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In many real-world optimization problems, the objective function may come from a simulation evaluation so that it is (a) subject to various levels of noise, (b) not differentiable, and (c) computationally hard to evaluate. In this paper, we modify Powell's UOBYQA algorithm to handle those real-world simulation problems. Our modifications apply Bayesian(More)
DIRECT (DIviding RECTangles) is a deterministic global optimization algorithm for bound-constrained problems. The algorithm, based on a space-partitioning scheme, performs both global exploration and local exploitation. In this paper, we modify the deterministic DIRECT algorithm to handle noisy function optimization. We adopt a simple approach that(More)
We investigate an on-line planning strategy for the fractionated radio-therapy planning problem, which incorporates the effects of day-today patient motion. On-line planning demonstrates significant improvement over off-line strategies in terms of reducing registration error, but it requires extra work in the replanning procedures, such as in the CT scans(More)
We describe the application of a Bayesian variable-number sample-path (VNSP) optimization algorithm to yield a robust design for a floating sleeve antenna for hepatic microwave ablation. Finite element models are used to generate the electromagnetic (EM) field and thermal distribution in liver given a particular design. Dielectric properties of the tissue(More)
Characterization/identification of the clusters/associates in liquids has long been a challenging topic. In this paper, we report a method to identify molecules with two different existing forms in a binary liquid solution. In this so-called two-state situation, the excess infrared spectra of a vibration mode of the respective molecule will show identical(More)
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