Thursday, 13 May 2010

Woot

I've just had a paper accepted for ALIFE-XII the 12th International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems.

So I'll be presenting a short paper and poster at GECCO 2010, the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference in Portland, Oregon in July, and then off to Odense, Denmark in August.

Note to self: Repeat after me...

I must not evolve SKYNET. I must not evolve SKYNET. I must not evolve SKYNET....



I have to be honest, and say that it sounds a lot more impressive than it actually is. But it's impressive enough. Both GECCO and ALIFE are fairly highly rated conferences.

Now, the hard part. Trying to get the money to pay for the trip. Funding's been approved from the Vice-Chancellor's fund for the Portland conference, but they don't normally pay for two international conferences in the course of a PhD, let alone two so close together. Still, if I'm going to go into Academe, getting funding is something I'm going to have to do. So call this an impromptu exam.

Hmmm... how to celebrate... I think sharing some sparkling shiraz and Lindt 99% Cocoa chocolate with the other PhD students and my co-author has a certain cachet..

6 comments:

Eli said...

Congratulation! We're happy for you.

Your PhD project is so cool, eventhough I fear it may leave less work for my computer in the future - I'm participating in the rosetta@home project. But what the heck - all for science and humanity.

Luck with the sponsers and happy celebrating.

Carolyn Ann said...

Congratulations! That's quite an accomplishment, indeed. :-)

Anonymous said...

woot

Cerulean Bill said...

See, now, if you WERE to evolve a Skynet, I think that funding would no longer be a problem. DARPA would be glad to help fund you. Mighty deep pockets, too, I hear!

TotalD said...

Congratulations Zoe. Go have fun girl.

Camille Hopkins said...

So you're going to be in Portland for GECCO 2010. That's great! You'll love this beautiful city. I do Trans 101 and awareness presentations and use some of your articles or references. I live in Portland and I'd like to meet and say Hi if you can spare a few moments.