Mengchu Zhou

Mengchu Zhou
New Jersey Institute of Technology | NJIT · Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Ph.D. & Distinguished Prof.

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Some recent research reveals that a topological structure in meta-heuristic algorithms can effectively enhance the interaction of population, and thus improve their performances. Inspired by it, we creatively investigate the effectiveness of using a scale-free network in differential evolution algorithm, and propose a scale-free network-based diffe...
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Recent artificial intelligence-based methods have shown great promise in the use of neural networks for real-time detection of transmission line faults and estimation of their locations. The expansion of power systems including transmission lines with various lengths have made the fault detection, classification, and location estimation process mor...
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Digital finance has greatly facilitated people's lives, accelerated the circulation of capital in various fields, and enhanced the vitality of financial markets. However, it exposes many increasing risks and hidden dangers, such as stock volatility, trading fraud, privacy leakage, etc. In addition, the storage security and high-performance computin...
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Text classification is a fundamental and important area of natural language processing for assigning a text into at least one predefined tag or category according to its content. Most of the advanced systems are either too simple to get high accuracy or centered on using complex structures to capture the genuinely required category information, whi...
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With the development of Internet of Things (IoT), data are increasingly appearing at the edge of a network. Processing tasks at the network edge can effectively solve the problems of personal privacy leakage and server overloading. As a result, it has attracted a great deal of attention. A number of efficient convolutional neural network (CNN) mode...
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This letter presents a deep learning-based prediction model for the quality-of-service (QoS) of cloud services. Specifically, to improve the QoS prediction accuracy of cloud services, a new QoS prediction model is proposed, which is based on multi-staged multi-metric feature fusion with individual evaluations. The multi-metric features include glob...
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Extreme learning machine (ELM) is suitable for nonlinear soft sensor development. Yet it faces an over-fitting problem. To overcome it, this work integrates bound optimization theory with Variational Bayesian (VB) inference to derive novel L1 norm-based ELMs. An L1 term is attached to the squared sum cost of prediction errors to formulate an object...
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Green Data Centers (GDCs) are more and more deployed world-wide. They integrate many renewable sources to provide clean power and decrease their operating cost. GDCs are typically deployed over multiple locations where renewable energy availability, bandwidth prices and grid electricity cost have high geographical diversity. This paper focuses on d...
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This paper aims to present a comprehensive survey on water quality soft-sensing of a wastewater treatment process (WWTP) based on artificial neural networks (ANNs). We mainly present problem formulation of water quality soft-sensing, common soft-sensing models, practical soft-sensing examples and discussion on the performance of soft-sensing models...
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This study proposes an approach to the construction of granular models directly based on information granules expressed both in input and output spaces. Associating these information granules, the constructed granular models come in the framework of three layers networks: input granules, an inference scheme and output granules. The proposed approac...
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A colored traveling salesman problem (CTSP) is a path optimization problem in which colors are used to characterize diverse matching relationship between cities and salesmen. Namely, each salesman has a single color while every city has one to multiple salesmen’s colors, thus allowing salesmen to visit exactly once the cities of their colors. It is...
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People nowadays use the internet to project their assessments, impressions, ideas, and observations about various subjects or products on numerous social networking sites. These sites serve as a great source to gather data for data analytics, sentiment analysis, natural language processing, etc. Conventionally, the true sentiment of a customer revi...
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Width deviation is an important metric for evaluating the quality of a hot-rolled strip in steel production systems. This paper considers a width deviation prediction problem and proposes a Machine-learning and Genetic-algorithm-based Hybrid method named MGH to obtain a prediction model. Existing work mainly focuses on high prediction accuracy, whi...
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To overcome long propagation delays for data exchange between the remote cloud data center and end devices in Mobile Cloud Computing (MCC), Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) is emerging to push mobile computing, network control and storage to the network edges. A cloudlet in MEC is a mobility-enhanced small-scale cloud, which contains several MEC servers...
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A colored traveling salesman problem (CTSP) is a generalization of the well-known multiple traveling salesman problem. In it, each city has one to multiple colors and allows a salesman in the same color to visit exactly once. This work presents for the first time a CTSP whose edge weights among the cities change over time. It can be applied to dyna...
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A growing number of organizations are hosting their software applications in distributed data centers (DCs) in the cloud, for faster response time and higher energy efficiency. The dramatic increase of user tasks, however, poses a significant challenge on DC providers to retain users' expectations on both aspects. To tackle this challenge, this wor...
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Typical adversarial-training-based unsupervised domain adaptation (UDA) methods are vulnerable when the source and target datasets are highly complex or exhibit a large discrepancy between their data distributions. Recently, several Lipschitz-constraint-based methods have been explored. The satisfaction of Lipschitz continuity guarantees a remarkab...
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Most photovoltaic (PV) plants conduct operation and maintenance (O&M) by periodical inspection and cleaning. Such O&M is costly and inefficient. It fails to detect system faults in time, thus causing heavy loss. To ensure their operations are at an ideal state, this work proposes an unsupervised method for intelligent performance evaluation and dat...
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A traveling salesman problem (TSP) is a well-known NP-complete problem. Traditional TSP presumes that the locations of customers and the traveling time among customers are fixed and constant. In real-life cases, however, the traffic conditions and customer requests may change over time. To find the most economic route, the decisions can be made con...
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A single dendritic neuron model (DNM) that owns the nonlinear information processing ability of dendrites has been widely used for classification and prediction. Complex-valued neural networks that consist of a number of multiple/deep-layer McCulloch-Pitts neurons have achieved great successes so far since neural computing was utilized for signal p...
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In the field of computer vision, without sufficient labeled images, it is challenging to train an accurate model. However, through visual adaptation from source to target domains, a relevant labeled dataset can help solve such problem. Many methods apply adversarial learning to diminish cross-domain distribution difference. They are able to greatly...
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Mobile computing systems, service-based systems, and some other systems with mobile interacting components have recently received much attention. However, because of their characteristics, such as mobility and disconnection, it is difficult to model and analyze them by using a structure-fixed model. This work proposes a new Petri net model called v...
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A continuous stirred tank reactor (CSTR) system is widely applied in wastewater treatment processes. Its control is a challenging industrial-process-control problem owing to great difficulty to achieve accurate system identification. This work proposes a deep learning-based model predictive control (DeepMPC) to model and control the CSTR system. Th...
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In this paper, we elaborate on a Kullback-Leibler divergence-based Fuzzy C-Means (FCM) algorithm by incorporating a tight wavelet frame transform and morphological reconstruction. To make membership degrees of each image pixel closer to those of its neighbors, a Kullback-Leibler divergence term on partition matrix is introduced as a part of FCM, th...
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A style-based architecture (StyleGAN2) yields outstanding results in data-driven unconditional generative image modeling. This work proposes a Domain-guided Noise-optimization-based Inversion (DNI) method to perform facial image manipulation. It works based on an inverse code that includes: a) a novel domain-guided encoder called Image2latent to pr...
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Accurate estimation of network capacity is very important for Vehicular Infrastructure-based NETwork (VINET) in an urban scene that may involve greatly dynamic typology and complex driving conditions. The node mobility, network behavior, and network scale of a VINET are different from those of a wireless network, and, therefore, the existing capaci...
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Accurate and real-time prediction of network traffic can not only help system operators allocate resources rationally according to their actual business needs but also help them assess the performance of a network and analyze its health status. In recent years, neural networks have been proved suitable to predict time series data, represented by th...
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Water environment time series prediction is important to efficient water resource management. Traditional water quality prediction is mainly based on linear models. However, owing to complex conditions of the water environment, there is a lot of noise in the water quality time series, which will seriously affect the accuracy of water quality predic...
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An iterated greedy algorithm (IGA) is a simple and powerful heuristic algorithm. It is widely used to solve flow-shop scheduling problems (FSPs), an important branch of production scheduling problems. IGA was first developed to solve an FSP in 2007. Since then, various FSPs have been tackled by using IGA-based methods, including basic IGA, its vari...
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This work proposes a decision tree (DT)-based method for initializing a dendritic neuron model (DNM). Neural networks become larger and larger, thus consuming more and more computing resources. This calls for a strong need to prune neurons that do not contribute much to their network's output. Pruning those with low contribution may lead to a loss...
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As big-data-driven complex systems, commercial recommendation systems (RSs) have been widely used in such companies as Amazon and Ebay. Their core aim is to maximize total profit, which relies on recommendation accuracy and profits from recommended items. It is also important for them to treat new items equally for a long-term run. However, traditi...
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Cloud platforms have recently become a popular target execution environment for numerous workflow applications. Hence, effective workflow scheduling strategies in cloud environments are in high demand. However, existing scheduling algorithms are grounded on an idealized target platform model where virtual machines are fully connected, and all commu...
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An inference approach is proposed by formulating reasoning processes as particular evolutions of Petri nets. It can be used to design an intelligent agent that executes tasks in a given environment. First, a symbol Petri net is defined to represent a Boolean variable describing a distinct aspect of an environment. Second, a propositional logic sent...
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A recommender system (RS) relying on latent factor analysis usually adopts stochastic gradient descent (SGD) as its learning algorithm. However, owing to its serial mechanism, an SGD algorithm suffers from low efficiency and scalability when handling large-scale industrial problems. Aiming at addressing this issue, this study proposes a momentum-in...
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Disassembly is an essential step in a remanufacturing process via which valuable parts and material of end-of-life (EOL) products can be well reused and resource waste is reduced. Disassembly sequence planning focuses on finding the best disassembly sequence for a given EOL product by considering economic and environmental performance. In a practic...
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Some recent research reveals that a topological structure in meta-heuristic algorithms can effectively enhance the interaction of population, and thus improve their performance. Inspired by it, we creatively investigate the effectiveness of using a scale-free network in differential evolution methods, and propose a scale-free network-based differen...
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Due to the mobility and frequent disconnections, the correctness of mobile interaction systems, such as mobile robot systems and mobile payment systems, are often difficult to analyze. This paper introduces three critical properties of systems, called system connectivity, interaction soundness and data validity, and presents a related modeling and...
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Mobile computing systems, service-based systems and some other systems with mobile interacting components have recently received much attention. However, because of their characteristics such as mobility and disconnection, it is difficult to model and analyze them by using a structure-fixed model. This work proposes a new Petri net model called Var...
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Based on the theoretical framework of expected utility with uncertain probabilities, this paper uses actual prices of CSI300 and Hang Seng index to empirically measure ambiguity degrees in the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong stock markets. A Markov regime-switching model is proposed to divide the stock market into bear and bull states, and then test...
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A nonnegative latent factorization of tensors (NLFT) model precisely represents the temporal patterns hidden in multichannel data emerging from various applications. It often adopts a single latent factor-dependent, nonnegative and multiplicative update on tensor (SLF-NMUT) algorithm. However, learning depth in this algorithm is not adjustable, res...
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Network embedding aims to map a complex network into a low-dimensional vector space while maximally preserving the properties of the original network. An attributed network is a typical real-world network that models the relationships and attributes of real-world entities. Its analysis is of great significance in many applications. However, most su...
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A gravitational search algorithm (GSA) uses gravitational force among individuals to evolve population. Though GSA is an effective population-based algorithm, it exhibits low search performance and premature convergence. To ameliorate these issues, this work proposes a multi-layered GSA called MLGSA. Inspired by the two-layered structure of GSA, fo...
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A style-based generative adversarial network (StyleGAN2) yields remarkable results in image-to-latent embedding. This work proposes a Detached Dual-channel Domain Encoder as an effective and robust method to embed an image to a latent code, i.e., GAN inversion. It infers a latent code from two aspects: a) a detached dual-channel design to support f...
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Group scheduling problems have attracted much attention owing to their many practical applications. This work proposes a new bi-objective serial-batch group scheduling problem considering the constraints of sequence-dependent setup time, release time, and due time. It is originated from an important industrial process, i.e., wire rod and bar rollin...
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Due to the complex dynamic behavior of a wastewater treatment process (WWTP), the existing soft-sensing models usually fail to efficiently and accurately predict its effluent water quality. Especially when a lot of practical data is provided and we do not know which data-pair is more valuable, WWTP modeling becomes a time-consuming process. The mai...
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The enormous energy consumed by clouds becomes a significant challenge for cloud providers and smart grid operators. Due to performance concerns, applications typically run in different clouds located in multiple sites. In different clouds, many factors, including electricity prices, available servers, and task service rates, exhibit spatial variat...
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It is well-recognized that obsolete or discarded products can cause serious environmental pollution if they are poorly be handled. They contain reusable resource that can be recycled and used to generate desired economic benefits. Therefore, performing their efficient disassembly is highly important in green manufacturing and sustainable economic d...
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Sentiment analysis is a process of analyzing, processing, concluding, and inferencing subjective texts with the sentiment. Companies use sentiment analysis for understanding public opinion, performing market research, analyzing brand reputation, recognizing customer experiences, and studying social media influence. According to the different needs...
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Recently, enormous datasets have made power dissipation and area usage lie at the heart of designs for an Artificial Neural Network (ANN). Considering the significant role of activation functions in the neurons and the growth of hardware-based neural networks like Memristive Neural Networks, this work proposes a novel design for a hyperbolic tangen...
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Cloud computing providers face several challenges in precisely forecasting large-scale workload and resource time series. Such prediction can help them to achieve intelligent resource allocation for guaranteeing that users’ performance needs are strictly met with no waste of computing, network and storage resources. This work applies a logarithmic...
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Wire rod and bar rolling is an important batch production process in steel production systems. A scheduling problem originated from this process is studied in this work by considering the constraints on sequence-dependent family setup time and release time. For each serial batch to be scheduled, it contains several jobs and the number of late jobs...
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System scheduling is a decision-making process that plays an important role in improving the performance of robotic cellular manufacturing (RCM) systems. Timed Petri nets (PNs) are a formalism suitable for graphically and concisely modeling such systems and obtaining their reachable state graphs. Within their reachability graphs, timed PNs' evoluti...