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Ubiquity symposium: Evolutionary computation and the processes of life: evolutionary computation in physical world

SEKANINA Lukáš. Ubiquity symposium: Evolutionary computation and the processes of life: evolutionary computation in physical world. Ubiquity, vol. 2013, no. 2, pp. 1-7. ISSN 1530-2180.
Czech title
Ubiquity symposium: Evoluční počítání a procesy života: evoluční počítání ve fyzickém světě
Type
journal article
Language
english
Authors
URL
Keywords
evolutionary computation, evolvable hardware, computing theory
Abstract
Evolutionary algorithms (EA) are population-based search algorithms. They have been applied to solve numerous engineering as well as scientific design and optimization problems, in many cases outperforming conventional methods or other search-based methods. Dozens of human-competitive results obtained using EA were awarded at the annual GECCO Humies competitions. Despite these achievements, the EA-based problem solving approach has been criticized mainly because of very long runtimes, insufficient scalability, an inherently stochastic nature and a missing rigorous theoretical background, especially regarding the convergence analysis. In order to speed up the EA, particularly the fitness function evaluation, various accelerators have been proposed utilizing clusters of computers, graphics processing units (GPUs) or specialized hardware. This contribution to the Ubiquity Symposium addresses the scenario in which evolutionary design (or optimization) is carried out on a chip and candidate designs are real physical entities such as electronic circuits. It will be shown that this approach exhibits several unique features that are very relevant to the purpose of this symposium. We will address the question on what it means for a physical system to be designed evolutionarily and on what kinds of computations such physical systems perform.
Published
2013
Pages
1-7
Journal
Ubiquity, vol. 2013, no. 2, ISSN 1530-2180
Publisher
Association for Computing Machinery
DOI
BibTeX
@ARTICLE{FITPUB10106,
   author = "Luk\'{a}\v{s} Sekanina",
   title = "Ubiquity symposium: Evolutionary computation and the processes of life: evolutionary computation in physical world",
   pages = "1--7",
   journal = "Ubiquity",
   volume = 2013,
   number = 2,
   year = 2013,
   ISSN = "1530-2180",
   doi = "10.1145/2435197.2435199",
   language = "english",
   url = "https://www.fit.vut.cz/research/publication/10106"
}
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