A Genetic Algorithm solver for pest management control in Island systems

Jana Brotankova, Marcus Randall, Andrew Lewis, Bob Pressey, Amelia Wenger

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Abstract

Island conservation management is a truly multidisciplinary problem that requires considerable knowledge of the characteristics of the ecosystem, species and their interactions. Nevertheless, this can be translated into an optimisation problem. Essentially, within a limited budget, a manager needs to select the conservation actions according to expected payoffs (in terms of protecting or restoring desired species) versus cost (the amount of resources/money) required for the actions. This paper presents the problem in terms of a knapsack formulation and develops optimisation techniques to solve it. From this, decision-support software is being developed, tailored to meet the needs of pest control on islands for conservation managers. The solver uses a Genetic Algorithm and incorporates a simplified model of the problem. The solver derives strategies that reduce the number of threats, allowing the preservation of desired species. However, the problem model needs further refinement to derive truly realistic options for conservation managers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArtificial Life and Computational Intelligence - 1st Australasian Conference, ACALCI 2015, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer
Pages273-285
Number of pages13
Volume8955
ISBN (Electronic)9783319148021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event1st Australasian Conference on Artificial Life and Computational Intelligence, ACALCI 2015 - Newcastle, Newcastle, Australia
Duration: 5 Feb 20157 Feb 2015

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume8955
ISSN (Print)03029743
ISSN (Electronic)16113349

Conference

Conference1st Australasian Conference on Artificial Life and Computational Intelligence, ACALCI 2015
CountryAustralia
CityNewcastle
Period5/02/157/02/15

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    Brotankova, J., Randall, M., Lewis, A., Pressey, B., & Wenger, A. (2015). A Genetic Algorithm solver for pest management control in Island systems. In Artificial Life and Computational Intelligence - 1st Australasian Conference, ACALCI 2015, Proceedings (Vol. 8955, pp. 273-285). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 8955). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-14803-8_21