John Koza to Keynote COFES2004

Leader in Genetic Programming to Illustrate How Software Development will Radically Change in the Near Future

BETHESDA, Md., November 24, 2003 - Cyon Research Corporation, a leading provider of analysis and consulting for engineering technology markets, today announced that John Koza will give the lead keynote address for COFES2004. Koza, a consulting professor at Stanford University, is the inventor of genetic programming -- a method that allows automatic development of software to solve specific problems.

Koza is the author of four books on the subject, most recently "Genetic Programming IV: Routine Human-Competitive Machine Intelligence." Since 1988, he has taught courses on genetic algorithms and genetic programming in the Biomedical Informatics Program in the Department of Medicine and Department of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. He has served on both the Science Board and the Board of Trustees of the Santa Fe Institute and received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Michigan in 1972.

Genetic Programming is the application of Darwinian evolution methods to software development. Using a problem-independent approach, a computer is able to take millions of possible solutions to a specific problem, and progressively evolve a population of programs over a series of generations. Eventually the process identifies the best solution to the problem.

"This process takes days or weeks as opposed to months spent now in development," stated Joel Orr, Chief Visionary at Cyon Research, the hosts of COFES 2004. "It stands in my mind as a ‘tipping point’ for the software industry as a whole, as well as being critical for engineering software in particular. The vision, understanding, and sheer brilliance of John Koza are a matter of record. Yet his ability to describe genetic programming is so powerful and engaging, it is impossible not to grasp the importance of this invention after hearing him speak about it."

"There are now 36 instances where genetic programming has automatically produced a computer program that is competitive with human performance," states John Koza, consulting professor in the School of Engineering and the Department of Medicine, Stanford University. "In just a few years, we will see this technology having a profound effect upon the way software is developed, sustained, and supported."

Koza will be the lead keynote speaker at the COFES2004 conference -- a key event for the leaders in the software industry. COFES -- the Congress on the Future of Engineering Software -- has built a strong reputation for delivering understanding, clarity, and vision about coming technologies -- and the effects they will have on manufacturing, architecture and construction.

In its 2002 event, COFES featured Dr. Eric Drexler, the ‘father’ of nanotechnology -- a technology now coming to initial maturity by revolutionizing microchip manufacture. In 2003, Alan Kay, an HP fellow, introduced his vision of innovation to the participants in his keynote speech. With John Koza as its lead keynoter, COFES continues to bring the leading innovators and thinkers to its attendees.

What is COFES?
The fifth annual Congress on the Future of Engineering Software, presented by HP, will take place at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort, Scottsdale, AZ April 1-4, 2004. COFES, a mainstay of the engineering software industry, provides an intensive conference atmosphere where private and public discussions are held. Attendees are executives, end users, CAD and PLM vendors, analysts, and press who work together to determine, define, and clarify the business issues of engineering technologies.

COFES is an invitation-only event. To find out more information and to request an invitation, please visit

About Cyon Research
Cyon Research Corporation is a provider of analysis and consulting for engineering technology markets. Cyon Research provides key information, research, analysis, and consulting to its clients worldwide. COFES: The Congress on the Future of Engineering Software, is Cyon Research's primary event, and explores investments necessary today to take advantage and profit from future technologies.™ is Cyon Research's Web-based, centralized research resource for market information, news, and industry commentary. Other Cyon Research publications include Engineering Automation Report™, a subscription newsletter providing insight, analysis, and reviews on technology specific to manufacturing disciplines; A-E-C Automation Newsletter™, a subscription newsletter delivering information on trends, new technologies, and market information for design technologies that address architecture and construction; and Extranet News, a Web-based resource for the burgeoning engineering collaboration market. and Cyon Research are trademarks of Cyon Research Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Published: Monday, November 24, 2003


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