David B. Fogel

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Dr. David B. Fogel (born February 2, 1964), is a pioneer in evolutionary computation. Dr. Fogel received his Ph.D. in engineering from the University of California, San Diego in 1992. He is currently Chief Scientist at Trials.ai, and holds other founding positions at Natural Selection, Inc., Color Butler, Inc., and Effect Technologies, Inc., the maker of the patented EffectCheck sentiment analysis software tool.[1] He advises several AI companies in the areas of B2B lead generation, logistics, and employee retention, as well as other areas.

He is probably best known in artificial intelligence for his research project, Blondie24, in which a deep learning adversarial neural network evolved itself into an expert checkers player.[2] In further research, Dr. Fogel's Blondie25 evolutionary chess playing program earned wins over Fritz 8 (the fifth-ranked computer chess program in the world at the time) and was the first machine learning chess program to defeat a nationally-ranked human master (James Quon).[3][4][5]

Dr. Fogel co-founded Natural Selection, Inc. in 1993, and has worked on numerous successful applications of artificial intelligence. He served as Natural Selection, Inc.'s lead consultant for Agouron Pharmaceuticals' AGDOCK (formerly EPDOCK) protein-ligand docking software (1993-1998),[6] was principal investigator on evolutionary neural networks for breast cancer detection (1995-2000),[7] cybersecurity for a federal agency (early 2000s), and lead program manager for Natural Selection, Inc.'s machine learning system for screening food imports for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) (2003-2008). The latter development was fielded nationwide as part of the FDA's PREDICT screening system and Natural Selection, Inc. received an honor award from the FDA in 2010 for its efforts.[8] The IEEE Computational Intelligence Society recognized Natural Selection, Inc. with its inaugural Outstanding Organization Award in 2011.[9] Dr. Fogel also led the development of evolutionary systematic market trading algorithms that were the foundation of Natural Selection Financial, Inc. (NSFIN), a registered investment advisor company, formed in 2006. NSFIN's intellectual property was acquired in 2008 by a hedge fund group.

Dr. Fogel's publications have been cited over 30,000 times. His h-index of 63 places him in the top 250 of computer scientists all time.[10][11]

Dr. Fogel founded the Evolutionary Programming Society in 1991 and served as the founding chairman of the Evolutionary Programming Conference in 1992.[12] He served as chairman again in 1993. The conference ran through 1998, with proceedings published by World Scientific, MIT Press, and Springer, whereupon it merged with the IEEE Conference on Evolutionary Computation and the IEE GALESIA conference to become the Congress on Evolutionary Computation, first held in 1999. (This later became the IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation.) In 1996, he was appointed the founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation,[13] Following the passing of Prof. Michael Conrad, Dr. Fogel became the editor-in-chief of BioSystems in 2000,.[14][15] He also served as general chairman for the 2002 IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence.[16] and founded the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society's Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence in 2007.[17] Dr. Fogel is a Fellow of the IEEE,[18] and received the 2003 SPIE Computational Intelligence Pioneer Award[19], and the 2004 IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award.[20][21] He is the author of eight books and over 200 publications in evolutionary computing and neural networks. Dr. Fogel was president of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society in 2008-2009.[22] He received an honorary doctorate in 2008 from the University of Pretoria[23] and was named one of the top-100 most influential alumni from UC San Diego in 2009. He also received the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Evolutionary Computational Pioneer Award in 2008[24] and the CajAstur Prize in Soft Computing in 2012.[25] Dr. Fogel has given hundreds of public lectures at conferences, museums, and for corporate events regarding diverse aspects of AI, including the prospects of how it will be used to benefit humanity in the future.[26] He was named one of the Top 100 AI Researchers in Drug Design and Advanced Healthcare in 2019.[27]

In 2017, David Fogel began curating AI, science, and technology news on www.davidfogel.com.

David Fogel is also an award-winning composer, creating the original orchestral score for Path of Totality: Eclipse 2017[28] (Music: David Fogel, Cinematography: Joe Woolbright, Sound Engineering: Gary Gray, Peter Sprague, and David Fogel), which received a 2018 Telly Award for Use of Music.[29] Fogel released his first jazz EP, "Brighter Nights," on Spotify and other streaming services in 2018.[30] In 2019, Fogel composed the score for Dream of a Childhood Sun[31], collaborating with Gary Gray (producer), which featured NASA footage of the sun and played in planetariums in the USA, receiving a 2019 Telly Award for Use of Music as well as a Davey Award[32].[33] He also released his first jazz LP, "Back in the Groove," on major streaming services in August 2019.[34]


  1. ^ USA Issued 7,136,877, Volcani, Yanon; & Fogel, David B., "System and method for determining and controlling the impact of text", published June 28, 2001. 
  2. ^ Fogel, David (2002). Blondie24: Playing at the Edge of AI. San Francisco: Morgan Kaufmann. ISBN 978-1558607835.
  3. ^ Fogel, David; Hays, Tim (2004). "A Self-Learning Evolutionary Chess Program". Proc. IEEE. 92 (12): 1947–1954. CiteSeerX doi:10.1109/JPROC.2004.837633.
  4. ^ Fogel, David; Hays, Tim (2006). "The Blondie25 Chess Program Competes against Fritz 8.0 and a Human Chess Master". Proc. 2006 IEEE Symp. Computational Intelligence and Games: 230–235.
  5. ^ http://www.softcomputing.es/prizes.html
  6. ^ Gehlhaar, DK; Verkhivker, GM; Rejto, PA; Sherman, CJ; Fogel, DB; Fogel, LJ; Freer, ST (1995). "Molecular recognition of the inhibitor AG-1343 by HIV-1 protease: conformationally flexible docking by evolutionary programming". Chem Biol. 2 (5): 317–24. doi:10.1016/1074-5521(95)90050-0. PMID 9383433.
  7. ^ Fogel, DB; Wasson, EC 3rd; Boughton, EM; Porto, VW (1998). "Evolving artificial neural networks for screening features from mammograms". Artif Intell Med. 14 (3): 317–26. CiteSeerX doi:10.1016/s0933-3657(98)00040-2. PMID 9821520.
  8. ^ http://www.natural-selection.com/defense
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-02-27. Retrieved 2017-05-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=FOfx0i4AAAAJ
  11. ^ http://web.cs.ucla.edu/~palsberg/h-number.html
  12. ^ "The First Annual Conference on Evolutionary Programming: Proceedings , February 21-22, 1992, la Jolla Marriott Hotel, la Jolla, California". 1992.
  13. ^ Evolutionary Computation: A New Transactions, David B. Fogel, IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation Editorial, retrieved 2010-01-25.
  14. ^ BioSystems
  15. ^ http://www.davidfogel.com/about/
  16. ^ WCCI History, retrieved 2010-01-25.
  17. ^ http://www.ieee.org/conferences_events/conferences/conferencedetails/index.html?Conf_ID=11228
  18. ^ Bezdek, J. (2008), "IEEE Fellows-Class of 2008 [Society Briefs]", Computational Intelligence Magazine, 3 (2): 5–9, doi:10.1109/MCI.2008.919062.
  19. ^ http://spie.org/education/courses/coursedetail/SC629?f=InCompany
  20. ^ IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award
  21. ^ https://www.ieee.org/about/awards/bios/tomiyasu_recipients.html
  22. ^ IEEE CIS Officers, retrieved 2010-01-25.
  23. ^ http://cirg.cs.up.ac.za/visitPage.php?pageID=1702&groupID=news_archive_2008
  24. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-02-27. Retrieved 2017-05-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  25. ^ http://www.softcomputing.es/prizes.html
  26. ^ http://ieeetv.ieee.org/conference-highlights/fun-and-games-with-artificial-intelligence-david-b-fogel?
  27. ^ https://www.ai-pharma.dka.global/ai-leaders
  28. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtUd4E2jChk&t=1s
  29. ^ http://www.tellyawards.com/winners/2018/non-broadcast/craft-use-of-music
  30. ^ https://open.spotify.com/album/4SzYHlhNzkKKt379ZCnHu2
  31. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BntqWFJ-C8&feature=youtu.be
  32. ^ "David Fogel". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  33. ^ https://www.tellyawards.com/winners/2019/non-broadcast/craft-use-of-music/dream-of-a-childhood-sun/217719
  34. ^ Back in the Groove, retrieved 2019-11-07