Branch and Price for the Length-Constrained Cycle Partition Problem

The length-constrained cycle partition problem (LCCP) is a graph optimization problem in which a set of nodes must be partitioned into a minimum number of cycles. Every node is associated with a critical time and the length of every cycle must not exceed the critical time of any node in the cycle. We formulate LCCP … Read more

Crew Scheduling and Routing Problem in Road Restoration via Branch-and-Price Algorithms

This paper addresses the single crew scheduling and routing problem in the context of road network repair and restoration, which is critical in assisting complex post-disaster decisions in humanitarian logistics settings. We present three novel formulations for this problem, which are the first suitable for column generation and branch-and-price (BP) algorithms. Specifically, our first formulation … Read more

Resilient Relay Logistics Network Design: A k-Shortest Path Approach

Problem definition: We study the problem of designing large-scale resilient relay logistics hub networks. We propose a model of k-Shortest Path Network Design, which aims to improve a network’s efficiency and resilience through its topological configuration, by locating relay logistics hubs to connect each origin-destination pair with k paths of minimum lengths, weighted by their … Read more

The Vehicle Routing Problem with Access Restrictions

To mitigate the negative effect of freight vehicles on urban areas, many cities have implemented road accessibility restrictions, including limited traffic zones, which restrict access to specific areas during certain times of the day. Implementing these zones creates a trade-off between the delivery cost and time, even under the assumption of equal traversal time and … Read more

Integer Programming Models for Round Robin Tournaments

Round robin tournaments are omnipresent in sport competitions and beyond. We propose two new integer programming formulations for scheduling a round robin tournament, one of which we call the matching formulation. We analytically compare their linear relaxations with the linear relaxation of a well-known traditional formulation. We find that the matching formulation is stronger than … Read more

Vehicle Routing with Heterogeneous Time Windows

We consider a novel variant of the heterogeneous vehicle routing problem (VRP) in which each customer has different availability time windows for every vehicle. In particular, this covers our motivating application of planning daily delivery tours for a single vehicle, where customers can be available at different times each day. The existing literature on heterogeneous … Read more

The complexity of branch-and-price algorithms for the capacitated vehicle routing problem with stochastic demands

The capacitated vehicle routing problem with stochastic demands (CVRPSD) is a variant of the deterministic capacitated vehicle routing problem where customer demands are random variables. While the most successful formulations for several deterministic vehicle-routing problem variants are based on a set-partitioning formulation, adapting such formulations for the CVRPSD under mild assumptions on the demands remains … Read more

The Pickup and Delivery Problem with Time Windows and Incompatibility Constraints in Cold Chain Transportation

This study investigates a new variant of the pickup and delivery problem with time windows (PDPTW) applied in cold chain transportation, which quantifies the effect of time on the quality of perishable products. Multiple commodities with incompatibility constraints are considered, where some types of products cannot be transported in a vehicle simultaneously due to their … Read more

Branch-and-price for clash-free periodic supply vessel planning problem with split delivery and variable service time

Efficient scheduling and routing of vessels are crucial in the oil and gas industries. In this paper, we consider a periodic supply vessel planning problem in which the weekly demands at multiple offshore facilities are satisfied with a fleet of heterogeneous vessels. Preemptive service at the base, variable service at facilities, and split delivery are … Read more

A Route-Based Algorithm for the Electric Vehicle Routing Problem with Multiple Technologies

We consider a variant of the electric vehicle routing problem: a fleet of identical vehicles of limited capacity needs to visit a set of customers with given demands. An upper limit is imposed on the duration of the routes. Vehicles have limited autonomy: they may need to stop en-route at recharge stations. Recharges can be … Read more