Numerical Optimization Using Differential Evolution

This talk will discuss general concepts such as population topologies, no free lunch theorem, adaptation, convergence, and so on. Subsequently, differential evolution and its recent variants will be discussed in the context of single objective optimization. The talk will also offer some directions for future research involving concepts such as population topologies, no free lunch theorem, adaptation, convergence, and so on.
Ponnuthurai Nagaratnam Suganthan received the B.A degree, Postgraduate Certificate and M.A degree in Electrical and Information Engineering from the University of Cambridge, UK in 1990, 1992 and 1994, respectively. After completing his PhD research in 1995, he served as a pre-doctoral Research Assistant in the Dept of Electrical Engineering, University of Sydney in 1995–96 and a lecturer in the Dept of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, University of Queensland in 1996–99. He moved to NTU in 1999. He is an Editorial Board Member of the Evolutionary ComputationJournal, MIT Press. He is an associate editor of the IEEE Trans on Cybernetics (2012 - ), IEEE Trans on Evolutionary Computation (2005 - ), Information Sciences (Elsevier) (2009 - ), Pattern Recognition (Elsevier) (2001 - ) and Int. J. of Swarm Intelligence Research (2009 - ) Journals. He is a founding co-editor-in-chief of Swarm and Evolutionary Computation (2010 - ), an Elsevier Journal. His co-authored SaDE paper (published in April 2009) won "IEEE Trans. on Evolutionary Computation" outstanding paper award in 2012. Dr Jane Jing Liang, his former PhD student, won the IEEE CIS Outstanding PhD dissertation award, in 2014. IEEE CIS Singapore Chapter won the best chapter award in Singapore in 2014 for its achievements in 2013 under his leadership. His research interests include swarm and evolutionary algorithms, pattern recognition, numerical optimization by population-based algorithms and applications of swarm, evolutionary & machine learning algorithms. His publications have been well cited. His SCI indexed publications attracted over 1000 SCI citations in each calendar years 2013, 2014 and 2015. He was selected as one of the highly cited researchers by Thomson Reuters in 2015 in computer science, also known as the World's Most Influential Scientists-2015. He served as the General Chair of the IEEE SSCI 2013. He has been a member of the IEEE (S'90, M'92, SM'00, F'15) since 1990 and an elected AdCom member of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) in 2014-2016.



Harmony Search for Problem Solving

Harmony search is a music-inspired optimization algorithm for problem solving. This talk will review various problems the harmony search algorithm has so far tackled, such as engineering design, project scheduling, vehicle routing, road detection in driverless car, tour scheduling, model parameter estimation, ecological conservation, bioinformatics, medical treatment, star finding, music composition, fine art appreciation, recreational puzzle, etc. This talk will also review the theoretical background of the harmony search algorithm with respect to human-experience-based derivative and parameter-setting-free technique.
Zong Woo Geem is a professor of energy IT department at Gachon University in South Korea. He has obtained B.Eng. in Chung-Ang University, Ph.D. in Korea University, and M.Sc. in Johns Hopkins University, and researched at Virginia Tech, University of Maryland - College Park, and Johns Hopkins University. He invented a music-inspired optimization algorithm, Harmony Search, which has been applied to various scientific and engineering problems. His research interest includes phenomenon-mimicking algorithms and their applications to energy, environment and water fields. He has served for various journals as an editorial member (Associate Editor for Engineering Optimization; Guest Editor for Int. Journal of Bio- Inspired Computation; Guest Editor for Journal of Applied Mathematics; Editorial Board Member for Int. Journal of Mathematical Modelling and Numerical Optimisation; Editorial Board Member for Int. Journal of Optimization in Civil Engineering; and Editorial Board Member for Int. Journal of Swarm Intelligence).



Framework for Optimal Maintenance using Soft Computing

Maintenance Optimization for Large Engineering Systems is a key area in asset management. Machinery Health Monitoring is increasingly being adopted by industries not only as a means for asset management but also ensuring high levels of availability with its consequent gains by ascertaining the impact in enhancing availability at plant level and in a cost effective manner. Quantification of certain features such as detect-ability and prognostic ability and a fuzzy logic approach for doing so are presented. These features are then incorporated in a multi-objective maintenance optimization model based on Markov process and genetic algorithm, the results of which serve as decision support system for the selection of health monitoring. A demonstrative case is presented to illustrate this idea.
Ajit K. Verma is a Professor(Technical Safety) in Engineering, Stord/Haugesund University College, Haugesund, Norway (Since March 2012)and was a Professor/Senior (HAG) scale Professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering at IIT Bombay for around 15 years with a research focus in Reliability, Risk, Safety Engineering and applications of Soft Computing in these domains. He was the Director of the International Institute of Information Technology Pune, on lien from IIT Bombay, from Aug 2009-Sep 2010. He is also a Guest Professor at Lulea University of Technology, Sweden and was an adjunct at the University of Stavanger. He has supervised/co-supervised 37 PhDs and 95 Masters theses in the above areas. He is the Springer Book Series Editor of Reliable & Sustainable Electric Power and Energy Systems Management and jointly edited books published by Springer titled 1.Reliability and Risk Evaluation of Wind Integrated Power Systems 2.Reliability Modeling and Analysis of Smart Power Systems 3.Current Trends in Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety- An Industry Perspective and is also an author of books titled 1.Fuzzy Reliability EngineeringConcepts and Applications (Narosa), 2.Optimal Maintenance of Large Engineering System-Practical Strategies for Effective Decision Making(Narosa), 3.Reliability and Safety Engineering (Springer) 4.Dependability of Networked Computer Based Systems (Springer), 5.Risk Management of Non-Renewable Energy Systems(Springer). He has 250 publications in various journals and conferences. His papers(jointly authored) in the area of nuclear research were the only Indian citations in nuclear industry reported in Review of International Activities in Accident Management and Decision making in the Nuclear Industry, published by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, May 1999(MIT-NED-EDF-1999-01). He is a senior member of IEEE and a life fellow of IETE. He has been the Editor-in-Chief of OPSEARCH published by Springer(Jan 2008- Jan 2011) as well as the Founder Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Systems Assurance Engineering and Management(IJSAEM) published by Springer and the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Life Cycle Reliability and Safety Engineering. He is on the editorial board of various international journals. He has served as a Guest Editor of Special Issue of IETE Technical Review on Quality Management in Electronics, Telecommunication & Information Technology, 2001 and as a Guest Editor of Special Issue of International Journal of Reliability, Quality and Safety Engineering (World Scientific) Dec 2004, June 2006, April 2008, Dec 2009 & June 2010. He has been a Guest Editor of Special Issue of DQM Communications, 2006, 2007 & 2009 and Special Issue on ‘Dependability in computing systems’ of International Journal of Performability Engineering, 2006. He was a Guest Editor of Special Issue on ‘Reliable Computing’ of International Journal of Automation and Computing (Oct 2007), May 2010, IJSAEM (June 2010) (with Prof Roy Billington and Prof Rajesh Karki) and IJSAEM (March 2011) ( with Prof Lofti Zadeh and Prof Ashok Deshpande) and IEEE Transactions on Reliability, March 2011

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