Weighing up the options: finding the right solution when lots of things matter

17 Mar ‘16
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7.00PM - 8.00PM
Speaker: Dr Sandy Brownlee

Venue: Lecture Theatre B4, Cottrell Building, University of Stirling

We can all think of a machine or a process that we'd like to be faster, cheaper, greener or otherwise better. Optimisation is the process of tuning something so that some aspect of it is made as big or small as possible. But what do we do when more than one thing is important? For example, we can make a car fast, comfortable or cheap, but probably not all together. There are many designs that strike different balances between these goals. Finding this trade-off between goals or "objectives" is known as multi-objective optimisation (MOO). This talk will introduce MOO and how it can be done automatically by computers intelligently searching through vast numbers of possibilities. I'll give examples based on my research in optimising buildings to be cheap to build, comfortable and energy-efficient, and show how MOO can be a huge help to designers.

This lecture is part of the A Random Walk through Mathematics and Computing Science series of public lectures organised by Computing Science and Mathematics, University of Stirling. 

Further details are available here http://www.maths.stir.ac.uk/lectures/

RSVP: All welcome. No need to book a place in advance.

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