Seminar Talk by Penousal Machado – A Coin Designed by AI

We’ll host a seminar talk on Friday, 15th of December 2023 at 11:00 by Penousal Machado.



The Portuguese House of Coins challenged us to create a coin about the digital world designed by AI.

In this talk, we describe the research, design and engineering that led to fulfilling that goal.

We will highlight the strengths and shortcomings of popular generative AI tools, and how we overcame

these shortcomings through the development of several evolutionary algorithms and tools.

To conclude, we will unveil the final product: a 10€ limited edition silver commemorative coin,

set to be released on December 11th.



Penousal Machado is an Associate Professor at the Department of Informatics of the University of Coimbra in Portugal, the Cognitive and Media Systems coordinator, and the scientific director of the Computational Design and Visualization Lab. of CISUC. He is also the president of SPECIES – the Society for the Promotion of Evolutionary Computation in Europe and its Surroundings. His research interests include Evolutionary Computation, Computational Creativity, Artificial Intelligence, and Information Visualization. He is the author of more than 200 refereed journal and conference papers in these areas, and his peer-reviewed publications have been nominated and awarded multiple times as best papers. His publications gathered over 4000 citations, an h-index of 29, and an i10-index of 103. He was the advisor of 15 PhD theses and 60 MSc theses. Recently, with Wolfgang Banzhaf and Mengjie Zhang, he has edited the”Handbook of Evolutionary Machine Learning” published by Springer. He is also the chair of several scientific events, including, among the most recent, ICCC 2020, PPSN XV, and EvoStar 2016; member of the Programme Committee and Editorial Board of some of the leading conferences and journals in these fields; member of the Steering Committee of EuroGP, EvoMUSART and Evostar. He has received several scientific awards, including the prestigious EvoStar Award for Outstanding Contribution to Evolutionary Computation in Europe, and the award for Excellence and Merit in Artificial Intelligence granted by the Portuguese Association for Artificial Intelligence. Penousal Machado has been invited to perform keynote speeches in various domains, from evolutionary computation to visualization and art. His work was featured in the Leonardo journal, Wired magazine and presented in venues such as the National Museum of Contemporary Art (Portugal) and the “Talk to Me” exhibition of the Museum of Modern Art, NY (MoMA).