Benders decomposition for Network Design Covering Problems

We consider two covering variants of the network design problem. We are given a set of origin/destination(O/D) pairs and each such O/D pair is covered if there exists a path in the network from the origin to the destination whose length is not larger than a given threshold. In the first problem, called the maximal … Read more

A Benders decomposition method for locating stations in a one-way electric car sharing system under demand uncertainty

We focus on a problem of locating recharging stations in one-way station based electric car sharing systems which operate under demand uncertainty. We model this problem as a mixed integer stochastic program and develop a Benders decomposition algorithm based on this formulation. We integrate a stabilization procedure to our algorithm and conduct a large-scale experimental … Read more

Novel formulations for general and security Stackelberg games

In this paper we analyze general Stackelberg games (SGs) and Stackelberg security games (SSGs). SGs are hierarchical adversarial games where players select actions or strategies to optimize their payoffs in a sequential manner. SSGs are a type of SGs that arise in security applications, where the strategies of the player that acts first consist in … Read more

On the hop-constrained survivable network design problem with reliable edges

In this paper, we study the hop-constrained survivable network design problem with reliable edges. Given a graph with non-negative edge weights and node pairs Q, the hop-constrained survivable network design problem consists of constructing a minimum weight set of edges so that the induced subgraph contains at least K edge-disjoint paths containing at most L … Read more

Benders decomposition for the hop-constrainted survivable network design problem

Given a graph with nonnegative edge weights and a set of pairs of nodes Q, we study the problem of constructing a minimum weight set of edges so that the induced subgraph contains at least K edge-disjoint paths containing at most L edges between each pair in Q. Using the layered representation introduced by Gouveia, … Read more

Easy distributions for combinatorial optimization problems with probabilistic constraints

We show how we can linearize probabilistic linear constraints with binary variables when all coefficients are distributed according to either $\mathcal{N}(\mu_i,\lambda \mu_i)$, for some $\lambda >0$ and $\mu_i>0$, or $\Gamma(k_i,\theta)$ for some $\theta >0$ and $k_i>0$. The constraint can also be linearized when the coefficients are independent and identically distributed if they are, besides, either … Read more

Stochastic binary problems with simple penalties for capacity constraints violations

This paper studies stochastic programs with first-stage binary variables and capacity constraints, using simple penalties for capacities violations. In particular, we take a closer look at the knapsack problem with weights and capacity following independent random variables and prove that the problem is weakly \NP-hard in general. We provide pseudo-polynomial algorithms for three special cases … Read more

An improved Benders decomposition applied to a multi-layer network design problem

Benders decomposition has been widely used for solving network design problems. In this paper, we use a branch-and-cut algorithm to improve the separation procedure of Gabrel et al. and Knippel et al. for capacitated network design. We detail experiments on bilayer networks, comparing with Knippel’s previous results. Citation Technical Reports of the ULB Computer Science … Read more

Two-connected networks with rings of bounded cardinality

We study the problem of designing at minimum cost a two-connected network such that each edge belongs to a cycle using at most K edges. This problem is a particular case of the two-connected networks with bounded meshes problem studied by Fortz, Labbé and Maffioli. In this paper, we compute a lower bound on the … Read more

Polyhedral results for two-connected networks with bounded rings

We study the polyhedron associated with a network design problem which consists in determining at minimum cost a two-connected network such that the shortest cycle to which each edge belongs (a “ring”) does not exceed a given length K. We present here a new formulation of the problem and derive facet results for different classes … Read more