About the book

Robot with transparent background A Field Guide to Genetic Programming (ISBN 978-1-4092-0073-4) is an introduction to genetic programming (GP). GP is a systematic, domain-independent method for getting computers to solve problems automatically starting from a high-level statement of what needs to be done. Using ideas from natural evolution, GP starts from an ooze of random computer programs, and progressively refines them through processes of mutation and sexual recombination, until solutions emerge. All this without the user having to know or specify the form or structure of solutions in advance. GP has generated a plethora of human-competitive results and applications, including novel scientific discoveries and patentable inventions.

The book is freely downloadable under a Creative Commons license as a PDF and low cost printed copies can be purchased from lulu.com. This web site will be used for information relating to the book, and other pertinent announcements. We also have a discussion group for questions and conversation related to the book.

Saturday, 29 March 2008

Bill Langdon receives prestigious EvoStar award!

On Thursday night at the EvoStar banquet in Naples, Bill Langdon (along with Marc Schoenauer) were the fourth and fifth recipients of the prestigious EvoStar award for Outstanding Contributions to the field of Evolutionary Computation in Europe. This is in recognition of his numerous contributions in such areas as the planning and running of conferences and workshops, editing of journals and proceedings, and creation and management of key resources such as the GP Bibliography.

The previous recipients of the award include Field Guide author Riccardo Poli, as well as Jennifer Willies (the indefatigable admin that makes EvoStar happen year after year) and Wolfgang Banzhaf.

Congratulations to Bill - well done and well deserved! I'll shortly be posting photos of Bill receiving his award.

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