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IEEE Computer Society Nanjing Chapter年会: Evolutionary Multi-objective Algorithms for Practical Problem-Solving

K.C. Tan
Associate Professor
the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore


Abstract: Multi-objective evolutionary algorithms are a class of stochastic optimization techniques that simulate biological evolution to solve problems with multiple (and often conflicting) objectives. Advances made in the field of evolutionary multi-objective optimization (EMO) are the results of more than two decades of research, studying various topics that are unique to MO problems, such as fitness assignment, diversity preservation, balance between exploration and exploitation, elitism and archiving. However many of these studies assume that the problem is deterministic, while the EMO performance generally deteriorates in the presence of uncertainties. The seminar will first provide an overview of evolutionary computation and its application to multi-objective optimization. It then discusses challenges faced in EMO research and presents various EMO features and algorithms for good optimization performance. Specifically, the impact of uncertainties will be described and the enhancements to EMO algorithmic design for robust optimization will be presented. The seminar will also discuss the application of EMO techniques for solving practical problems that involve multiple competing specifications in a large and constrained search space.

Bio: Kay Chen TAN is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore. He is actively pursuing research in computational and artificial intelligence, with applications to multi-objective optimization, scheduling, automation, data mining, and games. Dr Tan has published over 100 journal papers, over 100 papers in conference proceedings, co-authored 5 books including Multiobjective Evolutionary Algorithms and Applications (Springer-Verlag, 2005), Modern Industrial Automation Software Design (John Wiley, 2006; Chinese Edition, 2008), Evolutionary Robotics: From Algorithms to Implementations (World Scientific, 2006; Review), Neural Networks: Computational Models and Applications (Springer-Verlag, 2007), and Evolutionary Multi-objective Optimization in Uncertain Environments: Issues and Algorithms (Springer-Verlag, 2009), co-edited 4 books including Recent Advances in Simulated Evolution and Learning (World Scientific, 2004), Evolutionary Scheduling (Springer-Verlag, 2007), Multiobjective Memetic Algorithms (Springer-Verlag, 2009), and Design and Control of Intelligent Robotic Systems (Springer-Verlag, 2009). Dr Tan is currently a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Computational Intelligence Society. He has been invited to be a keynote/invited speaker for over 20 international conferences. He served in the international program committee for over 100 conferences and involved in the organizing committee for over 30 international conferences, including the General Co-Chair for IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation 2007 in Singapore and the General Co-Chair for IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence in Scheduling 2009 in Tennessee, USA. Dr Tan is currently the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine (5-Year IF: 4.094; IF: 2.833 - Rank 13 out of all 127 IEEE journals). He also serves as an Associate Editor / Editorial Board member of over 15 international journals, such as IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, IEEE Transactions on Computational Intelligence and AI in Games, Evolutionary Computation (MIT Press), European Journal of Operational Research, Journal of Scheduling, and International Journal of Systems Science. Dr Tan is the awardee of the 2012 IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) Outstanding Early Career Award for his contributions to evolutionary computation in multi-objective optimization. He also received the Recognition Award (2008) from the International Network for Engineering Education & Research (iNEER) for his outstanding contributions to engineering education and research. He was also a winner of the NUS Outstanding Educator Awards (2004), the Engineering Educator Awards (2002, 2003, 2005), the Annual Teaching Excellence Awards (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006), and the Honour Roll Awards (2007). Dr Tan is currently a Fellow of the NUS Teaching Academic.
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