This first chapter provides the reader with a survey of current industrial problems, hinting at their complexity and variety. It is shown how traditional computational techniques often fail to deliver the expected results in modern real-world applications, while computational intelligence show an increasing amount of interesting results. Some background and a brief history of Evolutionary Algorithms (EAs) are then provided, introducing these interesting stochastic optimization techniques.
KeywordsGenetic Algorithm Evolutionary Algorithm Genetic Programming Evolution Strategy Evolutionary Computation
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