Gianluca Tempesti
Gianluca Tempesti
General Chair


In the mid-1990s, researchers began applying evolutionary algorithms (EA) to new kinds of programmable electronic devices that allowed the functionality and physical connections of circuits to be modified both easily and inexpensively. The combination of these programmable devices (FPGAs or FPAAs, to name but two) and of evolutionary algorithms spawned a new research field: Evolvable Hardware.

Since that time, the field has expanded beyond the use of EAs on simple electronic devices to encompass many different combinations of biologically-inspired algorithms and physical (real or simulated) devices. Held without interruption since 1995, ICES has become the leading conference in the field of evolvable hardware and systems. The 9th ICES conference, to be held in York, UK, in September 2010, hopes to build on the success of its predecessors by bringing together researchers who combine biologically inspired concepts with hardware and presenting the latest developments in the field.

Pre-Conference Gathering

We have arranged a pre-conference gathering for all delegates (and those travelling with them). For details please see the Social Events page.


The ICES 2010 conference is organised by the Intelligent Systems Group in the Department of Electronics of the University of York.


The topics to be covered include, (but are not limited to):

  • Evolutionary hardware design
  • Co-evolution of hybrid systems
  • Bio-inspired systems on GPUs
  • Intrinsic and extrinsic evolution
  • Hardware/software co-evolution
  • On-line hardware evolution
  • Evolutionary robotics
  • Autonomic and organic computing
  • Evolutionary circuit diagnostics and testing
  • Self-repairing and fault tolerant systems
  • Self-reconfigurable and adaptive hardware
  • Generative and developmental approaches
  • Real-world applications of evolvable hardware
  • MEMS and nanotechnology in evolvable hardware
  • Formal models for bio-inspired hardware systems
  • Novel devices/testbeds/tools for evolvable hardware

Keynote Speakers

Steve Furber
University of Manchester, UK
Hod Lipson
Cornell University, USA
Andrew Turberfield
University of Oxford, UK
Steve Furber Hod Lipson Andrew Turberfield

Biologically-Inspired Massively-Parallel Architectures - computing beyond a million processors

Analysis by Synthesis

Using DNA to construct molecular systems

Conference venue

The conference will be held in the historic centre of York, a walled riverside city in the north of England, around two hours by rail from London, Edinburgh and Manchester. York is a small city with a rich 2000 years history, a popular tourist destination with a lively café bar and restaurant culture, offering a number of museums and galleries set around the Minster, one of Europe's largest gothic cathedrals.