Date: 21st January 2021, 14:00 - 15:00
Speaker: Dr Sandy Brownlee, University of Stirling
Title: Improving trust in the results of search-based optimisation
The event was hosted by BT Applied Research's Dr Gilbert Owusu and his team.
In this talk, I looked at a few approaches I've taken to using visualisation for trying to improve trust in the solutions of search-based optimisation. These are about trying to understand what the algorithm has learned about the problem during the search, and how robust the solutions it found really are.
The example applications are a software tuning problem and some problems in building design, but the general principles should be much more widely applicable.
Dr Sandy Brownlee joined the Division of Computing Science and Mathematics at the University of Stirling in 2013, where he is currently a Lecturer. He gained BSc and PhD degrees from Robert Gordon University in 2005 and 2009 respectively, and has also worked at Loughborough University, and as a software engineer in the energy industry. He is interested in "explainable" optimisation: techniques that find good solutions for optimisation problems but also reveal underlying information about the problem to help people make informed decisions.
His main focus is in metaheuristics, including evolutionary algorithms and estimation of distribution algorithms; related issues such as fitness modelling (and mining such models), handling constraints and multiple objectives, decision support, and what makes particular algorithms suited to particular problems. This work has resulted in over 60 publications in peer-reviewed venues, and has found applications in areas including scheduling and simulation-based optimisation in civil engineering and transport, software engineering, healthcare, and art.