A Branch & Bound Algorithm for Robust Binary Optimization with Budget Uncertainty

Since its introduction in the early 2000s, robust optimization with budget uncertainty has received a lot of attention. This is due to the intuitive construction of the uncertainty sets and the existence of a compact robust reformulation for (mixed-integer) linear programs. However, despite its compactness, the reformulation performs poorly when solving robust integer problems due … Read more

Planning Out-of-Hours Services for Pharmacies

The supply of pharmaceuticals is one important factor in a functioning health care system. In the German health care system, the chambers of pharmacists are legally obliged to ensure that every resident can find an open pharmacy at any day and night time within an appropriate distance. To that end, the chambers of pharmacists create … Read more

Improved Handling of Uncertainty and Robustness in Set Covering Problems

This paper studies the emergency service facility location problem in an uncertain environment. The main focus is the integration of uncertainty regarding the covered area due to uncertain traveling times. Previous approaches only consider either probabilistic or fuzzy optimization to cope with uncertainty. However, in many real-world problems the required statistical parameters are not precisely … Read more

DESSLib – Benchmark Instances for Optimization of Decentralized Energy Supply Systems

DESSLib (http://www.math2.rwth-aachen.de/DESSLib) provides benchmark instances obtained by real world data for synthesis problems of decentralized energy supply systems (DESS). In this paper, the considered optimization problem is described in detail. For a description of the functions and parameters used to describe the system and equipment, see the documentation found on DESSLib website http://www.math2.rwth-aachen.de/DESSLib. Article Download … Read more

An Adaptive Discretization MINLP Algorithm for Optimal Synthesis of Decentralized Energy Supply Systems

Decentralized energy supply systems (DESS) are highly integrated and complex systems designed to meet time-varying energy demands, e.g., heating, cooling, and electricity. The synthesis problem of DESS addresses combining various types of energy conversion units, choosing their sizing and operations to maximize an objective function, e.g., the net present value. In practice, investment costs and … Read more

The Budgeted Minimum Cost Flow Problem with Unit Upgrading Cost

The budgeted minimum cost flow problem (BMCF(K)) with unit upgrading costs extends the classical minimum cost flow problem by allowing to reduce the cost of at most K arcs. In this paper, we consider complexity and algorithms for the special case of an uncapacitated network with just one source. By a reduction from 3-SAT we … Read more

The Multi-Band Robust Knapsack Problem — A Dynamic Programming Approach —

In this paper, we consider the multi-band robust knapsack problem which generalizes the Γ-robust knapsack problem by subdividing the single deviation band into several smaller bands. We state a compact ILP formulation and develop two dynamic programming algorithms based on the presented model where the first has a complexity linear in the number of items … Read more

Robust Metric Inequalities for the Γ-Robust Network Loading Problem

In this paper, we consider the network loading problem under demand uncertainties with static routing, i.e, a single routing scheme based on the fraction of the demands has to be determined. We generalize the class of metric inequalities to the Γ-robust setting and show that they yield a formulation in the capacity space. We describe … Read more

Robust Network Design: Formulations, Valid Inequalities, and Computations

Traffic in communication networks fluctuates heavily over time. Thus, to avoid capacity bottlenecks, operators highly overestimate the traffic volume during network planning. In this paper we consider telecommunication network design under traffic uncertainty, adapting the robust optimization approach of Bertsimas and Sim (2004). We present three different mathematical formulations for this problem, provide valid inequalities, … Read more

Designing AC Power Grids using Integer Linear Programming

Recent developments have drawn focus towards the efficient calculation of flows in AC power grids, which are difficult to solve systems of nonlinear equations. The common linearization approach leads to the well known and often used DC formulation, which has some major drawbacks. To overcome these drawbacks we revisit an alternative linearization of the AC … Read more