Computational Intelligence and Soft Computing: Recent Applications—Second Volume

A special issue of Symmetry (ISSN 2073-8994). This special issue belongs to the section "Computer".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 March 2024 | Viewed by 998

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Department of Information Technology, Széchenyi Istvan University, Egyetem Tér 1, Győr, Hungary
Interests: fuzzy and soft computing systems; telematic systems
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Dear Colleagues,

In the past year, a rather impressive hard-copy volume was published by MDPI, under the title “Computational Intelligence and Soft Computing: Recent Applications”. This 448-page book was based on a Special Issue the journal of Symmetry. Is there any connection between symmetry (or asymmetry) and computational intelligence approaches? If you are interested in this subject, please considering reading the Introduction to the book.

The Special Issue attracted, perhaps unexpectedly, lots of attention from a large number of prospective authors. After careful reviewing, several high-quality manuscripts were selected, and the open access Special Issue was published. The deadline was extended twice because of the large number of continuously arriving new submissions. Because of this continuous interest, the Editorial Board decided to publish a second Special Issue focused on the same topic; therefore, we hope that the quantity of submissions will not decrease. So, for the second Special Issue, we repeat the call for submissions, which are open now.

The closely related fields of computational intelligence and soft computing cover broad areas, such as fuzzy systems; artificial neural networks; evolutionary, population-based, and memetic algorithms; cognitive computing; and many others. The common points in these approaches are the sub-symbolic representation of knowledge, which enables the modeling and highly efficient (often approximate) algorithmic solution of mathematically intractable systems and problems. These methods are also referred to as being "biologically inspired", as the starting ideas in them usually derive from microscopic or macroscopic biological "systems", i.e., animals, populations of animals, and even the human body and thinking processes, even though these are often radically simplified in the implementation. It is sometimes amazing how efficient a method inspired by a phenomenon such as biological evolution can be when the optimal solution in a mathematically unsolvable task (e.g., NP-complete bin packing, traveling salesman) must be still sought in real life.

This Special Issue targets the collection of recent applications where such approaches have proved to be successful and efficient, covering the spectrum of new models ready to be applied in practical modeling (such as new extended fuzzy cognitive map models simulating the convergence behavior of uncertain multi-concept systems), new deep learning, hierarchical and multicomponent fuzzy-rule-based models, decision and control applications, or memetic algorithms for optimizing logistics and related tasks.

The condition for inclusion in this Special Issue is the presentation of either (i) a novel methodological approach that is clearly suitable for real-life applications, or (ii) an essentially new and working application with elements of novel approaches or novel combinations of existing methodologies.

Please note that all submissions must be within the general scope of Symmetry.

Prof. Dr. László T. Kóczy
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Symmetry is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • computational intelligence
  • soft computing
  • fuzzy systems
  • artificial neural networks
  • connectionist systems
  • evolutionary algorithms
  • memetic algorithms
  • subjective probability
  • cognitive systems
  • deep learning
  • industrial applications
  • biomedical applications
  • logistics applications
  • environmental science applications
  • management science applications
  • decision support applications
  • image processing applications
  • modeling and algorithms

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Scheduling of Multi-AGV Systems in Automated Electricity Meter Verification Workshops Based on an Improved Snake Optimization Algorithm
Symmetry 2023, 15(11), 2034; - 08 Nov 2023
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Automated guided vehicles (AGVs) are one of the core technologies for building unmanned autonomous integrated automated electric meter verification workshops in metrology centers. However, complex obstacles on the verification lines, frequent AGV charging, and multi-AGV collaboration make the scheduling problem more complicated. Aiming [...] Read more.
Automated guided vehicles (AGVs) are one of the core technologies for building unmanned autonomous integrated automated electric meter verification workshops in metrology centers. However, complex obstacles on the verification lines, frequent AGV charging, and multi-AGV collaboration make the scheduling problem more complicated. Aiming at the characteristics and constraints of AGV transportation scheduling for metrology verification, a multi-AGV scheduling model was established to minimize the maximum completion time and charging cost, integrating collision-avoidance constraints. An improved snake optimization algorithm was proposed that first assigns and sorts tasks based on AGV-order-address three-level mapping encoding and decoding, then searches optimal paths using an improved A* algorithm solves multi-AGV path conflicts, and finally finds the minimum-charging-cost schedule through large neighborhood search. We conducted simulations using real data, and the calculated results reduced the objective function value by 16.4% compared to the traditional first-in-first-out (FIFO) method. It also reduced the number of charges by 60.3%. In addition, the proposed algorithm is compared with a variety of cutting-edge algorithms and the results show that the objective function value is reduced by 8.7–11.2%, which verifies the superiority of the proposed algorithm and the feasibility of the model. Full article
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