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Section - Q15.3: What online information repositories are there?

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     Many  research  institutes  have  online  repositories of information
     which my be retrieved using FTP or HTTP (World Wide Web).

     NOTE: See also Q14 above.

     ENCORE  (The  EvolutioNary  COmputation  REpository  network)  is   a
     collection  of FTP servers/World Wide Web sites providing a wealth of
     information in the area of EC,  from  technical  reports,  copies  of
     journal  articles,  down to source code for various EAs.  ENCORE acts
     as a distributor of much material generated  at  research  institutes
     (and  other  places)  which  don't  necessarily  have  their  own FTP

     Each node of Encore is referred to as an "EClair". There are numerous
     nodes  around the world, all carrying copies of the same information.
     The sites may be accessed using FTP or WWW browsers.  Sites  offering
     HTTP access are the best to use if using a WWW browser. They include:

     o  UUnet Deutschland GmbH (Germany):

	o       The       University       of       Granada       (Spain):

	o        The       University       of       Birmingham       (UK)

	o        The        Santa        Fe        Institute        (USA):

	o      The      Chinese      University      of     Hong     Kong:

     Other sites offer FTP access (slow if using WWW).  If using FTP, omit
     the  initial  "ftp://"  and  the  final  "Welcome.html"  in  the file
     specification in order to access the top-level  directory.   The  FTP
     sites include:

     o  Technical    University    of    Berlin    (Germany):   ftp://ftp-

	o       Ecole       Polytechnique,       Palaiseau       (France):

	o        The       University       of       Oviedo       (Spain):

	o The Santa Fe Institute (USA):

	o     The    California    Institute    of    Technology    (USA):

	o      Wayne      State      University,      Detroit       (USA):

	o   The   Michigan   State   University,   East   Lansing   (USA):

	o     The     Chinese      University      of      Hong      Kong:

	o      University     of     Cape     Town     (South     Africa):

	o Center of Technological Education of Parana, Curitiba  (Brazil):

     Well  worth  getting is "The Navigator's Guide to ENCORE", a handbook
     to this service, in file:

     o  handbook/ (A4 paper) or

     o  handbook/ (US letter size paper).

     Encore is administered by Joerg Heitkoetter <>.

 The Santa Fe Institute
     The Santa Fe Institute Studies in the Sciences  of  Complexity  (SFI)
     issues   a   recommended  series:  SFI  Studies  in  the  Science  of
     Complexity, published by Addison Wesley and maintains  a  well-sorted
     FTP server with EC related material.

     o  Admin requests: <>

     o  Anonymous FTP archive:
     Information  on  SUMMERSCHOOLs  held by the SFI can be obtained from:
     Santa Fe Institute, 1399 Hyde Park Road, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA.

 The Australian National University (ANU)
     The Bioinformatics facility at Australian National University has set
     up  an  anonymous  FTP  server,  that  contains  EC related material,
     maintained by David G. Green.

     o  Admin requests: <>

     o  Anonymous FTP archive:

     o  World  Wide  Web:  The  hypermedia  server   offers   introductory
	tutorials,  preprints  and papers online. The URL for this service
	is or link via the servers  home

 LGI laboratory, Grenoble, France
     Research into Parallel GENETIC ALGORITHMs: papers (technical reports,
     conference  and  journal  articles,  theses,  monographies,   etc...)
     written by members of the SYMPA team are available by FTP from


     Their  adress  is:  SYMPA/LGI  -  Institut IMAG, BP 53 38041 Grenoble
     Cedex, FRANCE <>

 The University of Alabama, Department of Computer Science
     A  number  of  papers  and  preprints  are  available  in  compressed
     Postscript  form  by  FTP from the Univ. of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) from The naming  convention  for  files
     is:   (author's last name).(journal name).ps .  Maintained by Dr. Ron
     Sun <>

 CMU Artificial Intelligence Repository
     Holds more than a  gigabyte  of  software,  publications,  and  other
     materials  of  interest  to  AI researchers, educators, students, and
     practitioners.  The AI Programming  Languages  and  the  AI  Software
     Packages  sections of the repository can be accessed in the lang/ and
     areas/ subdirectories. Other directories, which are in varying states
     of   completion,  are  events/  and  pubs/  (Publications,  including
     technical reports, books, mail/news archives).

     The AI Programming Languages section includes directories for  Common
     Lisp,  Prolog,  Scheme,  Smalltalk,  and other AI-related programming
     languages.  The AI Software Packages section includes  subdirectories
     for:   alife/   (ARTIFICIAL  LIFE),  anneal/  (Simulated  Annealing),
     genetic/ (GENETIC ALGORITHMs  etc.,  including  benchmarks  and  test
     problems) and many more.

     The  AI  Repository  is accessible by FTP at:
     (Be sure to read the files 0.doc and readme.txt  in  this  directory)
     and  by  WWW at:
     It is also available on CD-ROM (See Q10.10).

 The MSU Genetic Algorithms Research and Applications Group (GARAGe)
     GARAGe has a number of interesting projects, both in terms of GA  and
     GP   fundamental   research  and  in  GA/GP  applications  including:
     parallelization  of  GAs/GPs;  multiple  POPULATION  topologies   and
     interchange   methodologies;   scheduling   applications,   including
     sponsored research  on  job-floor  scheduling;  design  applications,
     including   sponsored   research   on   composite   material  design;
     configuration  applications,  particularly  physics  applications  of
     optimal  molecule  configurations  for  particular  systems  like C60
     (buckyballs) and others.

     Information on GARAGe research projects is available by  WWW  at  the

 School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences, University of Sussex
     The   Evolutionary   and  Adaptive  Systems  Group  in  COGS  does  a
     significant amount of research in the area of GAs and Neural Networks
     and  modeling  the process of biological development. For purposes of
     artificial EVOLUTION, many at COGS see this as the major issue to  be
     tackled.   For  general  info about the group, consult the WWW server

 The Navy Center for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence
     The Navy Center  for  Applied  Research  in  ARTIFICIAL  INTELLIGENCE
     (NCARAI)  is  conducting  basic  research  in the analysis of GAs and
     other EVOLUTIONARY ALGORITHMs.  GAs are being applied to the learning
     of   strategies  and  behaviors  for  autonomous  vehicles,  and  for
     adaptively testing complex systems such as vehicle controllers.   You
     will  find  description  of  projects,  researchers, and downloadable
     papers at  URL  in  addition  to  other
     information.   The  GA-digest  and the GENETIC ALGORITHMs Archive are
     maintained at NCARAI.  See Q15.1, "Genetic  Algorithms  Digest",  for
     more information.

 Case Western Reserve University
     A  WWW home page is available for the CWRU Autonomous Agents Research
     Group at:

     The group, led by Randall Beer, conducts  interdisciplinary  research
     in  the  departments  of  Computer  Engineering and Science, Biology,
     Mechanical  Engineering,  and  Systems  Engineering.   This  research
     includes  work  in  EVOLUTIONARY  ALGORITHMs,  mobile  robotics,  and
     computational biology.  The aim is to study the mechanisms  that  can
     produce adaptive behavior in animals and ROBOTs.

     Currently  available  are  Postscript  versions  of  a  number of our
     research papers (in particular, those  related  to  mobile  robotics,
     evolving  recurrent  neural  networks,  and  computational  models of
     development), an HTML version of a paper on computational development
     which  appeared  in  ALIFE  IV,  and images of the robots used in our

     Comments to <>

 Genetic Algorithms Group, George Mason University
     Members of the research group are working on a  variety  of  projects
     including  GA  theory,  coevolutionary algorithms, decentralized GAs,
     representation issues, evolutionary microeconomics,  the  application
     of GAs to molecular biology, and GA-based machine learning.  There is
     an online publications list that contains links to PostScript  copies
     of  many of their published papers.  A WWW home page is available at:

 The Complexity and Artificial-Life Research Concept
     Includes a whole load of information on  the  topics  of  complexity,
     artificial-life,  GAs,  NNs,  cellular  automata,  nonlinear science,
     fractals,   self-organisation,   evolution,    and    more.    Visit:

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