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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Whitehead Lecture - What Next for Nature-Inspired Computing? 20th Nov 2013, Goldsmiths, London, UK

Dear All

The sixth Whitehead lecture ( of Autumn term 2013 will be 
given by Dr. Ed Keedwell, University of Exeter, at 4 pm on Wednesday 20th November and will be 
entitled "What Next for Nature-Inspired Computing?".

An abstract for the lecture and short biography for the speaker are appended below; 

The lecture will start promptly at 4pm in the Ben Pimlott lecture theatre 
 at Goldsmiths University of London .
All are welcome.


What Next for Nature-Inspired Computing?
Dr. Ed Keedwell
ABSTRACT: Nature has provided Computer Scientists with inspiration for countless algorithms to 
help solve difficult computational, engineering and scientific problems in reasonable computational
time.  Evolutionary algorithms, swarm intelligence and neural networks are among the best known 
of these and have been shown to approximate, or occasionally supersede human capability in specific
domains.  Nature-inspired computing has been a success story to date, and although it is possible 
to derive new methods from a better understanding of natural systems, there are of course a finite 
number of systems on which to base computational systems.  In this talk, I will discuss the 
achievements of nature-inspired computation to date, including its application to difficult 
problems and will explore the scope for further naturally-inspired methods, concluding with 
some thoughts on the state-of-the-art and future directions for the field.
BRIEF BIO: Dr Ed Keedwell is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Exeter, 
having also previously studied there as an undergraduate and postgraduate.  His research interests 
centre around the use of nature-inspired techniques to tackle difficult problems in science and 
engineering, in particular water distribution network optimisation and bioinformatics. He has over 
70 publications in computer science, engineering and bioinformatics and currently holds an EPSRC 
grant investigating the potential for the creation of low-level heuristics and the development of 
hyper-heuristics to solve real-world problems.  Dr Keedwell is also Publications Officer for the 
Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour.