Emeritus and Resarch Professor
Alden Wright has worked in the field of evolutionary computation for about 20 years.Â Most of his research is in the theoretical aspects of this field.
Evolutionary computation, which includes genetic algorithms, involves using biological evolution as a model or inspiration for the development of algorithms to solve real-world problems.Â Evolutionary computation is especially suited for optimization and search problems.
He is now also working on the bioinformatics of metagenomics.
His recreational activites include mountain and road biking, cross country skiing, hiking, and hunting.Â He maintains the websites of the Nordic Ski Club missoulanordic.org, outdoor club rockymountaineers.com, and a mountain bike group http://thursdaynightmtbr.org.
Office hours for Fall 2013: Mon & Wed 3:10-4:00.
Feel free to stop in at other times.
Field Of Study:
- Theory of Genetic Algorithms and Evolutionary Computation
- Population Genetics
- Artificial life
CSCI 216E Robotics, Genetic Engineering, and Ethics
2:10-3:00 pm MWF Social Science 362
Satisfies the Ethics and Human Values perspective.
- Mountain Biking
- Cross Country Skiing
- Missoula County High School 1960
- Dartmounth College, AB in Mathematics, 1964
- University of Wisconsin Madison, Ph.D. Mathematics, 1969
- Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
- ACM Special Interest Group on Evolutionary Computing (SIGEVO)
- Missoula Nordic Ski Club
- Rocky Mountaineers
- Thursday Night Mountain Bike Group
Visiting New Zealand from January to the end of June, 2011.
On sabbatical at the University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK for the 2001-2001 academic year.