Evolutionary Multi-Objective Optimization: Basic Concepts and Some Applications in Pattern Recognition


This paper provides a brief introduction to the so-called multi-objective evolutionary algorithms, which are bio-inspired metaheuristics designed to deal with problems having two or more (normally conflicting) objectives. First, we provide some basic concepts related to multi-objective optimization and a brief review of approaches available in the specialized literature. Then, we provide a short review of applications of multi-objective evolutionary algorithms in pattern recognition. In the final part of the paper, we provide some possible paths for future research in this area, which are promising, from the author's perspective.