Guest speakers

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James KENNEDY
is a social psychologist who has been working with the particle swarm algorithm, which he originated with Russell C. Eberhart, since 1994. He received his Ph.D. in 1992 from the University of North Carolina, and works for the US Department of Labor in Washington, DC. He has published dozens of articles and chapters on particle swarms and related topics, in both computer-science and social-science journals and Proceedings. The Morgan Kaufmann volume, "Swarm Intelligence," by Kennedy and Eberhart, is now in its third printing.

Topic of the tutorial

Using Simulated Social Interaction to Optimize

Computer scientists and engineers have been using the particle swarm for more than a decade to solve hard problems, but the method can also increase understanding of the adaptiveness of social behavior in organisms, especially humans. The paradigm evolved out of social psychological simulations of social influence processes featuring a positivity bias in self-presentation and a proclivity for mimicry, with some random noise added. I will describe the algorithm, show its connection to phenomena in biology and social psychology, and discuss the effects of varying some rules and parameters. A central research question remains: what is required for intelligence to emerge in a population of interacting individuals?


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Maurice CLERC
was working with France Telecom R&D as Research engineer (optimisation of telecommunications networks). In 2005 he has been awarded with James Kennedy by IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation for their 2002 paper on Particle Swarm Optimisation. He is now retired but still active in this field: a book in 2005 (translated into English in 2006), some papers, external examiner for Phd theses, reviewer for seminars and journals (IEEE TEC Best Reviewer Award 2007).