Thursday 30 March 2023 at 2:00 PM BST (3:00 PM CET, 9:00 AM EST)

By Duc Truong Pham (University of Birmingham, United Kingdom)

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The Bees Algorithm is a swarm-based intelligent optimisation metaheuristic inspired by the foraging behaviour of honey bees. The algorithm is conceptually elegant and simple to apply. All it needs to solve an optimisation problem is a means to evaluate the quality of potential solutions. This is the reason why, since the algorithm was first published in 2005, it has attracted users from virtually all fields of engineering and natural, physical, medical and social sciences.  This presentation will introduce the algorithm and its main variants developed over the years including the latest incarnation which is the simplest version to date.  Unlike its predecessors which have six or seven user-selected parameters, the new version involves just two parameters and thus is even easier to implement than the original algorithm. The application of the different renditions of the Bees Algorithm to signal processing and machine learning problems such as design of microwave filters and training of deep learning systems will be reviewed to demonstrate its versatility and effectiveness.  The aim of the presentation is to encourage further adoption of the algorithm and its development by engineers and researchers across the world to realise high-performance systems in the age of Industry 4.0 and beyond.

Presenter’s bio:

Duc Truong Pham OBE FREng FLSW BE PhD DEng CEng FIET FIMechE SFHEA holds the Chance Chair of Engineering at the University of Birmingham where he started his career as a lecturer in robotics and control engineering following undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.  Before returning to Birmingham in 2011, he was Professor of Computer-Controlled Manufacture and Director of the Manufacturing Engineering Centre at Cardiff University.  His research is in the areas of intelligent systems, robotics and autonomous systems and advanced manufacturing and remanufacturing technology.  He has published over 600 technical papers and books and has graduated more than 100 PhD students.  He is a recipient of several awards including five prizes from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Automation Congress and a Distinguished International Academic Contribution Award from the IEEE.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Learned Society of Wales, Society for Manufacturing Engineers, Institution of Engineering and Technology and Institution of Mechanical Engineers.  He is the founding editor of the Springer Series in Advanced Manufacturing and editor-in-chief of Cogent Engineering and the International Journal on Interactive Design and Manufacturing.