Author: Matthew Andres Moreno

Learning an Evolvable Genotype-Phenotype Mapping

By Matthew Andres Moreno on June 8, 2018 in Research / 0 Comments
Learning an Evolvable Genotype-Phenotype Mapping

This material is cross-posted from my personal blog. You can find the original version here. This paper provides profound insights for GA design, in specific the automatic generation of evolvable genotype-phenotype mappings using ANN autoencoders. It is clearly elucidated, with a firm grasp of the foundational literature in both biological evolution and evolutionary computation. The results are promising and establish a rich line of inquiry for researchers to pursue. — Reviewer #1 Thanks, Reviewer #1. My co-authors (Charles Ofria and Wolfgang Banzhaf) and I are really excited about Learning an Evolvable Genotype-Phenotype Mapping, too! (Almost as excited as we are about traveling to Kyoto this summer to present it at the 2018 GECCO conference.) I hope this blog post will get you on board, too, or at least prompt some good chin-scratching (the academic equivalent of […]

Spring 2018 BEACON Outreach

We wrapped up our last outreach event representing BEACON last weekend. Members of our lab teamed up with other BEACON friends to share clip birds: learning about how form relates to function by foraging for different-sized seeds with different-sized beaks (i.e. different clothespins) hominid skulls: how do the different skull morphologies relate to function and how can we see differences between organisms? geckos: Travis brought live Crested and Leopard geckos to compare and contrast their adaptations… how can we tell that the geckos came from different environments? giant evolutionary timeline: learning about the different animals that lived across evolutionary time. Thanks to these schools for hosting us and all the families that came to visit! We’re looking forward to more outreach in the fall. Until then, here are some shots of the BEACON crew in action […]

My Record-Keeping Setup

By Matthew Andres Moreno on January 26, 2018 in Productivity / 0 Comments
My Record-Keeping Setup

This material is cross-posted from my personal blog. You can find the original version here. March 25, 2000 Paris Hugh printed out my French medical story. I don’t like the way the pages look, but I suppose I’ll get used to them, just as I’m adapting to the laptop he bought me. It’s so different. On a typewriter, when you run out of things to say you get up and clean the bathtub. On a computer you scroll down your list of fonts or make little boxes. It scares me to say it, but I think I’m going to miss my laptop while I’m away. Suddenly I can see what everyone’s been talking about for the past fifteen years. — David Sedaris, Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002 (2017) But I am very poorly today and very […]

Reflections on My First Semester at MacDonald Middle School

By Matthew Andres Moreno on January 18, 2018 in Education / 0 Comments
Reflections on My First Semester at MacDonald Middle School

Figure 1 The front entrance of MacDonald Middle School. Photo from ELPS district site. As the spring semester winds up, one of the parts of my school week I’m looking forward most to getting back to is working with math students at MacDonald Middle School (Figure 1). Last semester, I spent Monday and Wednesday mornings as a teacher’s assistant in two classrooms — third and fourth period on their schedule. My third period classroom was a sixth grade geometry class. This class covered a lot of really neat common core approaches to solving problems and, in particular, emphasized learning through guided exploration and peer-to-peer interaction. My fourth period classroom was a catch-up class that mostly focused on getting comfortable with performing computations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and going back and forth between fractions and decimals. This […]