Dr. David B. Fogel (born February 2, 1964), is a pioneer in evolutionary computation. Dr. Fogel received his Ph.D. in engineering from the University of California, San Diego in 1992. He is currently President of Natural Selection, Inc., CEO of Natural Selection Financial, Inc., and co-founder and director of Effect Technologies, Inc., the maker of the patented EffectCheck sentiment analysis software tool. He advises several AI companies in the areas of clinical trials, B2B lead generation, and employee retention, as well as other areas.
He is probably best known in artificial intelligence for his research project, Blondie24, in which a deep learning neural network evolved itself into an expert checkers player. In further research, Dr. Fogel's Blondie25 evolutionary chess playing program earned wins over Fritz 8 (the fifth-ranked computer chess program in the world at the time) and was the first machine learning chess program to defeat a nationally-ranked human master (James Quon).
Dr. Fogel co-founded Natural Selection, Inc. in 1993, and has worked on numerous successful applications of artificial intelligence. He served as Natural Selection, Inc.'s lead consultant for Agouron Pharmaceuticals' AGDOCK (formerly EPDOCK) protein-ligand docking software (1993-1998), was principal investigator on evolutionary neural networks for breast cancer detection (1995-2000), cybersecurity for a federal agency (early 2000s), and lead program manager for Natural Selection, Inc.'s machine learning system for screening food imports for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) (2003-2008). The latter development was fielded nationwide as part of the FDA's PREDICT screening system and Natural Selection, Inc. received an honor award from the FDA in 2010 for its efforts. The IEEE Computational Intelligence Society recognized Natural Selection, Inc. with its inaugural Outstanding Organization Award in 2011. Dr. Fogel also led the development of evolutionary systematic market trading algorithms that were the foundation of Natural Selection Financial, Inc. (NSFIN), a registered investment advisor company, formed in 2006. NSFIN's intellectual property was acquired in 2008 by a hedge fund group.
Dr. Fogel's publications have been cited over 30,000 times. His h-index of 62 places him in the top 250 of computer scientists all time.
Dr. Fogel founded the Evolutionary Programming Society in 1991 and served as the founding chairman of the Evolutionary Programming Conference in 1992. He served as chairman again in 1993. The conference ran through 1998, with proceedings published by World Scientific, MIT Press, and Springer, whereupon it merged with the IEEE Conference on Evolutionary Computation and the IEE GALESIA conference to become the Congress on Evolutionary Computation, first held in 1999. (This later became the IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation.) In 1996, he was appointed the founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, Following the passing of Prof. Michael Conrad, Dr. Fogel became the editor-in-chief of BioSystems in 2000,. He also served as general chairman for the 2002 IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence. and founded the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society's Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence in 2007. Dr. Fogel is a Fellow of the IEEE, and received the 2004 IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award. He is the author of eight books and over 200 publications in evolutionary computing and neural networks. Dr. Fogel was president of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society in 2008-2009. He received an honorary doctorate in 2008 from the University of Pretoria and was named one of the top-100 most influential alumni from UC San Diego in 2009. He also received the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Evolutionary Computational Pioneer Award in 2008 and the CajAstur Prize in Soft Computing in 2012. Dr. Fogel has given hundreds of public lectures at conferences, museums, and for corporate events regarding diverse aspects of AI, including the prospects of how it will be used to benefit humanity in the future.
In 2017, David Fogel began curating AI, science, and technology news on www.davidfogel.com.