A Route-Based Algorithm for the Electric Vehicle Routing Problem with Multiple Technologies

Electric vehicles are seen as a pragmatic way of reducing emissions. In freight transportation, they prove to be appealing also in terms of costs, if proper planning algorithms are designed. We consider a variant of the electric vehicle routing problem: a fleet of identical vehicles of limited capacity needs to visit a set of customers … Read more

Optimized Assignment Patterns in Mobile Edge Cloud Networks

Given an existing Mobile Edge Cloud (MEC) network including virtualization facilities of limited capacity, and a set of mobile Access Points (AP) whose data traffic demand changes over time, we aim at finding plans for assigning APs traffic to MEC facilities so that the demand of each AP is satisfied and MEC facility capacities are … Read more

Dantzig Wolfe decomposition and objective function convexification for binary quadratic problems: the cardinality constrained quadratic knapsack case

The purpose of this paper is to provide strong reformulations for binary quadratic problems. We propose a first methodological analysis on a family of reformulations combining Dantzig-Wolfe decomposition and Quadratic Convex Reformulation principles. As a representative case study, we apply them to a cardinality constrained quadratic knapsack problem, providing extensive experimental insights. We show that … Read more

Random Sampling and Machine Learning to Understand Good Decompositions

Motivated by its implications in the development of general purpose solvers for decomposable Mixed Integer Programs (MIP), we address a fundamental research question, that is to assess if good decomposition patterns can be consistently found by looking only at static properties of MIP input instances, or not. We adopt a data driven approach, devising a … Read more

Mathematical programming algorithms for spatial cloaking

We consider a combinatorial optimization problem for spatial information cloaking. The problem requires to compute one or several disjoint arborescences on a graph from a predetermined root or subset of candidate roots, so that the number of vertices in the arborescences is minimized but a given threshold on the overall weight associated with the vertices … Read more

Exactly solving packing problems with fragmentation

In packing problems with fragmentation a set of items of known weight is given, together with a set of bins of limited capacity; the task is to find an assignment of items to bins such that the sum of items assigned to the same bin does not exceed its capacity. As a distinctive feature, items … Read more

Automatic Dantzig-Wolfe Reformulation of Mixed Integer Programs

Dantzig-Wolfe decomposition (or reformulation) is well-known to provide strong dual bounds for specially structured mixed integer programs (MIPs). However, the method is not implemented in any state-of-the-art MIP solver as it is considered to require structural problem knowledge and tailoring to this structure. We provide a computational proof-of-concept that the reformulation can be automated. That … Read more

Neighborhood based heuristics for a Two-level Hierarchical Location Problem with modular node capacities

In many telecommunication network architectures a given set of client nodes must be served by different kinds of facility, which provide di fferent services and have diff erent capabilities. Such facilities must be located and dimensioned in the design phase. We tackle a particular location problem in which two sets of facilities, mid level and high level, … Read more

Exactly solving a Two-level Hierarchical Location Problem with modular node capacities

In many telecommunication networks a given set of client nodes must be served by different sets of facilities, providing different services and having different capabilities, which must be located and dimensioned in the design phase. Network topology must be designed as well, by assigning clients to facilities and facilities to higher level entities, when necessary. … Read more