Central problems in automatic design include the allocation of scarce resources in the design (e.g. power and materials budgets), managing tradeoffs between conflicting design goals, and control of the overall design process itself and the simulations that it entails. The present effort is an investigation of a mixed-paradigm control model, drawing from evolution (the "genetic algorithm") and economics ("agoric algorithms"). We show that this model is a promising formulation for the general control and integration task. We present experimental results in which it performs certain desirable control tasks, including rational allocation of effort in stochastic methods, coordinating local expertise into an overall structure using the price mechanism, and driving the overall process towards global obtima.
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