I am professor of Computational Intelligence on the VU University Amsterdam and Visiting Professor on the University of York, UK. For the research vision of the Computational Intelligence Group, please click here
. My main area of expertise is Evolutionary Computing
. I am one of the early birds in Europe; my first Evolutionary Computing 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, editorial board member of related international journals, and coordinator/participant in several EU research projects.
My research lies in the field of
: Artificial Intelligence, Computational Intelligence, Swarm Intelligence, Evolutionary Computing, Evolutionary Robotics, Artificial Life, Adaptive Collective Systems
More specific research themes
: multi-parent reproduction methods, evolutionary art, steering evolutionary systems through their parameters,
, evolution in robot populations, embodied evolution.
My recent interest
is physically embodied artificial evolution in real time and real space. This goes beyond evolutionary computing in digital spaces - the long term goal envisions robotic systems that can self-reproduce.
See my TEDx talk
and a two-page paper
on the vision,
and the The Triangle of Life
framework for a possible implementation. Such systems can change the way we engineer robots and also serve as an apparatus to investigate scientific questions about evolution in a new substrate, different from carbon-based life as we know it.
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
More about me (professionally and privately) in a journalistic style can be found in the article of the INTERMEDIAIR.
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
First edition, 2003, ISBN 3-540-40184-9, Corrected 2nd printing, 2007, ISBN: 978-3-540-40184-1
Pop-science book for the general public (free pdf or epub)
Adaptive Collective Systems - Herding Black Sheep
EU project on the Fundamentals of Collective Adaptive Systems (FoCAS)
Two papers on evolving robots:
Two papers on calibrating evolutionary processes:
- Position paper for the new journal on Robotics and AI
A. E. Eiben Grand challenges for evolutionary robotics, Frontiers in Robotics and AI , 1(4), doi:10.3389/frobt.2014.00004, 2014
- Vision paper about the (embodied) future of evolutionary computing:
In Vivo Veritas: Towards the Evolution of Things,
B. Filipic, T. Bartz-Beielstein, J. Branke, and J. Smith (Eds.), Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Parallel Problem Solving from Nature (PPSN 2014), Springer, 2014, pp. 24-39.
State of the Art in parameter control (sequel to the award winning 1999 paper):
G. Karafotias, M. Hoogendoorn, and A.E. Eiben, Parameter Control in Evolutionary Algorithms:Trends and Challenges, IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, 2014, to appear.
- 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
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
I teach the course Evolutionary
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
- SCIENCE MANAGEMENT
and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO
2011), Dublin, 2011, GA track chair
- 2005 Congress
on Evolutionary Computation (CEC'2005),
Edinburgh, 2005, technical chair
School in Evolutionary Computing, Szeged, 2002,
on Parallel Problem Solving from Nature (PPSN-VI),
Paris, 2000, tutorial chair
- 2000 Congress
on Evolutionary Computation (CEC'2000),
San Diego, 2000, tutorial chair
and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO 1999),
Orlando, 1999, program chair
on Parallel Problem Solving from Nature (PPSN-V),
Amsterdam, 1998, general chair
- Seventh Annual Conference
on Evolutionary Programming (EP'98), San
Diego,1998, program chair
- Fifth International
Workshop on the Foundations of Genetic Algorithms (FOGA),
Leiden, 1998, local chair