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Automated Algorithm Selection for Radar Network Configuration

Johann Dreo
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Alain Peres
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Yann Semet
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Carola Doerr


The configuration of radar networks is a complex problem that is often performed manually by experts with the help of a simulator. Different numbers and types of radars as well as different locations that the radars shall cover give rise to different instances of the radar configuration problem. The exact modeling of these instances is complex, as the quality of the configurations depends on a large number of parameters, on internal radar processing, and on the terrains on which the radars need to be placed. Classic optimization algorithms can therefore not be applied to this problem, and we rely on "trial-and-error" black-box approaches. In this paper, we study the performances of 13 black-box optimization algorithms on 153 radar network configuration problem instances. The algorithms perform considerably better than human experts. Their ranking, however, depends on the budget of configurations that can be evaluated and on the elevation profile of the location. We therefore also investigate automated algorithm selection approaches. Our results demonstrate that a pipeline that extracts instance features from the elevation of the terrain performs on par with the classical, far more expensive approach that extracts features from the objective function.
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hal-03718883 , version 1 (13-07-2022)



Quentin Renau, Johann Dreo, Alain Peres, Yann Semet, Carola Doerr, et al.. Automated Algorithm Selection for Radar Network Configuration. GECCO '22: Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference, Jul 2022, Boston, United States. ⟨10.1145/3512290.3528825⟩. ⟨hal-03718883⟩
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