Dhish - Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering,Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
D.K. Saxena Associate professor dhish.saxena@me.iitr.ac.in
Areas of Interest
  • Evolutionary Multi-objective Optimization, Multi-Criteria Decision Making, AI-assisted Optimization
Professional Background
2016-04-01OngoingAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, IIT Roorkee
2012-11-093 years 4 months 22 daysAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, IIT Roorkee
2012-04-013 months Research Fellow (Liverhume)Department of Computer Science, Bath University, UK
2008-01-014 years 2 months 30 daysAcademic FellowManufacturing Department, Cranfield University, UK
Multiple Posts
2016-01-01OngoingAssociate EditorElsevier's Swarm and Evolutionary Computation
2014-07-011 year 11 months Chief Warden KIHIIT Roorkee
2015-01-012 years Member: Guest House Advisory CommitteeIIT Roorkee
2015-01-012 years Member: Department Purchase Committee, under DOSW set-upIIT Roorkee
2015-01-012 years Co-ordinator Tinkering LabIIT Roorkee
Honors and Awards
MCDM Doctoral Award Finalist (one of the top 3 Ph.Ds internationally during 5 years period (2007-11)Cranfield University2011
Educational Details
PhDEvolutionary Many-objective OptimizationIIT Kanpur2008
Sponsored Research Projects
TopicFunding AgencyStart DatePeriod
INNOVIZATION: Discovery of Innovative Knowledge through Optimization and Machine LearningMHRD, GE (105.64 Lakhs: USD 130,000)2019-042 years 11 months
A Systems Approach towards Data Mining and Prediction in Airlines operations [PI]DeiTY-NWO-GE (483,000 Euro)2015-01Ongoing
Decomposition Based Multiobjective Evolutionary Computation [Overseas-CI]NSF, China (800,000 RMB)2015-013 years 11 months
Multi-objective Optimization of Composite Aircraft Wing.Airbus, UK2010-0911 months
Founding Co-ordinatorMHRD (2.5 crore INR: 330,000 USD)2015-011 year 5 months
Many-objective Optimization: A way forwardHewlett Packard, UK2009-0911 months
  • IEEE, Member
  • Elsevier: Swarm and Evolutionary Computation Journal, Associate Editor
Projects and Thesis Supervised
Title of ProjectNames of Students
Evolutionary Multi-objective Optimisation from a System Design Perspective.Alessandro Rubino
Optimisation of Composite Aircraft WingBenjamin Bruner
Many-objective optimization: A way forward.Wu Qin
Weighted Diversity Measure to Improve Convergence in a Class of Many-objective Optimization ProblemsHimansu Sekhar Dash
Feature based Optimal Sensor Position for Fault Diagnosis in Rolling Element BearingPraveen Nagesh
Application of Axiomatic Design Principles for Weight Optimization of Automotive ChassisIshwar Keshav Yanganti
PHDs Supervised
TopicScholar NameStatus of PHDRegistration Date
INNOVIZATION: Discovery of Innovative Knowledge through Optimization and Machine LearningSukrit MittalO2018-01
Airline Crew Pairing OptimizationDivyam AgarwalO2015-08
Subjectively Interesting Patterns in NetworksSarang KapoorA2015-08
Machine Learning based Decision Support for a Class of Many-objective Optimization ProblemsJoao A DuroA2009-01
Participation in short term courses
Couse NameSponsored ByDate
Designed & Conducted: Multidisciplinary Optimization: From Theory to PracticeCranfield University & EnginSoft, UK2010-04
National International Collaboration
Innovization: Innovation though Machine Learning and OptimizationMichigan State University, USA
A Systems approach towards Data Mining and Predictions in Airline OperationsLeiden University, Netherlands
A Systems approach towards Data Mining and Predictions in Airline OperationsGE Aviation Bangalore, Denver USA
Optimisation of Composite Aircraft Wing.Airbus, UK
Many-objective Optimization: A Way ForwardHewlett Packard, UK
Books Authored
  • Proceedings of the 2nd National Conference on Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization, Advances in Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization, Springer Nature, 2020, ISBN Code: 978-981-15-5432-2.
Referred Journal Papers
  • Discovering subjectively interesting multigraph patterns, S. Kapoor, D.K. Saxena and M. van Leeuwen, Elsevier, 2020 , Machine Learning (: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10994-020-05873-9)
Self appraisal - Dhish obtained his Ph.D in Evolutionary Many-objective Optimization (2008), under the supervision of Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar Awardee Prof. Kalyanmoy Deb, IIT Kanpur. In MCDM Conference, Finland, 2011, Dhish's Ph.d was adjudged as one of the three most impactful Ph.Ds in the world, during 2007-11, in the area of Evolutionary Multi-objective Optimization and Multi-criterion Decision Making. Dhish brings on board his work-experience in the United Kingdom, for almost half-a-decade, where he worked with universities like Cranfield and Bath, in collaboration with companies like British Aerospace Systems, Hewlett Packard, and Airbus. The focus of his research has been two fold. At a fundamental level, his research has focused on facilitating a better understanding of highly constrained practical optimization problems, characterized by high degree of non-linearity and several (many) conflicting objectives. In that, machine learning techniques have been integrated with evolutionary algorithms to rank the objectives and also the constraints by order of their importance, to facilitate a decision support for a given problem. At the applied level, his research focus has been on demonstrating the utility of the self-developed tools and techniques on a wide range of real-world: engineering design, business-process, and multi-disciplinary optimization & multi-criterion decision making problems.
Refereed Journal Papers

Patent Filed: D. Aggarwal, D.K. Saxena, T. Bäck, M. Emmerich, Crew Optimization, Netherlands Patent Application N2025010, Feb. 2020

[1] A Learning-based Innovized Progress Operator for Faster Convergence in Evolutionary Multi-objective Optimization, S. Mittal, D.K. Saxena, K. Deb, and E.D. Goodman; ACM Transactions on Evolutionary Learning and Optimization (in Press)

[2] Discovering Subjectively Interesting Multigraph Patterns, S. Kapoor, D.K. Saxena and M. van Leeuwen;Machine Learning, 2020: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10994-020-05873-9

[3] A new replica placement strategy based on multi-objective optimisation for HDFS; Y. Li, M. Tian, Y. Wang, Q. Zhang, D. K. Saxena, and L. Jiao; International Journal of Bio-Inspired Computation, 16(1), 2020, 13-22

[4] On Timing the Nadir-Point Estimation and/or Termination of Reference-Based Multi- and Many-objective Evolutionary Algorithms; D. K. Saxena and Sarang Kapoor; Evolutionary Multi-Criterion Optimization, 191-202, 2019.

[5] Timing the Decision Support for Real-World Many-Objective Optimization Problems; J. A Duro, D. K. Saxena; Evolutionary Multi-Criterion Optimization, 191-205, 2017.

[6] Entropy based Termination Criterion for Multiobjective Evolutionary Optimisation; D. K. Saxena, Arnab Sinha, J. A. Duro and Q. Zhang; IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, 20 (4), 485-498, 2016 Code

[7] Machine learning based decision support for many-objective optimization problems; J.A.Duro, D. K.Saxena, K.Deb and Q.Zhang; Neurocomputing, Volume 146, Pages 30–47. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0925231214008753

[8] Objective Reduction in Many-objective Optimization: Linear and Nonlinear Algorithms; D. K.Saxena, J.A.Duro, A.Tiwari, K.Deb and Q.Zhang; IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, 2012, 99, 1-23. Code

[9] An Evolutionary Multi-objective Framework for Business Process Optimization; K.Vergidis, D.K.Saxena and A.Tiwari; Applied Soft Computing, 2012, 2638-2653.

[10] Identifying the Redundant and Ranking the Critical Constraints in Practical Optimization Problems; D.K.Saxena, A.Rubino, J.A.Duro and A.Tiwari; Engineering Optimization, 2012, 1-23.

[11] Using Objective Reduction and Interactive Procedure to Handle Many-objective optimization Problems; A.Sinha, D.K.Saxena, K.Deb and A.Tiwari, Applied Soft Computing, 2013, 3(1), 415-427.

[12] Framework for Many-objective Test Problems with both Simple and Complicated Pareto-set Shapes; D.K.Saxena, Q.Zhang, J.A.Duro and A.Tiwari; Evolutionary Multi-Criterion optimization, 2011, 197-211.

[13] On Handling a Large Number of Objectives A Posteriori and During Optimization; D.Brockhoff, D.K.Saxena, K.Deb and E.Zitzler; Multi-objective Problem Solving from Nature, 2008, 4, 377-403.

[14] Non-linear Dimensionality Reduction Procedures for certain Large-dimensional Multi-objective Optimization Problems: Employing Correntropy and a Novel Maximum Variance Unfolding; D.K.Saxena and K.Deb; Evolutionary Multi-Criterion Optimization, 2007, 772-787.

Refereed Conference Papers

[1] A Generic and Computationally Efficient Automated Innovization Method for Power-Law Design Rules; K. Garg, A. Mukherjee, S. Mittal, D. K. Saxena and K. Deb; Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference Companion (GECCO ’20 Companion), July 8–12, 2020, Cancún, Mexico. ACM, New York, NY, USA: https://doi.org/10.1145/3377929.3390022

[2] Learning based Multi-objective Optimization Through ANN-Assisted Online Innovization; S. Mittal, D. K. Saxena and K. Deb; In Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference Companion (GECCO ’20 Companion), July 8–12, 2020, Cancún, Mexico. ACM, New York, NY, USA: https://doi.org/10.1145/3377929.3389925

[3] A Unified Automated Innovization Framework Using Threshold-based Clustering; S. Mittal, D. K. Saxena and K. Deb; Proceedings of Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC-2020), Piscataway, NJ: IEEE Press.

[4] Service Information in the Provision of Support Service Solutions: A State-of-the-art Review;   S. Kundu, A. McKay, R. Cuthbert, D. McFarlane, D. K. Saxena, A. Tiwari and P. Johnson;  CIRP  Industrial Product-Service Systems; Cranfield, U.K, 2009, ISBN: 978-0-9557436-5-8, 100-106.

[5] Constrained many-objective optimization: A way forward; D. K. Saxena, T. Ray, K. Deb and A. Tiwari; IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, Trondheim, Norway, 2009, ISBN:978-1-4244-2958-5, 545-552.

[6] Dimensionality Reduction of Objectives and Constraints in multi-objective optimization problems: A system design perspective; D. K. Saxena and K. Deb; IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, Hongkong, 2008, ISBN:978-1-4244-1822-0, 3204-3211.

[7] Trading on infeasibility by exploiting constraint’s criticality through multi-objectivization: A system design perspective; D. K. Saxena and K. Deb; IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, Singapore,  2007, ISBN:978-1-4244-1339-3, 919-926.

[8] Searching for Pareto-optimal Solutions through Dimensionality Reduction for Certain Large-dimensional Multi-Objective Optimization Problems; K. Deb and D.K.Saxena; IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation, Vancouvar, Canada,  2006, IEEE: 0-7803-9487-9, 3353-3360.

Deliverables to "British Aerospace Systems & Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, UK"

for the project: "S4T : Support Service Solutions: Strategy and Transition"

Deliverable Year Pages Co-authors
No. Affiliation
1 Current state of service information 2008 31 5 University of - Leeds, Cranfield,  & Cambridge, UK.
2 Service information requirements 2009 43 6 University of - Cranfield,  Cambridge, & Leeds, UK.
3 Blueprint for future service information 2009 37 5 University of - Leeds, Cranfield,  & Cambridge, UK.

 Industrial case studies

2009 30 5 University of - Cranfield,  Cambridge, & Leeds, UK.
5 A roadmap for the transition to future service information solutions 009 11 10 University of -  Cambridge, Leeds, Cranfield, & BAES, UK.


Technical Reports


[1] Aggarwal, D., Saxena, D.K., Bäck, T., Emmerich, M. (March, 2020). AirCROP: Airline Crew Pairing Optimizer for Complex Flight Networks Involving Multiple Crew Bases & Billion-Plus Variables. EADAL Report Number 2020001. [pdfNEW

[2] Aggarwal, D., Saxena, D.K., Bäck, T., Emmerich, M. (March, 2020). On Initializing Airline Crew Pairing Optimization for Large-scale Complex Flight NetworksEADAL Report Number 2020002. [pdfNEW


[1] Aggarwal, D., Saxena, D.K., Bäck, T., Emmerich, M. (July, 2019). Real-World Airline Crew Pairing Optimization: Customized Genetic Algorithm versus Column Generation Method. EADAL Report Number 2019001. [pdf]

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