African Journal of

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Biotechnol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1684-5315
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJB
  • Start Year: 2002
  • Published Articles: 12487

Estimation of biochemical variables using quantum-behaved particle swarm optimization (QPSO)-trained radius basis function neural network: A case study of fermentation process of L-glutamic acid

Zhiling Liao* and Congli Mei        
School of Electrical and Information Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, China.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 29 April 2011
  •  Published: 13 June 2011


Due to the difficulties in the measurement of biochemical variables in fermentation process, soft-sensing model based on radius basis function neural network had been established for estimating the variables. To generate a more efficient neural network estimator, we employed the previously proposed quantum-behaved particle swarm optimization (QPSO) algorithm for neural network training. The experiment results of L-glutamic acid fermentation process showed that our established estimator could predict variables such as the concentrations of glucose, biomass and glutamic acid with higher accuracy than the estimator trained by the most widely used orthogonal least squares (OLS). According to its global convergence, QPSO generated a group of more proper network parameters than the most popular OLS. Thus, QPSO-RBF estimator was more favorable to the control and fault diagnosis of the fermentation process, and consequently, it increased the yield of fermentation.


Key words: Soft-sensing model, quantum-behaved particle swarm optimization algorithm, neural network.