Evolutionary Computation

Language of Instruction:Czech
Private info:http://www.fit.vutbr.cz/study/courses/EVD/private/
Completion:examination (verbal)
Type of
Guarantor:Schwarz Josef, doc. Ing., CSc. (DCSY)
Lecturer:Schwarz Josef, doc. Ing., CSc. (DCSY)
Faculty:Faculty of Information Technology BUT
Department:Department of Computer Systems FIT BUT
Learning objectives:
  To inform the students about up to date algorithms for solution of complex, NP complete problems.
  Evolutionary computation in the context of artificial intelligence and optimization problems with NP complexity. Paradigm of genetic algorithms, evolutionary strategy, genetic programming and another evolutionary heuristics. Theory and practice of standard evolutionary computation. Advanced evolutionary algorithms based on graphic probabilistic models (EDA - estimation of distribution algorithms). Parallel evolutionary algorithms. A survey of representative applications of evolutionary algorithms in multi-objection optimization problems, artificial intelligence, knowledge based systems and digital circuit design. Techniques of rapid prototyping of evolutionary algorithms.
Learning outcomes and competences:
  Skills and approaches in solution of hard optimization problems.
Syllabus of lectures:
  • Evolutionary algorithms, theoretical foundation, basic distribution.
  • Genetic algorithms (GA), schemata theory.
  • Advanced genetic algorithms
  • Repesentative combinatorial optimization problems.
  • Evolution strategies.
  • Genetic programming.
  • Advanced estimation distribution algorithms (EDA).
  • Variants of EDA algorithms, UMDA, BMDA and BOA.
  • Simulated annealing.
  • Methods for multicriterial and multimodal problems. Selection and population replacement.
  • Techniques for fast prototyping. Structure of development systems and GA library.
  • New evolutionary paradigm: immune systems,  differential evolution, SOMA.
  • Typical application tasks.
Syllabus - others, projects and individual work of students:
  • Project, eventually software project related to course scope
Fundamental literature:
  • Back, J: Evolutionary algorithms, theory and practice, New York, 1996.
  • Goldberg, D., E.: The Design of Innovation: Lessons from and for Competent Genetic Algorithms. Boston, MA: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2002. ISBN: 1402070985.
  • Kvasnička V., Pospíchal J., Tiňo P.: Evolutionary algorithms. Publisher STU Bratislava, 2000, pp. 215, ISBN 80-227-1377-5.
Study literature:
  • Fogel D., B.: Evolutionary computation: Toward a new philosophy of machine intelligence. IEEE Press, New York, 2000, ISBN 0-7803-5379-X.
  • Back, J: Evolutionary algorithms, theory and practice, New York, 1996.
  • A.E. Eiben and J.E. Smith, Introduction to Evolutionary Computing, Springer, Natural Computing Series
    1st edition, 2003, ISBN: 3-540-40184-9
    Corr. 2nd printing, 2007, ISBN: 978-3-540-40184-1        http://www.cs.vu.nl/~gusz/ecbook/ecbook.html
Controlled instruction:
  Defence of elaborated project, software project based on a variant of evolutionary algorithms or the  presentation of the assigned task.

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