Deep interactive evolution

Philip Bontrager, Wending Lin, Julian Togelius, Sebastian Risi

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    This paper describes an approach that combines generative adversarial networks (GANs) with interactive evolutionary computation (IEC). While GANs can be trained to produce lifelike images, they are normally sampled randomly from the learned distribution, providing limited control over the resulting output. On the other hand, interactive evolution has shown promise in creating various artifacts such as images, music and 3D objects, but traditionally relies on a hand-designed evolvable representation of the target domain. The main insight in this paper is that a GAN trained on a specific target domain can act as a compact and robust genotype-to-phenotype mapping (i.e. most produced phenotypes do resemble valid domain artifacts). Once such a GAN is trained, the latent vector given as input to the GAN’s generator network can be put under evolutionary control, allowing controllable and high-quality image generation. In this paper, we demonstrate the advantage of this novel approach through a user study in which participants were able to evolve images that strongly resemble specific target images.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationComputational Intelligence in Music, Sound, Art and Design - 7th International Conference, EvoMUSART 2018, Proceedings
    EditorsAniko Ekart, Antonios Liapis, Juan Jesus Romero Cardalda
    PublisherSpringer Verlag
    Number of pages16
    ISBN (Print)9783319775821
    StatePublished - 2018
    Event7th International Conference on Computational Intelligence in Music, Sound, Art and Design, EvoMUSART 2018 - Parma, Italy
    Duration: Apr 4 2018Apr 6 2018

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
    Volume10783 LNCS
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743
    ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


    Other7th International Conference on Computational Intelligence in Music, Sound, Art and Design, EvoMUSART 2018

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Theoretical Computer Science
    • General Computer Science


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