Akram, R. N., Markantonakis, K., Mayes, K., Habachi, O., Sauveron, D., Steyven, A., & Chaumette, S. (2017). Security, Privacy and Safety Evaluation of Dynamic and Static Fleets of Drones. In 2017 IEEE/AIAA 36th Digital Avionics Systems Conference (DASC),doi:10.1109/DASC.2017.8101984
Interconnected everyday objects, either via public or private networks, are gradually becoming reality in modern life -- often referred to as the Internet of Things (IoT) or C...
Pitt, J., & Hart, E. (2017). For Flux Sake: The Confluence of Socially- and Biologically-Inspired Computing for Engineering Change in Open Systems. In 2017 IEEE 2nd International Workshops on Foundations and Applications of Self* Systems (FAS*W),doi:10.1109/FAS-W.2017.119
This position paper is concerned with the challenge of engineering multi-scale and long-lasting systems, whose operation is regulated by sets of mutually-agreed, conventional ...
Segura, C., Segredo, E., & Miranda, G. (2017). The Importance of the Individual Encoding in Memetic Algorithms with Diversity Control Applied to Large Sudoku Puzzles. In 2017 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC)doi:10.1109/CEC.2017.7969565
In recent years, several memetic algorithms with explicit mechanisms to delay convergence have shown great promise when solving 9x9 Sudoku puzzles. This paper analyzes and ext...
Optimisation – finding cost-effective or high-performing solutions - is a key economic driver for business today. However, academic literature on search-based optimisation techniques reflects an escal...
FOCAS is a coordination action in the area of collective adaptive systems. It provides increased visibility to the research carried out by projects funded by the FOCAS FET Proactive Initiative and oth...
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
This project aims to improve the current state of the art in developing optimisation tools which are relevant and acceptable to industry.
This will be achieved by addressing industrial current concer...
18 July 2016
Congratulations to the following SIG members who have the following papers accepted at upcoming international conferences:
Alife 2016 (Cancun, Mexico) Simon Pow...
04 May 2016
The FOCAS project was rated as Excellent at its final review, after running for three years. The project coordinator was Emma Hart, with Jennifer Willies as Project Manager.
16 June 2016
Simon Powers will deliver a research seminar about his work on the evolution of institutions.
Abstract Economics, artificial life, and agent-based c...
Senior Associate Research Fellow
Hart, E., Sim, K., Gardiner, B., & Kamimura, K. (2017). A Hybrid Method for Feature Construction and Selection to Improve Wind-Damage Prediction in the Forestry Sector. In GECCO '17 Proceedings of the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference, 1121-1128. doi:10.1145/3071178.3071217
Catastrophic damage to forests resulting from major storms has resulted in serious timber and financial losses within the sector across Europe in the recent past. Developing r...
Segredo, E., Lalla-Ruiz, E., Hart, E., Paechter, B. & Voss, S. (2016). Hybridisation of Evolutionary Algorithms through hyper-heuristics for global continuous optimisation. In Festa, P., Sellmann, M. & Vanschoren, J. (Eds.). Learning and Intelligent Optimization: 10th International Conference, LION 10, Ischia, Italy, May 29 -- June 1, 2016, 296-305. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-50349-3_25. ISBN 978-3-319-50348-6, 978-3-319-50349-3,
Choosing the correct algorithm to solve a problem still remains an issue 40 years after the Algorithm Selection Problem was first posed. Here we propose a hyper-heuristic whic...
Segredo, E., Paechter, B., Hart, E. & Gonz´alez-Vila, C. I. (2016). Hybrid parameter control approach applied to a diversity-based multi-objective Memetic Algorithm for frequency assignment problems. In 2016 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC)doi:10.1109/CEC.2016.7743969. ISBN 978-1-5090-0623-6
In order to address the difficult issue of parameter setting within a diversity-based Multi-objective Evolutionary Algorithm (MOEA), we recently proposed a hybrid control sche...
Gkatzia, D., Rieser, V. & Lemon, O. (2016). How to Talk to Strangers: generating medical reports for first time users. In 2016 IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems (FUZZ-IEEE)doi:10.1109/FUZZ-IEEE.2016.7737739. ISBN 978-1-5090-0626-7, 978-1-5090-0625-0,
We propose a novel approach for handling first-time
users in the context of automatic report generation from timeseries
data in the health domain. Handling first-time users is...
Steyven, A., Hart, E. & Paechter, B. (2016). Understanding environmental influence in an open-ended evolutionary algorithm. In Parallel Problem Solving from Nature – PPSN XIV, 921-931. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-45823-6_86. ISBN 978-3-319-45822-9
It is well known that in open-ended evolution, the nature
of the environment plays in key role in directing evolution. However, in Evolutionary Robotics, it is often unclear e...
Farrenkopf, T., Guckert, M., Urquhart, N. B. & Wells, S. (2016). Demo paper: AGADE - Scalability of ontology based agent simulations. In Advances in Practical Applications of Scalable Multi-agent Systems. The PAAMS Collection, 256-259. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-39324-7_25. ISBN 978-3-319-39323-0, 978-3-319-39324-7,
Simulations of real world scenarios often require considerably
large numbers of agents. With increasing level of detail and resolution
in the underlying models machine limitat...
Lalla-Ruiz, E., Segredo, E., Voss, S., Hart, E. & Paechter, B. (2015). Analysing the performance of migrating birds optimisation approaches for large scale continuous problems. In Parallel Problem Solving from Nature – PPSN XIV, 134-144. ISBN 978-3-319-45823-6; 978-3-319-45822-9
We present novel algorithmic schemes for dealing with large
scale continuous problems. They are based on the recently proposed
population-based meta-heuristics Migrating Birds...
Sim, K. & Hart, E. (2015). A novel heuristic generator for JSSP using a tree-based representation of dispatching rules. doi:10.1145/2739482.2764697. ISBN 978-1-4503-3488-4
A previously described hyper-heuristic framework named
NELLI is adapted for the classic Job Shop Scheduling Problem (JSSP) and used to find ensembles of reusable heuristics th...
Steyven, A., Hart, E. & Paechter, B. (2015). The Cost of Communication: environmental pressure and survivability in mEDEA. In Proceedings of the Companion Publication of the 2015 on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference - GECCO Companion '15, 1239-1240. doi:10.1145/2739482.2768489. ISBN 978-1-4503-3488-4
We augment the mEDEA algorithm to explicitly account for
the costs of communication between robots. Experimental
results show that adding a costs for communication exerts
Sim, K., Hart, E., Urquhart, N. B. & Pigden, T. (2014). A new rich vehicle routing problem model and benchmark resource. In Proceedings of the The 11th edition of the International Conference on Evolutionary and Deterministic Methods for Design, Optimization and Control with Applications to Industrial and Societal Problems (EUROGEN 2015)
We describe a new rich VRP model that captures many real-world constraints, following a recently proposed taxonomy that addresses both scenario and problem physical characteri...
Urquhart, N. B. & Hart, E. (2014). Creating optimised employee travel plans
Urquhart, N. B. (2015). Optimising the scheduling and planning of urban milk deliveries. In A. M. Mora, & G. Squillero (Eds.), Applications of Evolutionary Computation, 604-615. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-16549-3_49
This paper investigates the optimisation of the delivery of dairy products to households in three urban areas. The requirement for the optimisation to be part of the existing ...
Ubiquitous Computing promises to enrich our everyday lives by enabling the environment to be enhanced via compu...
Swarm robotics is a special case within the general field of robotics. The distributed nature makes it...
09 June 2016
Simon Powers will write an article about "defection" (as the term is used in game theory), for the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science, edited by To...
04 May 2016
04 May 2016
Congratulations to the following SIG members who have the following papers accepted at upcoming international conferences & journals
Alife 2016 (Cancun,...
14 January 2016
14 January 2016
Dr Neil Urquhart has been invited to present a seminar to the ERGO group (Edinburgh Research Group in Optimisation) at Edinburgh University. The seminar entitled "Explor...
06 January 2016
06 January 2016
CAVES Researcher Dr Neil Urquhart is to organise and chair a workshop on Intelligent Transport at the Parallel Problem Solving from Nature (PPSN) conference. The worksho...