classifier systems, parallel evolutionary algorithms and genetic programming. Evolutionary algorithms are used, often in conjunction with other biologically inspired algorithms which model learning and behaviour, to simulate living systems and engineer artificial ones. Their main areas of application are problems of optimisation, design, routing and scheduling. These are particularly significant in the aerospace, automotive, telecommunications and chemical engineering industries.

To achieve the objectives requires effective and coherent communication and exchange of information between all those involved in the field, effective liaison between academia and industry and co-ordination of research and training. This will be achieved through the co-operation of the significant number of internationally renowned academic and industrial research groups working in the field and the foremost companies in the relevant industrial sectors in Europe.

Support will be provided for the setting up and administration of the human and electronic communication systems for a Network of Excellence. Regular Europe-wide meetings between those involved in the field on strategic planning and research co-ordination, human resource planning, infrastructure planning and the co-ordination of academic and industrial effort will be supported. Support will also be provided in the form of both paper and electronic based information systems for all those engaged and interested in the field.

Evolutionary computing is one of the important emerging technologies of our times. Over the last ten years there has been exponential growth of research activity in the field and European research groups are among the key players in the world. Companies in important sectors of industry in the European Union are experimenting with the application of this technology. In order to reap the benefits in the future communication and co-operation between all those involved in this activity in Europe will be supported by EvoNet.

Coordinator

NAPIER UNIVERSITY
Address
Colinton Road 219
Edinburgh
United Kingdom

Participants (23)

British Aerospace (Operations) Ltd. - Sowerby Research Centre
United Kingdom
Address
Fpc 267
BS12 7QW Filton Bristol
Cap Volmac Bv
Netherlands
Address
Daltonlaan 100-300
3500 GN Utrecht
Centre de Mathematiques Appliquees
France
Address
Route De Saclay
91128 Palaiseau
Chair of Systems Analysis, Department of Computer Science, University of Dortmund
Germany
Address
University Of Dortmund
44221 Dortmund
Daimler-Benz
Germany
Address
Epplestrasse - P.o. Box 2360 225
70546 Stuttgart
Dassault Aviation
France
Address
Rond-point Des Champs Elysees-marcel Dassault 9
75008 Paris
France Telecom - Centre National D'etudes des Telecommunications
France
Address
Ave Des Usines 6
90007 Belfort
Genetica Advanced Software Architectures
Italy
Address
Via Cenisico 13
20154 Milano
Hewlett Packard Ltd
United Kingdom
Address
Filton Road Stoke Gifford
BS12 6QZ Filton
Institut Français du Pétrole
France
Address
1-4 Avenue Du Bois Préau
92506 Rueil-malmaison
POLYTECHNIC OF MILAN
Italy
Address
Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 32
20133 Milano
Parsytech Chemnitz Gmbh
Germany
Address
Berndorfer Strasse 210-212
09126 Chemnitz
Quadstone Ltd
United Kingdom
Address
Chester Street 16
EH3 7RA Edinburgh
Rijksuniversiteit Leiden
Netherlands
Address
Niels Bohrweg 2
2333CA Leiden
Rolls Royce
United Kingdom
Address
Aerospace Group, Buckingham 65
SW1E 6AT London
Sgs-Thomson Microelectronics
Italy
Address
Via Carlo Olivetti 2
20041 Agrate Brianza
Technische Universitat Berlin
Germany
Address
Bionik Und Evolutionstechnik, Ackerstr. 71-76
13355 Berlin
UNIVERSIDAD DE GRANADA
Spain
Address
Cuesta Del Hospicio
Granada
University of Sussex
United Kingdom
Address
Falmer
BN1 9QG Brighton
University of Vaasa, Department of Information Technology and Production Economics
Finland
Address
Wolffintie 34
65100 Vaasa
University of the West of England
United Kingdom
Address
Coldharbour Lane Frenchay
BS16 1QY Bristol
Vub/Vrije Universiteit Van Brussel
Belgium
Address
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Bruxelles
École Normale Supérieure de Paris
France
Address
45 Rue D'ulm
75005 Paris