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  • CS Colloquium: Lisa Soros (Cross Labs) - Designing Open-Ended Algorithms via Artificial Life

    Tue, Nov 02, 2021 @ 03:30 PM - 04:50 PM

    Thomas Lord Department of Computer Science

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars

    Speaker: Lisa Soros, Cross Labs

    Talk Title: Designing Open-Ended Algorithms via Artificial Life

    Series: Computer Science Colloquium

    Abstract: Most algorithms implemented in computers are designed to converge in a finite amount of time. Yet, some of the most powerful generative processes in the natural world (such as evolution) have been running for millions or billions of years. Is it possible to create algorithms that generate interesting and complex artifacts on the same scale as natural evolution? This talk will give an introduction to research on the synthesis and simulation of living systems, also known as Artificial Life. It will focus primarily on the challenge of open-ended evolutionary processes, which may pave the way for open-ended artificial intelligence.

    This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium.

    Biography: Lisa Soros is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Cross Labs, which is a hybrid academic-industrial research institute based in Kyoto, Japan and dedicated to studying natural and artificial intelligence. Her research interests broadly include evolutionary computation, artificial life, and video game AI. She is a graduate of the Evolutionary Complexity Research Group at the University of Central Florida and completed her dissertation, "Necessary Conditions for Open-Ended Evolution" in 2018. Since then, she has been an Assistant Professor at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont and a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Game Innovation Lab at New York University.

    Host: Stefanos Nikolaidis

    Location: Seeley Wintersmith Mudd Memorial Hall (of Philosophy) (MHP) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Contact: Computer Science Department


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