Our work on automatic generation of regular expressions from examples (see this, this, this and this) has won the Silver Medal at the 2016 "Human competitive" awards (Humies).
We are really very proud of this prestigious result.
Humies is an international competition, now at its 13-th edition, that establishes the state of the art in genetic and evolutionary computation. It is open to "human-competitive results that were produced by any form of genetic and evolutionary computation" and establishes precisely what "human-competitive" means, for example, "The result is equal to or better than the most recent human-created solution to a long-standing problem for which there has been a succession of increasingly better human-created solutions".
We were selected as finalists also in the 11-th edition, but that time our submission was not as strong as this year. The presentation made by Andrea De Lorenzo can be found here.
Genetic programming is one of our main research activities at the Machine Learning Lab. We are grateful to the many people that have collaborated with us along the years. We are most grateful to Cyril Fillon, which introduced us to the mysteries of genetic programming back in 2005 (and which managed to survive in Italy despite the 2006 Football World Cup final). We are also grateful to Giorgio Davanzo, Marco Mauri and Enrico Sorio, which participated in the early phases of our multi-year research on regex construction (Giorgio has also the merit of suggesting this research topic).
Thanks to all.
Alberto, also on behalf of Eric, Andrea, Fabiano