News (Bio-inspired Computing)

Simon Powers has been appointed as an Associate Editor for the journal Adaptive Behavior ( Adaptive Behavior is an indexed, international peer reviewed journal that publishes original research and review articles on adaptive behavior in biological systems and...
17/10/2017 Editorship, Journal Reviewer
Simon Powers will give the keynote talk at the Second International Workshop of Social Learning and Cultural Evolution, part of the European Conference on Artificial Life held in Lyon, France, 4th September 2017. His talk is titled "Cooperation in large-scale human societies -- What, if anything,...
27/08/2017 Invited Presentation
Congratulations to the following SIG members who have the following papers accepted at upcoming international conferences: Alife 2016 (Cancun, Mexico) Simon Powers. The institutional approach for modeling the evolution of human societies EvoSTAR 2016 (Portugal), Springer: Ahmed Salah, Emma Hart and...
18/07/2016 Other News
The results from the recently finished FOCAS project were highlighted in the FET newsletter, released on 27/6/16. The news article highlighted the main outputs of the project which coordinated a network of researchers working in the field of Collective Adaptive Systems (CAS) including The Research...
27/06/2016 Media and Outreach Activity
A recent theme day (September 15th 2015) co-organised by the Operational Research Society (ORS) and EPSRC brought together OR academics, industrialists and representatives of the research councils to discuss the current health of OR research in the UK along with future challenges and opportunities.
20/06/2016 Policy Advisory Activity
Prof Emma Hart has been elected to be Editor-in-Chief of the prestigious journal Evolutionary Computation. This MIT Press journal was established in 1993. It has an impact factor of 3.6 and an h-index of 65. The journal placed 6th out of 105 in Computer Science, Theory & Methods and 13th out of...
20/06/2016 Editorship, Journal Reviewer
Simon Powers will deliver a research seminar about his work on the evolution of institutions. Abstract Economics, artificial life, and agent-based computing are all concerned with understanding the conditions that make it individually advantageous for self-interested agents to cooperate and produce...
16/06/2016 Aston University, School of Engineering & Applied Sciences Other News
Simon Powers will write an article about "defection" (as the term is used in game theory), for the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science, edited by Todd K. Shackelford and Viviana A. Weekes-Shackelford, published by Springer.
09/06/2016 Other News
Congratulations to Eduardo Segredo, whose algorithm has won two prizes at the annual GENOPT competition While comparing results on benchmark functions is a widely used practice to demonstrate the competitiveness of global optimization algorithms, fixed benchmarks can lead to a negative data mining...
29/05/2016 Award
Congratulations to the following SIG members who have the following papers accepted at upcoming international conferences & journals Alife 2016 (Cancun, Mexico) Simon Powers. The institutional approach for modeling the evolution of human societies LION 2016 (Italy). Eduardo Segredo et al .
04/05/2016 Other Event
The FOCAS project was rated as Excellent at its final review, after running for three years. The project coordinator was Emma Hart, with Jennifer Willies as Project Manager. Some particular highlights from the report are given below: The main achievements of the project concern the innovative...
04/05/2016 Other News
The EU Coordination Action FOCAS was a 3 year project that started in 2013 to coordinate research in the field of Collective Adaptive Systems. The project was awarded a rating of Excellent at its final review in Brussels on April 19th.
21/04/2016 Brussels Other News
Reviewer for the Artificial Immune Systems and Biological and Medical Applications track.
07/03/2016 Conference Programme Committee
Dr Neil Urquhart has been invited to present a seminar to the ERGO group (Edinburgh Research Group in Optimisation) at Edinburgh University. The seminar entitled "Exploring a real-world multi-objective routing problem with local and societal costs." will take place on the 20th of January.
14/01/2016 20/1/2016, Edinburgh Invited Presentation
CAVES Researcher Dr Neil Urquhart is to organise and chair a workshop on Intelligent Transport at the Parallel Problem Solving from Nature (PPSN) conference. The workshop will examine the use of nature inspired computing problems to solve transportation problems.
06/01/2016 18/9/2016 Seminar
The ACM Special Interest Group on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation is thriving ACM SIG with over 600 members. Prof. Hart has been invited to take over as EIC of the newsletter which is published quarterly and available online The newsletter is edited by Prof Hart.
23/11/2015 Editorship, Journal Reviewer
16/11/2015 University of Aberystwyth Invited Presentation
EURO 2016 is the premier European conference for Operational Research and Management Science (OR/MS) organized by EURO – the European Association of Operational Research Society and the Polish OR Society at Poznan University of Technology. Prof.
05/11/2015 Poznan, July 2016 Keynote Speaker
FoCAS ran a networking session called Perspectives on Collectives at the ICT conference on 20 October 2015 to standing room-only capacity. The aim was to present two research-informed scenarios to stimulate discussion on some benefits and perceived problems arising from collective adaptive systems.
05/11/2015 Lisbon Seminar
Wind is a major disturbance agent in forests and a key part of the dynamics of many forest ecosystems. In addition, the high levels of damage that can occur during storms have important economic and social impacts, particularly for managed forests..
30/10/2015 Archachon, France Invited Presentation
Prof. Hart was invited to talk on her work of Lifelong Learning at the 43rd CREST Open workshop on Hyper Heuristics For Software Engineering. Search Based Software Engineering (SBSE) has proved extremely attractive to software engineers, because it handles messy conflicting multi-objective problems...
26/10/2015 UCL London Invited Presentation
The ACM Special Interest Group on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation (SIGEVO) is thriving ACM SIG with over 600 members, with around 50% of these from the USA and 26% from Europe. Prof. Hart was elected to the Executive Board following an election in which all members where eligible to vote, and...
19/06/2015 Award
Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board SMART AGRICULTURE CONFERENCE The exchange of innovation and technology is essential for any industry to overcome current issues and adapt to face future challenges and opportunities.
30/04/2015 September 2015, Birmingham Invited Presentation
Prof. Emma Hart has been awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for a period of 12 months to start in September 2015. The Fellowship will cover replacement costs while she conducts research on a project called Ensemble Methods for Optimisation The project is outlined below: ...
07/04/2015 Award
Prof. Emma Hart will co-chair a track of Real World Applications of optimisation with Dr Leonardo Trujillo (Instituto Tecnológico de Tijuana Mexico) at GECCO 2015, to be held in Madrid. The Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO 2015) will present the latest high-quality results in...
27/11/2014 July 2015, Madrid Conference Organisation
Prof. Emma Hart has been invited to be Program Chair of IEEE SASO 2015, which will be held at MIT, USA. The aim of the Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing systems conference series (SASO) is to provide a forum for the foundations of a principled approach to engineering systems, networks and services...
29/09/2014 September 2015, MIT, USA Conference Organisation
Visiting PhD student Nicola Capodieci, along with supervisors Prof. Emma Hart from Edinburgh Napier University and Dr Giacomo Cabri from the Universita di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy, won the best paper award as SASO 2014, the IEEE Self-Organising and Self-Adaptive Systems Conference in London.
18/09/2014 September 2014, London Award
Nicola Capodieci and Emma Hart have had a paper accepted at the IEEE conference on Self-Adapting and Self-Organising Systems, to be held at Imperial College London in September. Nicola is a PhD student who has recently been visiting CEC for a period of 6 months from the Unversitat di Modena e...
09/09/2014 London Invited Presentation
Building on the success of previous Understand Problems and Real-World Optimisation workshops, this workshop to be held at Gecco 2014 in Vancouver in July aims to provide a single forum for the presentation and discussion of works focused on optimisation problems rather than the methods for solving...
12/07/2014 Vancouver, July 12th Other Event
Prof. Hart discussed the latest findings from her EPSRC funded ROLL project in an invited seminar at the University of Stirling on 2nd May. Immune Inspired lifelong Learning Method for Solving Combinatorial Optimisation Problems.
02/05/2014 University of Stirling Seminar
Prof. Emma Hart was invited to speak at the University of Nottingham Computer Science Visiting Speaker Series where she spoke about some of the work being done on the EPSRC -funded ROLL project Title:A lifelong Learning Method for Solving Combinatorial Optimisation Problems Abstract The previous...
03/02/2014 29/1/14 Seminar
Prof. Emma Hart and Dr Neil Urquhart have won money from an internal funding competition to develop the software and infrastructure required to run an international competition in solving real-world optimisation problems. The work will be conducted in a joint project with the University of Stirling...
03/02/2014 1/2/14 Funding
Prof Hart has been appointed as an Associate Editor of Evolutionary Computation from January 2014. She is also an elected member of the Editorial Board.Evolutionary Computation is the leading journal in its field. It provides an international forum for facilitating and enhancing the exchange of...
10/01/2014 Editorship, Journal Reviewer
Dr Neil Urquhart's optimisation research merited a (small) mention in last nights Edinburgh Evening News: "He's one man who certainly doesn't have time to get lost on his travels. And thanks to Edinburgh Napier University, Santa will have a no such trouble this year.
28/11/2013 Other News
Neil Urquhart's vehicle routing demonstration has been featured at .
27/11/2013 Media and Outreach Activity
The AWARENESS project has been coordinating European Research in the field of Self-Awareness in Autonomic Computing for three years. In it's final review by the European Commission, the project was graded at the top rating of Excellent.
18/11/2013 Other News
Dr Neil Urquhart has been awarded funding to investigate the use of innovative optimisation techniques to assist McQueens Dairies in making their deliveries. Dr Urquhart has extensive experience of advanced scheduling and routing techniques which will be utilised in this study.
29/10/2013 Funding
Dr Neil Urquhart has been invited to give a seminar entitled "Scheduling and routing in the real world" at Stirling University on the 18th October 2013.
17/10/2013 Stirling University, 18th October 2013 Other News
Dr. Neil Urquhart and Kevin Sim are to chair EvoINDUSTRY, a track within the 16th edition of EvoApplications which will be held as part of EvoStar 2014 in Baeza Spain from the 23rd-25th April 2014.
23/09/2013 Baeza, Spain Conference Organisation
Prof. Emma Hart to chair new track on Artificial Immune Systems at GECCO 2014, an ACM SIGEVO Conference.
Prof. Emma Hart, alongside Dr Christine Zarges from the University of Birmingham will chair a new track at GECCO 2014 in Vancouver, a recombination of the 23rd International Conference on Genetic Algorithms and the 19th Annual Genetic Programming Conference.
20/09/2013 Vancouver B.C, July 2014 Conference Organisation
Prof. Emma Hart and members from the Centre for Emergent Computing hosted a meeting for 25 researchers from Scottish Universities who are part of the SEABIS sub-group of the SICSA theme on Complex Systems Engineering. We were delighted to welcome Dr Bill Langdon from University College London who...
17/09/2013 Conference Organisation
Prof. Emma Hart, from the Centre for Emergent Computing has won Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) funding to collaborate with a construction company. The project aims to accelerate the processing of structural designs using state-of-the-art computing/neural network techniques.
01/08/2013 Funding
Edinburgh Napier will host the 3rd Workshop of the SICSA sub-group SEABIS (Self-organising, emergent, autonomous, biologically inspired systems): The event is open to all researchers in Scottish Institutions. Registration is free, via the EventBrite site.
01/08/2013 17th September, 12.30-5pm, Tower Boardroom, Merchiston Other Event
Dr Neil Urquhart of the Centre for Emergent Computing presented an invited seminar on the use of vehicle emissions pedictions as optimisation criterion. The seminar was made to the ASAP scheduling research group.
09/05/2013 University Of Nottingham, 9/5/13 Other News
EvoStar 2013 brings together 5 co-located leading conferences in the field of Evolutionary Computing, and will be coordinated for the 16th time by Jennifer Willies from the Centre for Emergent Computing when it begins in Vienna next week on the 3rd April.
28/03/2013 Conference Organisation
Professors Emma Hart and Ben Paechter from the FOCAS project will run a workshop on the Fundamentals of Collective Adaptive Systems at ECAL 2013, the 12th International Conference on Artificial Life in September 2013 in Taormina, Sicily.
25/03/2013 4/09/13 Conference Organisation
Prof Hart recently attend a prestigious Royal Society Frontiers of Science meeting in Kazan Russia, as part of an invited delegation of 35 UK scientists drawn from a range of scientific disciplines, ranging from astro-physics to micro-biology.
25/03/2013 Policy Advisory Activity
Members of Centre for Emergent Computing have been successful in having two papers accepted at GECCO 2013, the major international conference on Genetic and Evolutionary Computing. Kevin Sim and Emma Hart will present work on generating cooperative heuristics for the 1-D Bin Packing Problem using...
25/03/2013 Other Event
Professor Emma Hart has accepted an invitation from the Royal Society to join a delegation of UK scientists to participate in a UK-Russia Frontiers of Science Symposium. This will take place between 12th and 14th March 2013 in the Republic of Tartarstan.
06/02/2013 Policy Advisory Activity
Professor Emma Hart and researcher Kevin Sim have launched a new EPSRC-funded project. The work aims to develop state-of-the-art software to solves problems by learning from experience. A full article about the project can be found on the University News pages.
09/01/2013 Funding
Professor Hart has accepted an invitation to examine a PhD in the field of hyper-heuristics at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
09/01/2013 External Examiner
Professor Emma Hart and Kevin Sim are running a workshop on optimisation techniques at GECCO 2013. The conference, which takes place in Amsterdam between 6th and 10th July 2013, is the largest conference in the field of genetic and evolutionary optimisation.
09/01/2013 Conference Organisation
Dr Neil Urquhart helps Santa with an optimisation algorithm to calculate efficient routes for present delivery
Every year Santa must visit thousands of boys and girls across the world to deliver presents. It is important that he visits them in an order that will keep his sleigh ride as short as possible. Dr Neil Urquhart of IIDI's Centre for Evolutionary Computing has developed an optimisation algorithm...
04/12/2012 Developed Software
Collaboration with Lothian Buses enhances vehicle routing research through real-world experience
Cathy Scott and Neil Urquhart of the Centre for Emergent Computing are working with Lothian Buses to incorporate expertise gained through the operation of hybrid buses and the evaluation of other low emission vehicle technologies in their research.
27/11/2012 Other News
PPSN 2012 ( accepted approximately 46% of submission in 2012. The Twelfth International Conference on Parallel Problem Solving from Nature (PPSN XII) will be held in Taormina, Italy on 1-5 September 2012.
18/06/2012 Other News
The Awareness Summer School (AWASS 2012) will be held from June 10th -16th 2012 at Edinburgh Napier University Craighouse Campus (UK). The summer school will cover theoretical, practical, and technological issues related to autonomic self-awareness and its various facets.
10/06/2012 June 10th -16th 2012 at Edinburgh Napier University Craighouse Campus (UK) Conference Organisation
Crime and Punishment: studies in the evolution of co-operation Peter Ross, Emeritus Professor Edinburgh Napier University How did co-operative behaviour evolve? Darwin was perplexed; the notion of "survival of the fittest" seemed to suggest that it shouldn't, because...
29/02/2012 2pm-3pm, F29 Seminar
The Awareness EU project presents a talk by Professor Alan Winfield at the Edinburgh International Science Festival
The Thinking Robot Press headlines frequently refer to robots that think like humans, have feelings, or even behave ethically, but are these simply sensationalist hype? The question of robot intelligence intrigues Professor Alan Winfield, Director of the Science Communication Unit at the University...
09/02/2012 April 12th 2012, National Museum of Scotland Other Event
The IEEE Evolutionary Computation Technical Committee (ECTC of the Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) promotes the research, development, and teaching of computational techniques that use...
02/02/2012 Award
Green IT and the Design of Energy Aware Networks Abstract: While in 2007 ICT already accounted for 2% of the world's Carbon Imprint, similar to the impact of air travel on CO2 emissions, in 2020 the total CO2 emissions are expected to attain 1.43 Billion Tonnes, growing at an annual rate of 4%.
05/12/2011 8th December, 2pm, H5 Seminar
Prof A Eiben of Vrije University Amsterdam highlights software developed at IIDI to produce timetables at Edinburgh Napier University, scheduling across campuses, all modules, students and staff in his new TEDx talk on Evolutionary Design.
11/11/2011 Media and Outreach Activity
Prof Hart has been invited to participate in a Royal Society International Scientific Seminar to be held at the Kalvi Royal Society International Center on Tuesday May 22nd and Wednesday May 23rd 2012. The focus of the seminar is on “bridging the gap between experimental and computational...
10/11/2011 Invited Presentation
SEABIS - Self-organising, emergent, autonomous,biologically inspired systems - is a sub-group of the SICSA research theme in Complex Systems Engineering
10/11/2011 Award
PPSN XII will showcase a wide range of topics in Natural Computing including, but not restricted to: Evolutionary Computation, Quantum Computation, Molecular Computation, Neural Computation, Artificial Life, Swarm Intelligence, Artificial Ant Systems, Artificial Immune Systems, Self-Organizing...
01/11/2011 Conference Programme Committee
Emma Hart appointed Technical Chair of Bionetics 2011, to be held in York, UK
Emma Hart has is to act as Technical Chair of Bionetics 2001, the 2011 International ICST Conference on Bio-Inspired Models of Network, Information and Computing Systems (BIONETICS 2011) to be held from December 5th to 7th (Monday - Wednesday), 2011.
19/05/2011 Conference Organisation
Neil Urquhart will be co-editing a new book on Automated Scheduling and Planning, to be published by Springer in late 2012. Co-editing the book will be Sima Uyar from Istanbul Technical University and Ender Ozcan from the University of Nottingham.
17/05/2011 Editorship, Journal Reviewer ICARIS 2011 will be held at the University of Cambridge in July 2011 Artificial immune systems (AIS) is a diverse and maturing area of research that bridges the disciplines of immunology and engineering.
30/03/2011 Conference Programme Committee
The Practice and Theory of Automated Timetabling is an international conference that takes place every two years. It was born at Edinburgh Napier in 1995 when Ben Paechter organised the first in the series.
23/03/2011 Keynote Speaker
The workshop which is funded by the European Commission as part of the Awareness pro-active initiative is the second in a series organised by the EvoBody project. International experts will take part in a two-day "lock-in" to try to advance the science of embodied artificial evolution.
23/03/2011 Invited Presentation Artificial Life is an interdisciplinary undertaking that investigates the fundamental properties of living systems through the simulation and synthesis of biological entities and processes. It also attempts to design and build artificial systems that display properties of...
11/03/2011 Conference Programme Committee
Webpage: Event Registration: SEABIS MEETING: Self-organising, emergent, autonomous, biologically inspired systemsThe meetng runs from lunchtime to lunchtime, and includes lunch.
11/01/2011 Seminar
Emma Hart invited to be a member of the GECCO New 
Frontiers Track: Self-* Search programme committee
GECCO is the largest conference in the field of Genetic and Evolutionary Computing. In 2011, the event will be held in Dublin from 12-16 July
15/12/2010 Conference Programme Committee
Emma Hart gave an invited lecture at the Latest Advances in Computer Science Lecture series, held at La Laguna University, Tenerife
The 11th edition of the seminar series Latest Advances in Computer Science was held from November 30th-Dec 3rd. See for further details. Emma Hart gave the following talk: Applications of Artificial Immune Systems The field of Artificial Immune Systems (AIS)...
10/12/2010 Invited Presentation
SICSA Demo Fest 2010
A software demonstration of vehicle routing based upon, emissions and other factors using state of the art Emergent Algorithms was presented at the 2010 SICSA Demo Fest.
10/11/2010 Exhibition
Confirmed as Assoiate Editor of Evolutionary Computiation (MIT Press)
Ben was confirmed as continuing as one of only eleven Assocaite Editors of "Evolutuonary Computation" (MIT Press) for which all submissions automatically appear in the ACM Digital Library.
09/06/2010 Editorship, Journal Reviewer