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Biomorpher

Interactive Evolutionary Algorithms for Rhino Grasshopper.

As opposed to setting objective functions (As with Galapagos for example), Interactive Evolutionary Algorithms (IEAs) allow designers to engage with the process of evolutionary development itself. This creates an involved experience, helping to explore the wide combinatorial space of parametric models without always knowing where you are headed.

See github site for source (MIT) and latest release:

https://github.com/johnharding/Biomorpher

Cecilie Brandt Olsen (author of K2 Engineering) and I have been developing Biomorpher since December 2016.

This work is sponsored by the 2016/17 UWE VC Early Career Researcher Development Award and was initially inspired by Richard Dawkins' Biomorphs from his 1986 book, The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe without Design.

Please leave comments and share your experience of using Biomorpher below. It would be great to hear from you!

Website: https://github.com/johnharding/Biomorpher
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Comment by John Harding on Friday

Hi Christian,

You can find the installer here:

https://github.com/johnharding/Biomorpher/releases

This is our first release, with a couple of known bugs (see release notes). Cecilie and I are currently working on displaying/recording the population history tab, but thought we'd release something anyway to get some initial feedback from the gh community.

As for Interactive GAs, read the Blind Watchmaker by Dawkins written in 1986, then move on from there. It really is the fundamental text on interactive evolution, and by and large all similar projects stem from his original 'Biomorphs' program... hence the name of the component.

Cecilie and I should be posting some tutorials in the coming weeks so that should also help. We're keen to hear from anyone that benefits from the plug-in.

Best wishes,

John.

Comment by Christian Schmidts on Thursday

Hi John,

looks very promising. I'm in preparation for a research project at the UdK Berlin about Computational Creativity. Really looking forward to test Biomorpher in this context.

Is there already an installer on Github or are you still in the development process?

Can you recommend me any theoretical resources on Interactive Evolutionary Algorithms in general or you research project?

Best, Chris

 

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