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Congress on Evolutionary Computation 2006

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Dr. Wolfgang Fink is the WINNER of the Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC) 2006 Huygens Probe Competition, which was held at the World Congress on Computational Intelligence (WCCI) 2006 in Vancouver, BC, Canada from July 16-21, 2006

"In this competition you will be given access to a series of 20 "moons"- fractal landscapes (generated by sequences of meteor impacts) that are wrapped in both x and y dimensions. [...] For each moon you will be allowed 1000 probes (evalutations) to find the lowest point on the surface that you can. You may use any technique at your disposal.

The scientific aim is to allow comparison of the many evolutionary (and other more traditional) approaches to real-valued (non-differentiable) optimisation, given a fixed resource in the number of evaluations, and to better understand the cost/benefit trade-offs of population based methods.

For the competition, access will be given to a new set of 20 unseen moons from the same sequence used for benchmarking. Each individual or group will be allowed to enter up to three algorithms.

Unlike the benchmarking where an absolute score is generated, the competition will use a ranking system where the entries are compared directly against each other for performance on each moon. All entries will be ranked for their performance on each of the 20 moons, and the algorithm with the highest overall average ranking will be the winner".

Cara MacNish, School of Computer Science & Software Engineering
The University of Western Australia

Overhead slides for CEC2006 Presentation Ceremony [pdf version]
The official website announcement regarding the Huygens Competition [pdf version].
The full table of numerical competition results

3D representation of a probed fractal landscape.

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Contact Information

Wolfgang Fink, Ph. D.
Senior Researcher at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
Visiting Research Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at University of Southern California (USC)
Visiting Research Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at University of Southern California (USC)
Visiting Associate in Physics at California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

Mailing Address:
California Institute of Technology
Visual and Autonomous Exploration Systems Research Laboratory
15 Keith Spalding (corner of E. California Blvd & S. Wilson Ave)
Mail Code 103-33
Pasadena, CA 91125

Phone: 1-626-395-4587
Fax: 1-626-395-4587

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