Target shape design optimization by evolving B-splines with cooperative coevolution


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With high reputation in handling non-linear and multi-model problems with little prior knowledge, evolutionary algorithms (EAs) have successfully been applied to design optimization problems as robust optimizers. Since real-world design optimization is often computationally expensive, target shape design optimization problems (TSDOPs) have been frequently used as efficient miniature model to check algorithmic performance for general shape design. There are at least three important issues in developing EAs for TSDOPs, i.e., design representation, fitness evaluation and evolution paradigm. Existing work has mainly focused on the first two issues, in which (1) an adaptive encoding scheme with B-spline has been proposed as a representation, and (2) a symmetric Hausdorff distance based metric has been used as a fitness function. But for the third issue, off-the-shelf EAs were used directly to evolve B-spline control points and/or knot vector. In this paper, we first demonstrate why it is unreasonable to evolve the control points and knot vector simultaneously. And then a new coevolutionary paradigm is proposed to evolve the control points and knot vector of B-spline separately in a cooperative manner. In the new paradigm, an initial population is generated for both the control points, and the knot vector. The two populations are evolved mostly separately in a round-robin fashion, with only cooperation at the fitness evaluation phase. The new paradigm has at least two significant advantages over conventional EAs. Firstly, it provides a platform to evolve both the control points and knot vector reasonably. Secondly, it reduces the difficulty of TSDOPs by decomposing the objective vector into two smaller subcomponents (i.e., control points and knot vector). To evaluate the efficacy of the proposed coevolutionary paradigm, an algorithm named CMA-ES-CC was formulated. Experimental studies were conducted based on two target shapes. The comparison with six other EAs suggests that the proposed cooperative coevolution paradigm is very effective for TSDOPs. © 2016 Elsevier B.V.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)672-682
Number of pages11
JournalApplied Soft Computing Journal
Early online date23 Jul 2016
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2016
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

This work was supported in part by the National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grants 61175065, 61329302 and 61305084, the Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University under Grant NCET-12-0512, and the Natural Science Foundation of Anhui Province under Grant 1108085J16 .


  • Adaptive encoding
  • B-spline
  • CMA-ES
  • Cooperative coevolution
  • Target shape design optimization


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