Project "EnviGP - Improving Genetic Programming for the Environment and Other Applications"
EnviGP is a FCT project involving INESC-ID, the University of Coimbra, the Tropical Research Institute in Lisbon, and the University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy. Genetic Programming (GP) is a population-based search procedure that, although powerful and versatile, still faces a few obstacles to its fully successful usage in the real world. After a brief introduction to GP, the main subjects of the project are informally addressed: bloat, overfitting, complexity, and the still poorly understood relationship between them. Current results and work in progress are described and illustrated with examples. All these subjects are addressed from the practical point of view of the non computer science practitioners that share the same goal as the EnviGP project: having GP provide accurate, simple, and effectively useful/usable solutions to their real-life problems. Discussion is highly encouraged. Among the audience there will be team members from the Tropical Research Institute and from the University of Milano-Bicocca.