GECCO 2008

Graduate Student Workshop

July 12, 2008
Atlanta, Georgia, USA,

A one-day workshop at the 2008 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference
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Edgar D. Arenas-Díaz is currently finishing his Master's Degree at the Computer Science and Computer Engineering Graduate Program of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). His research interests include Bioinformatics -particularly sequence alignment and protein folding- evolutionary computation, artificial life, and its applications to practical problems.

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Saheeb A. Kayani has a bachelors degree in Mechatronics engineering and a masters degree in Mechanical engineering, both from National University of Sciences and Technology, Rawalpindi, Pakistan. As a postgraduate student for last three and a half years he has been pursuing research on automated design of mechatronic or multi domain dynamic systems using Bond-Graph modeling for system representation and genetic programming for open ended topology search and synthesis. Recently he has worked on verification of a novel automated design methodology combining both techniques and physical design realization and dynamic analysis of automatically synthesized physical systems.
Jae-Woo Kim is a graduate student in the department of Sociology at the University of California, Riverside. His research interests are network analysis and simulation modeling of group processes, evolutionary social dilemma games, markets, social movement, organizational ecology, and macro-dynamics from the world-system perspective.

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Rick van Krevelen received his BSc and MSc in Artificial Intelligence from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and just started as PhD student in Agent Modeling in Serious Games and Simulation at the Systems Engineering Group of the Delft University of Technology, also in The Netherlands.
Wael Korani graduated from Ain shams University. He is an MS student at the department of Electrical Power and Machines, Cairo University, Egypt. He works as teacher assistance at Benha University. Wael’s research is focused on the analysis, development of Evolutionary Algorithms like Bacteria Foraging and particle swarm optimization. He is using these techniques in control application like PID controller and system identification.
Greg Paperin is a PhD student at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. His research interests concentrate on the areas of Artificial Life and Complex Adaptive Systems. In particular, Greg is interested in how results from theoretical and computational biology can be applied to practical computer science problems. Greg has obtained his Master's degree from the University College London and has lived and worked as a software engineer and business consultant in the UK and Germany prior to moving to Australia.

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José Carlos Bregieiro Ribeiro is a graduate student in the department of Computer Science at the University of Extremadura (UNEX) in Spain, and an assistant teacher at the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (IPL) in Portugal. His research interests include search-based test case generation (with a particular emphasis on the evolutionary unit-testing of object-oriented Java software), software testing, and bioinformatics.

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Luis Vicente Santana-Quintero received the B.Sc. in computer systems engineering from the Escuela Superior de Cómputo of the Instituto Politécnico Nacional, and a M.Sc. in computer science from CINVESTAV-IPN (both located in Mexico City) in 2002 and 2004, respectively. He is currently working towards the Ph.D. degree in the Department of Computer Science at the Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politécnico Nacional (CINVESTAV-IPN) in Mexico City. His current research interests include: evolutionary multiobjective optimization, particle swarm optimization, differential evolution and evolutionary algorithms in general.
Hiroyuki Sato received B.S. and M.S. degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Shinshu University, Nagano, Japan in 2003 and 2005, respectively. He is currently a doctoral student in Shinshu University. His research interests include multi-objective evolutionary algorithms and its applications.
Heike Sichtig is a PhD candidate in Biomedical Engineering in the Bioengineering Department at Binghamton University, State University of New York and a teaching assistant for the Engineering Design Department(EDD). Her research interests include Machine Learning and Temporal Pattern Recognition. She is primarily interested in building smart machines, focusing on Spiking Neural Networks and Genetic Algorithms, and their application to real world problems. She has written a Spiking Neural Network simulator based on the Spike Response Model, Markram synapses and Hebbian learning. Her future research will focus on application and evaluation of this new research area.

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A.K.M. Khaled Ahsan Talukder is a Masters student in the department of Computer Science and Software Engineering at the The University of Melbourne, Australia and working with the GRIDS Lab ( on Gridbus project. His research interests include theory and applications of Multiobjective Evolutionary Algorithm (MOEA) with a particular emphasis on surrogate/metamodel to speed up the existing MOEAs' convergence speed. He is currently working on deployment of surrogate models in Grid environment (particluarly in "Aneka" desktop Grid). He is also interested in real world applications of Evolutionary Algorithm, such as, Multiobjective Grid Workflow Scheduling, Adaptive Filter Optimization etc.

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Dr. Steven Gustafson