Abstract: The topological properties of inter-individual interaction networks play a large role in governing the flow of genetic information throughout an evolving population. While a large amount of research has focused on the relationship between the topology of potential mating interactions (i.e. the population structure) and evolutionary dynamics, the relationship between the topology of actual mating interactions and evolutionary dynamics has received little attention. In a recent study , the concept of an emergent mating topology (EMT) was introduced in the context of generational genetic algorithms. One interesting observation made in  was that the clustering coefficient observed in each EMT was exceptionally small, even when the population evolved on a highly clustered population structure. In this study, we systematically investigate the relationship between increased clustering in the EMTs of panmictic genetic algorithms and evolutionary dynamics. This is achieved through the introduction of a new selection mechanism, referred to as Triad Selection, which allows for a tunable degree of clustering in the EMT.
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Bongard's work focuses on understanding the general nature of cognition, regardless of whether it is found in humans, animals or robots. This unique approach focuses on the role that morphology and evolution plays in cognition. Addressing these questions has taken him into the fields of biology, psychology, engineering and computer science.
Danforth is an applied mathematician interested in modeling a variety of physical, biological, and social phenomenon. He has applied principles of chaos theory to improve weather forecasts as a member of the Mathematics and Climate Research Network, and developed a real-time remote sensor of global happiness using messages from Twitter: the Hedonometer. Danforth co-runs the Computational Story Lab with Peter Dodds, and helps run UVM's reading group on complexity.
Laurent studies the interaction of structure and dynamics. His research involves network theory, statistical physics and nonlinear dynamics along with their applications in epidemiology, ecology, biology, and sociology. Recent projects include comparing complex networks of different nature, the coevolution of human behavior and infectious diseases, understanding the role of forest shape in determining stability of tropical forests, as well as the impact of echo chambers in political discussions.
Hines' work broadly focuses on finding ways to make electric energy more reliable, more affordable, with less environmental impact. Particular topics of interest include understanding the mechanisms by which small problems in the power grid become large blackouts, identifying and mitigating the stresses caused by large amounts of electric vehicle charging, and quantifying the impact of high penetrations of wind/solar on electricity systems.
Bagrow's interests include: Complex Networks (community detection, social modeling and human dynamics, statistical phenomena, graph similarity and isomorphism), Statistical Physics (non-equilibrium methods, phase transitions, percolation, interacting particle systems, spin glasses), and Optimization(glassy techniques such as simulated/quantum annealing, (non-gradient) minimization of noisy objective functions).