PEDAL: Parallel, Emergent and Distributed Architectures Laboratory
Contact David Corne
Tel: +44 (0)118 931 8983
Fax: +44 (0)118 975 1994
School of Computer Science, Cybernetics & Electronic Engineering
University of Reading - PO Box 225, Whiteknights, Reading, RG6 6AY, UK
PEDAL is an interdisciplinary group devoted to high quality research and development in the area of parallel, emergent and distributed architectures and algorithms. The group has strong links with industry, with significant funding for research projects and equipment from, among others, British Telecommunications, Silicon Graphics and IBM.
David Corne and other staff at PEDAL offer consultancy in the broad area of problem solving and optimisation with evolutionary computation, neural networks and other technologies. Areas of special focus include: scheduling, time-tabling, telecommunications, data mining, design optimisation and bioinformatics.
ExperiencePEDAL staff advise and consult both nationally and internationally on emerging software and communications technologies and standards. The group has formed research and/or consultancy oriented collaborations with several organisations internationally, including: Andrew Ballantine Technologies Ltd, British Telecommunications, JTL Systems Ltd and Nutech Solutions Inc.
Novel and successful new applications of evolutionary techniques include:
- the evolution of neural networks for radiotherapy cancer treatment (leading to a project now in place at the Institute for Cancer Research)
- developing REVOLVER, a parallel (genetic) compiler
- evolving models for the behaviour of DNA viruses in the human genome (fast alignment methods developed by Corne's student Andrew Meade have made advances possible in understanding and studying the distribution of these viruses in the genome)
- developing novel uses of evolutionary computation in phylogeny
- developing a new evolutionary computation based approach to building predictive models of gene promoters.
Posted: 02 May 01