Organisers

Westley Weimer

Westley Weimer is an Associate Professor at the University of Virginia. He received his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. His research interests include reducing the costs associated with software development (particularly through automated program repair) as well as program analysis, formal verification, and human linguistic and visual interaction with software. He is a senior member of the Association for Computing Machinery and his work has led over eight thousand citations and several awards, including two ‘Humies’ for his work on using Genetic Improvement for bug fixing. He also organised the second Genetic Improvement Workshops.

  • Location: University of Virginia
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Bill Langdon

Professor Bill Langdon returns to GI as an official organiser for 2017. We’re delighted to have Bill back onboard after a hiatus last year.

Bill Langdon has extensive expertise and experience in genetic programming, with more than 100 publications, including three widely cited books. He is the resource review editor for Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machines and a member of the editorial board of Evolutionary Computation. He has organised Bird-of-a-feather discussions, workshops, and special sessions in international conferences such as GECCO (1999, CIGPU 2009, CIGPU 2011), CEC and EvoApplications and has chaired both tracks and been editor-in-chief for GECCO. He co-chaired the EuroGP conference three times. He organised the first Genetic Improvement Workshop at GECCO in Madrid.

  • Location: UCL
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David R. White

David White is a researcher in UCL’s CREST. He published some of the seminal papers on both creating new and improving existing software with respect to non-functional properties, and his subsequent thesis was nominated for a BCS distinguished thesis award. He then worked as a SICSA Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow, before joining the EPSRC AnyScale project. He is on the steering committee of SSBSE and has won two best paper awards for work in evolutionary search. He also organised the first two Genetic Improvement Workshops.

  • Location: UCL
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Justyna Petke

Justyna Petke has a doctorate in Computer Science from University of Oxford and is now at the Centre for Research on Evolution, Search and Testing (CREST) in University College London. She has published on applications of genetic improvement. Her work on the subject has received two ‘Humies’ including the Gold Humie at GECCO 2016 and an ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Award at ISSTA 2015. She also organised the first two Genetic Improvement Workshops.

  • Location: UCL
  • Website: Link