Use of machine learning techniques to model wind damage to forests
Hart, E., Sim, K., Kamimura, K., Meredieu, C., Guyon, D., & Gardiner, B. (2019)
Use of machine learning techniques to model wind damage to forests. Agricultural and forest meteorology, 265, 16-29. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agrformet.2018.10.022
This paper tested the ability of machine learning techniques, namely artificial neural networks and random forests, to predict the individual trees within a forest most at r...
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...
An improved immune inspired hyper-heuristic for combinatorial optimisation problems.
Sim, K., & Hart, E. (2014)
An improved immune inspired hyper-heuristic for combinatorial optimisation problems. In C. Igel (Ed.), Proceedings of GECCO 2014 (Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference) (121-128). https://doi.org/10.1145/2576768.2598241
The meta-dynamics of an immune-inspired optimisation sys- tem NELLI are considered. NELLI has previously shown to exhibit good performance when applied to a large set of optim...
Learning to solve bin packing problems with an immune inspired hyper-heuristic.
Sim, K., Hart, E., & Paechter, B. (2013)
Learning to solve bin packing problems with an immune inspired hyper-heuristic. In P. Liò, O. Miglino, G. Nicosia, S. Nolfi, & M. Pavone (Eds.), Advances in Artificial Life, ECAL 2013, 856-863. https://doi.org/10.7551/978-0-262-31709-2-ch126
Motivated by the natural immune system's ability to defend the body by generating and maintaining a repertoire of antibodies that collectively cover the potential pathogen spa...
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 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...
On the life-long learning capabilities of a NELLI*: a hyper-heuristic optimisation system.
Hart, E., & Sim, K. (2014)
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). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-10762-2_28
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 provid...
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 ...
A Lifelong Learning Hyper-heuristic Method for Bin Packing.
Hart, E., Sim, K., & Paechter, B. (2015)
A Lifelong Learning Hyper-heuristic Method for Bin Packing. Evolutionary Computation, 23(1), 37-67. https://doi.org/10.1162/EVCO_a_00121
We describe a novel Hyper-heuristic system which continuously learns over time to solve a combinatorial optimisation problem. The system continuously generates new heuristics ...
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...