Synopses & Reviews
This book covers four optimisation techniques loosely classified as intelligent: genetic algorithms, tabu search, simulated annealing and neural networks. Genetic algorithms locate optima using processes similar to those in natural selection and genetics. Tabu search is a heuristic procedure that employs dynamically generated constraints or tabus to guide the search for optimum solutions. Simulated annealing find optima in a way analogous to the reaching of minimum energy configurations in metal annealing. Neural networks are computational models of the brain. Certain types of neural networks can be used for optimisation by exploiting their inherent ability to evolve in the direction of the negative gradient of an energy function and to reach a stable minimum of that function. Aimed at engineers, the book gives a concise introduction to the four techniques, and presents a range of applications.
This work gives a concise introduction to four important optimization techniques, presenting a range of applications drawn from electrical, manufacturing, mechanical, and systems engineering -- such as the design of microstrip antennas, digital FIR filters, and fuzzy logic controllers. The book also contains the C programs used to implement the main techniques for those wishing to experiment with them.