Rob Mills

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In some circumstances complex adaptive systems composed of numerous self-interested agents can self-organize into structures that enhance global adaptation, efficiency, or function. However, the general conditions for such an outcome are poorly understood and present a fundamental open question for domains as varied as ecology, sociology, economics,(More)
The pattern of gene expression in the phenotype of an organism is determined in part by the dynamical attractors of the organism's gene regulation network. Changes to the connections in this network over evolutionary time alter the adult gene expression pattern and hence the fitness of the organism. However, the evolution of structure in gene expression(More)
Symbiosis, the collaboration of multiple organisms from different species, is common in nature. A related phenomenon, symbiogenesis, the creation of new species through the genetic integration of symbionts, is a powerful alternative to crossover as a variation operator in evolutionary algorithms. It has inspired several previous models that use the repeated(More)
Development introduces structured correlations among traits that may constrain or bias the distribution of phenotypes produced. Moreover, when suitable heritable variation exists, natural selection may alter such constraints and correlations, affecting the phenotypic variation available to subsequent selection. However, exactly how the distribution of(More)
Recent work has provided functions that can be used to prove a principled distinction between the capabilities of mutation-based and crossover-based algorithms. However, prior functions are isolated problem instances that do not provide much intuition about the space of possible functions that is relevant to this distinction or the characteristics of the(More)