The EvoNet Network of Excellence brings together active European researchers and practitioners in the field of evolutionary computing. Originally set up in 1996 with European Commission funding, the EvoNet network provides coordination, support and a web-based infrastructure for research and training activities, helping to promote European expertise in evolutionary computing and to stimulate greater commercial interest in collaborative projects. There are currently around 1200 members in approximately 150 EvoNet nodes.
Administrative and technical support is provided by two full-time staff members located at Napier University's School of Computing. The current three-year project began in August 2000 funded by the European Commission's Information Society Technologies Programme (IST) with a 700,000 euro budget of which approximately 65% is held at Napier University.
Like evolution in nature, evolutionary techniques "breed" progressively better solutions to complex problems, offering a powerful and practical alternative to traditional problem-solving techniques. They are especially useful for optimisation in frequently-changing and unpredictable environments as they are relatively cheap and quick to implement and are extremely adaptable for complex problems where optimisation helps provide the best solutions. Application areas include design, control, image and signal processing, modelling and prediction, pattern recognition, data-mining, scheduling, decision-making. Key industrial targets include telecommunications, aerospace, engineering, petro-chemical, transport-industries, health and education.
The EvoNet series of conferences continue to be run annually by Jennifer Willies through the Institute of Informatics & Digital Innovation.
EvoNet II is a EU Framework Programmes project funded by European Commission.
Carried out in collaboration with and others.
For further information please refer to http://www.evonet.info.