Computers are capable of formulating new algorithms on the basis of data they themselves have gathered. In other words, these computers can learn without having been pre-programmed by humans. They make predictions we never expected. At LIACS, we explore the possibilities offered by this revolutionary new generation of computers.
Every production process is in essence a search for the best combination of a variety of factors, each with their own individual optimum. The art lies in identifying the overall optimum for all of those factors combined. In 2016, our researchers developed a new method for the theory underlying this problem, known as ‘multi-objective optimisation’.