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Design by Evolution

Advances in Evolutionary Design

  • Philip F. Hingston
  • Luigi C. Barone
  • Zbigniew Michalewicz

Part of the Natural Computing Series book series (NCS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Biology

  3. Art

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. Jon McCormack
      Pages 97-99
    3. Erwin Driessens, Maria Verstappen
      Pages 101-120
    4. Daniel Ashlock, Brooke Jamieson
      Pages 121-143
    5. Jon McCormack
      Pages 169-196
  4. Embryogeny

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 197-197
    2. Daniel Ashlock
      Pages 199-202
    3. Daniel Ashlock, Stephen Gent, Kenneth Bryden
      Pages 203-221
  5. Engineering

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 265-265
    2. Kalyanmoy Deb
      Pages 267-271

About this book


Evolution is Nature’s design process. The natural world is full of wonderful examples of its successes, from engineering design feats such as powered flight, to the design of complex optical systems such as the mammalian eye, to the merely stunningly beautiful designs of orchids or birds of paradise. With increasing computational power, we are now able to simulate this process with greater fidelity, combining complex simulations with high-performance evolutionary algorithms to tackle problems that used to be impractical.

This book showcases the state of the art in evolutionary algorithms for design. The chapters are organized by experts in the following fields: evolutionary design and "intelligent design" in biology, art, computational embryogeny, and engineering. The book will be of interest to researchers, practitioners and graduate students in natural computing, engineering design, biology and the creative arts.


algorithms complex system complex systems engineering design evolution evolutionary algorithm evolutionary computation genetic programming intelligence modularity natural computing optimization programming simulation swarm intelligence

Editors and affiliations

  • Philip F. Hingston
    • 1
  • Luigi C. Barone
    • 2
  • Zbigniew Michalewicz
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Computer and Information SciencesEdith Cowan UniversityMt. LawleyAustralia
  2. 2.School of Computer Science and Software EngineeringThe University of Western AustraliaCrawleyAustralia
  3. 3.School of Computer ScienceUniversity of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia

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From the reviews:

"This book is a compilation of different works on evolution. … the book addresses the hot issue of intelligent design (ID) versus evolution. … The book presents interesting work in the area of evolutionary algorithms and their origins and applications. … I recommend this book to everyone who is interested in evolutionary applications and algorithms. Readers will obtain an understanding of most of the applications of evolution, and will find new and interesting approaches to a number of research problems." (Jens Lichtenberg, ACM Computing Reviews, January, 2009)