A multi-colony ant colony optimization (ACO) algorithm consists of several colonies of ants. Each colony uses a separate pheromone table in an attempt to maximize the search area explored. Over the years, multi-colony ACO algorithms have been successfully applied on different optimization problems with stationary environments. In this paper, we investigate their performance in dynamic environments. Two types of algorithms are proposed: homogeneous and heterogeneous approaches, where colonies share the same properties and colonies have their own (different) properties, respectively. Experimental results on the dynamic travelling salesman problem show that multi-colony ACO algorithms have promising performance in dynamic environments when compared with single colony ACO algorithms. © 2014 IEEE.
|Title of host publication
|IEEE SSCI 2014: 2014 IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence - CIDUE 2014: 2014 IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence in Dynamic and Uncertain Environments, Proceedings
|Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
|Number of pages
|Published - Dec 2014