Special Issue "Application of Evolutionary Computation"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Computing and Artificial Intelligence".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2021).

Special Issue Editors

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Evolutionary Computation has been applied to a wide range of real-life problems, ranging from telecommunication networks to complex systems, finance and economics, games, image analysis, evolutionary music and art, parameter optimization, bioinformatics, scheduling, and logistics.

The aim of this Special Issue is to present a collection of studies describing the latest advances in techniques and applications of Genetic Algorithms, Evolution Strategies, Evolutionary Programming, Genetic Programming, Simulated Annealing, Ant Colony Optimization, and related techniques. Of particular interest is the application of these techniques to computationally difficult combinatorial problems.

We also encourage researchers to share their original work in the field of computational analysis of gene expression data. Topics of primary interest include, among others, the applications of:

  • genetic algorithms;
  • evolution strategies;
  • evolutionary programming;
  • memetic algorithms;
  • genetic programming;
  • ant colony optimization;
  • co-evolutionary algorithms;
  • artificial immune systems;
  • particle swarm optimization; and
  • classifier systems.
  • evolutionary computation;
  • soft computing;
  • real-life applications.

Prof. Dr. Federico Divina
Prof. Dr. Francisco A. Gómez Vela
Guest Editors

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Soft Computing Paradigms to Find the Numerical Solutions of a Nonlinear Influenza Disease Model
Appl. Sci. 2021, 11(18), 8549; https://doi.org/10.3390/app11188549 - 14 Sep 2021
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The aim of this work is to present the numerical results of the influenza disease nonlinear system using the feed forward artificial neural networks (ANNs) along with the optimization of the combination of global and local search schemes. The genetic algorithm (GA) and [...] Read more.
The aim of this work is to present the numerical results of the influenza disease nonlinear system using the feed forward artificial neural networks (ANNs) along with the optimization of the combination of global and local search schemes. The genetic algorithm (GA) and active-set method (ASM), i.e., GA-ASM, are implemented as global and local search schemes. The mathematical nonlinear influenza disease system is dependent of four classes, susceptible S(u), infected I(u), recovered R(u) and cross-immune individuals C(u). For the solutions of these classes based on influenza disease system, the design of an objective function is presented using these differential system equations and its corresponding initial conditions. The optimization of this objective function is using the hybrid computing combination of GA-ASM for solving all classes of the influenza disease nonlinear system. The obtained numerical results will be compared by the Adams numerical results to check the authenticity of the designed ANN-GA-ASM. In addition, the designed approach through statistical based operators shows the consistency and stability for solving the influenza disease nonlinear system. Full article
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Evolutionary 3D Image Segmentation of Curve Epithelial Tissues of Drosophila melanogaster
Appl. Sci. 2021, 11(14), 6410; https://doi.org/10.3390/app11146410 - 12 Jul 2021
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Analysing biological images coming from the microscope is challenging; not only is it complex to acquire the images, but also the three-dimensional shapes found on them. Thus, using automatic approaches that could learn and embrace that variance would be highly interesting for the [...] Read more.
Analysing biological images coming from the microscope is challenging; not only is it complex to acquire the images, but also the three-dimensional shapes found on them. Thus, using automatic approaches that could learn and embrace that variance would be highly interesting for the field. Here, we use an evolutionary algorithm to obtain the 3D cell shape of curve epithelial tissues. Our approach is based on the application of a 3D segmentation algorithm called LimeSeg, which is a segmentation software that uses a particle-based active contour method. This program needs the fine-tuning of some hyperparameters that could present a long number of combinations, with the selection of the best parametrisation being highly time-consuming. Our evolutionary algorithm automatically selects the best possible parametrisation with which it can perform an accurate and non-supervised segmentation of 3D curved epithelial tissues. This way, we combine the segmentation potential of LimeSeg and optimise the parameters selection by adding automatisation. This methodology has been applied to three datasets of confocal images from Drosophila melanogaster, where a good convergence has been observed in the evaluation of the solutions. Our experimental results confirm the proper performing of the algorithm, whose segmented images have been compared to those manually obtained for the same tissues. Full article
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Evolving a Multi-Classifier System for Multi-Pitch Estimation of Piano Music and Beyond: An Application of Cartesian Genetic Programming
Appl. Sci. 2021, 11(7), 2902; https://doi.org/10.3390/app11072902 - 24 Mar 2021
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This paper presents a new method with a set of desirable properties for multi-pitch estimation of piano recordings. We propose a framework based on a set of classifiers to analyze audio input and to identify piano notes present in a given audio signal. [...] Read more.
This paper presents a new method with a set of desirable properties for multi-pitch estimation of piano recordings. We propose a framework based on a set of classifiers to analyze audio input and to identify piano notes present in a given audio signal. Our system’s classifiers are evolved using Cartesian genetic programming: we take advantage of Cartesian genetic programming to evolve a set of mathematical functions that act as independent classifiers for piano notes. Two significant improvements are described: the use of a harmonic mask for better fitness values and a data augmentation process for improving the training stage. The proposed approach achieves competitive results using F-measure metrics when compared to state-of-the-art algorithms. Then, we go beyond piano and show how it can be directly applied to other musical instruments, achieving even better results. Our system’s architecture is also described to show the feasibility of its parallelization and its implementation as a real-time system. Our methodology is also a white-box optimization approach that allows for clear analysis of the solutions found and for researchers to learn and test improvements based on the new findings. Full article
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