I got my PhD at the DEMO lab (advised by
Jordan Pollack). The focus was on
characterizing the role of representation-dependent effects in Evolutionary Computation. Specifically,
I sought to understand the impact of having two independent yet interacting representations
as is the case in coevolutionary algorithms and the developmental evolutionary algorithms.
Viswanathan, S. and Pollack, J.B., 2005,
"On the coevolutionary construction of learnable gradients, Coevolutionary and
Coadaptive Systems, AAAI Fall Symposium 2005, Washington D.C. [See my
dissertation for a definitive version of ideas in this paper]
Design for Disassembly (for the design of environment-friendly products)
While getting my MS (advised by Venkat
Allada), I worked on a class of computational and geometric problems that arise in the context of Environment
Conscious Design. Specifically, (a) how can the suitability of a product for post-life disassembly be
automatically and meaningfully evaluated in a principled manner? and (b) how can this evaluation be used
to improve the design?
Viswanathan, S., and Allada, V., 2000, Configuration analysis to
support product redesign for end-of-life disassembly,
Proc. ASME DETC - Design for Manufacturing Conference,
Baltimore, MD, Sept. 10-13. [received the
Best Paper award]
Viswanathan, S., and Allada, V., 1999, Value-based product
structure evaluation for disassembly, Eco-Design'99:
International Symposium on Environmentally Conscious Design and
Inverse Manufacturing, Feb. 1-3, Tokyo, pp. 778-783.
Investigations in the design of products and factories for end-of-life
disassembly, 2001, M.S. Thesis, University of Missouri-Rolla.