Lot Sizing with Piecewise Concave Production Costs

We study the lot-sizing problem with piecewise concave production costs and concave holding costs. This problem is a generalization of the lot-sizing problem with quantity discounts, minimum order quantities, capacities, overloading, subcontracting or a combination of these. We develop a dynamic programming (DP) algorithm to solve this problem and answer an open question in the … Read more

Robust DWDM Routing and Provisioning under Polyhedral Demand Uncertainty

We present mixed integer linear programming models that are robust in the face of uncertain traffic demands known to lie in a certain polyhedron for the problem of dense wavelength division multiplexing network routing and provisioning at minimal cost. We investigate the solution of the problem in a set of numerical experiments for two models … Read more

Manufacturer’s Mixed Pallet Design Problem

We study a problem faced by a major beverage producer. The company produces and distributes several brands to various customers from its regional distributors. For some of these brands, most customers do not have enough demand to justify full pallet shipments. Therefore, the company decided to design a number of mixed or “rainbow” pallets so … Read more

Formulations and Valid Inequalities for the Heterogeneous Vehicle Routing Problem

We consider the vehicle routing problem where one can choose among vehicles with different costs and capacities to serve the trips. We develop six different formulations: the first four based on Miller-Tucker-Zemlin constraints and the last two based on flows. We compare the linear programming bounds of these formulations. We derive valid inequalities and lift … Read more

Polyhedral Analysis for the Uncapacitated Hub Location Problem with Modular Arc Capacities

We consider the problem of installing a two-level telecommunication network. Terminal nodes communicate with each other through hubs. Hubs can be installed on terminal nodes and they are interconnected by a complete network. Each terminal is connected to a hub node by direct links. The aim is to minimize the cost of installing hubs and … Read more

Linear inequalities among graph invariants: using GraPHedron to uncover optimal relationships

Optimality of a linear inequality in finitely many graph invariants is defined through a geometric approach. For a fixed number of graph nodes, consider all the tuples of values taken by the invariants on a selected class of graphs. Then form the polytope which is the convex hull of all these tuples. By definition, the … Read more

Solving the Hub Location Problem with Modular Link Capacities

This paper deals with a capacitated hub location problem arising in the design of telecommunications networks. The problem is different from the classical hub location problem in two ways: the cost of using an edge is not linear but stepwise and the capacity of an hub restricts the amount of traffic transiting through the hub … Read more

Polyhedral Analysis for Concentrator Location Problems

The concentrator location problem is to choose a subset of a given terminal set to install concentrators and to assign each remaining terminal node to a concentrator to minimize the cost of installation and assignment. The concentrators may have capacity constraints. We study the polyhedral properties of concentrator location problems with different capacity structures. We … Read more

A Branch and Cut Algorithm for Hub Location Problems with Single Assignment

The hub location problem with single assignment is the problem of locating hubs and assigning the terminal nodes to hubs in order to minimize the cost of hub installation and the cost of routing the traffic in the network. There may also be capacity restrictions on the amount of traffic that can transit by hubs. … Read more

The Robust Shortest Path Problem with Interval Data

Motivated by telecommunication applications, we investigate the shortest path problem on directed acyclic graphs under arc length uncertainties represented as interval numbers. Using a minimax-regret criterion we define and identify robust paths via mixed-integer programming and exploiting interesting structural properties of the problem. Citation Bilkent University, Department of Industrial Engineering, Technical Report August 2001 Article … Read more