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Dynamics of evolution and learning [Elektronische Ressource] / by Ingo Paenke

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Ingo PaenkeDynamics of Evolution and LearningDynamics of Evolution and Learningby Ingo PaenkeDissertation, genehmigt von der Fakultät für Wirtschaftswissenschaften der Universität Fridericiana zu KarlsruheTag der mündlichen Prüfung: 29.02.2008Referent: Prof. Dr. Hartmut SchmeckKorreferent: Prof. Dr. Xin Yao ImpressumUniversitätsverlag Karlsruhec/o UniversitätsbibliothekStraße am Forum 2D-76131 Karlsruhewww.uvka.deDieses Werk ist unter folgender Creative Commons-Lizenz lizenziert: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/de/Universitätsverlag Karlsruhe 2008 Print on DemandISBN: 978-3-86644-247-4To my mentorDaisaku IkedaIIAcknowledgementsLooking back, I feel immense gratitude to the many people around me that have supportedme during the time in which I was working on this Ph.D. thesis. The past three and a halfyears have been exciting, challenging and truly valuable. The thesis is the result of a jointproject between the Institute AIFB at the University of Karlsruhe and the Honda ResearchInstitute Europe (HRI) in Offenbach a.M., Germany. In this project I have been workingalternately at the HRI - living in Frankfurt in these times - and the AIFB. I am grateful tothe HRI for providing the complete funding.I wish to sincerely thank my doctoral advisor, Prof. Dr. Hartmut Schmeck. Despite hisbusy schedule in an increasingly large research group, he frequently took off some time forvaluable discussions. I am grateful to you, Prof.
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Ingo Paenke
Dynamics of Evolution and LearningDynamics of Evolution and Learning
by
Ingo PaenkeDissertation, genehmigt von der Fakultät für Wirtschaftswissenschaften der
Universität Fridericiana zu Karlsruhe
Tag der mündlichen Prüfung: 29.02.2008
Referent: Prof. Dr. Hartmut Schmeck
Korreferent: Prof. Dr. Xin Yao
Impressum
Universitätsverlag Karlsruhe
c/o Universitätsbibliothek
Straße am Forum 2
D-76131 Karlsruhe
www.uvka.de
Dieses Werk ist unter folgender Creative Commons-Lizenz
lizenziert: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/de/
Universitätsverlag Karlsruhe 2008
Print on Demand
ISBN: 978-3-86644-247-4To my mentor
Daisaku IkedaIIAcknowledgements
Looking back, I feel immense gratitude to the many people around me that have supported
me during the time in which I was working on this Ph.D. thesis. The past three and a half
years have been exciting, challenging and truly valuable. The thesis is the result of a joint
project between the Institute AIFB at the University of Karlsruhe and the Honda Research
Institute Europe (HRI) in Offenbach a.M., Germany. In this project I have been working
alternately at the HRI - living in Frankfurt in these times - and the AIFB. I am grateful to
the HRI for providing the complete funding.
I wish to sincerely thank my doctoral advisor, Prof. Dr. Hartmut Schmeck. Despite his
busy schedule in an increasingly large research group, he frequently took off some time for
valuable discussions. I am grateful to you, Prof. Schmeck, for continously pointing me to
those aspects that were essential for successfully finishing my thesis in the planned time. I
also thank you for letting me pursue my studies freely and for letting me decide whether
and to what extent I get involved into teaching. At the AIFB, I was intensively advised by
Dr. Ju¨rgen Branke. I remember well when I walked into Jur¨ gens office in 2003 where he
immediatly offered me to write a Diploma thesis under his supervision and contacted the
HRI to initiate a joint Diploma thesis project which finally led to this Ph.D. thesis. Thank
you, Ju¨rgen, for your great enthusiasm, your brilliant analyzes and your serious examination
of every proposed idea. I am very grateful for having had such a caring advisor.
At the HRI, I was intensively advised by Dr. Yaochu Jin and Prof. Dr. Bernhard Sendhoff.
Thank you, Yaochu and Bernhard for your immense support. Yaochu, you have been pushing
me at the right pace while never being impatient. At any time you by yourself were giving
me a great example of how to finalize a piece of work and take the next concrete steps. I will
miss our fruitful and cheerful discussions. Bernhard, I remember our great meetings which
ended with many, many notes in my hands. Not only did you help me to open up various
new perspectives for the next steps of my scientific work - what I remember vividly is how
much you treasured the work that I had done so far. I always left your office happily, looking
forward to continue with my work. These experiences have shaped my working attitude and I
am grateful for having met such a scientific mentor. I also thank HRI Europe President Prof.
Dr. Edgar K¨orner and CFO Andreas Richter for supporting my research project. A special
thanks goes to Claudia Sch¨afer for her caring support in the early phase of the project.
IalsothankBernhardSendhoffandHartmutSchmeckforinitiatingmytwomonthsresearch
visit at Prof. Dr. Xin Yao’s research group at the University of Birmingham. Xin, I thank
you for giving me this opportunity, for your advice and for letting me get involved in the
various research areas of your group. I greatly enjoyed my time in Birmingham.
IIIA very special thanks goes to Prof. Dr. Tadeusz Kawecki from the University of Lausanne.
My collaboration with Tad started after his talk at the HRI in the early stages of my thesis
project. Tad, thank you so much for opening a multi-disciplinary perspective for my thesis
and also for critically reviewing my work from the point of view of an excellent evolutionary
biologist. I greatly benefit from our collaboration.
I am grateful to my many wonderful colleagues at the different institutes. Everyone has
supported me in his or her own way, sometimes by commenting on my work, sometimes
with technical assistance, and sometimes by simply listening to my problems. Each of the
following persons deserves to be mentioned in length and I wish I could do this here. Among
these people at the AIFB are Berndt Scheuermann, Christian Schmidt, Michael Stein, Sanaz
Mostaghim, Holger Prothmann, Urban Richter, Peter Bungert, Matthias Bonn, Andreas
Kamper, Lei Liu, Stefan Thanheiser, Andr´e Wiesner, Lukas K¨onig and our secretary Ingeborg
G¨otz. Among these people at the HRI are the ELTec research group members Lars Gra¨ning,
Stephan Menzel, Markus Olhofer, Martina Hasenj¨ager, Thomas Bihrer and Till Steiner, the
non-ELTec members Inna Mikhailova and Xavier Domont, and the ELTec affiliated Ph.D.
students Neale Samways, Ben Jones, Dudy Lim, Aimin Zhou. A very special thanks goes
to Miguel Vaz, who enormously supported me scientifically, technically and above all as a
great friend. Thank you, Miguel! Thank you, Ramon Sagarna, Per Kristian Lehre, Andreas
Soltioggo and Arjun Chandra for your kind support in Birmingham. A special thanks goes to
Chrisantha Fernando for taking the initiative for our refreshing and productive collaboration.
I am grateful to Miguel, Yaochu, Bernhard, Stefan, Lars, Jurgen,¨ Berndt, Sanaz and Holger
for reviewing and proofreading my thesis. I thank Prof. Dr. Clemens Puppe and Prof. Dr.
Andreas Geyer-Schulz for being the examiners of my defense and I thank Prof. Dr. Hartmut
Schmeck and Prof. Dr. Xin Yao for additionally being referee of my thesis.
I would not have been successful in this endeavor without the tremendous background
support from outside my workplace. Words can not appropriately reflect what I owe to my
parents - Meine lieben Eltern, Danke fur¨ alles! I am indebted to my best friend Kentaro and
his family for their continuous encouragement and support. Danke, Kentaro und Sophia! I
am grateful to my flat mates in Frankfurt, Elke, Miguel, Daniela, Judith, Phillip for their
flexibility and their understanding for my sudden arrivals and departures, and to my great
friends in Karlsruhe, Moritz, Bernhard and Chrisoula.
As a member of the Soka Gakkai International, a lay Buddhist movement and United
Nations NGO that fosters peace, education and culture around the globe, I am indebted
to many of its members who so strongly supported me in my personal development. As
representatives of the countless people that should be named here, I want to thank Kentaro,
Sophia, Birgit, Moonja, Georg and Sonja.
Finally, I wish to express my gratitude to my mentor in life, Daisaku Ikeda, who is the
President of the Soka Gakkai International, a Buddhist leader, peacebuilder and educator
who has received the United Nations Peace award, more than 200 honorary doctorates,
professorships and other academic honors for his contributions to peace. Through his life he
encourages me to create value and to challenge myself for this purpose. I dedicate this work
to my mentor, Daisaku Ikeda.
Ingo Paenke, Karlsruhe, 2008
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