I am a PhD student at the Optimisation Group researching the synthesis of local search algorithms from high-level declarative models. I have developed and maintain fzn-oscar-cbls, which was the first local search backend to MiniZinc. My current research includes identifying and addressing the inherent challenges of interfacing local search solvers with solver-independent languages like MiniZinc, while still providing performance that is competitive to specialised algorithms.
Keywords: artificial intelligence constraint programming stochastic local search discrete optimisation algorithm synthesis constraint modelling model transformation
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