A Joint Demand and Supply Management Approach to Large Scale Urban Evacuation Planning: Evacuate or Shelter-in-Place, Staging and Dynamic Resource Allocation

Urban evacuation management is challenging to implement as it requires planning and coordination over a large geographical area. To address these challenges and to bolster evacuation planning and management, joint supply and demand management strategies should be considered. In this study, we explore and jointly optimize evacuate or shelter-in-place, dynamic resource allocation, and staging decisions … Read more

Two-Stage Facility Location Problems with Restricted Recourse

We introduce a new class of two-stage stochastic uncapacitated facility location problems under system nervousness considerations. The location and allocation decisions are made under uncertainty, while the allocation decisions may be altered in response to the realizations of the uncertain parameters. A practical concern is that the uncertainty-adaptive second-stage allocation decisions might substantially deviate from … Read more

An Exact Solution Approach for the Inventory Routing Problem with Time Windows

The inventory routing problem (IRP) is an integrated inventory and transportation planning problem that jointly determines the replenishment schedules for a given set of retailers, and the routing decisions for a supplier that distributes a product to the retailers over a finite planning horizon typically consisting of multiple periods. In the classical IRP, retailers are … Read more

Hub Location and Route Dimensioning: Strategic and Tactical Intermodal Transportation Hub Network Design

We propose a novel hub location model that jointly eliminates the traditional assumptions on the structure of the network and on the discount due to economies of scale in an effort to better reflect real-world logistics and transportation systems. Our model extends the hub literature in various facets: instead of connecting non-hub nodes directly to … Read more

Team as a Service: Team Formation on Social Networks

Team as a Service (TaaS) is a new outsourcing service that enables on-demand creation and management of distributed teams for fast growing companies. The companies that use the TaaS model form a team according to the needs of a given project and provide managerial service throughout. Motivated by this new application, we study the Team … Read more

Multi-stage Stochastic Programming for Demand Response Optimization

The increase in the energy consumption puts pressure on natural resources and environment and results in a rise in the price of energy. This motivates residents to schedule their energy consumption through demand response mechanism. We propose a multi-stage stochastic programming model to schedule different kinds of electrical appliances under uncertain weather conditions and availability … Read more

A Branch-and-Price Algorithm for the Vehicle Routing Problem with Roaming Delivery Locations

We study the vehicle routing problem with roaming delivery locations in which the goal is to find a least-cost set of delivery routes for a fleet of capacitated vehicles and in which a customer order has to be delivered to the trunk of the customer’s car during the time that the car is parked at … Read more

Network Design Problem with Relays

Relays are regenerators extending the reach of optical signals in telecommunication networks; they may be strategic locations where exchange of drivers, trucks or mode of transportation takes place in transportation networks; they may become refuelling/recharging stations extending the reach of alternative fuel vehicles in green transportation. With different names and characteristics, relays play a crucial … Read more

A Stochastic Programming Approach for Shelter Location and Evacuation Planning

Shelter location and traffic allocation decisions are critical for an efficient evacuation plan. In this study, we propose a scenario-based two-stage stochastic evacuation planning model that optimally locates shelter sites and that assigns evacuees to nearest shelters and to shortest paths within a tolerance degree to minimize the expected total evacuation time. Our model considers … Read more

New Exact Solution Approaches for the Split Delivery Vehicle Routing Problem

In this study, we propose exact solution methods for the Split Delivery Vehicle Routing Problem (SDVRP). We first give a new vehicle-indexed flow formulation for the problem, and then, a relaxation obtained by aggregating the vehicle-indexed variables over all vehicles. This relaxation may have optimal solutions where several vehicles exchange loads at some customers. We … Read more