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Evolutionary engineering design synthesis of on-board traffic monitoring sensors

Zhang, Yizhen and Antonsson, Erik K. and Martinoli, Alcherio (2008) Evolutionary engineering design synthesis of on-board traffic monitoring sensors. Research in Engineering Design, 19 (2-3). pp. 113-125. ISSN 0934-9839. doi:10.1007/s00163-008-0047-0.

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In this paper, a formal engineering design synthesis methodology based on evolutionary computation is presented, with special emphasis on the design and optimization of distributed independent systems. A case study concerned with design of a sensory system for traffic monitoring purposes is presented, along with simulations of traffic scenarios at several levels of abstraction. It is shown how the methodology introduced is able to deal with the engineering design challenges present in the case study, and effectively synthesize novel design solutions of good quality. Moreover, when the fitness function is formulated as an aggregation of design preferences with different weights and trade-off strategies, the complete Pareto optimal frontier can be determined by the evolutionary synthesis methodology. The results of this study suggest that the approach can be useful for designers to solve challenging engineering design synthesis problems.

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Additional Information:© Springer-Verlag London Limited 2008. Received: 5 October 2006 / Accepted: 5 March 2007 / Published online: 23 October 2008. This material is based upon work supported, in part, by Delphi Delco Electronic Systems, and by the Engineering Research Centers Program of the National Science Foundation under Award Number EEC—9402726.
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Delphi Delco Electronic SystemsUNSPECIFIED
National Science FoundationEEC-9402726
Subject Keywords:Engineering design synthesis; Evolutionary computation; Multi-level simulation; Engineering trade-offs and performance evaluations; Traffic systems; Distributed sensory systems
Issue or Number:2-3
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
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