Following my appointment as part-time professor of Evolutionary Algorithms at the department of Software Technology of the faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science of Delft University of Technology, I will give my inaugural speech on Friday, September 6, 2019 at 15:00 hours in the Aula of the Delft University of Technology.

Prior to my inaugural speech a symposium will be held, featuring the work of world-leading researchers who are active at the frontiers of the design, development, analysis, and application of evolutionary algorithms.

You are cordially invited to attend both events. However, if you plan to attend the symposium, please register below due to limited seating at the symposium (120 seats). No registration is required for the inaugural speech (there are sufficient seats in the Aula).

More information on the program of the day and travel information can be found by scrolling this page.

I hope to see you there!


Registration Form (only needed for symposium)

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Session Chair: Marco Virgolin (CWI, The Netherlands)
08:15-08:55 Registration with coffee & tea
08:55-09:00 Tanja Alderliesten (Amsterdam UMC, The Netherlands)
Opening and Welcome
09:00-09:25 Marcus Gallagher (University of Queensland, Australia)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to Probabilistic Modelling and Benchmarking in Continuous Black-Box Optimization
09:25-09:50 Risto Miikkulainen (University of Texas at Austin, USA)
Creative AI through Evolutionary Computation
09:50-10:15 Mengjie Zhang (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand)
Evolutionary Machine Learning: Research, Applications and Challenges
10:15-10:40 Nikolaus Hansen (INRIA, France)
How to Evolve Gradient Descent into Evolution Strategies and CMA-ES
10:40-11:10 Break with coffee & tea
11:10-11:35 Lukas Stalpers (Amsterdam UMC, The Netherlands)
Bradley Pieters (Amsterdam UMC, The Netherlands)
Yury Niatsetski (Elekta Brachytherapy, Veenendaal, The Netherlands)
Mathemedics: A Matrix of Sutures and Intrapolations
11:35-12:00 Krzysztof Krawiec (Poznan University of Technology, Poland)
Genetic Programming: Close Encounters of Evolutionary Computation with Program Synthesis
12:00-12:25 Marc Schoenauer (INRIA, France)
Evolutionary Identification of Influencers on Social Networks
(joint work with Michèle Sebag)
12:25-12:50 Una-May O'Reilly (MIT CSAIL, USA)
Artificial Adversarial Intelligence: What Star Wars Teaches us about Adversarial Dynamics
12:50-13:15 Dirk Thierens (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
Structure Learning in Genetic Algorithms: Why and How?
13:15-14:30 Lunch (& move to Aula)

Inaugural Speech

14:30-15:00 Doors to Aula open
15:00-16:00 Peter A.N. Bosman (CWI & TU Delft, The Netherlands)
Model-based Scalable Evolutionary Intelligence —
From Algorithmic Foundations to Innovative Applications
16:00-18:00 Reception with snacks & drinks

Venue and Travel Directions

Travel directions to symposium venue   Travel directions to inaugural speech venue


I am very grateful for the financial support that makes the symposium and inaugural speech possible, coming from both Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), where I have my part-time professorship for 1 day per week, and the Dutch national research center for mathematics and computer science (CWI - Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica), where I maintain my senior researcher position for 4 days per week.