Informatik, TU Wien

Evolvable and Polymorphic Hardware

Fundamental concepts of evolutionary circuit design and evolvable hardware (EHW)


In this talk, fundamental concepts of evolutionary circuit design and evolvable hardware (EHW) will be introduced. In particular, we will deal with evolutionary design of digital circuits. Innovative designs will be presented in domains of small combinational circuits, middle-size circuits (such as image filters or arithmetic circuits) and large circuits (benchmarks for testability analysis methods), covering thus circuit complexity from a few gates to millions of gates. Evolved circuits will be compared with the best-known conventional designs. The last part of the talk will be devoted to the emerging field of polymorphic electronics. A reconfigurable polymorphic chip (REPOMO32) developed at FIT will be briefly introduced.


Dr. Lukas Sekanina received all his degrees from Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic (MSc in 1999 and PhD in 2002). He was awarded the Fulbright scholarship and worked on the evolutionary circuit design with NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena in 2004. He was a visiting lecturer with Pennsylvania State University and visiting researcher with Department of Informatics, University of Oslo in 2001. Awards: Silver medal (2008), Merit Award (2004) and Honorable Mention (2005) in Human-competitive awards in genetic and evolutionary computation at GECCO, Siemens Award for an outstanding PhD thesis in 2003; Siemens Award for an outstanding book in 2005. Invited speaker at Int. Conference on Unconventional Computing ( Ponta Delgada , 2009) and Mendel Soft Computing Conference (Prague 2007). He has served as a program committee member of several conferences (CEC, GECCO, ICES, AHS, DDECS, EvoHOT, EuroGP, WEAH, ISDA, MEMICS) and Editorial board member of International Journal of Innovative Computing and Applications. He was Program Co-Chair of the 8th Int. Conference on Evolvable Systems: From Biology to Hardware. Dr. Sekanina is author of monograph Evolvable Components (Springer Verlag, 2004) and main coauthor of monograph Evolvable Hardware (Academia, 2009 – in press, in Czech). He co-authored more than 60 papers mainly on evolvable hardware. His papers were cited more than 300 times (see Research interests: theory, design and implementation of bio-inspired computational systems. Currently he is associate professor and deputy head of the Department of Computers Systems at Faculty of Information Technology, Brno University of Technology, teaching undergraduate course on Design of Computer Systems, MSc. course on Bio-Inspired Hardware and doctoral course on Evolutionary and Unconventional Hardware. Member of IEEE.