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TUCS Distinguished Lecture on 10.6.: Christos Papadimitriou

Monday, June 10, 2013 at 13.15

ICT Building, Auditorium Lambda
Coffee served from 12:45

Christos Papadimitriou, University of California at Berkeley: "Computational Insights and the Theory of Evolution"

Host: Ion Petre, Åbo Akademi University

Abstract: Covertly computational insights have influenced the Theory of Evolution from the very start. I shall discuss recent work on some central problems in Evolution that was inspired and informed by computational ideas. Considerations about the performance of genetic algorithms led to a novel theory of the role of sex in Evolution based on the concept of mixability, while the population genetic equations describing the evolution of a species can be reinterpreted, under the neutral theory, as a repeated game between genes played through the multiplicative updates algorithm.

The TUCS Distinguished Lecture Series is a forum for public lectures by outstanding national and international researchers in all aspects of computing, coming both from academia and industry. All lectures are free and open to the public.