Per Aspera Ad Astra
I have learned from Martin Pelikan's blog that Professor Hans-Paul Schwefel will deliver a talk at GECCO 2009 named Failures as Stepping Stones to Success or "Per Aspera Ad Astra". It will be part of a major GECCO 2009 event: Learning From Failures in Evolutionary Computation workshop.
It's such an amazing initiative of organizers to hold a workshop like that, since researchers in general tend only to report their successes and, not so rarely, omit what may be qualified as "failure". How many wonderful ideas have not come from failures? Or, at least, have played the role of a pioneer starting?
Even though I will not be there (what a pity!!!), I can imagine what will be the meat and bones of Professor Schwefel's talk. Sure, I will not tell you, otherwise I would need to kill you... :)
For all those attending GECCO 2009 next summer, I would be very grateful if a good hearted soul could record a video of Professor Schwefel talk and upload it on YouTube or some video sharing service like that. :)