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Penousal Machado

Penousal Machado is a teacher at the Department of Informatics of the University of Coimbra and a researcher of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of CISUC - Centre for Informatics and Systems of the University of Coimbra. His main research interests are Evolutionary Art, Evolutionary Computation and Computational Creativity. More specifically, he is interested in the application of evolutionary computation techniques to the development of artificial artists and computer aided creativity systems. His most well known research project in the field of evolutionary art is NEvAr. This system started as a traditional interactive evolutionary art tool. However, the inclusion of automated fitness assignment schemes, allows it to autonomously perform aesthetic judgments. The refinement of the aesthetic abilities of NEvAr, over the years, has converted it on what is probably the first Artificial Evolutionary Artist. He is the author of approximately 50 papers in the fields of Evolutionary Computation, Artificial Art and Artificial Creativity and chair of several scientific events on Artificial Art.