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Thomas E. Cook, Colby College

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Honors Thesis (Open Access)


Colby College. Computer Science Dept.


Clare Bates Congdon


This paper outlines an undergraduate research project demonstrating an application of evolutionary computation in the context of computer art. The project, named GAUGUIN, combines the visual impact of modern computer graphics with the computational power of genetic algorithms. GAUGUIN allows the user to become a creator of art, without requiring any technical or artistic training. By using an intuitive and easily comprehensible process like evolution to create the composition, the user simply needs to evaluate a sequence of compositions. Mimicking the biological process of evolution, the system will evolve the works in order to achieve images that are more visually appealing to the user.


Genetic algorithms, Computer-aided design, Creative ability in technology, Computer art, GAUGUIN

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