An Immune System Approach to Scheduling in Changing Environments

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An Immune System Approach to Scheduling in Changing Environments
This paper describes the application of an arti cial immune system, AIS, model to a scheduling application, in which sudden changes in the scheduling environment require the rapid production of new schedules. The model operates in two phases: In the rst phase of the system, the immune system analogy, in conjunction with a genetic algorithm, GA, is used to detect common patterns amongst scheduling sequences frequently used by a factory. In phase II, some of the combinatoric features of the natural immune system are modelled in order to use the detected patterns to produce new schedules, either from scratch or starting from a partially completed schedule. The results are compared to those calculated using an exhaustive search procedure to generate patterns. The AIS GA analogy appears to be extremely promising, in that schedules corresponding to situations previously encountered can easily be reconstructed, and also in that the patterns are shown to incorporate su cient information t...
Emma Hart, Peter Ross
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Type Conference
Year 1999
Authors Emma Hart, Peter Ross
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