Computational Optimization for Learning and Adaptive Systems Laboratory

Computational Optimization for Learning and Adaptive Systems (COLA) Laboratory was founded by Dr. Ke Li at University of Exeter in the early 2017. Our research interests mainly focuses on the computational intelligence, particularly, evolutionary computation, for solving various types of optimization problems. Currently, we are especially going to address the following topics:

  • Scalability of evolutionary computation in both global and multi-objective optimization.

  • Intersection of game theory and evolutionary computation, in particular stable matching theory and multi-armed bandits.

  • Automatic problem solving, including automatic algorithm portfolio and algorithm configuration.

  • Meta-modeling and fitness landscape analysis

  • Search based software engineering, in particular self-adaptive software engineering and service composition.

  • Water engineering, in particular water distribution system network and reservoir operation control.

Recent News

  • [Mar. 21, 2018] Grateful to receive a Royal Society award.

  • [Mar. 9, 2018] Mengyuan has successfully passed his viva with minor revision. Congratulations to Mengyuan and best wishes to your future career!

  • [Mar. 5, 2018] We are collaborating with the researchers from INRIA (France) to organise the 1st Workshop on Decomposition Techniques in Evolutionary Optimization (DTEO) at GECCO 2018. The submission deadline is March 27, 2018. Please consider submitting your best work to this workshop!

  • [Mar. 1, 2018] We are very welcome Mr. Savas Yuec who join us for his PhD.

  • [Jan. 3, 2018] We plan to change the name of group to Computational Optimization for Learning and Adaptive Systems Laboratory since 2018. The main theme of our lab lies in the intersection between computational optimization and machine learning. More descriptions on the on-going projects will be online soon.

More previous news can be found here.


Dr. Ke Li
College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences
Innovation Centre A1-D, Streatham Campus
University of Exeter
North Park Road, Exeter, UK, EX4 4QF
Tel: +(44) 0139-272-4557