EETTlib – Energy-Efficient Train Timetabling Library

We introduce EETTlib, an instance library for the Energy-Efficient Train Timetabling problem. The task in this problem is to adjust a given timetable draft such that several key indicators relating to the energy consumption of the resulting railway traffic are minimized. These include peak power consumption, total energy consumption, loss in recuperation energy, fluctuation in … Read more

Stochastic Scheduling of Chemotherapy Appointments Considering Patient Acuity Levels

The uncertainty in infusion durations and non-homogeneous care level needs of patients are the critical factors that lead to difficulties in chemotherapy scheduling. We study the problem of scheduling patient appointments and assigning patients to nurses under uncertainty in infusion durations for a given day. We consider instantaneous nurse workload, represented in terms of total … Read more

Heuristics for Home Appliances Scheduling Problems With Energy Consumption Bounds

Many existing papers on the topic of smart grids work on scheduling of appliances considering an unlimited energy supply. However, the size of the power grid necessary to operate on periods of peak demand of the day would be large, and that would not be exploited during most of the day. Because of this, electricity … Read more

MILP models for the continuous Berth Allocation and Quay Crane Assignment Problem considering crane movement and setup times

In this technical report we present several Mixed Integer Linear Programming (MILP) models for the Berth Allocation and Quay Crane Assignment Problem (BACASP) considering crane movement and setup time (from now on: BACASP-S). First, we propose a MILP for the continuous-quay time-invariant BACASP in which both berthing time and position variables are continuous. Then, we … Read more

Multi-criteria Course Mode Selection and Classroom Assignment Under Sudden Space Scarcity

Problem Definition: While physical (or ‘social’) distancing is an important public health intervention during airborne pandemics, physical distancing dramatically reduces the effective capacity of classrooms. During the COVID-19 pandemic, this presented a unique problem to campus planners who hoped to deliver a meaningful amount of in-person instruction in a way that respected physical distancing. This … Read more

High quality timetables for Italian schools

This work introduces a complex variant of the timetabling problem, which is motivated by the case of Italian schools. The new requirements enforce to (i) provide the same idle times for teachers, (ii) avoid consecutive \emph{heavy} days, (iii) limit daily multiple lessons for the same class, (iv) introduce shorter time units to differentiate entry and … Read more

An order aggregation and scheduling problem for meal delivery

We address a single-machine scheduling problem motivated by a last-mile-delivery setting for a food company. Customers place orders, each characterized by a delivery point (customer location) and an ideal delivery time. An order is considered on time if it is delivered to the customer within a time window given by the ideal delivery time ± … Read more

Efficient Algorithms for Multi-Threaded Interval Scheduling with Machine Availabilities

In the known Interval Scheduling Problem with Machine Availabilities (ISMA), each machine has a contiguous availability interval and each job has a specific time interval which has to be scheduled. The objective is to schedule all jobs such that the machines’ availability intervals are respected or to decide that there exists no such schedule. We … Read more

Two-Stage Robust Telemedicine Assignment Problem with Uncertain Service Duration and No-Show Behaviours

The current pandemic of COVID-19 has caused significant strain on medical center resources, which are the main places to provide the rapid response to COVID-19 through the adoption of telemedicine. Thus healthcare managers must make an effective assignment plan for the patients and telemedical doctors when providing telemedicine services. Motivated by this, we present the … Read more

A MILP Approach to DRAM Access Worst-Case Analysis

The Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) is among the major points of contention in multi-core systems. We consider a challenging optimization problem arising in worst-case performance analysis of systems architectures: computing the worst-case delay (WCD) experienced when accessing the DRAM due to the interference of contending requests. The WCD is a crucial input for micro-architectural … Read more