Smith’s paper earns top 10 ranking

Published: May 11, 2015 11:00:00 AM
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Alice E. Smith, W. Allen and Martha Reed professor in Auburn University’s Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, has authored an article with two Auburn doctoral graduates, now faculty members at Rutgers and Penn State, that has been ranked seventh among all engineering papers most frequently downloaded in the last 10 years from ScienceDirect, an online database providing access to academic journals and e-books.

The article, “Multi-objective optimization using genetic algorithms: A tutorial” was published in 2006 in the journal Reliability Engineering and System Safety and has been downloaded more than 20,000 times. It is the most highly cited paper of all time in this journal.

In Smith’s paper, she presents an innovative strategy that allows for optimization of multi-parameter processes. She has incorporated specialized fitness functions and methods to promote solution diversity in order to enhance the quality of this strategy.

An Auburn faculty member since 1999, Smith has authored more than 200 publications, which have garnered more than 2,100 citations. She has a Web of Science H-Index of 22 which indicates that 22 of her papers have accrued at least 22 citations. Several of Smith’s papers are among the most highly cited in their respective journals.