Hey SIGAI, We're beginning our Unit 2 on Advanced Topics with a lecture on evolutionary computation by Dr. Annie Wu from UCF's Computer Science Department! She'll be giving the introductory lecture she gives to her graduate students in her Evolutioanry Computation course here at UCF. There will be no slides for this lecture so if you're curious to know, come out! It is going to be a great primer for our following lecture on neuroevolution. More about Dr. Wu: Dr. Wu is the Director of the Evolutionary Computation Lab at UCF and an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science. Find more here: http://www.cs.ucf.edu/~aswu/
Welcome to our second to last lecture for Fall 2017! We will be giving an introduction to neuroevolution, one of the most active subfields in evolutionary computation! We will be covering history, prominent algorithms and frameworks, current state-of-the-art research going on in the field here at UCF, and the recent attention this field has gotten from big names such as Google Brain, DeepMind, FAIR, Uber, MIT, and more!