David E. Goldberg

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David Edward Goldberg
Born 1953 (1953)
Nationality American
Fields Genetic algorithms
Institutions University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Alma mater University of Michigan
Doctoral advisor E. Benjamin Wylie, John Henry Holland
Known for Work in the field of genetic algorithms

David Edward Goldberg (born 1953) is an American computer scientist, civil engineer, and professor at the department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering (IESE) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is most noted for his seminal works in the field of genetic algorithms. He is the director of Illinois genetic algorithms laboratory[1] (IlliGAL) and also the chief scientist of Nextumi Inc.[2] He is also the author of "Genetic Algorithms for Search, Optimization, and Machine Learning", which is one of the most cited books in computer science.[3]

David E. Goldberg received a PhD degree in civil engineering in 1983 from University of Michigan and his advisors were E. Benjamin Wylie[4] and John Henry Holland. He is one of the most connected scientists in the evolutionary computation field, having collaborated, among others, with Kalyanmoy Deb, Jeff Horn, and Hillol Kargupta.

In 2003 David Goldberg was appointed as the first holder of Jerry S. Dobrovolny Professorship in Entrepreneurial Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.[5]


  • 1983. Computer-aided gas pipeline operation using genetic algorithms and rule learning, PhD thesis. University of Michigan. Ann Arbor, MI.
  • 1989. Genetic algorithms in search, optimization, and machine learning. Addison-Wesley.
  • 1991. Real-coded genetic algorithms. Virtual alphabets, and blocking. Complex Systems 5, pp. 139–167.
  • 1995. Life Skills and Leadership for Engineers. McGraw Hill
  • 2002. The design of innovation: Lessons from and for competent genetic algorithms. Kluwer Academic Publishers.
  • 2006. The entrepreneurial engineer. Wiley.


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