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David Edward Goldberg (born September 26, 1953) is an American computer scientist, civil engineer, and professor at the department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering (IESE) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is most noted for his work in the field of genetic algorithms. He is the director of the Illinois Genetic Algorithms Laboratory[1] (IlliGAL) and the chief scientist of Nextumi Inc.[2] He is the author of Genetic Algorithms in Search, Optimization and Machine Learning, one of the most cited books in computer science.[3]

David E. Goldberg
Born (1953-09-26) September 26, 1953 (age 65)
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
Known forWork in the field of genetic algorithms
Scientific career
FieldsGenetic algorithms
InstitutionsUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Doctoral advisorE. Benjamin Wylie, John Henry Holland


Early life and educationEdit

David E. Goldberg received a PhD in civil engineering in 1983 from the University of Michigan. His advisors were E. Benjamin Wylie[4] and John Henry Holland. He has collaborated with several evolutionary computation scientists including Kalyanmoy Deb, Jeff Horn, and Hillol Kargupta.

In 2003 David Goldberg was appointed as the first holder of Jerry S. Dobrovolny Professorship in Entrepreneurial Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.[5]


  • 1983. Computer-aided gas pipeline operation using genetic algorithms and rule learning, PhD thesis. University of Michigan. Ann Arbor, MI.
  • 1989. Genetic algorithms in search, optimization and machine learning. Addison-Wesley.
  • 1991. Real-coded genetic algorithms. Virtual alphabets, and blocking. Complex Systems 5, pp. 139–167.
  • 1995. Life Skills and Leadership for Engineers. McGraw Hill
  • 2002. The design of innovation: Lessons from and for competent genetic algorithms. Kluwer Academic Publishers.
  • 2006. The entrepreneurial engineer. Wiley.


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