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Solving CSPs with evolutionary algorithms using self-adaptive constraint weights.

Conference Proceeding
Eiben, A. E., Jansen, B., Michalewicz, Z., & Paechter, B. (2000)
Solving CSPs with evolutionary algorithms using self-adaptive constraint weights. In D. Whitley (Ed.), GECCO-2000 : proceedings of the genetic and evolutionary computation conference, 128-134
This paper examines evolutionary algorithms (EAs) extended by various penalty-based approaches to solve constraint satisfaction problems (CSPs). In some approaches, the penalt...

Exploiting the analogy between immunology and sparse distributed memory.

Conference Proceeding
Hart, E., & Ross, P. (2001)
Exploiting the analogy between immunology and sparse distributed memory. In J. Timmis, & P. J. Bentley (Eds.), ICARIS 2002 : 1st International Conference on Artificial Immune Systems, 59-67
The relationship between immunological memory and a class of associative memories known as sparse distributed memories (SDM) is well known. This paper proposes a new model for...

Grid diversity operator for some population-based optimization algorithms.

Conference Proceeding
Salah, A., & Hart, E. (2015)
Grid diversity operator for some population-based optimization algorithms. In Proceedings of the Companion Publication of the 2015 on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference - GECCO Companion '15, (1475-1476). https://doi.org/10.1145/2739482.2764664
We present a novel diversity method named Grid Diversity Operator (GDO) that can be incorporated into multiple population-based optimization algorithms that guides the contain...

Hybridisation of Evolutionary Algorithms through hyper-heuristics for global continuous optimisation

Conference Proceeding
Segredo, E., Lalla-Ruiz, E., Hart, E., Paechter, B., & Voß, S. (2016)
Hybridisation of Evolutionary Algorithms through hyper-heuristics for global continuous optimisation. In P. Festa, M. Sellmann, & J. Vanschoren (Eds.), Learning and Intelligent Optimization: 10th International Conference, LION 10, Ischia, Italy, May 29 -- June 1, 2016, (296-305). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-50349-3_25
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...

Hybrid parameter control approach applied to a diversity-based multi-objective Memetic Algorithm for frequency assignment problems

Conference Proceeding
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)https://doi.org/10.1109/CEC.2016.7743969
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...

How institutions shaped the last major evolutionary transition to large-scale human societies.

Journal Article
Powers, S. T., van Schaik, C. P., & Lehmann, L. (2016)
How institutions shaped the last major evolutionary transition to large-scale human societies. Philosophical Transactions B: Biological Sciences, 371(1678), 20150098. https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2015.0098
What drove the transition from small-scale human societies centred on kinship and personal exchange, to large-scale societies comprising cooperation and division of labour amo...

An evolutionary model explaining the Neolithic transition from egalitarianism to leadership and despotism.

Journal Article
Powers, S. T., & Lehmann, L. (2014)
An evolutionary model explaining the Neolithic transition from egalitarianism to leadership and despotism. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 281, 20141349-20141349. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2014.1349
The Neolithic was marked by a transition from small and relatively egalitarian groups, to much larger groups with increased stratification. But the dynamics of this remain poo...

AGADE how individual guidance leads to group behaviour and how this can be simulated

Conference Proceeding
Farrenkopf, T., Guckert, M., Hoffmann, B., & Urquhart, N. B. (2014)
AGADE how individual guidance leads to group behaviour and how this can be simulated. In J. Muller, M. Weyrich, & A. Bazzan (Eds.), Multiagent System Technologies, (234-250). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-11584-9_16
In this paper we will demonstrate how BDI agents can be used to model individuals as participants in social structures where they act as potential buyers in a simple mobile ph...

Analysing the performance of migrating birds optimisation approaches for large scale continuous problems

Conference Proceeding
Lalla-Ruiz, E., Segredo, E., Voss, S., Hart, E., & Paechter, B. (2016)
Analysing the performance of migrating birds optimisation approaches for large scale continuous problems. In Parallel Problem Solving from Nature – PPSN XIV, (134-144). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-45823-6_13
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...

A Novel Heuristic Generator for JSSP Using a Tree-Based Representation of Dispatching Rules

Conference Proceeding
Sim, K., & Hart, E. (2015)
A Novel Heuristic Generator for JSSP Using a Tree-Based Representation of Dispatching Rules. In GECCO Companion '15 Proceedings of the Companion Publication of the 2015 Annual Conference on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation, (1485-1486). https://doi.org/10.1145/2739482.2764697
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...
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Market Prepare

2014 - 2015
A feasibility study & demo of tendering and rating software for Market Prepare to increase the work capacity and improve their customer’s experience when booking trade work and dealing with trades peo...
Funder: Scottish Funding Council | Value: £5,000

FOCAS

2013 - 2016
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...
Funder: European Commission | Value: £639,999

Life Long Learning Hyper Heuristic Optimisation

2012 - 2015
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...
Funder: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council | Value: £238,068

Caddie Charger

2014 - 2014
Focusing on the IT aspects of sound recognition and analysis. The product will be used to monitor the players  playing golf shots using a mixture of location, wi-fi and sounds technologies. Through us...
Funder: Scottish Funding Council | Value: £4,950

AvantGuarde

2014 - 2014
Workshop style sessions were held with Avant Garde, their work so far was reviewed and issues relating to performance were examined. We were able to make specific  suggestions to address a number of i...
Funder: Scottish Funding Council | Value: £5,000

Ensembles for Optimisation

2015 - 2016
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...
Funder: Leverhulme Trust | Value: £34,465

Autonomous Robot Evolution: Cradle to Grave

2018 - 2022
Robotics is changing the landscape of innovation. But traditional design approaches are not suited to novel or unknown habitats and contexts, for instance: robot colonies for ore mining, exploring or ...
Funder: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council | Value: £366,412

Extending a microservices architecture to support user functions and provide cloud APIs

2019 - 2020
Extending a containerised microservices architecture developed in the initial project to support a set of user functions required for the platform's MVP. Additionally, the project will deliver cloud A...
Funder: Scottish Funding Council | Value: £14,250

Bus Passenger Analytics

2020 - 2020
Passengers using the Lothian Buses network may use a smart card (Ridacard) to pay for their journey, swiping the card on boarding a vehicle. Smart card journeys account for about 1/3rd of journeys mad...
Funder: Data Lab | Value: £26,170

Towards Guided Self-Organisation in Artificial Complex Systems: A Swarm Robotics Case Study

2020 - 2022
Swarm robotics refers to the design and coordination of large numbers of simple physical robots. Uses include environmental applications such as pollution monitoring in the oceans using aquatic robots...
Funder: Royal Society | Value: £11,500
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Investigating communicating sequential processes for Java to support ubiquitous computing

2005 - 2009
Ubiquitous Computing promises to enrich our everyday lives by enabling the environment to be enhanced via compu...
Dr Kevin Chalmers | Director of Studies: Prof Jon Kerridge | Second Supervisor: Dr Imed Romdhani

A closer look at adaptation mechanisms in simulated environment-driven evolutionary swarm robotics

2013 - 2018
Swarm robotics is a special case within the general field of robotics. The distributed nature makes it...
Dr Andreas Steyven | Director of Studies: Prof Emma Hart | Second Supervisor: Prof Ben Paechter

Evolving planar mechanisms for the conceptual stage of mechanical design

2015 - date
Paul Lapok | Director of Studies: Alistair Lawson | Second Supervisor: Prof Ben Paechter

Solving a real world routing proglem using evolutionary algorithms and multi-agent systems

1999 - 2003
Dr Neil Urquhart | Director of Studies: Peter Ross | Second Supervisor: Prof Ben Paechter

Novel hyperheuristics applied to the domain of bin packing

2010 - 2014
Hyper-heuristics (HH) have been described as methodologies that aim to offer “good enough -soon enough - cheap enough” solutions to real world...
Dr Kevin Sim | Director of Studies: Prof Emma Hart | Second Supervisor: Prof Ben Paechter

The evaluation of data filtering criterial in wind turbine power performance assessment

2012 - 2019
Dr Brian Davison | Director of Studies: Prof Tariq Muneer | Second Supervisor: Prof Ahmed Al-Dubai

Application of evolutionary machine learning in metamorphic malware analysis and detection

2017 - date
Ms Kehinde Babaagba | Director of Studies: Dr Thomas Tan | Second Supervisor: Prof Emma Hart
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Prof. Emma Hart invited to join Scottish Government Steering Group to develop an Artificial Intelligence (AI) strategy for Scotland.

16 September 2019
Prof. Emma Hart has been invited by Minister Kate Forbes to join a Scottish Government Steering Group to develop an Artificial Intelligence (AI) strategy for Scotland.

Researchers from Nature-Inspired Intelligent Systems group win Best Paper Award@GECCO 2019

16 July 2019
PhD student Mohamad Alissa with supervisors Dr Kevin Sim and Prof. Emma Hart won the Best Paper award in the ECOM track at GECCO 2019 in Prague for their paper: Algorithm Selection Using Deep Learnin...

Prof . Emma Hart gives interview "An Insider's Guide to Evolutionary Computation"

17 December 2018
Laura van Beers from ContactEngine, a London based company delivering software that enables its customers to proactively engage customers in AI-driven conversations to fulfil their business objective...

Prof. Emma Hart invited to talk at Scotland IS Software Engineering Leader's Forum to discuss SICSA's work on AI

20 November 2018
Prof. Emma Hart gave an invited talk at the monthly meet-up of the Scotland IS Software Engineering forum on behalf of the SICSA AI theme to describe the work taking place across Scottish Universities...

Prof. Emma Hart interviewed in new video released by Sentient AI to provide unique insights to business leaders on the growing applicability of evolutionary computation

13 August 2018
Sentient Technologies, a world leader in artificial intelligence (AI) products based on evolutionary computation, today announced a new video collection that provides unique insights to the burgeonin...

Prof. Emma Hart and Dr Kevin Sim win Bronze Award in International Humies competition for work on predicting wind damage in Forestry

18 July 2018
The Annual Humies prize is awarded at the International Conference on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation for human-competitive results that have been produced by any form of genetic and evolutionar...

Evolutionary Robotics Research Nominated for Best Paper Award

14 July 2018
Prof. Emma Hart, Dr Andreas Steyven and Prof. Ben Paechter have been nominated for a prestigious best paper award at the GECCO 18, Kyoto, Japan for new work in evolving a diverse team of swarm robot...

Prof. Emma Hart invited as a keynote speaker at IJCCI in Funchal, Madeira, November 2017

1 November 2017
The International Joint Conference on Computational Intelligence brings together researchers, engineers and practitioners interested in the field of Computational Intelligence both from theoretical an...

CAVES researchers have 3 papers accepted at GECCO 2017

14 July 2017
Members of the CAVES research group have 3 papers accepted at the world's leading conference on Evolutionary Computing. GECCO 2017 will be held in Berlin from 15-19th July 2017. Accepted papers are: ...

Prof. Emma Hart gives invited talk at a Symposium on "Hacking the Immune System"

17 February 2017
This one-day symposium organised at the Radboud University Medical Centre brought together international scientists in the field of tumor immunology, computational and artificial immune systems. Pro...