15 April 2008 Stochastic optimization framework (SOF) for computer-optimized design, engineering, and performance of multi-dimensional systems and processes
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Proceedings Volume 6960, Space Exploration Technologies; 69600N (2008); doi: 10.1117/12.784440
Event: SPIE Defense and Security Symposium, 2008, Orlando, Florida, United States
Abstract
Many systems and processes, both natural and artificial, may be described by parameter-driven mathematical and physical models. We introduce a generally applicable Stochastic Optimization Framework (SOF) that can be interfaced to or wrapped around such models to optimize model outcomes by effectively "inverting" them. The Visual and Autonomous Exploration Systems Research Laboratory (http://autonomy.caltech.edu edu) at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has long-term experience in the optimization of multi-dimensional systems and processes. Several examples of successful application of a SOF are reviewed and presented, including biochemistry, robotics, device performance, mission design, parameter retrieval, and fractal landscape optimization. Applications of a SOF are manifold, such as in science, engineering, industry, defense & security, and reconnaissance/exploration. Keywords: Multi-parameter optimization, design/performance optimization, gradient-based steepest-descent methods, local minima, global minimum, degeneracy, overlap parameter distribution, fitness function, stochastic optimization framework, Simulated Annealing, Genetic Algorithms, Evolutionary Algorithms, Genetic Programming, Evolutionary Computation, multi-objective optimization, Pareto-optimal front, trade studies )
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Wolfgang Fink, "Stochastic optimization framework (SOF) for computer-optimized design, engineering, and performance of multi-dimensional systems and processes", Proc. SPIE 6960, Space Exploration Technologies, 69600N (15 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.784440; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.784440
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