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October 19th 2015:Celebrating John H. Holland: An Interdisciplinary Life

On August 9th of this year, complexity science pioneer John H. Holland of the University of Michigan and the Santa Fe Institute passed away. John’s work as a researcher and educator changed how we think about complex adaptive systems through his creative and radically interdisciplinary research, his role in establishing an early department known for a unique kind of interdisciplinary computer science, and his many students. This episode brings three of Holland’s former students together for a lively conversation to celebrate John, the man as well as his interdisciplinary approach to rese

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Erik D Goodman

Erik D. Goodman is Principal Investigator and Director of the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action, an NSF Science and Technology Center headquartered at Michigan State University where he applies evolutionary principles to engineering design. He received his PhD in computer & communication sciences at the University of Michigan in1972, where he was in John Holland’s Logic of Computers Group. As a Professor at MSU in Electrical & Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Computer Science & Engineering he co-founded the Genetic Algorithms Research & Applications Group (GARAGe). As co-founder of Red Cedar Technology, he developed design optimization software as Vice Presi
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John R Koza

John R. Koza received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Michigan in 1972. From 1973 through 1987, he was co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Scientific Games Inc. where he co-invented the rub-off instant lottery ticket used by state lotteries. Between 1988 and 2003, he taught a course on genetic algorithms and genetic programming between 1988 and 2003 at Stanford University, where he was a consulting professor. He wrote 4 books on Genetic Programming. He is currently Chair of National Popular Vote (an organization seeking to elect the President by a vote of the people in all 50 states).
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