A new rich vehicle routing problem model and benchmark resource
Sim, K., Hart, E., Urquhart, N. B., & Pigden, T. (2018)
A new rich vehicle routing problem model and benchmark resource. In Advances in Evolutionary and Deterministic Methods for Design, Optimization and Control in Engineering and Sciences. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-89988-6_30
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...
A research agenda for metaheuristic standardization.
Presentation / Conference
Hart, E., & Sim, K. (2015, June)
A research agenda for metaheuristic standardization. Paper presented at 11th Metaheuristics International Conference, Agadir, Morocco
We propose that the development of standardized, explicit, machine-readable descriptions of metaheuris- tics will greatly advance scientific progress in the field. In particul...
Algorithm selection using deep learning without feature extraction
Alissa, M., Sim, K., & Hart, E. (2019)
Algorithm selection using deep learning without feature extraction. In GECCO '19: Proceedings of the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference Companion. , (198-206). https://doi.org/10.1145/3321707.3321845
We propose a novel technique for algorithm-selection which adopts a deep-learning approach, specifically a Recurrent-Neural Network with Long-Short-Term-Memory (RNN-LSTM). In ...
On Constructing Ensembles for Combinatorial Optimisation
Hart, E., & Sim, K. (2018)
On Constructing Ensembles for Combinatorial Optimisation. Evolutionary Computation, 26(1), 67-87. https://doi.org/10.1162/evco_a_00203
Although the use of ensemble methods in machine-learning is ubiquitous due to their proven ability to outperform their constituent algorithms, ensembles of optimisation algori...
A hybrid method for feature construction and selection to improve wind-damage prediction in the forestry sector
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). https://doi.org/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...
A hyper-heuristic ensemble method for static job-shop scheduling.
Hart, E., & Sim, K. (2016)
A hyper-heuristic ensemble method for static job-shop scheduling. Evolutionary Computation, 24(4), 609-635. https://doi.org/10.1162/EVCO_a_00183
We describe a new hyper-heuristic method NELLI-GP for solving job-shop scheduling problems (JSSP) that evolves an ensemble of heuristics. The ensemble adopts a divide-and-conq...
A Novel Heuristic Generator for JSSP Using a Tree-Based Representation of Dispatching Rules
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...