Multi-depot routing with split deliveries: Models and a branch-and-cut algorithm

We study the split-delivery multi-depot vehicle routing problem (MDSDVRP) which combines the advantages and potential cost-savings of multiple depots and split-deliveries and develop the first exact algorithm for this problem. We propose an integer programming formulation using a comparably small number of decision variables and several sets of valid inequalities. These inequalities focus on ensuring … Read more

Layered graph approaches for combinatorial optimization problems

Extending the concept of time-space networks, layered graphs associate information about one or multiple resource state values with nodes and arcs. While integer programming formulations based on them allow to model complex problems comparably easy, their large size makes them hard to solve for non-trivial instances. We detail and classify layered graph modeling techniques that … Read more

Revisiting the Hamiltonian p-median problem: a new formulation on directed graphs and a branch-and-cut algorithm

This paper studies the Hamiltonian p-median problem defined on a directed graph, which consists of finding p mutually disjoint circuits of minimum total cost, such that each node of the graph is included in one of the circuits. Earlier formulations are based on viewing the problem as one resulting from the intersection of two subproblems. … Read more

Branch-and-cut methods for the Network Design Problem with Vulnerability Constraints

The aim of Network Design Problem with Vulnerability Constraints (NDPVC), introduced by Gouveia and Leitner [EJOR, 2017], is to design survivable telecommunications networks that impose length bounds on the communication paths of each commodity pair, before and after the failure of any k links. This problem was proposed as an alternative to the Hop-Constrained Survivable … Read more

Extended Formulations and Branch-and-Cut Algorithms for the Black-and-White Traveling Salesman Problem

In this paper we study integer linear programming models and develop branch-and-cut algorithms to solve the Black-and-White Traveling Salesman Problem (BWTSP) (Bourgeois et al., 2003) which is a variant of the well known Traveling Salesman Problem (TSP). Two strategies to model the BWTSP have been used in the literature. The problem is either modeled on … Read more

A polyhedral study of the diameter constrained minimum spanning tree problem

This paper provides a study of integer linear programming formulations for the diameter constrained spanning tree problem (DMSTP) in the natural space of edge design variables. After presenting a straightforward model based on the well known jump inequalities a new stronger family of circular-jump inequalities is introduced. These inequalities are further generalized in two ways: … 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

Modelling Hop-Constrained and Diameter-Constrained Minimum Spanning Tree Problems as Steiner Tree Problems over Layered Graphs

The Hop-Constrained Minimum Spanning Tree Problem (HMSTP) is a NP-hard problem arising in the design of centralized telecommunication networks with quality of service constraints. We show that the HMSTP is equivalent to a Steiner Tree Problem (STP) in an adequate layered graph. We prove that the directed cut formulation for the STP defined in the … Read more