DIMACS Workshop on Evolution as Computation
January 11 - 12, 1999
Presented under the auspices of the Special Focus on DNA Computing.
- Laura Landweber, Princeton University, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Erik Winfree, Caltech, email@example.com
- Richard Lipton, Princeton University, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Stephen Freeland, Cambridge University, email@example.com
The study of the genetic basis for evolution has flourished in this
century, as well as our understanding of the evolvability and
programmability of biological systems. Genetic algorithms meanwhile grew
out of the realization that a computer program could use the
biologically-inspired processes of mutation, recombination, and selection
to solve hard optimization problems. Genetic and evolutionary programming
provide further approaches to a wide variety of computational problems.
Drawing together computer scientists and molecular evolutionary biologists,
this workshop asks, does a synthesis of these experiences reveal
fundamental insights into both the computational nature of biological
evolution as well as processes of importance to computer science?
Solicited topics include biological models of nucleic acid information
processing and genome evolution; molecules, cells, and metabolic circuits
that register logical relationships among proteins; the genetic code;
genetic algorithms, genetic and evolutionary programming, machine learning,
and complexity. The goal is to combine theory and experiments to construct
a quantitative view of the computations that take place in cells and the
combinatorial processes that drive evolution at the molecular level.
Mark Ptashne, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Willem Stemmer, Maxygen, Inc.
John Koza, Stanford University
Jim Shapiro, Universty of Chicago
Roger Brent, Molecular Sciences Institute
Lila Kari, Universty of Western Ontario
David Prescott, University of Colorado
Grzegorz Rozenberg, Leiden University
Jim Crutchfield, Santa Fe Institute
Next: Call for Participation
Contacting the Center
Document last modified on December 3, 1998.