Ben Paechter

Ben Paechter

Prof Ben Paechter FBCS CITP



Prof. Ben Paechter is Director of Research in the School of Computing. He was Coordinator of the EvoNet, PerAda, and AWARE Coordination Actions within Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) and Deputy Coordinator of the FOCAS Coordination Action. He was a Principal Investigator of the “Speckled Computing” consortium of Scottish universities developing “spray on” computers for wireless sensor networks. He coordinated the FET DREAM project looking at peer-to-peer distribution evolution. He was the scientific officer in charge of the Metaheuristics Network examining the use of metaheuristics for combinatorial optimisation and the FET NEWTIES project which created an artificial society and examined the relationships between individual, social, and evolutionary learning. Prof Paechter is an Associate Editor of “Evolutionary Computation” (MIT Press). He was Joint General Chair of Parallel Problem Solving from Nature (PPSN) 2016.



Media Activity

  • FoCAS Book: Adaptive Collective Systems - Herding Black Sheep
  • Timetabling software developed within the Centre for Emergent Computing highlighted in new TEDx talk on Evolutionary Computing and Design
  • IIDI's AWARE project host successful talk at Edinburgh International Science Festival
  • PerAda team run successful public engagement event at the Science Museum, London


Editorial Activity

  • Associate Editor of Evolutionary Computation (MIT Press)


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