As opposed to setting objective functions (As with Galapagos for example), Interactive Evolutionary Algorithms (IEAs) allow designers to engage with the process of evolutionary development itself. This creates an involved experience, helping to explore the wide combinatorial space of parametric models without always knowing where you are headed.
- Grasshopper group page (please join!): http://www.grasshopper3d.com/group/biomorpher
- Source code (MIT): https://github.com/johnharding/Biomorpher
I have been developing Biomorpher since December 2016 alongside Cecilie Brandt Olsen (author of K2 Engineering, go download this too!).
This work is sponsored by the 2016/17 UWE VC Early Career Researcher Development Award and was initially inspired by Richard Dawkins' Biomorphs from his 1986 book, The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe without Design. I have emailed Professor Dawkins for his blessing, alas he's obviously too busy at present - I await his reply!
Please leave comments and share your experience of using Biomorpher below. It would be great to hear from you.