Prof.Dr. A.E. (Gusz) Eiben



Head of the Computational Intelligence Group
Department of Computer Science
Faculty of Sciences
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
A: Room T3.16, de Boelelaan 1081a, 1081HV Amsterdam, NL
T: +31-20-5987758
F: +31-20-5987653
E: a.e.eiben at vu.nl

ABOUT ME

I am professor of Computational Intelligence on the VU University Amsterdam and Visiting Professor in the Department of Electronics of the University of York, UK. I am one of the European early birds of Evolutionary Computing; my first EC paper dates back to 1989 and I co-authored the first comprehensive book on the subject. I have been organizing committee member of practically all major international evolutionary computing conferences and editorial board member of related international journals. I have also coordinated or participated in several EU research projects.

Prominent themes in my work include multi-parent recombination methods, evolutionary constraint handling, evolutionary art, artificial life, and evolutionary robotics. Furthermore, I am concerned with methodological issues, especially the design and calibration of evolutionary algorithms (parameter tuning off-line as well as parameter control on-line). Lately I became interested in artificial evolutionary systems that are physically embodied in real time and real space. This goes far beyond conventional evolutionary computing in digital spaces and implies great new opportunities and challenges - see my TEDx talk and a journal paper on the vision, and the The Triangle of Life framework for a possible implementation in robotic systems that can self-reproduce. On the long term, a broad range of possible "incarnations" can emerge and form a radically new way of engineering. Furthermore, they can serve as an apparatus to investigate deep scientific questions about evolution in a new substrate, different from carbon-based life as we know it.

More about me (professionally and privately) in a journalistic style can be found in the article of the INTERMEDIAIR. (in Dutch)

POPULAR MEDIA

Some of my work has been covered by popular media in various countries including Belgium, Danmark, Germany, Hungary, The Netherlands, Russia, United Kingdom, United States. Corresponding weblinks, audio, video, and pdf files are here

SPOTLIGHT

My TED talk "Tech Kangaroos: Evolution at Work"
TEDx Danubia 2011, watch it here

The first comprehensive text book on evolutionary computing:
A.E. Eiben and J.E. Smith, Introduction to Evolutionary Computing, Springer,
First edition, 2003, ISBN 3-540-40184-9, Corrected 2nd printing, 2007, ISBN: 978-3-540-40184-1

The award winning paper on parameter control:
A.E. Eiben, R. Hinterding, and Z. Michalewicz, Parameter control in evolutionary algorithms, IEEE Transactions of EC, 3(2):124-141, 1999

The grand overview paper on parameter tuning:
A.E. Eiben and S.K. Smit, Parameter Tuning for Configuring and Analyzing Evolutionary Algorithms, Swarm and Evolutionary Computation, 1(1):19-31, 2011  

Vision paper about the (embodied) future of evolutionary computing:
A.E. Eiben, S. Kernbach, and Evert Haasdijk Embodied artificial evolution: Artificial evolutionary systems in the 21st Century, Evolutionary Intelligence, 5(4):261-272, 2012  

RESEARCH

My academic research lies within computational intelligence or natural computing with evolutionary computing as the binding factor. I was/am involved in various European research projects: EvoNet I (Esprit 20996), EvoNet II (FP5, IST-1999-14087), DREAM (FP5, IST-1999-12679), NEW TIES (FP6-502386), SYMBRION (FP7-ICT-2007.8.2), EVOBODY (FP7-258334), OPTI-FOX(FP7-123456), AWARE (FP7-123456), FOCAS (FP7-123456).

Further to academic research,  I have worked in business intelligence R&D projects, including data warehousing and data mining for feature selection, creditibility assessment, direct marketing, customer retention analysis, sensory data analysis, e-business, etc. Much of this work is unpublished.

TEACHING

Presently I teach the course Evolutionary Computing and Heuristics on the VU Amsterdam. I am also supervising Bachelor projects, Master Thesis projects and PhD students.

Previously, I have been teaching university courses on formal logic, search techniques, evolutionary computing, artificial life, evolutionary economy, and business intelligence on the Eindhoven University of Technology, the Utrecht University, Leiden University, and the VU Amsterdam. I was also lecturer of a business intelligence course for the e-Commerce Masters programme of the EUR, Rotterdam and for different business classes on the Universiteit Nyenrode, The Netherlands Business School.

ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT

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          This paper has won the 2001 IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON EVOLUTIONARY COMPUTATION OUTSTANDING PAPER AWARD.

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