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Automated Algorithm Selection: from Feature-Based to Feature-Free Approaches

Journal Article
Alissa, M., Sim, K., & Hart, E. (in press)
Automated Algorithm Selection: from Feature-Based to Feature-Free Approaches. Journal of Heuristics, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10732-022-09505-4
We propose a novel technique for algorithm-selection, applicable to optimisation domains in which there is implicit sequential information encapsulated in the data, e.g., in o...

Augmenting Novelty Search with a Surrogate Model to Engineer Meta-Diversity in Ensembles of Classifiers

Conference Proceeding
Cardoso, R. P., Hart, E., Burth Kurka, D., & Pitt, J. (2022)
Augmenting Novelty Search with a Surrogate Model to Engineer Meta-Diversity in Ensembles of Classifiers. In Applications of Evolutionary Computation: EvoApplications 2022 (418-434). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-02462-7_27
Using Neuroevolution combined with Novelty Search to promote behavioural diversity is capable of constructing high-performing ensembles for classification. However, using grad...

Lifelong Learning Machines: Towards Developing Optimisation Systems That Continually Learn

Book Chapter
Hart, E. (2022)
Lifelong Learning Machines: Towards Developing Optimisation Systems That Continually Learn. In A. E. Smith (Ed.), Women in Computational Intelligence: Key Advances and Perspectives on Emerging Topics (187-203). Cham: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-79092-9_9
Standard approaches to developing optimisation algorithms tend to involve selecting an algorithm and tuning it to work well on a large set of problem instances from the domain...

Morpho-evolution with learning using a controller archive as an inheritance mechanism

Journal Article
Le Goff, L. K., Buchanan, E., Hart, E., Eiben, A. E., Li, W., De Carlo, M., …Tyrrell, A. M. (in press)
Morpho-evolution with learning using a controller archive as an inheritance mechanism. IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems, https://doi.org/10.1109/tcds.2022.3148543
Most work in evolutionary robotics centres on evolving a controller for a fixed body-plan. However, previous studiessuggest that simultaneously evolving both controller ...

On the challenges of jointly optimising robot morphology and control using a hierarchical optimisation scheme

Conference Proceeding
Goff, L. K. L., & Hart, E. (2021)
On the challenges of jointly optimising robot morphology and control using a hierarchical optimisation scheme. In GECCO '21: Proceedings of the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference Companion (1498-1502). https://doi.org/10.1145/3449726.3463156
We investigate a hierarchical scheme for the joint optimisation of robot bodies and controllers in a complex morphological space. An evolutionary algorithm optimises body-plan...

WILDA: Wide Learning of Diverse Architectures for Classification of Large Datasets

Conference Proceeding
Pitt, J., Burth Kurka, D., Hart, E., & Cardoso, R. P. (2021)
WILDA: Wide Learning of Diverse Architectures for Classification of Large Datasets. In Applications of Evolutionary Computation: EvoApplications 2021 Proceedings. , (649-664). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-72699-7_41
In order to address scalability issues, which can be a challenge for Deep Learning methods, we propose Wide Learning of Diverse Architectures-a model that scales horizontally ...

Evolution of Diverse, Manufacturable Robot Body Plans

Conference Proceeding
Buchanan, E., Le Goff, L., Hart, E., Eiben, A. E., De Carlo, M., Li, W., …Tyrrell, A. M. (2020)
Evolution of Diverse, Manufacturable Robot Body Plans. In 2020 IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence (SSCI) (2132-2139). https://doi.org/10.1109/SSCI47803.2020.9308434
Advances in rapid prototyping have opened up new avenues of research within Evolutionary Robotics in which not only controllers but also the body plans (morphologies) of robot...

Hardware Design for Autonomous Robot Evolution

Conference Proceeding
Hale, M. F., Angus, M., Buchanan, E., Li, W., Woolley, R., Le Goff, L. K., …Tyrrell, A. M. (2020)
Hardware Design for Autonomous Robot Evolution. In 2020 IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence (SSCI) (2140-2147). https://doi.org/10.1109/SSCI47803.2020.9308204
The long term goal of the Autonomous Robot Evolution (ARE) project is to create populations of physical robots, in which both the controllers and body plans are evolved. The t...

Improving Classification of Metamorphic Malware by Augmenting Training Data with a Diverse Set of Evolved Mutant Samples

Conference Proceeding
Babaagba, K., Tan, Z., & Hart, E. (2020)
Improving Classification of Metamorphic Malware by Augmenting Training Data with a Diverse Set of Evolved Mutant Samples. https://doi.org/10.1109/CEC48606.2020.9185668
Detecting metamorphic malware provides a challenge to machine-learning models as trained models might not generalise to future mutant variants of the malware. To address this,...

Automatic Generation of Adversarial Metamorphic Malware Using MAP-Elites

Conference Proceeding
Babaagba, K. O., Tan, Z., & Hart, E. (2020)
Automatic Generation of Adversarial Metamorphic Malware Using MAP-Elites. In Applications of Evolutionary Computation. EvoApplications 2020. , (117-132). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-43722-0_8
In the field of metamorphic malware detection, training a detection model with malware samples that reflect potential mutants of the malware is crucial in developing a model r...
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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 interview with MIT Press on her new Editor-in-Chief role

17 February 2017
The New Year welcomed Emma Hart to the helm of Evolutionary Computation. She took over the role of Editor-in-Chief from Hans-Georg Beyer (who had assumed the role himself in 2010). Professor Hart ans...