Tuesday, May 02, 2006


Grand Opening of MEDAL

I am pleased to announce the grand opening of the Missouri Estimation of Distribution Algorithms Laboratory (MEDAL) located at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Missouri in St. Louis.

MEDAL focuses on the design, enhancement, analysis, and applications of estimation of distribution algorithms (EDAs), which represent a powerful class of stochastic optimization techniques inspired by evolutionary computation and machine learning. Besides EDAs, MEDAL's research interests cover other branches of genetic and evolutionary computation, learning classifier systems, bioinformatics, and machine learning.

The web page of MEDAL located at http://medal.cs.umsl.edu/ provides online downloads of technical reports and publications, source code and selected presentations.

MEDAL is supported by the National Science Foundation under CAREER grant ECS-0547013, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Air Force Materiel Command, USAF, under grant FA9550-06-1-0096, and the University of Missouri in St. Louis through the High Performance Computing Collaboratory sponsored by Information Technology Services, and the Research Award and Research Board programs.

For questions, comments, and suggestions, please contact MEDAL at the following address:

Missouri Estimation of Distribution Algorithms Laboratory, 321 CCB
Department of Math and Computer Science
University of Missouri-St. Louis
One University Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63121
E-mail: medal@cs.umsl.edu
WWW: http://medal.cs.umsl.edu/

Before I close this post, let me thank my friends at IlliGAL, especially Kumara Sastry and David E. Goldberg, who helped me a great deal in setting up the laboratory.

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