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On the life-long learning capabilities of a NELLI*: a hyper-heuristic optimisation system.

  Real-world applications of optimisation techniques place more importance on finding approaches that result in acceptable quality solutions in a short time-frame and can provide robust solutions, capable of being modified in response to changes in the environment than seeking elusive global optima. We demonstrate that a hyper-heuristic approach NELLI* that takes inspiration from artifical immune systems is capable of life-long learning in an environment where problems are presented in a continuous stream and change over time. Experiments using 1370 bin-packing problems show excellent performance on unseen problems and that the system maintains memory, enabling it to exploit previously learnt heuristics to solve new problems with similar characteristics to ones solved in the past.

  • Publication Status:

    Published

  • Publisher

    Springer International Publishing

  • DOI:

    10.1007/978-3-319-10762-2_28

  • Library of Congress:

    QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    006.3 Artificial intelligence

Citation

Hart, E. & Sim, K. (2013). On the life-long learning capabilities of a NELLI*: a hyper-heuristic optimisation system. In Proceedings of PPSN, 13th International Conference on Parallel problem Solving from Nature, 282-291. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-10762-2_28. ISBN 978-3-319-10761-5

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Keywords

Real-world optimisation; hyper-heuristics; NELLI; artificial immune systems;

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