AAAI Publications, Twenty-Fifth International FLAIRS Conference

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A Knowledge-Migration-Based Multi-Population Cultural Algorithm to Solve Job Shop Scheduling
Mohammad R. Raeesi N., Ziad Kobti

Last modified: 2012-05-16


In this article, a multipopulation Cultural Algorithm (MP-CA) is proposed to solve Job Shop Scheduling Problems (JSSP). The idea of using multiple populations in a Cultural Algorithm is implemented for the first time in JSSP. The proposed method divides the whole population into a number of sub-populations. On each sub-population, a local CA is applied which includes its own population space as well as belief space. The local CAs use Evolutionary Programming (EP) to evolve their populations, and moreover they incorporate a local search approach to speed up their convergence rates. The local CAs communicate with each other using knowledge migration which is a novel concept in CA. The proposed method extracts two types of knowledge including normative and topographic knowledge and uses the extracted knowledge to guide the evolutionary process to generate better solutions. The MP-CA is evaluated using a well-known benchmark. The results show that the MP-CA outperforms some of the existing methods by offering better solutions as well as better convergence rates, and produces competitive solutions when compared to the state-of-the-art methods used to deal with JSSPs.

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