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This paper presents an overview of our most recent results concerning the Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) method. Techniques for the alleviation of local minima, and for detecting multiple minimizers are described. Moreover, results on the ability of the PSO in tackling Multiobjective, Minimax, Integer Programming and 1 errors-in-variables problems, as… (More)

This paper constitutes a first study of the Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) method in Multiobjective Optimization (MO) problems. The ability of PSO to detect Pareto Optimal points and capture the shape of the Pareto Front is studied through experiments on well-known non-trivial test functions. The Weighted Aggregation technique with fixed or adaptive… (More)

This paper introduces a new learning algorithm for Fuzzy Cognitive Maps, which is based on the application of a swarm intelligence algorithm, namely Particle Swarm Optimization. The proposed approach is applied to detect weight matrices that lead the Fuzzy Cognitive Map to desired steady states, thereby refining the initial weight approximation provided by… (More)

We investigate the performance of the recently proposed Unified Particle Swarm Optimization method on constrained engineering optimization problems. For this purpose, a penalty function approach is employed and the algorithm is modified to preserve feasibility of the encountered solutions. The algorithm is illustrated on four well–known engineering problems… (More)

Cooperative approaches have proved to be very useful in evolutionary computation due to their ability to solve efficiently high-dimensional complex problems through the cooperation of low-dimensional subpopulations. On the other hand, Micro-evolutionary approaches employ very small populations of just a few individuals to provide solutions rapidly. However,… (More)

—This paper presents approaches for effectively computing all global minimizers of an objective function. The approaches include transformations of the objective function through the recently proposed deflection and stretching techniques , as well as a repulsion source at each detected minimizer. The aforementioned techniques are incorporated in the context… (More)

We propose a new Memetic Particle Swarm Optimization scheme that incorporates local search techniques in the standard Particle Swarm Optimization algorithm, resulting in an efficient and effective optimization method, which is analyzed theoretically. The proposed algorithm is applied to different unconstrained, constrained, minimax and integer programming… (More)

The performance of the recently proposed Unified Particle Swarm Optimization method is investigated under different schemes for the determination and adaptation of the unification factor, which is the main parameter of the method, controlling its exploration and exploitation properties. Widely used benchmark problems are employed and numerous experiments… (More)

The optimization of a Fuzzy Cognitive Map model for the supervision and monitoring of the radiotherapy process is proposed. This is performed through the minimization of the corresponding objective function by using the Particle Swarm Optimization and the Differential Evolution algorithms. The proposed approach determines the cause–effect relationships… (More)

A technique for Fuzzy Cognitive Maps learning, which is based on the minimization of a properly defined objective function using the Particle Swarm Optimization algorithm, is presented. The workings of the technique are illustrated on an industrial process control problem. The obtained results support the claim that swarm intelligence algorithms can be a… (More)