Joel Lehman

Short Bio

Joel Lehman is an assistant professor at the IT University of Copenhagen. He recieved his bachelor’s degree from the Ohio State University in 2007, and his Ph.D. from the University of Central Florida in 2012. He is an inventor of the novelty search algorithm. Other research interests include neuroevolution, computational intelligence in games, artificial life, and open-ended evolution.joel


Selected Publications

  • Stanley, Kenneth O., and Joel Lehman. “Why Greatness Cannot Be Planned.” (2015).
  • Lehman, Joel, and Risto Miikkulainen. “Extinction Events Can Accelerate Evolution.” PloS one 10.8 (2015): e0132886.
  • Hausknecht, Matthew, et al. “A neuroevolution approach to general atari game playing.” Computational Intelligence and AI in Games, IEEE Transactions on 6.4 (2014): 355-366.
  • Lehman, Joel, and Kenneth O. Stanley. “Evolvability is inevitable: increasing evolvability without the pressure to adapt.” PloS one 8.4 (2013): e62186.
  • Lehman, Joel, and Kenneth O. Stanley. “Evolving a diversity of virtual creatures through novelty search and local competition.” Proceedings of the 13th annual conference on Genetic and evolutionary computation. ACM, 2011.
  • Lehman, Joel, and Kenneth O. Stanley. “Abandoning objectives: Evolution through the search for novelty alone.” Evolutionary computation 19.2 (2011): 189-223.

Selected Projects



email: jleh (at) itu (dot) dk