Vasile, Massimiliano and Zuiani, Federico (2011) Multi-agent collaborative search: an agent-based memetic multi-objective optimization algorithm applied to space trajectory design. Journal of Aerospace Engineering, 225 (11). pp. 1211-1227. ISSN 0893-1321
This paper presents an algorithm for multiobjective optimization that blends together a number of heuristics. A population of agents combines heuristics that aim at exploring the search space both globally and in a neighborhood of each agent. These heuristics are complemented with a combination of a local and global archive. The novel agent-based algorithm is tested at ﬁrst on a set of standard problems and then on three speciﬁc problems in space trajectory design. Its performance is compared against a number of state-of-the-art multiobjective optimisation algorithms that use the Pareto dominance as selection criterion: NSGA-II, PAES, MOPSO, MTS. The results demonstrate that the agent-based search can identify parts of the Pareto set that the other algorithms were not able to capture. Furthermore, convergence is statistically better although the variance of the results is in some cases higher.
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