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Charles Ofria


Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), College of Engineering

Biomed Phys Sci, 567 Wilson Rd Room 1441C


Charles Ofria director of the Digital Evolution Laboratory. He conducts research on evolution in artificial systems and applies the results to problems in computer science and evolutionary biology. He developed Avida, a software-based research platform consisting of populations of 'digital organisms used in biological research. His work has been published in Science and Nature and his research has ... received international media attention in forums such as Discover Magazine, National Geographic, CNN, the BBC, New Scientist, and the New York Times.

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Ph.D., Computation and Neural Systems, California Institute of Technology 1999

B.S., Computer Science, Pure Math, and Applied Math, State University of New York at Stony Brook 1994


Teacher/Scholar Award, Michigan State University, 2006

College of Engineering Withrow Distinguished Scholar Award, 2006


Clune J, Goldsby HJ, Ofria C, and Pennock RT (2011) Selective Pressures for Accurate Altruism Targeting: Empirical Support for Difficult-to-Test Aspects of Inclusive Fitness Theory, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London (in press).

Strelioff CC, Ofria C, and Lenski RE (2010). Evolutionary Dynamics, epistatic interactions, and Biological Information. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 266(4):584-594.

Connelly BD, Zaman L, Ofria C, and McKinley PK (2010). Social Structure and the Maintenance of Biodiversity, The Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Artificial Life, Odense, Denmark.