Smith authors top cited research paper

Published: Aug 20, 2014 11:00:00 AM
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Alice E. Smith, W. Allen and Martha Reed professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, has authored a paper, “Multi-objective optimization using genetic algorithms: A tutorial,” that is the top cited article in the journal, “Reliability Engineering & System Safety.” The journal is more than 30 years old and has published nearly 4,000 articles. 

Smith’s paper was published with two former doctoral students, Abdullah Konak, a faculty member at Pennsylvania State University-Berks, and David Coit, a faculty member at Rutgers University. The paper, which has been cited in more than 400 publications, focuses on evolutionary methods used to obtain solutions to multiple goals in complex design problems. The insights of this work have been applied to problems in geoscience, agriculture, petroleum engineering, medicine, insurance mathematics, and manufacturing technology.

Citations serve as metrics for research and academic quality and impact. The most cited publications are those that have established the groundwork for the greatest quantity of further research. Smith, who has been on the Auburn faculty since 1999, has authored more than 200 publications, which have garnered more than 2,100 citations. Smith has a Web of Science H-Index of 21 which indicates that 21 of her papers have accrued at least 21 citations. Indeed, several of Smith’s papers are among the most highly cited in their respective journals.

Citations are compiled by the Web of Science, formerly ISI Web of Knowledge, an academic citation indexing and search service by Thomson Reuters.