EPlex is supported with a generous gift from GIST.
Welcome to the Evolutionary Complexity (EPlex) Research Group at the University of Central Florida. Our research focuses on abstracting the essential properties of natural evolution that made it possible to discover astronomically complex structures such as the human brain. If such properties can be abstracted into computer algorithms, then they can be leveraged to automate the discovery of large-scale neural networks (which is called neuroevolution), robot morphologies, building and vehicle architectures, art, and music.
7/23/15: Ken Stanley and Joel Lehman's new book, Why Greatness Cannot Be Planned: The Myth of the Objective is featured in a story on fivethirtyeight.com fivethirtyeight.com.
8/2/14: "Identifying Necessary Conditions for Open-Ended Evolution through the Artificial Life World of Chromaria," by Lisa B. Soros and Kenneth O. Stanley won the Best Poster Award at the Fourteenth International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems (ALIFE XIV).
7/17/14: "A Novel Human-Computer Collaboration: Combining Novelty Search with Interactive Evolution," by Brian G. Woolley and Kenneth O. Stanley won the Best Paper Award in the Artificial Life/Robotics/Evolvable Hardware track at GECCO 2014.
We aim to reproduce through artificial means the process of continual elaboration of form seen in natural evolution.