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Meta heuristic and Evolutionary Algorithms for Engineering Optimization

Meta heuristic and Evolutionary Algorithms for Engineering Optimization Book
Author : Omid Bozorg-Haddad,Mohammad Solgi,Hugo A. Loáiciga
Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
Release : 2017-10-09
ISBN : 1119386993
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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A detailed review of a wide range of meta-heuristic and evolutionary algorithms in a systematic manner and how they relate to engineering optimization problems This book introduces the main metaheuristic algorithms and their applications in optimization. It describes 20 leading meta-heuristic and evolutionary algorithms and presents discussions and assessments of their performance in solving optimization problems from several fields of engineering. The book features clear and concise principles and presents detailed descriptions of leading methods such as the pattern search (PS) algorithm, the genetic algorithm (GA), the simulated annealing (SA) algorithm, the Tabu search (TS) algorithm, the ant colony optimization (ACO), and the particle swarm optimization (PSO) technique. Chapter 1 of Meta-heuristic and Evolutionary Algorithms for Engineering Optimization provides an overview of optimization and defines it by presenting examples of optimization problems in different engineering domains. Chapter 2 presents an introduction to meta-heuristic and evolutionary algorithms and links them to engineering problems. Chapters 3 to 22 are each devoted to a separate algorithm— and they each start with a brief literature review of the development of the algorithm, and its applications to engineering problems. The principles, steps, and execution of the algorithms are described in detail, and a pseudo code of the algorithm is presented, which serves as a guideline for coding the algorithm to solve specific applications. This book: Introduces state-of-the-art metaheuristic algorithms and their applications to engineering optimization; Fills a gap in the current literature by compiling and explaining the various meta-heuristic and evolutionary algorithms in a clear and systematic manner; Provides a step-by-step presentation of each algorithm and guidelines for practical implementation and coding of algorithms; Discusses and assesses the performance of metaheuristic algorithms in multiple problems from many fields of engineering; Relates optimization algorithms to engineering problems employing a unifying approach. Meta-heuristic and Evolutionary Algorithms for Engineering Optimization is a reference intended for students, engineers, researchers, and instructors in the fields of industrial engineering, operations research, optimization/mathematics, engineering optimization, and computer science. OMID BOZORG-HADDAD, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Irrigation and Reclamation Engineering at the University of Tehran, Iran. MOHAMMAD SOLGI, M.Sc., is Teacher Assistant for M.Sc. courses at the University of Tehran, Iran. HUGO A. LOÁICIGA, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara, United States of America.

Applications of Metaheuristics in Process Engineering

Applications of Metaheuristics in Process Engineering Book
Author : Jayaraman Valadi,Patrick Siarry
Publisher : Springer
Release : 2014-08-07
ISBN : 3319065084
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Metaheuristics exhibit desirable properties like simplicity, easy parallelizability and ready applicability to different types of optimization problems such as real parameter optimization, combinatorial optimization and mixed integer optimization. They are thus beginning to play a key role in different industrially important process engineering applications, among them the synthesis of heat and mass exchange equipment, synthesis of distillation columns and static and dynamic optimization of chemical and bioreactors. This book explains cutting-edge research techniques in related computational intelligence domains and their applications in real-world process engineering. It will be of interest to industrial practitioners and research academics.

Metaheuristic Algorithms in Industry 4 0

Metaheuristic Algorithms in Industry 4 0 Book
Author : Pritesh Shah,Ravi Sekhar,Anand J. Kulkarni,Patrick Siarry
Publisher : CRC Press
Release : 2021-09-29
ISBN : 1000435989
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Due to increasing industry 4.0 practices, massive industrial process data is now available for researchers for modelling and optimization. Artificial Intelligence methods can be applied to the ever-increasing process data to achieve robust control against foreseen and unforeseen system fluctuations. Smart computing techniques, machine learning, deep learning, computer vision, for example, will be inseparable from the highly automated factories of tomorrow. Effective cybersecurity will be a must for all Internet of Things (IoT) enabled work and office spaces. This book addresses metaheuristics in all aspects of Industry 4.0. It covers metaheuristic applications in IoT, cyber physical systems, control systems, smart computing, artificial intelligence, sensor networks, robotics, cybersecurity, smart factory, predictive analytics and more. Key features: Includes industrial case studies. Includes chapters on cyber physical systems, machine learning, deep learning, cybersecurity, robotics, smart manufacturing and predictive analytics. surveys current trends and challenges in metaheuristics and industry 4.0. Metaheuristic Algorithms in Industry 4.0 provides a guiding light to engineers, researchers, students, faculty and other professionals engaged in exploring and implementing industry 4.0 solutions in various systems and processes.

Meta Heuristics Optimization Algorithms in Engineering Business Economics and Finance

Meta Heuristics Optimization Algorithms in Engineering  Business  Economics  and Finance Book
Author : Vasant, Pandian M.
Publisher : IGI Global
Release : 2012-09-30
ISBN : 1466620870
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Optimization techniques have developed into a significant area concerning industrial, economics, business, and financial systems. With the development of engineering and financial systems, modern optimization has played an important role in service-centered operations and as such has attracted more attention to this field. Meta-heuristic hybrid optimization is a newly development mathematical framework based optimization technique. Designed by logicians, engineers, analysts, and many more, this technique aims to study the complexity of algorithms and problems. Meta-Heuristics Optimization Algorithms in Engineering, Business, Economics, and Finance explores the emerging study of meta-heuristics optimization algorithms and methods and their role in innovated real world practical applications. This book is a collection of research on the areas of meta-heuristics optimization algorithms in engineering, business, economics, and finance and aims to be a comprehensive reference for decision makers, managers, engineers, researchers, scientists, financiers, and economists as well as industrialists.

Production Engineering and Management under Fuzziness

Production Engineering and Management under Fuzziness Book
Author : Cengiz Kahraman,Mesut Yavuz
Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
Release : 2010-05-19
ISBN : 3642120512
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Production engineering and management involve a series of planning and control activities in a production system. A production system can be as small as a shop with only one machine or as big as a global operation including many manufacturing plants, distribution centers, and retail locations in multiple continents. The product of a production system can also vary in complexity based on the material used, technology employed, etc. Every product, whether a pencil or an airplane, is produced in a system which depends on good management to be successful. Production management has been at the center of industrial engineering and management science disciplines since the industrial revolution. The tools and techniques of production management have been so successful that they have been adopted to various service industries, as well. The book is intended to be a valuable resource to undergraduate and graduate students interested in the applications of production management under fuzziness. The chapters represent all areas of production management and are organized to reflect the natural order of production management tasks. In all chapters, special attention is given to applicability and wherever possible, numerical examples are presented. While the reader is expected to have a fairly good understanding of the fuzzy logic, the book provides the necessary notation and preliminary knowledge needed in each chapter.

Intelligent Systems in Production Engineering and Maintenance ISPEM 2017

Intelligent Systems in Production Engineering and Maintenance     ISPEM 2017 Book
Author : Anna Burduk,Dariusz Mazurkiewicz
Publisher : Springer
Release : 2017-08-16
ISBN : 3319644653
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The volume presents a collection of 44 peer-reviewed articles from the First International Conference on Intelligent Systems in Production Engineering and Maintenance (ISPEM 2017). ISPEM 2017 was organized by the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Wrocław University of Science and Technology and was held in Wrocław (Poland) on 28–29 September 2017. The main topics of the conference included the possibility of using widely understood intelligent methods in production engineering. New solutions for innovative plants, research results and case studies taking into account advances in production and maintenance from the point of view of Industry 4.0 were presented and discussed—with special attention paid to applications of intelligent systems, methods and tools in production engineering, maintenance, logistics, quality management, information systems, and product development. The volume is divided into two parts: 1. Intelligent Systems in Production Engineering 2. Intelligent Systems in Maintenance This book is an excellent reference resource for scientists in the field of manufacturing engineering and for top managers in production enterprises.

Applications of Artificial Intelligence in Additive Manufacturing

Applications of Artificial Intelligence in Additive Manufacturing Book
Author : Salunkhe, Sachin,Hussein, Hussein Mohammed Abdel Moneam,Davim, J. Paulo
Publisher : IGI Global
Release : 2021-12-31
ISBN : 1799885186
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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After the recent launch of home-based personal 3D printers as well as government funding and company investments in advancing manufacturing initiatives, additive manufacturing has rapidly come to the forefront of discussion and become a more approachable lucrative career of particular interest to the younger generation. It is essential to identify the long-term competitive advantages and how to teach, inspire, and create a resolute community of supporters, learners, and new leaders in this important industry progression. Applications of Artificial Intelligence in Additive Manufacturing provides instruction on how to use artificial intelligence to produce additively manufactured parts. It discusses an overview of the field, the strategic blending of artificial intelligence and additive manufacturing, and features case studies on the various emerging technologies. Covering topics such as artificial intelligence models, experimental investigations, and online detections, this book is an essential resource for engineers, manufacturing professionals, computer scientists, AI scientists, researchers, educators, academicians, and students.

Recent Metaheuristic Computation Schemes in Engineering

Recent Metaheuristic Computation Schemes in Engineering Book
Author : Erik Cuevas,Alma Rodríguez,Avelina Alejo-Reyes,Carolina Del-Valle-Soto
Publisher : Springer Nature
Release : 2021-02-04
ISBN : 3030660079
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book includes two objectives. The first goal is to present advances and developments which have proved to be effective in their application to several complex problems. The second objective is to present the performance comparison of various metaheuristic techniques when they face complex optimization problems. The material has been compiled from a teaching perspective. Most of the problems in science, engineering, economics, and other areas can be translated as an optimization or a search problem. According to their characteristics, some problems can be simple that can be solved by traditional optimization methods based on mathematical analysis. However, most of the problems of practical importance in engineering represent complex scenarios so that they are very hard to be solved by using traditional approaches. Under such circumstances, metaheuristic has emerged as the best alternative to solve this kind of complex formulations. This book is primarily intended for undergraduate and postgraduate students. Engineers and application developers can also benefit from the book contents since it has been structured so that each chapter can be read independently from the others, and therefore, only potential interesting information can be quickly available for solving an industrial problem at hand.

Advances in Industrial and Production Engineering

Advances in Industrial and Production Engineering Book
Author : Kripa Shanker,Ravi Shankar,Rahul Sindhwani
Publisher : Springer
Release : 2019-04-23
ISBN : 9811364125
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book comprises select proceedings of the International Conference on Future Learning Aspects of Mechanical Engineering (FLAME 2018). The book discusses different topics of industrial and production engineering such as sustainable manufacturing systems, computer-aided engineering, rapid prototyping, manufacturing management and automation, metrology, manufacturing process optimization, casting, welding, machining, and machine tools. The contents of this book will be useful for researchers as well as professionals.

Intelligent Systems in Production Engineering and Maintenance

Intelligent Systems in Production Engineering and Maintenance Book
Author : Anna Burduk,Edward Chlebus,Tomasz Nowakowski,Agnieszka Tubis
Publisher : Springer
Release : 2018-07-31
ISBN : 3319974904
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The book presents a collection of 103 peer-reviewed articles from the Second International Conference on Intelligent Systems in Production Engineering and Maintenance (ISPEM 2018). The conference was organized by the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and CAMT (Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Technologies), Wrocław University of Science and Technology and was held in Wrocław (Poland) on 17–18 September 2018. The conferences topics included the possibility of using a wide range of intelligent methods in production engineering, presenting and discussing new solutions for innovative plants, research findings and case studies demonstrating advances in production and maintenance from the point of view of Industry 4.0 – particularly applications of intelligent systems, methods and tools in production engineering, maintenance, logistics, quality management, information systems and product development. The book is divided into two parts: the first includes papers related to intelligent systems in production engineering, while the second is dedicated to special sessions focusing on: 1. Computer Aided methods in Production Engineering 2. Mining 4.0 and Intelligent Mining Transportation 3. Modelling and Simulation of Production Processes 4. Multi-Faceted Modelling of Networks and Processes 5. Product Design and Product Manufacturing in Industry 4.0 This book is an excellent source of information for scientists in the field of manufacturing engineering and for top managers in production enterprises.

32nd European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering

32nd European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering Book
Author : Ludovic Montastruc,Stephane Negny
Publisher : Elsevier
Release : 2022-06-30
ISBN : 032395880X
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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32nd European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering: ESCAPE-32 contains the papers presented at the 32nd European Symposium of Computer Aided Process Engineering (ESCAPE) event held in Toulouse, France. It is a valuable resource for chemical engineers, chemical process engineers, researchers in industry and academia, students and consultants for chemical industries who work in process development and design. Presents findings and discussions from the 32nd European Symposium of Computer Aided Process Engineering (ESCAPE) event

Scheduling in Industry 4 0 and Cloud Manufacturing

Scheduling in Industry 4 0 and Cloud Manufacturing Book
Author : Boris Sokolov,Dmitry Ivanov,Alexandre Dolgui
Publisher : Springer Nature
Release : 2020-06-08
ISBN : 3030431770
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book has resulted from the activities of IFAC TC 5.2 “Manufacturing Modelling for Management and Control”. The book offers an introduction and advanced techniques of scheduling applications to cloud manufacturing and Industry 4.0 systems for larger audience. This book uncovers fundamental principles and recent developments in the theory and application of scheduling methodology to cloud manufacturing and Industry 4.0. The purpose of this book is to present recent developments in scheduling in cloud manufacturing and Industry 4.0 and to systemize these developments in new taxonomies and methodological principles to shape this new research domain. This book addresses the needs of both researchers and practitioners to uncover the challenges and opportunities of scheduling techniques’ applications to cloud manufacturing and Industry 4.0. For the first time, it comprehensively conceptualizes scheduling in cloud manufacturing and Industry 4.0 systems as a new research domain. The chapters of the book are written by the leading international experts and utilize methods of operations research, industrial engineering and computer science. Such a multi-disciplinary combination is unique and comprehensively deciphers major problem taxonomies, methodologies, and applications to scheduling in cloud manufacturing and Industry 4.0.

Nature Inspired Metaheuristic Algorithms for Engineering Optimization Applications

Nature Inspired Metaheuristic Algorithms for Engineering Optimization Applications Book
Author : Serdar Carbas,Abdurrahim Toktas,Deniz Ustun
Publisher : Springer Nature
Release : 2021-05-02
ISBN : 9813367733
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book engages in an ongoing topic, such as the implementation of nature-inspired metaheuristic algorithms, with a main concentration on optimization problems in different fields of engineering optimization applications. The chapters of the book provide concise overviews of various nature-inspired metaheuristic algorithms, defining their profits in obtaining the optimal solutions of tiresome engineering design problems that cannot be efficiently resolved via conventional mathematical-based techniques. Thus, the chapters report on advanced studies on the applications of not only the traditional, but also the contemporary certain nature-inspired metaheuristic algorithms to specific engineering optimization problems with single and multi-objectives. Harmony search, artificial bee colony, teaching learning-based optimization, electrostatic discharge, grasshopper, backtracking search, and interactive search are just some of the methods exhibited and consulted step by step in application contexts. The book is a perfect guide for graduate students, researchers, academicians, and professionals willing to use metaheuristic algorithms in engineering optimization applications.

Encyclopedia of Optimization

Encyclopedia of Optimization Book
Author : Christodoulos A. Floudas,Panos M. Pardalos
Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
Release : 2008-09-04
ISBN : 0387747583
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The goal of the Encyclopedia of Optimization is to introduce the reader to a complete set of topics that show the spectrum of research, the richness of ideas, and the breadth of applications that has come from this field. The second edition builds on the success of the former edition with more than 150 completely new entries, designed to ensure that the reference addresses recent areas where optimization theories and techniques have advanced. Particularly heavy attention resulted in health science and transportation, with entries such as "Algorithms for Genomics", "Optimization and Radiotherapy Treatment Design", and "Crew Scheduling".

Metaheuristic Optimization Nature Inspired Algorithms Swarm and Computational Intelligence Theory and Applications

Metaheuristic Optimization  Nature Inspired Algorithms Swarm and Computational Intelligence  Theory and Applications Book
Author : Modestus O. Okwu,Lagouge K. Tartibu
Publisher : Springer Nature
Release : 2020-11-13
ISBN : 3030611116
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book exemplifies how algorithms are developed by mimicking nature. Classical techniques for solving day-to-day problems is time-consuming and cannot address complex problems. Metaheuristic algorithms are nature-inspired optimization techniques for solving real-life complex problems. This book emphasizes the social behaviour of insects, animals and other natural entities, in terms of converging power and benefits. Major nature-inspired algorithms discussed in this book include the bee colony algorithm, ant colony algorithm, grey wolf optimization algorithm, whale optimization algorithm, firefly algorithm, bat algorithm, ant lion optimization algorithm, grasshopper optimization algorithm, butterfly optimization algorithm and others. The algorithms have been arranged in chapters to help readers gain better insight into nature-inspired systems and swarm intelligence. All the MATLAB codes have been provided in the appendices of the book to enable readers practice how to solve examples included in all sections. This book is for experts in Engineering and Applied Sciences, Natural and Formal Sciences, Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences.

21st European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering

21st European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering Book
Author : Anonim
Publisher : Elsevier
Release : 2011-06-10
ISBN : 0444538968
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The European Symposium on Computer Aided Process Engineering (ESCAPE) series presents the latest innovations and achievements of leading professionals from the industrial and academic communities. The ESCAPE series serves as a forum for engineers, scientists, researchers, managers and students to present and discuss progress being made in the area of computer aided process engineering (CAPE). European industries large and small are bringing innovations into our lives, whether in the form of new technologies to address environmental problems, new products to make our homes more comfortable and energy efficient or new therapies to improve the health and well being of European citizens. Moreover, the European Industry needs to undertake research and technological initiatives in response to humanity's "Grand Challenges," described in the declaration of Lund, namely, Global Warming, Tightening Supplies of Energy, Water and Food, Ageing Societies, Public Health, Pandemics and Security. Thus, the Technical Theme of ESCAPE 21 will be "Process Systems Approaches for Addressing Grand Challenges in Energy, Environment, Health, Bioprocessing & Nanotechnologies."

Evolutionary Computation in Scheduling

Evolutionary Computation in Scheduling Book
Author : Amir H. Gandomi,Ali Emrouznejad,Mo M. Jamshidi,Kalyanmoy Deb,Iman Rahimi
Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
Release : 2020-04-09
ISBN : 1119573874
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Presents current developments in the field of evolutionary scheduling and demonstrates the applicability of evolutionary computational techniques to solving scheduling problems This book provides insight into the use of evolutionary computations (EC) in real-world scheduling, showing readers how to choose a specific evolutionary computation and how to validate the results using metrics and statistics. It offers a spectrum of real-world optimization problems, including applications of EC in industry and service organizations such as healthcare scheduling, aircraft industry, school timetabling, manufacturing systems, and transportation scheduling in the supply chain. It also features problems with different degrees of complexity, practical requirements, user constraints, and MOEC solution approaches. Evolutionary Computation in Scheduling starts with a chapter on scientometric analysis to analyze scientific literature in evolutionary computation in scheduling. It then examines the role and impacts of ant colony optimization (ACO) in job shop scheduling problems, before presenting the application of the ACO algorithm in healthcare scheduling. Other chapters explore task scheduling in heterogeneous computing systems and truck scheduling using swarm intelligence, application of sub-population scheduling algorithm in multi-population evolutionary dynamic optimization, task scheduling in cloud environments, scheduling of robotic disassembly in remanufacturing using the bees algorithm, and more. This book: Provides a representative sampling of real-world problems currently being tackled by practitioners Examines a variety of single-, multi-, and many-objective problems that have been solved using evolutionary computations, including evolutionary algorithms and swarm intelligence Consists of four main parts: Introduction to Scheduling Problems, Computational Issues in Scheduling Problems, Evolutionary Computation, and Evolutionary Computations for Scheduling Problems Evolutionary Computation in Scheduling is ideal for engineers in industries, research scholars, advanced undergraduates and graduate students, and faculty teaching and conducting research in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering.

Metaheuristic Optimization Algorithms in Civil Engineering New Applications

Metaheuristic Optimization Algorithms in Civil Engineering  New Applications Book
Author : Ali Kaveh,Armin Dadras Eslamlou
Publisher : Springer Nature
Release : 2020-04-14
ISBN : 3030454738
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book discusses the application of metaheuristic algorithms in a number of important optimization problems in civil engineering. Advances in civil engineering technologies require greater accuracy, efficiency and speed in terms of the analysis and design of the corresponding systems. As such, it is not surprising that novel methods have been developed for the optimal design of real-world systems and models with complex configurations and large numbers of elements. This book is intended for scientists, engineers and students wishing to explore the potential of newly developed metaheuristics in practical problems. It presents concepts that are not only applicable to civil engineering problems, but can also used for optimizing problems related to mechanical, electrical, and industrial engineering. It is an essential resource for civil, mechanical and electrical engineers who use optimization methods for design, as well as for students and researchers interested in structural optimization.

Handbook of Research on Managerial Strategies for Achieving Optimal Performance in Industrial Processes

Handbook of Research on Managerial Strategies for Achieving Optimal Performance in Industrial Processes Book
Author : Alor-Hernández, Giner
Publisher : IGI Global
Release : 2016-05-03
ISBN : 1522501312
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Competitive advantage is a key factor to the success of any business in modern society. To achieve this goal, effective strategies for process improvement must be researched and implemented into an organization. The Handbook of Research on Managerial Strategies for Achieving Optimal Performance in Industrial Processes examines optimization techniques for improved business operations and procedures in the industrial sector. Highlighting management techniques, innovative approaches, and technological tools, this publication is an essential reference source for professionals, researchers, consultants, upper-level students, and academicians interested in the advancement of knowledge in industrial communities.

Engineering Optimization

Engineering Optimization Book
Author : Xin-She Yang
Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
Release : 2010-07-20
ISBN : 9780470640418
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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An accessible introduction to metaheuristics and optimization, featuring powerful and modern algorithms for application across engineering and the sciences From engineering and computer science to economics and management science, optimization is a core component for problem solving. Highlighting the latest developments that have evolved in recent years, Engineering Optimization: An Introduction with Metaheuristic Applications outlines popular metaheuristic algorithms and equips readers with the skills needed to apply these techniques to their own optimization problems. With insightful examples from various fields of study, the author highlights key concepts and techniques for the successful application of commonly-used metaheuristc algorithms, including simulated annealing, particle swarm optimization, harmony search, and genetic algorithms. The author introduces all major metaheuristic algorithms and their applications in optimization through a presentation that is organized into three succinct parts: Foundations of Optimization and Algorithms provides a brief introduction to the underlying nature of optimization and the common approaches to optimization problems, random number generation, the Monte Carlo method, and the Markov chain Monte Carlo method Metaheuristic Algorithms presents common metaheuristic algorithms in detail, including genetic algorithms, simulated annealing, ant algorithms, bee algorithms, particle swarm optimization, firefly algorithms, and harmony search Applications outlines a wide range of applications that use metaheuristic algorithms to solve challenging optimization problems with detailed implementation while also introducing various modifications used for multi-objective optimization Throughout the book, the author presents worked-out examples and real-world applications that illustrate the modern relevance of the topic. A detailed appendix features important and popular algorithms using MATLAB® and Octave software packages, and a related FTP site houses MATLAB code and programs for easy implementation of the discussed techniques. In addition, references to the current literature enable readers to investigate individual algorithms and methods in greater detail. Engineering Optimization: An Introduction with Metaheuristic Applications is an excellent book for courses on optimization and computer simulation at the upper-undergraduate and graduate levels. It is also a valuable reference for researchers and practitioners working in the fields of mathematics, engineering, computer science, operations research, and management science who use metaheuristic algorithms to solve problems in their everyday work.