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

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

From Optimization to Control: Quasi Policy Iteration

Recent control algorithms for Markov decision processes (MDPs) have been designed using an implicit analogy with well-established optimization algorithms. In this paper, we make this analogy explicit across four problem classes with a unified solution characterization. This novel framework, in turn, allows for a systematic transformation of algorithms from one domain to the other. In … Read more

A Generic Hybrid Genetic Algorithm-based Framework for Solving Various Classes of Arc Routing Problems

Arc routing problems are combinatorial optimization problems that have many real-world applications, such as mail delivery, snow plowing, and waste collection. Various variants of this problem are available, as well as algorithms intended to solve them heuristically or exactly. Presented here is a generic algorithmic framework that can be applied to a variety of arc … Read more

Optimizing the Path Towards Plastic-Free Oceans

Increasing ocean plastic pollution is irreversibly harming ecosystems and human economic activities. We partner with a non-profit organization and use optimization to help them clean up oceans from plastic faster. Specifically, we optimize the route of their plastic collection system in the ocean to maximize the quantity of plastic collected over time. We formulate the … Read more

K-Shortest Simple Paths Using Biobjective Path Search

In this paper we introduce a new algorithm for the k-Shortest Simple Paths (k-SSP) problem with an asymptotic running time matching the state of the art from the literature. It is based on a black-box algorithm due to Roddity and Zwick that solves at most 2k instances of the Second Shortest Simple Path (2-SSP) problem … Read more

Duality of upper bounds in stochastic dynamic programming

For multistage stochastic programming problems with stagewise independent uncertainty, dynamic programming algorithms calculate polyhedral approximations for the value functions at each stage.  The SDDP algorithm provides piecewise linear lower bounds, in the spirit of the L-shaped algorithm, and corresponding upper bounds took a longer time to appear.  One strategy uses the primal dynamic programming recursion … Read more

Numerical Methods for Convex Multistage Stochastic Optimization

\(\) Optimization problems involving sequential decisions in  a  stochastic environment    were studied  in  Stochastic Programming (SP), Stochastic Optimal Control  (SOC) and Markov Decision Processes (MDP). In this paper we mainly concentrate on SP and  SOC modelling   approaches. In these frameworks there are natural situations  when the considered problems are  convex. Classical approach to sequential … Read more

The min-Knapsack Problem with Compactness Constraints and Applications in Statistics

In the min-Knapsack problem, one is given a set of items, each having a certain cost and weight. The objective is to select a subset with minimum cost, such that the sum of the weights is not smaller than a given constant. In this paper we introduce an extension of the min-Knapsack problem with additional … Read more

Decremental State-Space Relaxations for the Basic Traveling Salesman Problem with a Drone

Truck-and-drone routing problems have become an important topic of research in the last decade due to their applications for last-mile deliveries. Despite the large number of publications in this area, the most efficient exact algorithms designed thus far struggle to solve the benchmark instances with 39 or more customers. This fact is true even for … Read more