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Rafael Falcon
Primary area of expertise
Soft Computing
Secondary area of expertise
Evolutionary Algorithms
Other areas of expertise
fuzzy systems; neural networks
Short biographical note
n my early years as a researcher, I got introduced to the fascinating world of Computational Intelligence techniques, particularly to associative neural networks and their hybridization with case-based reasoning and fuzzy logic. My master's thesis was concerned with the development of NeuroEvaluator, a computational platform that analyzed several associative neural network models (and their parametric as well as feature definition configuration) and recommended the most suitable one for a given problem. I also investigated on rough sets and knowledge-based clustering, more specifically on collaborative fuzzy clustering and partially supervised rough clustering.

During my doctoral studies, I focused on the design and development of robot-assisted wireless sensor networks, an emergent research area stemming from the integration between wireless sensor networks and multi-robot systems. Several centralized and distributed algorithmic solutions were proposed to novel problems such as robot-assisted focused coverage (have mobile robots surround a geographical point of interest with multiple hexagonal layers of static sensors) and robot-assisted coverage repair (have mobile robots replace damaged sensors with passive, redundant ones already deployed in the monitoring field). A risk management framework was also put forth to account for a more realistic assessment of the damaged sensor nodes. I was able to apply Computational Intelligence techniques such as evolving fuzzy clustering, swarm intelligence and evolutionary optimization to the resolution of these challenges.


2013 AI Doctoral and MSC thesis awards

 AI 2018
31st Canadian Conference on Artificial Intelligence


8-11 May 2018, Toronto, Ontario



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