Rigorous Research Foundations of Bio-Inspired Computing

About Rigorous Research

The Rigorous Research team was established in March 2015 in the Algorithms research group of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Sheffield. It is led by Dr. Pietro S. Oliveto. Rigorous Research focuses on understanding how computers may imitate processes occurring successfully in nature to automatically solve complex computational problems.

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Activities

SSCI 2019

The 2019 IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence will be held on December 6-9th in Xiamen, China.

Pietro Oliveto is co-chairing (with Manuel Ojeda-Aciego and Leonardo Franco) the 2019 IEEE Symposium on Foundations of Computational Intelligence.

Dagstuhl Seminar

The Theory of Randomized Optimization Heuristics Dagstuhl Seminar was held on October 21-25th, 2019 in Wadern, Germany.

Pietro Oliveto gave the What's Hot in EA Theory - Part II invited talk on October 22nd, 2019 (Part I was given on October 21st by Carsten Witt).

IJCCI 2019

The "How Theoretical Analyses Can Impact Practical Applications of Evolutionary Computation" keynote talk was presented by Pietro Oliveto at the 11th International Joint Conference on Computational Intelligence (IJCCI 2019) in Vienna, Austria.

MENDEL 2019

Pietro Oliveto gave a Keynote Seminar entitled "How Theoretical Analyses Can Impact Practical Applications of Evolutionary Computation" at the 25th International Conference on Soft Computing (MENDEL 2019) in Brno, Czech Republic.

COST Action

ImAppNIO is a platform where theoreticians and practitioners can meet and exchange insights, ideas and needs. It aims to improve the applicability of all kinds of nature-inspired optimisation methods. To contribute to the COST action, join a working group.

We invite both practitioners and theoreticians to contribute to the set of benchmarks currently being set up by working group 3 (WG3) of the COST Action. To contribute, join WG3 by e-mailing Pietro S. Oliveto.

The ImAPPNIO COST Action Training School will be held on 25th–29th November 2019 in Coimbra, Portugal. Pietro Oliveto will be teaching Theory of Bio-Inspired Computation.

Evolutionary Computation
Technical Committee

If you would like to start a Task Force on an emerging research area or if you believe your topic does not have sufficient visibility at IEEE CIS events please contact Pietro Oliveto (ECTC chair).

Join Rigorous Research

PhD positions are currently available.

We provide the necessary support for postdoctoral Marie Curie Fellowship applications. Qualified individuals with appropriate research plans can send an email to Pietro Oliveto.

If you would like to visit us as a guest researcher, contact Pietro Oliveto.

Past Events

ACM GECCO 2019

The Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference was held July 13th-17th 2019, in Prague, Czech Republic.

An introductory tutorial to the runtime analysis of evolutionary algorithms was presented by Pietro S. Oliveto and Per Kristian Lehre.

The ImAppNIO working group 3 (WG3) Black Box Discrete Optimization Benchmarking Workshop will take place at GECCO.

IEEE CEC 2019

The IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation 2019 took place June 10th-13th 2019, in Wellington, New Zealand.

The Gentle Introduction to the Time Complexity Analysis of Evolutionary Algorithms tutorial was presented by Pietro S. Oliveto.

AAAI-19

The Thirty-Third AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence took place January 28–February 1, 2018 in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.

We presented the On the Time Complexity of Algorithm Selection Hyper-Heuristics for Multimodal Optimisation paper by A. Lissovoi, J.A. Warwicker, P. S. Oliveto.

Current Research Topics

News

12/11/2019 JAIR paper published A. Lissovoi, P. S. Oliveto
On the Time and Space Complexity of Genetic Programming for Evolving Boolean Conjunctions [open access]
22/10/2019 | Invited Talk at Dagstuhl Seminar Pietro Oliveto was invited to give a talk entitled What's Hot in EA Theory - Part II at the Theory of Randomized Optimization Heuristics seminar at Dagstuhl (Part I was given on October 21st by Carsten Witt).
18/09/2019 | Keynote Talk at IJCCI 2019 How Theoretical Analyses Can Impact Practical Applications of Evolutionary Computation was presented by Pietro Oliveto.
10/07/2019 | Keynote Talk at MENDEL 2019 How Theoretical Analyses Can Impact Practical Applications of Evolutionary Computation was presented by Pietro Oliveto.
20/03/2019 | 4 papers accepted for GECCO-19
  • D. Corus, P. S. Oliveto, D. Yazdani
    On Inversely Proportional Hypermutations with Mutation Potential
  • B.Doerr, A. Lissovoi, P. S. Oliveto
    Evolving Boolean Functions with Conjunctions and Disjunctions via Genetic Programming
  • D. Corus, P. S. Oliveto
    On the Benefits of Populations on the Exploitation Speed of Standard Steady-State Genetic Algorithms
  • G. Hall, P. S. Oliveto, D. Sudholt
    On the Impact of the Cutoff Time on the Performance of Algorithm Configurators
02/03/2019 | ARTINT paper accepted D. Corus, P. S. Oliveto, D. Yazdani
Artificial Immune Systems Can Find Arbitrarily Good Approximations for the NP-Hard Number Partitioning Problem [doi]
02/03/2019 | TCS paper accepted D. Corus, P.S. Oliveto, D. Yazdani
When hypermutations and ageing enable artificial immune systems to outperform evolutionary algorithms [doi]

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