Home page for my (James McDermott's) various musical, programming, and research projects.
My research interests include evolutionary computation foundations and applications. I'm interested in representations, especially grammatical ones, and analysis of problem difficulty, and musical and artistic applications of EC. My big question is something like: "What is the topological structure of design space?" Here, design includes 3D and architectural design, music, graphics, and more generally anything that can be described by a program - and a program is itself an instance of design.
I'm doing an 18-month postdoc in MIT with Una-May O'Reilly and her EvoDesignOpt group, funded by IRCSET and co-funded by Marie Curie. After that, I'll be returning to University College Dublin and working with Michael O'Neill & company in the Natural Computing Research & Applications group.
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