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Ohio University Lecture: Genetic Algorithms

ATHENS, Ohio (Nov. 7, 2006) -- A Japanese professor visiting Ohio University will discuss how algorithms modeled after the behavior of survival of the fittest could help solve science and engineering problems. Dr. Mitsuo Gen of Waseda University in Japan will give a free, public lecture Thurs., Nov. 9, from 4:10-5 p.m. in Stocker Center 103.

A leader in the genetic algorithms area, Gen will lecture on "Multiobjective Evolutionary Algorithm and its Applications: Spanning Tree Network Design and Robotics-based Scheduling Problems."

Many science and engineering problems have such a large possible number of solutions that examining each solution to find the best is impossible. These problems are generically called non-polynomial (or NP) complete. Finding a good solution requires an intelligent search. Since the 1960's, scientists and engineers have looked into the complexity of living beings and how processes in these systems can be adapted to searching for solutions to NP problems. Genetic algorithms, which model the behavior of survival of the fittest, have received a great deal of attention regarding their potential to provide a practical search for optimizing many real-world NP problems.

Gen currently teaches in the production and systems department at Waseda University's Graduate School of Information. He has been a visiting professor in China, Taiwan and the U.S. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Houston, Texas A&M University and University of California-Berkeley. Published extensively in various journals, he has written two books in genetic algorithms and has organized international conferences/workshops in Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Australia.

The lecture is sponsored by the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology and the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

The Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, educates well-rounded professionals with both technical and team-project skills. The Russ College offers undergraduate and graduate degrees across the traditional engineering spectrum and in technology disciplines such as aviation, computer science, and industrial technology. Strategic research areas include bioengineering, energy and the environment, and smart civil infrastructure. Named for alumnus Fritz Russ and his wife Dolores, the Russ College is home of the Russ Prize, one of the top three engineering prizes in the world. For more information, visit www.ohio.edu/engineering.

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