Dr. Kenneth De Jong, Ph.D., Scientific AdvisorKenneth De Jong received his Ph.D. degree in computer science from the University of Michigan in 1975. He joined George Mason University in 1984 and is currently a Professor of Computer Science, head of the Evolutionary Computation Laboratory, and Interim Director of the Krasnov Institute.
Kenneth’s research interests include genetic algorithms, evolutionary computation, machine learning, and adaptive systems. He is currently involved in research projects involving the development of new evolutionary algorithm (EA) theory, the use of EAs as heuristics for NP-hard problems, and the application of EAs to the problem of learning task programs in domains such as robot navigation and game playing.
He is an active member of the Evolutionary Computation research community, including the founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal Evolutionary Computation (MIT Press), and a member of the board of ACM SIGEVO.
He is also the recipient of an IEEE Pioneer Award in the field of Evolutionary Computation and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Evolutionary Programming Society.