Production Theory for Constrained Linear Activity Models

The purpose of this paper is to generalize the framework of activity analysis discussed in Villar (2003) and obtain similar results concerning solvability. We generalize the model due to Villar (2003), without requiring any dimensional requirements on the activity matrices and by introducing a model of activity analysis in which each activity may (or may … Read more

Optimal configurations for modular systems at the example of crane bridges

The aim of this paper is to optimize modular systems which cover the construction of products that can be assembled on a modular basis. Increasing the number of different variants of individual components on the one hand decreases the cost of oversizing the assembled product, while on the other hand the cost for maintaining the … Read more

An Efficient Pixel-based Packing Algorithm for Additive Manufacturing Production Planning

Additive Manufacturing (AM), the technology of rapid prototyping directly from 3D digital models, has made a significant impact on both academia and industry. When facing the growing demand of AM services, AM production planning (AMPP) plays a vital role in reducing makespan and costs for AM service companies. This research focuses on the AMPP problem … Read more

Submodular Dispatching

Motivated by applications in e-commerce logistics where orders or items arrive at different times and must be dispatched or processed in batches, we propose the submodular dispatching problem (SMD), a strongly NP-hard model defined by a set of orders with release times and a non-decreasing submodular dispatch time function. A single uncapacitated vehicle must dispatch … Read more

Minimizing earliness-tardiness costs in supplier networks – A Just-in-time Truck Routing Problem

We consider a routing problem where orders are transported just-in-time from several suppliers to an original equipment manufacturer (OEM). This implies that shipments cannot be picked up before their release date when they are ready at the supplier and should be delivered as close as possible to their due date to the OEM. Every shipment … Read more

Adjusted Distributionally Robust Bounds on Expected Loss Functions

Optimization problems in operations and finance often include a cost that is proportional to the expected amount by which a random variable exceeds some fixed quantity, known as the expected loss function. Representation of this function often leads to computational challenges, depending on the distribution of the random variable of interest. Moreover, in practice, a … Read more

An Exact Approach for Solving Pickup-and-Delivery Traveling Salesman Problems with Neighborhoods

This paper studies a variant of the traveling salesman problem called the pickup-and-delivery traveling salesman problem with neighborhoods that combines traditional pickup and delivery requirements with the flexibility of visiting the customers at locations within compact neighborhoods of arbitrary shape. We derive two optimality conditions for the problem, a local condition that verifies whether a … Read more

Models for two- and three-stage two-dimensional cutting stock problems with a limited number of open stacks

We address three variants of the two-dimensional cutting stock problem in which the guillotine cutting of large objects produces a set of demanded items. The characteristics of the variants are: the rectangular shape of the objects and items; the number of two or three orthogonal guillotine stages; and, a sequencing constraint that limits the number … Read more

Courier satisfaction in rapid delivery systems using dynamic operating regions

Rapid delivery systems where an order is delivered to a customer from a local distribution point within minutes or hours have experienced rapid growth recently and often rely on gig economy couriers. The prime example is a meal delivery system. During an operating day, couriers in such a system are used to deliver orders placed … Read more

Efficient Formulations for Multiple Allocation Hub Network Interdiction Problems

In this paper, we study a network interdiction problem on a multiple allocation, uncapacitated hub network. The problem is formulated as a bilevel Stackelberg game between an attacker and a defender, where the attacker identifies r out of p hubs to interdict so as to maximize the worst-case post-interdiction performance of the system with the … Read more