Freight consolidation through carrier collaboration – A cooperative game

Reducing inefficient truck movements, this research investigates the potential of freight consolidation through carrier collaboration. Considering the financial benefits of consolidation and the additional cost arising from collaboration, we propose a cooperative game to explore under which circumstances carriers can collaborate. We show that stable cost allocations are not always possible, affecting stability and thus … Read more

Optimal Sports League Realignment

We consider approaches for optimally organizing competitive sports leagues in light of competitive and logistical considerations. A common objective is to assign teams to divisions so that intradivisional travel is minimized. We present a bilinear programming formulation based on k-way equipartitioning, and show how this formulation can be extended to account for additional constraints and … Read more

Considering homeowner acceptance of retrofit measures within energy supply network optimization

A key factor towards a low-carbon society is energy efficient heating of private houses. The choice of heating technology as well as the decision for certain energy-efficient house renovations are made mainly by individual homeowners. In contrast, municipal energy network planning heavily depends on and strongly affects these decisions. Further, there are different conflicting objectives … Read more

Multistage Stochastic Facility Location under Facility Disruption Uncertainty

We consider a multistage variant of the classical stochastic capacitated facility location problem under facility disruption uncertainty. Two solution algorithms for this problem class are presented: (1) stochastic dual dynamic integer programming (SDDiP), the state-of-the-art algorithm for solving multistage stochastic integer programs, and (2) shadow price approximation (SPA), an algorithm utilizing trained parameters of the … Read more

Solving the three-dimensional open-dimension rectangular packing problem: a constraint programming model

In this paper, we address the three-dimensional open-dimension rectangular packing problem (3D-ODRPP). This problem addresses a set of rectangular boxes of given dimensions and a rectangular container of open dimensions. The objective is to pack all boxes orthogonally into the container while minimizing the container volume. Real-world applications of the 3D-ODRPP arise in production systems … Read more

The Multi-Stop Station Location Problem: Exact Approaches

The multi-stop station location problem (MSLP) aims to place stations such that a set of trips is feasible with respect to length bounds while minimizing cost. Each trip consists of a sequence of stops that must be visited in a given order, and a length bound that controls the maximum length that is possible without … Read more

Tricks from the Trade for Large-Scale Markdown Pricing: Heuristic Cut Generation for Lagrangian Decomposition

In automated decision making processes in the online fashion industry, the ‘predict-then-optimize’ paradigm is frequently applied, particularly for markdown pricing strategies. This typically involves a mixed-integer optimization step, which is crucial for maximizing profit and merchandise volume. In practice, the size and complexity of the optimization problem is prohibitive for using off-the-shelf solvers for mixed … Read more

Revisiting the fitting of the Nelson-Siegel and Svensson models

The Nelson-Siegel and the Svensson models are two of the most widely used models for the term structure of interest rates. Even though the models are quite simple and intuitive, fitting them to market data is numerically challenging and various difficulties have been reported. In this paper, a novel mathematical analysis of the fitting problem … Read more

Robust Drone Delivery with Weather Information

Problem definition: Drone delivery has recently garnered significant attention due to its potential for faster delivery at a lower cost than other delivery options. When scheduling drones from a depot for delivery to various destinations, the dispatcher must take into account the uncertain wind conditions, which affect the delivery times of drones to their destinations, … Read more

The Balanced Facility Location Problem: Complexity and Heuristics

In a recent work, Schmitt and Singh propose a new quadratic facility location model to address ecological challenges faced by policymakers in Bavaria, Germany. Building on this previous work, we significantly extend our understanding of this new problem. We develop connections to traditional combinatorial optimization models and show the problem is NP-hard. We then develop … Read more