- MS Student
National Research University of IT, Mechanics and Optics, Ru
Attended GECCO (Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference)
2013, Amsterdam, Netherlands
My GECCO 2013 experience
GECCO is one of the largest conferences in the field of genetic and evolutionary computation. I have been working on my bachelor’s and then master’s thesis in this field for the last two years, so I was dreaming about attending this conference. I had previously proposed a method of enhancing evolutionary algorithms with reinforcement learning, which was empirically shown to be efficient. So I was very interested to improve my research with theoretical foundations and I got a great opportunity to do this, thanks to ACM-W and SIGEVO. My attendance was also partially supported by Saint-Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics.
I have visited a number of theoretical tutorials and theoretical sessions and listened to talks by such brilliant researches as Thomas Jansen, Frank Neumann, Pietro Oliveto, Carsten Witt, Benjamin Doerr and many more… I was really inspired by their example and learned a lot about useful techniques of runtime analysis and popular theoretical problems.
What is more, I am particularly grateful for the mentorship I was provided during the conference. Christine Zarges got acquainted with my first theoretical result and helped me a lot with her advice, which inspired me to continue my research in the theoretical direction. I am very grateful for her support.
Attending the Student Workshop performed by Tea Tusar and Boris Naujoks was a great experience too. I got a lot of useful questions on my presentation and really enjoyed the detailed discussion of my work. I also presented my work at poster session, which also gave me productive feedback. Another exciting event I attended at GECCO was Women in Evolutionary Computation Meeting organised by Una-May O’Reilly, which was a great chance to improve my networking and make friends.
Attending GECCO has had a great influence on me. Now I’m full of ideas about developing my theoretical research. Together with my husband and colleague Maxim Buzdalov I wrote an article about runtime complexity of my method on a specific problem. I am going to present this article at The 7th Workshop on Theory of Randomised Search Heuristics and I will do my best to publish it in a journal.
I would like to thank Adriana Compagnoni for her support. I am very grateful to ACM Women, SIGEVO and University ITMO for making this unforgettable experience possible!