Peter Ross: research interests

My main research interests are in evolutionary computing, in neural nets and in AI generally. Recent research includes work on timetabling and on scheduling among other things, but I'm interested in all aspects of evolutionary computing and neural nets and indeed AI. It seems to me that AI is starting to get interesting, and that one of the main lines of its development will be through the evolution of non-standard forms of neural net for storage and reasoning. I'd be very surprised if it didn't turn out to be crucial to have a rich, continuous and highly-structured stream of inbound sensory information in order to keep everything dynamically stable and growing. The study of the plastic/elastic balance in dynamical systems is probably a good place to start.

There is a local group of staff and students working on evolutionary computing. It has its own web page.

Someday I'll get all/most of my papers online and available from here - those that are available are in gzipped postscript form. Some recent ones include:

Peter Ross and Dave Corne, ``Comparing Genetic Algorithms,
Simulated Annealing, and Stochastic Hillclimbing on Timetabling
Problems'', Evolutionary Computing 2, Springer-Verlag Lecture
Notes in Computer Science, ed T.C.Fogarty, 1995.

Dave Corne and Peter Ross, ``Some Combinatorial Landscapes on
which a Genetic Algorithm Outperforms Other Stochastic Iterative
Methods'', Evolutionary Computing 2, Springer-Verlag Lecture
Notes in Computer Science, ed T.C.Fogarty, 1995.

P.M.Ross, D.Corne, H-L. Fang, ``Improving Evolutionary
Timetabling with Delta Evaluation and  Directed Mutation'', in
Parallel Problem Solving From Nature III, Springer-Verlag
Lecture Notes in Computer Science 866, pp. 556--565, 1994. 

C.Gathercole, P.M.Ross, ``Dynamic Training Subset Selection for
Supervised Learning in Genetic Programming'', in Parallel Problem
Solving From Nature III, Springer-Verlag Lecture Notes in
Computer Science 866, pp. 312--321, 1994. 

D.Corne, P.M.Ross,  H-L. Fang, ``Fast Practical Evolutionary
Timetabling'',  in Evolutionary Computing: AISB Workshop 1994,
Selected papers, Springer Verlag Lecture Notes in Computer
Science 865, T. Fogarty (ed), Springer Verlag, 1994.

E.Perez-Minana, P.Ross and J.Hallam, ``Multi-layer preceptron
design using Delaunay triangulation'', IEEE/Nagoya University WWW
95 Workshop on Fuzzy Logic and Neural Networks/Evolutionary
Computation, Nagoya University, Nov 1995, pp.104-109

P.M.Ross, D.Corne and H.Terashima, ``The phase transition niche
for evolutionary algorithms in timetabling'', Proceedings of the
First International Conference on the Practice and Theory of
Automated Timetabling, Napier University, Sep 1995, pp.269-282

D.Corne and P.M.Ross, ``Peckish initialisation strategies for
evolutionary timetabling'', Proceedings of the First
International Conference on the Practice and Theory of Automated
Timetabling, Napier University, Sep 1995, pp.269-282

K.Kado, P.M.Ross, D.Corne, ``A study of genetic algorithm hybrids
for facility layout problems'', in L.J.Eshelman (ed), Proceedings
of the 6th International Conference on Genetic Algorithms,
pp.498-505, Morgan Kaufmann, 1995

P.M.Ross, D.Corne, H-L. Fang,  ``Successful Lecture Timetabling
with Evolutionary Algorithms'',  in Applied Genetic and other
Evolutionary Algorithms: Proceedings of the ECAI'94 Workshop ,
eds A.E.Eiben, B.Manderick, Zs.Ruttkay, Springer-Verlag, to
appear in 1995.

H.S.F.Fraser, R.Pugh, R.L.Kennedy, P.M.Ross, R.F.Harrison, ``A
Comparison of Back propagation and Radial Basis Functions in the
Diagnosis of Myocardial Infarction'', in Proceedings of the
International Conference on Neural Networks and Expert Systems in
Medicine and Healthcare, Plymouth, August 1994

Dave Corne, Peter Ross, H-L. Fang, ``Evolutionary Timetabling:
Practice, Prospects and Work in Progress'', in Proceedings of UK
Planning and Scheduling SIG Workshop, ed Patrick Prosser,
Strathclyde, September '94.

H-L Fang, P.M.Ross and D.Corne, ``A Promising Hybrid GA/Heuristic
Approach for Open-Shop Scheduling Problems'', in Proceedings of
ECAI 94: 11th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence, A.
Cohn (ed), pages 590--594, John Wiley and Sons Ltd, 1994.

(invited paper) P.M.Ross and Dave Corne, ``Applications of
Genetic Algorithms'', in AISBQ, the quarterly journal of the
Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the
Simulation of Behaviour, special issue on Evolutionary
Computation, Winter 1994, edited by Terry Fogarty.

P.M.Ross, D.Corne and H-L.Fang, ``Genetic Algorithms for
Timetabling ad Scheduling Problems'', in Proceedings of Expert 94
Conference, ed. S.Stols, Pretoria, South Africa, October 1994

H-L Fang, P.M.Ross and D.Corne, ``A Promising Gentic Algorithm
Approach to Job-Shop Scheduling, Rescheduling and Open-Shop
Scheduling Problems'', in Proceedings of Fifth International
Conference on Genetic Algorithms, pp. 375-382, Morgan Kaufmann, 
1993