Research Group


Group Members

Contact information:

Department of Mathematical Information Technology,

P.O. Box 35 (Agora) FI-40014

University of Jyväskylä, Finland

email (for all of us):


Dr. Ferrante Neri

(Group Leader)

Postodoctoral Fellows

Dr. Ernesto Mininno

Dr. Ville Tirronen

Dr. Matthieu Weber

PhD Students

Mr. Giovanni Iacca

Mr. Ilpo Poikolainen

MSc Students

Mr. Heikki Salo

Mr. Fabio Caraffini

(Summer 2011 Trainee from the University of Perugia )

Computational Intelligence Optimization

Short description of the activities

The group deals with optimization problems which cannot be theoretically solved due to the lack of an analytical expression, the presence of noise, or other features which make the problem unsolvable by means of an exact method. Our research activity consists of designing optimization algorithms by means of computational intelligence techniques, such as evolutionary computation, neural networks, and machine learning. A large part of our activities can be summarized as Memetic Computing

Selected publications

E. Mininno, F. Neri, F. Cupertino, D. Naso, “Compact Differential Evolution”, IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, Volume 15, Issue 1, pages 32-54, February 2011

M. Weber, V. Tirronen, F. Neri, “Scale Factor Inheritance Mechanism in Distributed Differential Evolution”, Soft Computing-A Fusion of Foundations, Methodologies and Applications, Springer, Volume 14, Issue 11, pages 1187-1207, September 2010

F. Neri, E. Mininno, “Memetic Compact Differential Evolution for Cartesian Robot Control”, IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine, Volume 5, Issue 2, pages 54-65, May 2010

N. Salvatore, A. Caponio, F. Neri, S. Stasi,  G. L. Cascella, “Optimization of Delayed-State Kalman Filter-based Algorithm via Differential Evolution for Sensorless Control of Induction Motors”, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, Volume 57, Issue 1, pages 385-394, January 2010

V. Tirronen, F. Neri, T. Kärkkäinen, K. Majava, T. Rossi, “An Enhanced Memetic Differential Evolution in Filter Design for Defect Detection in Paper Production”, Evolutionary Computation Journal, MIT Press, Volume 16, Issue 4, pages 529-555, Winter 2008

F. Neri, J. Toivanen, G. L. Cascella, Y.-S. Ong, “An Adaptive Multimeme Algorithm for Designing HIV Multidrug Therapies”, IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Volume 4, Issue 2, pages 264-278, April 2007

A. Caponio,  G. L. Cascella, F. Neri, N. Salvatore, M. Sumner, “A Fast Adaptive Memetic Algorithm for Off-line and On-line Control Design of PMSM Drives”, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics – Part B,  Volume 37, Issue 1, pages 28-41, February 2007

Major Current Projects

Algorithmic Design Issues in Memetic Computing (Academy of Finland, 2009-2014)

Algorithmic Design and Software Implementation: a Novel Optimization Platform (Academy of Finland 2011-2013)