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IS&T Seminar: Automated Real-World Problem Solving: Navigating The Meta-Heuristical Black-Box Optimization Tapestry

July 31, 2013
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 PM
Location: TA-3, Bldg. 1690, Room 102 (CNLS Conference Room)

Speaker: Daniel Tauritz, Missouri University of Science and Technology

Abstract: Many complex real-world problems can be formulated as black-box optimization problems and the last few decades have produced a plethora of black-box optimization algorithms. Nonetheless, the actual solving of such problems by practitioners remains a significant challenge. This talk will discuss some of the challenges faced by practitioners, introduce the meta-heuristical black-box optimization tapestry metaphor, propose in this context an automated problem solving approach, and present some recent additions to the tapestry in support of the proposed approach. The additions covered will include self-configuring crossover, supportive coevolution, and the automated design of meta-heuristics employing genetic programming.

Biography:  Dr. Daniel R. Tauritz is a Guest Scientist in LANL’s Advanced Computing Solutions group, an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Missouri University of Science and Technology (S&T), and the founding director of S&T's Natural Computation Laboratory (http://web.mst.edu/~tauritzd/nc-lab/). He received his Ph.D. in 2002 from Leiden University for adaptive information filtering employing a novel type of evolutionary algorithm. His research interests include the automated design of algorithms, parameter control in evolutionary algorithms, and the application of meta-heuristics in cyber security, critical infrastructure protection, and search-based software engineering. He is an active member of the Evolutionary Computing community, most recently serving as co-chair of the Genetic Algorithms track at the Genetic and Evolutionary Computing Conference (GECCO 2013). He was granted a US patent for an artificially intelligent rule-based system to assist teams in becoming more effective by improving the communication process between team members.

For more information contact the technical host Alex Kent, alex@lanl.gov, 216-6191.

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