Dr. is currently a Research Assistant Professor with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China. His current research interests include model-based evolutionary algorithms, multiobjective optimization, large-scale optimization, deep learning, and their applications. He is a recipient of the SUSTech Presidential Outstanding Postdoctoral Award from Southern University of Science and Technology, and the leading Guest Editor for “Special Issue: Emerging Topics in Evolutionary Multiobjective Optimization” of the Complex and Intelligent Systems.
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PhD, Control Theory and Engineering, 2012 - 2018
Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
BEng, Automation, 2008 - 2012
Wuhan University of Science and Technology, China
Despite the remarkable successes of convolutional neural networks (CNNs) in computer vision, it is time-consuming and error-prone to manually design a CNN. Among various neural architecture search (NAS) methods that are motivated to automate designs of high-performance CNNs, the differentiable NAS and population-based NAS are attracting increasing interests due to their unique characters. To benefit from the merits while overcoming the deficiencies of both, this work proposes a novel NAS method, RelativeNAS. As the key to efficient search, RelativeNAS performs joint learning between fast learners (i.e., decoded networks with relatively lower loss value) and slow learners in a pairwise manner. Moreover, since RelativeNAS only requires low-fidelity performance estimation to distinguish each pair of fast learner and slow learner, it saves certain computation costs for training the candidate architectures. The proposed RelativeNAS brings several unique advantages: 1) it achieves state-of-the-art performances on ImageNet with top-1 error rate of 24.88%, that is, outperforming DARTS and AmoebaNet-B by 1.82% and 1.12%, respectively; 2) it spends only 9 h with a single 1080Ti GPU to obtain the discovered cells, that is, 3.75x and 7875x faster than DARTS and AmoebaNet, respectively; and 3) it provides that the discovered cells obtained on CIFAR-10 can be directly transferred to object detection, semantic segmentation, and keypoint detection, yielding competitive results of 73.1% mAP on PASCAL VOC, 78.7% mIoU on Cityscapes, and 68.5% AP on MSCOCO, respectively. The implementation of RelativeNAS is available at https://github.com/EMI-Group/RelativeNAS.
Ratio error (RE) estimation of the voltage transformers (VTs) plays an important role in modern power delivery systems. Existing RE estimation methods mainly focus on periodical calibration but ignore the time-varying property. Consequently, it is difficult to efficiently estimate the state of the VTs in real time. To address this issue, we formulate a time-varying RE estimation (TREE) problem into a large-scale multiobjective optimization problem, where the multiple objectives and inequality constraints are formulated by statistical and physical rules extracted from the power delivery systems. Furthermore, a set of TREE problems from different substations is systematically formulated into a benchmark test suite for characterizing their different properties. The formulation of these TREE problems not only transfers an expensive RE estimation task to a relatively cheaper optimization problem but also promotes the research in large-scale multiobjective optimization by providing a real-world benchmark test suite with complex variable interactions and correlations to different objectives. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time to formulate a real-world problem into a benchmark test suite for large-scale multiobjective optimization, and it is also the first work proposing to solve TREE problems via evolutionary multiobjective optimization.