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How Engineers Use Evolution to Invent Things

Sean Walton Orcid Logo, Ben Evans Orcid Logo, Ben Smith, Jakub Vincalek

Frontiers for Young Minds, Volume: 10

Swansea University Authors: Sean Walton Orcid Logo, Ben Evans Orcid Logo, Ben Smith, Jakub Vincalek

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Abstract

You may have heard of evolution in terms of plants and animals, but did you know that this natural process can also be used by engineers to invent things? Animals and plants have evolved in amazing ways to survive in their environments. Biologists have been investigating how evolution works for a lo...

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Published in: Frontiers for Young Minds
ISSN: 2296-6846
Published: Frontiers Media SA 2022
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Abstract: You may have heard of evolution in terms of plants and animals, but did you know that this natural process can also be used by engineers to invent things? Animals and plants have evolved in amazing ways to survive in their environments. Biologists have been investigating how evolution works for a long time. Mathematicians and computer scientists have worked alongside biologists to create computer programs that can evolve designs, to help engineers invent things. These are called evolutionary optimization algorithms, and they can be used to evolve faster airplanes, stronger bridges, or even better video games. In this article, we will explain how these algorithms work and what their strong and weak points are.
College: Faculty of Science and Engineering
Funders: BS’s is part funded by an EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership at Swansea University. JV is funded by the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Enhancing Human Interactions and Collaborations with Data and Intelligence Driven Systems (EP/S021892/1).