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Master of Science in Computer Engineering


Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Brian G. Woolley, PhD.


Deceptive fitness landscapes are a growing concern for evolutionary computation. Recent work has shown that combining human insights with short-term evolution has a synergistic effect that accelerates the discovery of solutions. While humans provide rich insights, they fatigue easily. Previous work reduced the number of human evaluations by evolving a diverse set of candidates via intermittent searches for novelty. While successful at evolving solutions for a deceptive maze domain, this approach lacks the ability to measure what the human evaluator identifies as important. The key insight here is that multi-objective evolutionary algorithms foster diversity, serving as a surrogate for novelty, while measuring user preferences. This approach, called Pareto Optimality-Assisted Interactive Evolutionary Computation (POA-IEC), allows users to identify candidates that they feel are promising. Experimental results reveal that POA-IEC finds solutions in fewer evaluations than previous approaches, and that the non-dominated set is significantly more novel than the dominated set. In this way, POA-IEC simultaneously leverages human insights while quantifying their preferences.

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