Tag Archives: Computer Science

Avida-ED Summer Workshop

This summer we will be holding two workshops on the use of Avida-ED; one at the University of Washington from June 21-23, and one at Michigan State University from July 27-29.  Avida-ED is a free, web-based program designed to teach … Continue reading

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Evolving Evacuation Plans for Urban Areas

This post is written by UI grad student Keith Drew The team at University of Idaho currently consists of four people, Dr. Robert B. Heckendorn, Keith Drew, Homaja Marisetty, and Madhav Pandey. Our team also includes researchers at the Michigan State … Continue reading

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Charles Ofria named one of the 2017 William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty

We are proud to congratulate BEACON’s Deputy Director Charles Ofria for being named a 2017 William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award winner. Charles Ofria is recognized internationally for his research at the interface of computer science and evolutionary biology. He … Continue reading

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BEACON now funds video games?

This is a repost from Terry Soule (Computer Science, UI) and Barrie Robison (Biological Sciences, UI) Also visit Telliamed Revisited (Richard Lenski’s blog) for another write-up.  Hello BEACONites, Thanks to BEACON’s support Polymorphic Games has created the evolutionary video game Darwin’s Demons, and placed it … Continue reading

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4th Annual Big Data in Biology Symposium at the University of Texas in Austin

This post is by University of Texas at Austin grad student Rayna Harris On Wednesday, May 11, 2016 The Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics hosted the 4th Annual Big Data in Biology Symposium at the University of Texas in Austin. … Continue reading

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Evolving Deep Neural Networks

This post is by UT Austin grad student Jason Liang Deep learning has revolutionized the field of machine learning in many ways. From achieving state-of-the-art results in many benchmarks and competitions to effectively exploiting the computational power of the cloud, … Continue reading

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Mass Extinctions, Evolution, and…. Robots?

Check out this great video produced by the UT Alumni Association talking about research by BEACONites Joel Lehman and Risto Miikkulainen at UT Austin. Lehman and Miikkulainen published an awesome paper in PLOS ONE looking at evolution after a mass extinction.  I, for one, … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Providing computational methods for biological research

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by University of Texas at Austin research scientist Dennis Wylie. I’ve always been intrigued by the combination of seemingly incongruous things. As a child I loved stories about strange chimerical creatures … Continue reading

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3rd Annual Big Data in Biology Symposium at UT Austin

Summary by UT Austin graduate student and symposium organizer Rayna Harris. The 3rd Annual Big Data in Biology Symposium on May 15, 2015 was hosted by the Center for Computational Biology at UT Austin and organized by some BEACON members. … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Evolving Bio-Inspired Robots

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work post is by Michigan State University graduate student Jared Moore(@j_redmmoore). If you had asked me during my undergrad years what a computer scientist did, I’m not sure I would’ve been able to give you … Continue reading

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