Computer Science Colloquium

Tuesday, March 6 2012 at 3:30 PM

Location: EP 122

Computer Science Colloquium: "How Can Problem Structure Analysis from Evolutionary Computation be
Applied to Biological Problems?" will occur March 6 at 3:30 p.m. in EP 122.

In Biology, understanding the interaction of genes with other genes and their environment is critical to understanding how organisms function and evolve. In Computer Science, understanding the "structure" of a problem representation is critical to understanding how to effectively solve an optimization problem using evolutionary computation. While these two problems are very similar, there are some severe practical differences in these two fields. This talk will discuss efforts to adapt the analysis techniques found in Evolutionary Computation to the needs of biologists. It also will discuss some specific algorithms under development in collaboration with researchers at BEACON Center for Evolution in Action at Michigan State and give some examples from real biological problems.