Andrew M. Webb

I am a research associate in the computer science department of the University of Manchester, currently working on the PAMELA project, working on the efficient integration of semantic segmentation into state-of-the-art SLAM (simultaneous localisation and mapping) systems. I've also been collaborating on the LAMBDA project under Gavin Brown, studying methods of training deep neural network ensembles for regression and classification that reward model diversity, with a sub-goal of creating efficient deep neural networks.

My PhD research was on selection for evolvability in evolutionary algorithms, where evolvability is defined as the capacity for adaptive evolution. I've also done some work in artificial life, studying self-reproducing automata.

I maintain a mailing list primarily for researchers at the University of Manchester who are interested in deep learning. You can subscribe to the list here.

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  • Andrew M. Webb (2016). On Selection for Evolvability. PhD thesis. School of Computer Science, University of Manchester, UK. (Supervisors: Prof. Joshua Knowles and Dr Julia Handl. Examiners: Dr Simon Powers and Dr Jonathan Shapiro.)
  • Andrew M. Webb, Julia Handl, and Joshua Knowles (2015). How Much Should You Select for Evolvability?, Proceedings of the European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL) 2015, MIT Press
  • Andrew M. Webb and Joshua Knowles (2014). Studying the Evolvability of Self-Encoding Genotype-Phenotype Maps, Proceedings of the International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems (ALIFE) 2014, MIT Press

Contact Details

School of Computer Science
University of Manchester
Manchester, M13 9PL, UK

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