Thursday, September 13, 2007

Evolutionary Computation Portrait

The image above is a very nice one that I made by myself for a small tutorial upon the History Of Evolutionary Computation.

It's a very nice picture!

TOP ROW - From left to right:

Hans-Paul Schwefel
John Holland
Lawrence Fogel
David Fogel
George Box

MIDDLE ROW - From left to right:

Norbert Wiener
Charles Darwin
Ingo Rechenberg
Kenneth De Jong
Hans Joachim Bremermann

BOTTOM ROW - From left to right:

Walter Bradford Cannon
John Burdon Sanderson Haldane
Alan Mathison Turing
Gregor Mendel
Alex Fraser

I would like to thank Professor Hans-Paul Schwefel for his nice answers upon some questions I asked.

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Blogger nojhan said...

15 photos, 11 labels... there is Darwin, but who are the missing ones ?

13 September, 2007 10:08  
Blogger Marcelo said...

Hi! :D

Thanks for your nice comment!

I have already changed the labels and the post itself. Now, there are only surnames on the labels and the complete names are on the post.

By the way, thank you! :)

Até Mais!


13 September, 2007 13:47  
Blogger nojhan said...

Interesting post, now that we now everybody :-)

But maybe there is some missing peoples... Let me point out this nice article on arXiv:

Who is the best connected EC researcher? Centrality analysis of the complex network of authors in evolutionary computation

Now, one must find some more photographs :-)

15 September, 2007 08:00  
Blogger Marcelo said...

Hello! :D

Thanks for the comments!

Well... yes, we could consider that there are some persons missing on the portrait. However, my aim was to pay hommage to the pioneers only, since, without them, we would not have all those amazing fields we enjoy nowadays. :)

It's a nice paper! Thank you for the suggestion. :)

Até Mais!


15 September, 2007 16:40  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

David Fogel... a pioneer?? Please...

18 September, 2007 07:45  
Blogger Marcelo said...

Hi! :)

Thanks for your comment! It's nice to have a feedback from you. :)

David Fogel may be considered a pioneer inside the Evolutionary Programming branch, since he was responsible for introducing the EP approach to parametric optimization, which is very similar - but not the same - to Evolution Strategy (the German branch).

David Fogel is not as pioneer as his father was, but it is hard to talk on EP without citing him, mainly when considering the history of evolutionary programming and the application of this approach to parametric optimization.

The same is valid for David E. Goldberg - I also spoke upon him during the History of EC presentation. We all know that he is not as pioneer as John Holland and Kenneth De Jong, but it is very difficult to talk about GAs without citing his name, since he was responsible for the so-called Building Block Hypothesis. Surely, Goldberg also introduced some novelties to GA field, such as the Messy GA, the Compact Genetic Algorithm (cGA), the Extended cGA (ECGA), and etc. But I guess those, except the first approach I mentioned, are closer to EDAs (Estimation of Distribution Algorithms) than to classical GA, due to the lack of a bio-inspired motivation - but this statement does not shrink the EDAs' merits and achievements. Of course, there are persons, Goldberg himself, which claim that Holland had already identified the main features of EDA even earlier than this new approach arisen (see here, on page 27).

Goldberg's picture was, initially, on the protrait, but I had to delete it when I found Bremermann's photo.

There are more photos missing, such as Peter Bienert, Friedberg, Barricelli...

By the way, hardly there will be a perfect account on the history of some subject. However, this is not intended to be considered as negative, since disagreements are the heart and soul of interesting discussions. :)

Thank you for your comment! :)

Até Mais!


18 September, 2007 13:57  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Drifting a little off topic, I think you should forage about for more meaningful adjectives than "nice."

18 September, 2007 14:51  
Blogger Marcelo said...

Hi! :)

Thanks for your nice suggestion. :)

When I wrote "nice", I meant to say that the statement/comment/suggestion/etc was an amusable one and it makes me feel interested in explaining more precisely the topic which is being discussed or just praise what the commentator said. :)

By the way, thank you for your suggestion. I shall be more meaningful next time. :)

Até Mais!


18 September, 2007 21:57  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about Pareto? Pareto's front is everywhere!
And nojhan is right, we collected a set of pictures for the poster where we presented the paper he mentions; I can pass them along to you if you like.

19 September, 2007 14:10  
Blogger Marcelo said...

Hallo, JJ! :)

Vilfredo Pareto! How could I forget him? It's unforgivable! :)

Pareto and the concept of Pareto Front - when it comes to Multi-Objective Optimization (MOO) - are both very important. Upon this, there are no doubts. :)

But, as the presentation focused only in the three main branches of EC (EP, ES, GA) and their classical form, then it was not necessary to go so much deep. Surely, the next version of my presentation will be more detailed and may include MOO too, thus I shall speak on Pareto, the NSGA-II, Kalyanmoy Deb, etc. :)

Yeah! I would like to have that set of pictures! I shall send you an e-mail soon.

If you also own some picture of Barricelli, Friedberg, etc, please, tell me. :)

Hasta La Vista, Amigo! :)


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