Robustness in Combinatorial Optimization and Scheduling Theory: An Extended Annotated Bibliography

This extended annotated bibliography focuses on what has been published during the last ten years in the area of combinatorial optimization and scheduling theory concerning robustness and other similar techniques dealing with worst case optimization under uncertainty and non-accuracy of problem data Citation Christian-Albrechts University in Kiel, Institute of Production and Logistics, Working paper Article … Read more

Stabilized Branch-and-cut-and-price for the Generalized Assignment Problem

The Generalized Assignment Problem (GAP) is a classic scheduling problem with many applications. We propose a branch-and-cut-and-price for that problem featuring a stabilization mechanism to accelerate column generation convergence. We also propose ellipsoidal cuts, a new way of transforming the exact algorithm into a powerful heuristic, in the same spirit of the cuts recently proposed … Read more

A genetic algorithm for the resource constrained multi-project scheduling problem

This paper presents a genetic algorithm for the Resource Constrained Multi-Project Scheduling Problem (RCMPSP). The chromosome representation of the problem is based on random keys. The schedules are constructed using a heuristic that builds parameterized active schedules based on priorities, delay times, and release dates defined by the genetic algorithm. The approach is tested on … Read more

Lower bounds for the earliness-tardiness scheduling problem on single and parallel machines

This paper addresses the parallel machine scheduling problem in which the jobs have distinct due dates with earliness and tardiness costs. New lower bounds are proposed for the problem, they can be classed into two families. First, two assignment-based lower bounds for the one-machine problem are generalized for the parallel machine case. Second, a time-indexed … Read more

Optimizing Call Center Staffing using Simulation and Analytic Center Cutting Plane Methods

We present a simulation-based analytic center cutting plane method to solve a sample average approximation of a call center problem of minimizing staffing costs, while maintaining an acceptable level of service in multiple time periods. We establish convergence of the method when the service level functions are discrete pseudoconcave. An extensive numerical study of a … Read more

Construction project scheduling problem with uncertain resource constraints

This paper discusses that major problem is the construction project scheduling mathematical model and a simple algorithm in the uncertain resource environments. The project scheduling problem with uncertain resource constraints comprised mainly three parties: one of which its maximal limited capacity is fixed throughout the project duration; second maximal limited resource capacity is random variable; … Read more

Heuristics for the mirrored traveling tournament problem

Professional sports leagues are a major economic activity around the world. Teams and leagues do not want to waste their investments in players and structure in consequence of poor schedules of games.Game scheduling is a difficult task, involving several decision makers, different types of constraints, and multiple objectives to optimize. The Traveling Tournament Problem abstracts … Read more

A hybrid bin-packing heuristic to multiprocessor scheduling

The multiprocessor scheduling problem consists in scheduling a set of tasks with known processing times into a set of identical processors so as to minimize their makespan, i.e., the maximum processing time over all processors. We propose a new heuristic for solving the multiprocessor scheduling problem, based on a hybrid heuristic to the bin packing … Read more

Efficient neighborhood search for Just-in-Time scheduling problems

This paper addresses the one-machine scheduling problem where the objective is to minimize a sum of costs such as earliness-tardiness costs. Since the sequencing problem is NP-hard, local search is very useful for finding good solutions. Unlike scheduling problems with regular cost functions, the scheduling (or timing) problem is not trivial when the sequence is … Read more