This image, from a recent article in Nature (29 Oct 2009), shows the accumulation of genetic changes (from inner to outer) during 20,000 generations in an E. coli population from a long-term study of evolution in action at MSU.
Studying cooperation and communication among animals such as hyenas may someday allow us to develop software platforms for production of robotic devices that possess the critical perceptual, learning, and information-processing capabilities to allow the robots themselves to cooperate and communicate effectively.
Tree of Life as sketched by Charles Darwin in his notebook around 1837.
Applying Evolution in Action
- Computer viruses and immune systems (Dozier, NCA&T)
- Energy management in sensor networks (McKinley, MSU)
- Engineering biopolymers and cells (Ellington, UT)
- Remote ecosystem monitoring (Tan, MSU)
- Automotive structural design (Goodman, MSU)