Shape optimization with surface-mapped CPPNs

Richards, Daniel Courtney and Amos, Martyn (2017) Shape optimization with surface-mapped CPPNs. IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, 21 (3). pp. 391-407. ISSN 1089-778X

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Abstract

Shape optimization techniques are becoming increasingly important in design and engineering. This growing significance reflects the need to exploit advances in digital fabrication technologies, and the desire to create new types of surface designs for various engineering applications. Evolutionary algorithms offer several key advantages for shape optimization, but they can also be restricted, especially as design problems scale up in size. A key challenge for evolutionary shape optimization is to overcome these challenges in order to apply evolutionary algorithms to large-scale, "real-world" engineering problems. This paper presents a new evolutionary approach to shape optimization using what we call "surface-mapped CPPNs". Our method outperforms a state-of-the-art gradient-based method on a simple benchmark problem, and scales well as degrees of freedom are added to the design problem. Our results demonstrate that surface-mapped CPPNs offer practical ways of approaching large-scale, real-world engineering problems with evolutionary algorithms, opening up exciting new opportunities for engineering design.

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IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation
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14 Sep 2016 10:38
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