This talk will explain what a genetic algorithm is and give two examples of the application of genetic algorithms to real problems. The goal of the talk is to acquaint listeners with the genetic algorithm approach to evolutionary computation and, by example, to give them some idea of what such algorithms can and can not do.
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Author: Lawrence "David" Davis
Lawrence "David" Davis is the President of Tica Associates, a consulting company that he founded in 1990. Tica was the first company to specialize in solving real-world problems with genetic algorithms. Dr. Davis began working with genetic algorithms at Texas Instruments in the early 1980s. He wrote/edited the Handbook of Genetic Algorithms and edited Genetic Algorithms and Simulated Annealing. Dr. Davis helped found the Society for Genetic Algorithms and the journals Evolutionary Computation and Heuristics. He has published more than forty papers, most of them on genetic algorithms and their applications.