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Special Issue "Hybrid Advanced Optimization Methods with Evolutionary Computation Techniques in Energy Forecasting"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2017

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Wei-Chiang Hong

School of Economics & Management, Nanjing Tech University, Nanjing, 211800, China
Department of Information Management, Oriental Institute of Technology, No. 58, Sec. 2, Sichuan Rd., Panchiao, Taipei, 220, Taiwan
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Interests: computational intelligence (neural networks; evolutionary computation); application of forecasting technology (ARIMA; support vector regression; chaos theory)

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

More accurate, or more precise, energy demand forecasts is required while energy decisions are made in a competitive environment. Particularly, in the Big Data era, forecasting models are always based on a complex function combination, and energy data are always complicated; examples include seasonality, cyclicity, fluctuation, dynamic nonlinearity, and so on. These forecasting models have resulted in an over-reliance on the use of informal judgments and higher expenses when lacking the ability to determine data characteristics and patterns. The hybridization of optimization methods and evolutionary computation techniques can provide important improvements via well parameter determinations in the optimization process, which is of great assistance to actions taken by energy decision-makers.

This Special Issue aims to attract researchers with an interest in the research areas described above. Specifically, we are interested in contributions towards the development of any hybrid advanced optimization methods (e.g., quadratic (nonlinear) programming theory, chaos theory, fuzzy theory, cloud theory, quantum theory, differential empirical mode, and so on) with evolutionary computation techniques (e.g., genetic algorithms, evolutionary algorithms, ant colony algorithm, immune algorithm, bacterial foraging algorithm, swarm intelligence, and so on), which have superior capabilities over the traditional optimization approaches to overcome some embedded drawbacks, and, then, apply these advanced hybrid approaches to enhance the capabilities of original forecasting models to significantly improve forecasting accuracy. For example, the hybrid cloud theory with the simulated annealing algorithm (CSA), by introducing a cloud generator to the temperature annealing process, can randomly generate a group of new values that distribute around the given value like a “cloud”. The fixed temperature point of each step can be transformed into a changeable temperature zone, in which the temperature of each state generated at every annealing step can be randomly chosen, the course of temperature change in the entire annealing process is assumed to be continuous, which is the required condition of a physical annealing process. Eventually, the hybrid approach can reach more ideal solutions. These kind of hybrid approaches require more detailed research and empirical studies. On the other hand, some new trials, namely combined approaches, such as single seasonal mechanism, multiple seasonal mechanism, longitudinal seasonal mechanism, and cross-sectional seasonal mechanism, etc., combined with forecasting models, are also welcome.

All submissions should be based on the rigorous motivation of the mentioned approaches and all developed models should also have corresponding sound theoretical framework, not having such a scientific approach is discouraged. Validation of existing/presented approaches is encouraged to be done using real practical applications.

Prof. Dr. Wei-Chiang Hong
Guest Editor

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Hybrid models
Optimization methods
Evolutionary algorithms
Energy forecasting
Support vector regression
Chaos theory
Fuzzy theory
Cloud theory
Quantum theory
Single seasonal mechanism
Multiple seasonal mechanism
Longitudinal seasonal mechanism
Cross-sectional seasonal mechanism

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.

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