SEMINAR: Blast from the Past – Revisiting Evolutionary Strategies for the Design of Engineered Systems

Alice E. Smith, Ph.D., P.E. Joe W. Forehand / Accenture Distinguished Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Computer Science and Software Engineering Auburn University
When Sep 16, 2016
from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where Vogt Engineering Bldg., Room 311
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Contact Phone (502) 852-4848
AttendeesFaculty, Staff and Students are welcome.
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This seminar will discuss the potential advantages of using one of the most venerable, but currently underutilized, evolutionary computation paradigms, that of Evolutionary Strate-gies (ES). Developed some 50 years ago with the aim of improving engineering design, this paradigm has often been overlooked in favor of the more popular paradigms of ge-netic algorithms, ant colony optimization, particle swarm optimization and others. How-ever, ES is an appealing combination of simplicity and effectiveness, especially for real val-ued variables. This talk will discuss the motivations of and experiences with using ES for three diverse domains in engineering design – aircraft airfoil design, optimal configura-tions for order picking warehouses, and design of resilient ad hoc wireless communica-tions networks. These applications integrate the ES with other computational methods including simulation to form comprehensive and pragmatic design tools. The “Old School” paradigm of ES has much to offer contemporary users of meta-heuristics and de-serves a higher profile within the computational intelligence community.

Biographical Sketch
ALICE E. SMITH is the Joe W. Forehand/Accenture Distinguished Professor of the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at Auburn University, where she served as Depart-ment Chair from 1999-2011. She also has a joint appointment with the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering. Previously, she was on the faculty of the De-partment of Industrial Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh from 1991-99, which she joined after industrial experience with Southwestern Bell Corporation. Dr. Smith has de-grees from Rice University, Saint Louis University and Missouri University of Science and Technology. Dr. Smith’s research focus is analysis, modeling and optimization of complex systems with emphasis on computation inspired by natural systems. She holds one U.S. patent and several international patents and has authored more than 200 publications which have garnered over 2,600 citations.