Distributed Task Assignment in a Swarm of UAVs

We consider the problem of distributed task assignment in a swarm of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), where heterogeneous agents that can have different capabilities need to work in teams to execute tasks. We consider the case where communication between UAVs is costly or dangerous and should be limited or avoided, while individual UAVs have uncertain … Read more

Tactical workforce sizing and scheduling decisions for last-mile delivery

We tackle the problems of workforce sizing and shift scheduling of a logistic operator delivering parcels in the last-mile segment of the supply chain. Our working hypothesis is that the relevant decisions are affected by two main trade-offs: workforce size and shift stability. A large workforce is able to deal with demand fluctuations but incurs … Read more

A Hybrid Genetic Algorithm for Generalized Order Acceptance and Scheduling

In this paper, a novel approach is presented to address a challenging optimization problem known as Generalized Order Acceptance Scheduling. This problem involves scheduling a set of orders on a single machine with release dates, due dates, deadlines, and sequence-dependent setup times judiciously to maximize revenue. In view of resource constraints, not all orders can … Read more

Approximating the Pareto frontier for bi-objective preventive maintenance and workshop scheduling. A Lagrangean lower bounding methodology for evaluating contracting forms

Effective planning of preventive maintenance plays an important role in maximizing the operational readiness of any industrial system. We consider an operating system and a maintenance workshop governed by two stakeholders who collaborate based on a mutual contract: components of the operating system that need maintenance are sent to the maintenance workshop, where necessary maintenance … Read more

Robust Mask-Based Appointment Scheduling in Primary Care Practices

In most health care systems, a primary care physician (PCP) is both the first instance consulted by patients with medical concerns and the instance coordinating patients’ continued access to medical care. Due to the PCP’s pivotal role, we address challenges of a high-quality primary care service by interday appointment scheduling on a tactical decision level. Our … Read more

Cross-Dock Trailer Scheduling with Workforce Constraints: A Dynamic Discretization Discovery Approach

LTL freight carriers operate consolidation networks that utilize cross-docking terminals to facilitate thetransfer of freight between trailers and enhance trailer utilization. This research addresses the problem ofdetermining an optimal schedule for unloading inbound trailers at specific unloading doors using teams ofdock workers. The optimization objective is chosen to ensure that outbound trailers are loaded with … Read more

An enhanced mathematical model for optimal simultaneous preventive maintenance scheduling and workshop planning

For a system to stay operational, maintenance of its components is required and to maximize the operational readiness of a system, preventive maintenance planning is essential. There are two stakeholders—a system operator and a maintenance workshop—and a contract regulating their joint activities. Each contract leads to a bi-objective optimization problem. Components that require maintenance are … Read more

Computational evaluation of cut-strengthening techniques in logic-based Benders’ decomposition

Cut-strengthening techniques have a significant impact on the computational effectiveness of the Logic-based Benders’ decomposition (LBBD) scheme. While there have been numerous cut-strengthening techniques proposed, very little is understood about which techniques achieve the best computational performance for the LBBD scheme. This is typically due to implementations of LBBD being problem specific and thus, no … Read more

Γ-robust Optimization of Project Scheduling Problems

\(\) In this paper, we investigate the problem of finding a robust baseline schedule for the project scheduling problem under uncertain process times. We assume that the probability distribution for the duration is unknown but an estimation together with an interval in which this time can vary is given. At most $ \Gamma $ of … Read more

Scheduling of healthcare professionals using Bayesian Optimization

In this paper we present a Bayesian optimization framework that iteratively “learns” good schedules for healthcare professionals of outpatient healthcare in a hospital, that minimize the overall number of patients in queue — we understand that a patient in schedule is one in queue. The hospital has several medical specialties and each is modeled as … Read more