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Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 8728209, 18 pages
Research Article

Introducing a Novel Hybrid Artificial Intelligence Algorithm to Optimize Network of Industrial Applications in Modern Manufacturing

Department of Engineering, German University of Technology, Muscat, Oman

Correspondence should be addressed to Aydin Azizi

Received 25 July 2016; Accepted 4 May 2017; Published 14 June 2017

Academic Editor: Alicia Cordero

Copyright © 2017 Aydin Azizi. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Recent advances in modern manufacturing industries have created a great need to track and identify objects and parts by obtaining real-time information. One of the main technologies which has been utilized for this need is the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) system. As a result of adopting this technology to the manufacturing industry environment, RFID Network Planning (RNP) has become a challenge. Mainly RNP deals with calculating the number and position of antennas which should be deployed in the RFID network to achieve full coverage of the tags that need to be read. The ultimate goal of this paper is to present and evaluate a way of modelling and optimizing nonlinear RNP problems utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) techniques. This effort has led the author to propose a novel AI algorithm, which has been named “hybrid AI optimization technique,” to perform optimization of RNP as a hard learning problem. The proposed algorithm is composed of two different optimization algorithms: Redundant Antenna Elimination (RAE) and Ring Probabilistic Logic Neural Networks (RPLNN). The proposed hybrid paradigm has been explored using a flexible manufacturing system (FMS), and results have been compared with Genetic Algorithm (GA) that demonstrates the feasibility of the proposed architecture successfully.