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Generic evolutionary design

Bentley, Peter J. and Wakefield, Jonathan P. (1998) Generic evolutionary design. In: Soft Computing in Engineering Design and Manufacturing. Springer-Verlag, pp. 289-298. ISBN 3-540-76214-0

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Generic evolutionary design means the creation of a range of different designs by evolution. This paper introduces generic evolutionary design by a computer, describing a system capable of the evolution of a wide range of solid object designs from scratch, using a genetic algorithm.
The paper reviews relevant literature, and outlines a number of advances necessitated by the development of the system, including: a new generic representation of solid objects, a new multiobjective fitness ranking method, and variable-length chromosomes. A library of modular evaluation software is also described, which allows a user to define new design problems quickly and easily by picking combinations of modules to guide the evolution of designs.
Finally, the feasibility of generic evolutionary design by a computer is demonstrated by presenting the successful evolution of both conventional and unconventional designs for a range of different solid-object design tasks, e.g. tables, heatsinks, prisms, boat hulls, aerodynamic cars.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: Judged Best Overall Paper in the 2nd On-line World Conference on Soft Computing in Engineering Design and Manufacturing (WSC2), 23-27 June 1997. The original publication is available at
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Schools: School of Computing and Engineering
School of Computing and Engineering > Pedagogical Research Group
School of Computing and Engineering > Music Technology and Production Research Group
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Depositing User: Jonathan Wakefield
Date Deposited: 12 May 2009 15:14
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2015 15:34


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