Vehicle Routing Problems with Time Windows and Convex Node Costs

We consider a variant of the vehicle routing problems with time windows, where the objective includes the inconvenience cost modeled by a convex function on each node. We formulate this mixed integer convex program using a novel set partitioning formulation, by considering all combinations of routes and block structures over the routes. We apply a … Read more

Network Design Problem with Relays

Relays are regenerators extending the reach of optical signals in telecommunication networks; they may be strategic locations where exchange of drivers, trucks or mode of transportation takes place in transportation networks; they may become refuelling/recharging stations extending the reach of alternative fuel vehicles in green transportation. With different names and characteristics, relays play a crucial … Read more

Mathematical programming algorithms for spatial cloaking

We consider a combinatorial optimization problem for spatial information cloaking. The problem requires to compute one or several disjoint arborescences on a graph from a predetermined root or subset of candidate roots, so that the number of vertices in the arborescences is minimized but a given threshold on the overall weight associated with the vertices … Read more

Exactly solving packing problems with fragmentation

In packing problems with fragmentation a set of items of known weight is given, together with a set of bins of limited capacity; the task is to find an assignment of items to bins such that the sum of items assigned to the same bin does not exceed its capacity. As a distinctive feature, items … Read more

Branch-and-bound for bi-objective integer programming

In Pareto bi-objective integer optimization the optimal result corresponds to a set of non- dominated solutions. We propose a generic bi-objective branch-and-bound algorithm that uses a problem-independent branching rule exploiting available integer solutions, and cutting plane generation taking advantage of integer objective values. The developed algorithm is applied to the bi-objective team orienteering problem with … Read more

Solution Methods for the Multi-trip Elementary Shortest Path Problem with Resource Constraints

We investigate the multi-trip elementary shortest path problem (MESPPRC) with resource constraints in which the objective is to find a shortest path between a source node and a sink node such that nodes other than the specified replenishment node are visited at most once and resource constraints are not violated. After each visit to the … Read more

A Branch-and-Price Approach to the k-Clustering Minimum Biclique Completion Problem

Given a bipartite graph G = (S , T , E ), we consider the problem of finding k bipartite subgraphs, called clusters, such that each vertex i of S appears in exactly one of them, every vertex j of T appears in each cluster in which at least one of its neighbors appears, and … Read more

Sequencing and Scheduling in Coil Coating with Shuttles

We consider a complex planning problem in integrated steel production. A sequence of coils of sheet metal needs to be color coated in consecutive stages. Di erent coil geometries and changes of coatings may necessitate time-consuming setup work. In most coating stages one can choose between two parallel color tanks in order to reduce setup times. … Read more

Experiments with a Generic Dantzig-Wolfe Decomposition for Integer Programs

We report on experiments with turning the branch-cut-and-price framework SCIP into a generic branch-cut-and-price solver. That is, given a mixed integer program (MIP), our code performs a Dantzig-Wolfe decomposition according to the user’s specification, and solves the resulting re-formulation via branch-and-price. We take care of the column generation subproblems which are solved as MIPs themselves, … Read more

A branch-and-price algorithm for multi-mode resource leveling

Resource leveling is a variant of resource-constrained project scheduling in which a non-regular objective function, the resource availability cost, is to be minimized. We present a branch-and-price approach together with a new heuristic to solve the more general turnaround scheduling problem. Besides precedence and resource constraints, also availability periods and multiple modes per job have … Read more