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Chief Executive Officer

Gary B. Fogel, Ph.D.


David B. Fogel, Ph.D.

Senior Staff Scientists

George H. Burgin, Ph.D.

Joe Rothermich

Karl M. Torgerson

Sevan Ficici, Ph.D.

Tim Hays

Staff Scientist

Enoch Liu

Facility Security Officer

Vincent William (Bill) Porto

Facility Security Officer

Mr. Vincent William (Bill) Porto has two decades of experience in the areas of signal processing, pattern recognition, and more recently agent-based combat simulations. He received the B.A. in mathematics and has completed requirements for the M.A. in applied mathematics at the University of California at San Diego. He previously worked in the areas of ocean surveillance and ground motion modeling at ORINCON Corporation (1981-1995) and Del Mar Technical Associates (1980-1981), respectively. He joined Natural Selection, Inc. in 1995.

Mr. Porto's research interests include evolutionary programming, signal processing, neural networks, and optimization theory. His most recent research has involved applying evolutionary programming to materials process automation and strategic resource allocation problems wherein conventional methods have provided inadequate solutions.

Mr. Porto has served on the Office of Naval Research advisory panel for neural networks, and is a charter officer of the Evolutionary Programming Society. He served as general chairman for EP98, the seventh annual conference on evolutionary programming. He was on the organizing committees for the 1988 and 1989 IJCNN conferences, and served as tutorials co-chair for OCEANS' 95. Mr. Porto is a member of the editorial board for the IOP/Oxford Press Handbooks for Neural Computation and Evolutionary Computation and was an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation.

Selected Publications

Fogel GB, Porto VW, Varga G, Dow ER, Craven AM, Powers DM, Harlow HB, Su EW, Onyia JE, Su C (2008) "Evolutionary computation for discovery of composite transcription factor binding sites," Nucleic Acids Research, Vol. 36(21), e142.

Porto VW, Fogel DB, Fogel LJ, Fogel GB, Johnson N, and Cheung M (2005) "Classifying Sonor Returns for the Presence of Mines: Evolving Neural Networks and Evolving Rules," 2005 IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence for Homeland Security and Personal Safety, D.B. Fogel and V. Piuri (eds.), IEEE Press, Piscataway, NJ, pp. 123-130.

Porto VW, Fogel LJ, and Fogel DB (2004) "Using Evolutionary Computation for Seismic Signal Processing: A Homeland Security Application," Proceedings of 2004 IEEE International Conference on Computational Intelligence for Homeland Security and Personal Safety, IEEE Press, Venice, Italy, pp. 62-66.

Porto VW, Hardt M, Fogel DB, Kreutz-Delgado K, Fogel LJ (1999) "Evolving Tactics in Computer-Generated Forces," AeroSense99, Symp. Enabling Technology for Simulation Science III, A. Sisti (ed.), SPIE, Bellingham, WA.

Porto VW, Fogel DB, and Fogel LJ (1995) "Alternative Neural Network Training Methods," IEEE Expert, Vol. 10(3), June, pp. 16-22.

Porto, VW (1995) "Non-Acoustic Sensor Array Localization using Evolutionary Programming," Proc. of the 4th Annual Conference on Evolutionary Programming, J.R. McDonnell, R.G. Reynolds and D.B. Fogel (eds.), MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, pp. 19-32.

For more information please see the NSI Publications Library or email Mr. Bill Porto at: bporto [at] natural-selection.com