Prof. Emma Hart awarded Leverhulme Research Fellowship


Prof. Emma Hart has been awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for a period of 12 months to start in September 2015. The Fellowship will cover replacement costs while she conducts research on a project called Ensemble Methods for Optimisation

The project is outlined below:

Optimisation – finding cost-effective or high-performing solutions - is a key economic driver for business today. However, academic literature on search-based optimisation techniques reflects an escalating arms race to produce highly specialized algorithms that are too complex for business to apply. In contrast, the machine-learning community has made huge advances in developing ensemble-methods that derive their power from aggregating many weak classifiers, resulting in versatile, easy-to-use algorithms. This research proposes to lay the theoretical basis for a paradigm shift in optimisation, exploiting existing theory from Machine-Learning to create ensembles-of- optimisers that are both effective and applicable in industry. 

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Associated people

Emma Hart
Director of CEC
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Bio-inspired Computing
The Bio-Inspired Algorithms group within the Centre for Algorithms, Visualisation and Evolving Systems is a large and thriving group with interests in nature-inspired computing that include Evolutionary Computing, Hyper-Heuristics, Artificial Immune Systems and Swarm Intelligence.