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December 23, 2005

History of Evolutionary Computation

Genetic Argonaut has posted the first posting in a series on the history of evolutionary computation, which says that the initial idea for evolutionary computation was inspired by a science fiction story called "Insel Der Krebse" (The Crab Island or The Island of the Crabs) by Anatolij Dnjeprow.

The article gives two examples that are particularly relevant to artificial inventing, dating back to the 1960s:

  • Ingo Rechenberg and Hans-Paul Schwefel's use of a simple evolution strategy to find the most aerodynamic shape for six plane planks linked by five adjustable hinges; and
  • Hans-Paul Schwefel's use of evolutionary computation to optimize a supersonic two-phase flashing nozzle.

Check out the posting for more details and photographs.

Posted by Robert at December 23, 2005 10:02 AM
category: Evolutionary Computation

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