Welcome to the
NCSA/IlliGAL Gathering on Evolutionary Learning
                 (NIGEL 2006)


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A Little Tale

           LCS Gettogether in November 2003 at Ann Arbor.
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                 John Holland, David Goldbe...
An Unexpected Question

           I was off balance. No answer.
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           Then the conversation move to other topi...
Why Not?

           I convinced myself about the usefulness of doing it
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           again.
           I started cont...
Thank You!

           Thanks to all of you for coming all the way here!
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           Thanks to Dave Goldberg for aski...
A Few Announcements & Logistics

           NIGEL is going to be held in room 1030 at NCSA.
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           Coffee breaks...
A Glance to the Agenda (I/III)
           Tuesday, May 16 (open to public presentations and discussions)
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A Glance to the Agenda (II/III)
           Tuesday, May 16 (open to public presentations and discussions)
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A Glance to the Agenda (III/III)
           Tuesday, May 17 (closed workshops; topics may be modified)
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Enough Talking. Let’s Get Some Action!


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NIGEL 2006 welcome

  1. 1. Welcome to the NCSA/IlliGAL Gathering on Evolutionary Learning (NIGEL 2006) Xavier Llorà Automated Learning Group & Illinois Genetic Algorithms Lab National Center for Supercomputing Applications University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign xllora@uiuc.edu
  2. 2. A Little Tale LCS Gettogether in November 2003 at Ann Arbor. • John Holland, David Goldberg, Stewart Wilson, Stephanie  Forrest, Lashon Booker, Rick Riolo, Pier Luca Lanzi, Martin Butz, and Xavier Llorà. Discussed current trends and new directions.  Primordial soup of ideas and new challenges.  January 2006. • Friday’s coffee after the usual IlliGAL lunch meeting. People discussing.  Talking to Dave Goldberg about GA related topic.  A question out of the blue:  “Have you thought on having another LCS gathering?” Welcome to NIGEL 2006 Llorà, X. 2
  3. 3. An Unexpected Question I was off balance. No answer. • Then the conversation move to other topics. • After the coffee I slowly recalled the 2003 Gettogether. • A retrospective look shows an irrefutable footprint in • the LCS/GBML research community. One example:  • Stewart Wilson proposed “The frog problem”. • The problem became the seed of a still blossoming amount of papers on function approximation using LCS (see GECCO and IWLCS). Some issues discussed are still at bay waiting to sail  (encapsulation, the role of linguistics…) despite of interesting attempts have been done. Welcome to NIGEL 2006 Llorà, X. 3
  4. 4. Why Not? I convinced myself about the usefulness of doing it • again. I started contacting people with no much hope to bring • a small group together. The feedback I made me think that may there was • hope. So, off I went, and finally I was able to answer Dave’s • January question on February. And the answer was: “Why Not?”. • At least, it will be fun for sure :D • Welcome to NIGEL 2006 Llorà, X. 4
  5. 5. Thank You! Thanks to all of you for coming all the way here! • Thanks to Dave Goldberg for asking the right question, • for encouraging me to set NIGEL up, for supporting NIGEL, and for his priceless advises and lessons. Thanks to all IlliGAL labbies for taking care of precious • details. Thanks to Michael Welge and the Automated Learning • Group at NCSA for their support and trust. Thanks to NCSA for opening their doors and facilities to • us. Welcome to NIGEL 2006 Llorà, X. 5
  6. 6. A Few Announcements & Logistics NIGEL is going to be held in room 1030 at NCSA. • Coffee breaks will be held out side. • Internet access: • At IlliGAL (414 Transportation Building). Please see maps.  We have few cards to allow you inside.  Wireless access to the UIUCnet across campus (please visit  IlliGAL for instructions). Moving around: • Maps on how to get to IlliGAL.  Campus map.  Welcome to NIGEL 2006 Llorà, X. 6
  7. 7. A Glance to the Agenda (I/III) Tuesday, May 16 (open to public presentations and discussions) • 8:30 am Welcome and presentation  9:00 am Public presentations:  Stewart W. Wilson: quot;Can We Do Captchas?”. David E. Goldberg: quot;Searle, Intentionality, and the Future of Classifier Systems”. Dipankar Dasgupta: quot;Artificial Immune Systems in Anomaly Detection”. Lashon Booker: quot;A Retrospective Look at Classifier System Research”. 10:30 am Break  10:45 am Public presentations:  Martin Butz: quot;XCS: Current Capabilities and Future Challenges”. Alwyn Barry: quot;Towards a Formal Framework for Accuracy-based LCS”. Xavier Llorà: quot;Linkage Learning for Pittsburgh Learning Classifier Systems: Making Problems Tractable”. Jorge Casillas: quot;Scalability in GBML, Accuracy-Based Michigan Fuzzy LCS, and New Trends”. 12:15 pm Lunch  Welcome to NIGEL 2006 Llorà, X. 7
  8. 8. A Glance to the Agenda (II/III) Tuesday, May 16 (open to public presentations and discussions) • 1:50 pm Public presentations:  Ester Bernadó: quot;Learning Classifier Systems for Unbalanced Datasets” Pier-Luca Lanzi: quot;Computed Prediction: so far, so good. Now what?” Jaume Bacardit: quot;Pittsburgh Learning Classifier Systems for Protein Structure Prediction: Scalability and Explanatory Power” 3:20 pm Break  3:30 pm Review of hot topics and round table  4:30 pm Break  4:40 pm Review of the goals of the Wednesday workshops  5:00 pm Break  7:00 pm Private reception (Party at Goldberg’s house).  Invitation only. Welcome to NIGEL 2006 Llorà, X. 8
  9. 9. A Glance to the Agenda (III/III) Tuesday, May 17 (closed workshops; topics may be modified) • 8:30 am Why are we doing this?  • Moderator and brainstorm facilitator: David E. Goldberg 10:30 am Break  10:45 am Applications: Gaining visibility via something nobody  else can do? • Moderator: Pier-Luca Lanzi 12:15 pm Lunch (provided)  1:50 pm Techniques: Where should we concentrate our efforts to  maximize the impact and visibility of LCS/GBML? • Moderator: Martin Butz 3:20 pm Break  3:30 pm Review of hot topics and round table  3:30 pm Break  4:40 pm Thanks and good-bye!  Welcome to NIGEL 2006 Llorà, X. 9
  10. 10. Enough Talking. Let’s Get Some Action! Welcome to NCSA/IlliGAL Gathering on Evolutionary Learning (NIGEL 2006)

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