Josh Bongard

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Josh Bongard
Born (1974-04-17) April 17, 1974 (age 43)
Citizenship  Canada
Nationality Canadian
Fields Robotics, Artificial Intelligence
Institutions Cornell University
University of Vermont
Alma mater McMaster University
University of Sussex
University of Zurich
Doctoral advisor Rolf Pfeifer

Josh Bongard is a professor at the University of Vermont and a 2010 PECASE awardee. He received his bachelor's degree in Computer Science from McMaster University, Canada, his master's degree from the University of Sussex, UK, and his PhD from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He served as a postdoctoral associate under Hod Lipson in the Computational Synthesis Laboratory at Cornell University from 2003 to 2006.

He is the co-author of the popular science book entitled "How the Body Shapes the Way We Think: A New View of Intelligence", MIT Press, November 2006. (With Rolf Pfeifer) ISBN 0-262-16239-3. He is also the co-author of "Designing Intelligence: Why Brains Aren't Enough" (with Rolf Pfeifer and Don Berry) ISBN 978-3-640-81221-9.

In 2007, he was named to the MIT Technology Review TR35 as one of the top 35 innovators in the world under the age of 35.[1]

Selected publications[edit]

Bongard J. (2011) Morphological change in machines accelerates the evolution of robust behavior. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, doi:10.1073/pnas.1015390108.

Bongard J. and Lipson H.(2007) Automated reverse engineering of nonlinear dynamical systems. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 104(24): 9943-9948.

Bongard, J., Zykov, V., Lipson, H. (2006) Resilient machines through continuous self-modeling. Science, 314: 1118-1121.

Bongard J. and Lipson H. (2005) Active Coevolutionary Learning of Deterministic Finite Automata, Journal of Machine Learning Research, 6(Oct): 1651-1678.

Bongard J. and Lipson H. (2005) Nonlinear system identification using coevolution of models and tests, IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, 9(4): 361-384.

Pfeifer, R., F. Iida and J. Bongard (2005) New Robotics: Design Principles for Intelligent Systems, Artificial Life, Special Issue on New Robotics, Evolution and Embodied Cognition, 11(1-2): 99-120.


  1. ^ "2007 Young Innovators Under 35". Technology Review. 2007. Retrieved August 15, 2011. 

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