Kenneth De Jong

A headshot of emeritus faculty Kenneth De Jong wearing a white sweater in his profile for the Computer Science department.
Titles and Organizations

Professor Computer Science College of Engineering and Computing

Contact Information

Phone: 703-993-4398
Campus: Fairfax
Building: Krasnow Building
Room 213
Mail Stop: 2A1

Personal Websites


Kenneth A. De Jong received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Michigan in 1975. He joined George Mason University in 1984 and is currently a University Professor, a Professor of Computer Science, head of the Evolutionary Computation Laboratory, and Associate Director of the Krasnow Institute. His research interests include genetic algorithms, evolutionary computation, machine learning, and adaptive systems. He is currently involved in research projects involving the development of new evolutionary algorithm (EA) theory, and the use of EAs as heuristics in complex modeling for robot navigation and game playing.

He is an active member of the Evolutionary Computation research community and has been involved in organizing many workshops and conferences on the subject. He is the founding editor-in-chief of the journal Evolutionary Computation (MIT Press), and a member of the board of the Association for Computing Machinery – Special Interest Group on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation. He is the recipient of an IEEE Pioneer award in the field of

Evolutionary Computation, and a lifetime achievement award from the Evolutionary Programming Society.


2014 - 2017 : CCF: AF: Small: Novel Stochastic Optimization Algorithms to Advance the Treatment of Dynamic Molecular Systems. Funded by National Science Foundation.

2013 - 2016 : RI: Medium:Collaborative Research: BCSP: Automated Parameter Tuning of Large-Scale Spiking Neural Networks. Funded by National Science Foundation.

2012 - 2013 : CI-P: Workshop on Enhancing a Large-scale Multiagent Simulation Tool. Funded by National Science Foundation.

Research Interests

Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Computer Simulation and Modeling, Evolutionary Computation, Complex Adaptive Systems


  • PhD, Computer Science, University of Michigan