Adam Stanton

Title: Teaching Fellow (Computing)
Phone: 01782 733992
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Location: CR123
Role: Lecturer
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Adam Stanton

I graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2008 with a degree in Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science.

Previously, I have managed several successful technology businesses covering support, web development and IT security. This included working as a security and technology consultant to the media industries of 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. I have a long-standing interest in theoretical and applied computer science and I now work as a Teaching Fellow in the School of Computing and Mathematics whilst pursuing my doctoral study.

My research interests are focused 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, Harris LM, 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(1), 859. link> doi>
  • 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>
  • 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>
  • 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>
  • 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>

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Journal Articles

  • Stanton A, Harris LM, 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(1), 859. link> doi>
  • 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>

Other

  • 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>
  • 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>
  • 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).
  • CSC‐10033 - Systems & Architecture (Level 4)
  • CSC‐20021 - Web Technologies (Level 5)
  • CSC-30019 - Games Computing (Level 6)
  • CSC‐30020 - Computational Intelligence II (Level 6)
  • CSC-40041 - Research Horizons (Level 7 / MSc)

I am happy to discuss and supervise undergraduate projects in the general areas of Artificial Life, intelligent/nature-inspired systems, games and graphical technologies.