Robust optimization over time: A new perspective on dynamic optimization problems

Xin YU, Yaochu JIN, Ke TANG, Xin YAO

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Dynamic optimization problems (DOPs) are those whose specifications change over time during the optimization, resulting in continuously moving optima. Most research work on DOPs is based on the assumption that the goal of addressing DOPs is to track the moving optima. In this paper, we first point out the practical limitations on tracking the moving optima. We then propose to find optimal solutions that are robust over time as an alternative goal, which leads to a new concept of robust optimization over time (ROOT) problem. In order to investigate the properties of ROOT in more depth, we study the new characteristics of ROOT and investigate its similarities to and differences from the traditional robust optimization problem, which hereafter is referred to as robust optimization for short. To facilitate future research on ROOT, we suggest a ROOT benchmark problem by modifying the moving peaks test problem. Several performance measures for comparing algorithms for solving ROOT problems are proposed. © 2010 IEEE.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2010 IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence, WCCI 2010 - 2010 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, CEC 2010
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010
Externally publishedYes


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