Adam Stanton

Title: Lecturer
Phone: 01782 733992
Email: a.stanton@keele.ac.uk
Location: CR123
Role: Lecturer
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I graduated from the University of Birmingham with a degree in Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science, and then went on to complete the PhD degree at Keele under the supervision of Dr Alastair Channon, whilst teaching in the School of Computing and Mathematics. I have a long-standing interest in theoretical and applied computer science alongside my main research focus of Evolutionary Robotics and Artificial Life. I was appointed as Lecturer in the School from September 2017.

Before taking up my academic post, I managed several successful technology businesses covering support, web development and IT security. This included working as a security and technology consultant to the media industry, working in particular in London and Paris. I have also designed, developed and brought to market several innovative products and services in the fields of web development and security, co-managed an online retail business and provided business advice and technical expertise to several other new and exciting online brands. 

My research interests focus on implementing life-like processes in simulation. This covers the philosophical ideas that provide the intellectual grounding for studies of life, complexity and intelligence through to the practical considerations that arise from in silico experiments: evolutionary systems, information and network theory, neural networks and high-performance simulation. My objective is to contribute to our understanding of the sufficient and necessary conditions, independent of particular environments, for living systems and complex behaviours to arise spontaneously. This continues a thread that began with giants such as Turing and von Neumann in the mid-20th century and today is woven into the tapestry of Artificial Life. As described by a-life pioneer Chris Langton, “The ultimate goal is to extract the logical form of living systems”.

My specific interests lie in the generation of adaptive behaviour at multiple scales and in multiple environments. Current projects include the investigation of bottom-up design principles using the generation of robust bipedal locomotion as a baseline task and the generation of 3D virtual creatures in open-ended and complex environments.

 

Selected Publications

  • Stanton A. 2018. Stochastic Ontogenesis in Evolutionary Robotics. MIT. full text>
  • Moore JM and Stanton A. 2018. Tiebreaks and Diversity: Isolating Effects in Lexicase Selection. MIT. full text>
  • Stanton A and Moore JM. 2017. Lexicase Selection Outperforms Previous Strategies for Incremental Evolution of Virtual Creature Controllers. In C. Knibbe, G. Beslon, D. Parsons, D. Misevic, J. Rouzard-Cornabas, N. Bredeche, S. Hassas, O. Simonin & H. Soula (Eds.). Proceedings of ECAL 2017 (vol. 14, pp. 290-297). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. link> full text>
  • Stanton A, Harris L, Graham G, Merrick CJ. 2016. Recombination events among virulence genes in malaria parasites are associated with G-quadruplex-forming DNA motifs. BMC Genomics, vol. 17. doi> link> full text>
  • Taylor T, Bedau M, Channon A, Ackley D, Banzhaf W, Beslon G, Dolson E, Froese T, Hickinbotham S, Ikegami T, McMullin B, Packard N, Rasmussen S, Virgo N, Agmon E, Clark E, McGregor S, Ofria C, Ropella G, Spector L, Stanley KO, Stanton A, Timperley C, Vostinar A, Wiser M. 2016. Open-Ended Evolution: Perspectives from the OEE Workshop in York. Artif Life, vol. 22(3), 408-423. link> doi> full text>

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Journal Articles

  • Claessens A, Harris LM, Stanojcic S, Chappell L, Stanton A, Kuk N, Veneziano-Broccia P, Sterkers Y, Rayner JC, Merrick CJ. 2018. RecQ helicases in the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum affect genome stability, gene expression patterns and DNA replication dynamics. PLoS Genet, vol. 14(7), e1007490. link> doi>
  • Stanton A, Harris L, Graham G, Merrick CJ. 2016. Recombination events among virulence genes in malaria parasites are associated with G-quadruplex-forming DNA motifs. BMC Genomics, vol. 17. doi> link> full text>
  • Taylor T, Bedau M, Channon A, Ackley D, Banzhaf W, Beslon G, Dolson E, Froese T, Hickinbotham S, Ikegami T, McMullin B, Packard N, Rasmussen S, Virgo N, Agmon E, Clark E, McGregor S, Ofria C, Ropella G, Spector L, Stanley KO, Stanton A, Timperley C, Vostinar A, Wiser M. 2016. Open-Ended Evolution: Perspectives from the OEE Workshop in York. Artif Life, vol. 22(3), 408-423. link> doi> full text>

Other

  • Stanton A. 2018. Stochastic Ontogenesis in Evolutionary Robotics. MIT. full text>
  • Moore JM and Stanton A. 2018. Tiebreaks and Diversity: Isolating Effects in Lexicase Selection. MIT. full text>
  • Stanton A and Moore JM. 2017. Lexicase Selection Outperforms Previous Strategies for Incremental Evolution of Virtual Creature Controllers. In C. Knibbe, G. Beslon, D. Parsons, D. Misevic, J. Rouzard-Cornabas, N. Bredeche, S. Hassas, O. Simonin & H. Soula (Eds.). Proceedings of ECAL 2017 (vol. 14, pp. 290-297). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. link> full text>
  • Stanton A and Channon AD. 2016. Neuroevolution of Feedback Control for Object Manipulation by 3D Agents. In C. Gershenson, T. Froese, J. Siqueiros, W. Aguilar, E. Izquierdo & H. Sayama (Eds.). Proceedings of the Artificial Life Conference 2016. MIT Press. doi> full text>
  • Stanton A and Channon AD. 2015. Incremental Neuroevolution of Reactive and Deliberative 3D Agents. In P. Andrews, L. Caves, R. Doursat, S. Hickinbotham, F. Polack, S. Stepney, T. Taylor & J. Timmis (Eds.). Proceedings of the European Conference on Artificial Life 2015 (ECAL 2015) (pp. 341-348). MIT Press. doi> full text>
  • Stanton A and Channon A. 2013. Heterogeneous complexification strategies robustly outperform homogeneous strategies for incremental evolution. In P. Lio, M. Orazio, G. Nicosia, S. Nolfi & M. Pavone (Eds.). Advances in Artificial Life (pp. 973-980). MIT Press. doi>
  • Stanton A. Reactive and Deliberative 3D Agents (Virtual Creatures Video). full text>

Current Teaching

  • CSC-30019 - Games Computing (Level 6)

Previous Teaching

  • CSC-10025 - Cybercrime (Level 4)
  • CSC‐10033 - Systems & Architecture (Level 4)
  • CSC‐20021 - Web Technologies (Level 5)
  • CSC-20023 - Computational Intelligence I (Level 5)
  • CSC‐30020 - Computational Intelligence II (Level 6)
  • CSC-40041 - Research Horizons (Level 7 / MSc)

Dissertation Supervision

I am happy to discuss and supervise undergraduate projects in the general areas of Evolutionary Robotics, Artificial Life, intelligent/nature-inspired systems, games and graphical technologies, as well as software engineering and/or research-focused projects in security and Internet / web development.