An efficient solution methodology for the airport slot allocation problem with preprocessing and column generation

Airport coordination is a demand control mechanism that maximizes the use of existing infrastructure at congested airports. Aircraft operators submit a list of regular flights that they wish to operate over a five to seven-month period and a designated coordinator is responsible for allocating the available airport slots, which represent the permission to operate a … Read more

Pattern-based ILP models for the one-dimensional cutting stock problem with setup cost

The One-Dimensional Cutting Stock Problem with Setup Cost (CSP-S) is a cutting problem that seeks a cutting plan with a minimum number of objects and a minimum number of different patterns. This problem gains relevance in manufacturing settings, where time consuming operations to set up the knives of the cutting machine for the new patterns … Read more

Determining locations and layouts for parcel lockers to support supply chain viability at the last mile

The pandemic caused by the corona virus SARS-CoV-2 raised many new challenges for humanity. For instance, governments imposed regulations such as lockdowns, resulting in supply chain shocks at different tiers. Additionally, delivery services reached their capacity limits because the demand for mail orders soared temporarily during the lockdowns. We argue that one option to support … Read more

Mathematical models for the minimization of open stacks problem

In this paper, we address the Minimization of Open Stacks Problem (MOSP). This problem often appears during production planning of manufacturing industries, such as in the cutting of objects to comply with space constraints around the cutting machine in the glass, furniture, and metallurgical industries. The MOSP is also pertinent to the field of VLSI … Read more

Energy-efficient Automated Vertical Farms

Autonomous vertical farms (VFs) are becoming increasingly more popular, because they allow to grow food minimising water consumption and the use of pesticides, while greatly increasing the yield per square metre, compared with traditional agriculture. To meet sustainability goals, however, VFs must operate at maximum efficiency; it would be otherwise impossible to compete with the … Read more

Variable and constraint reduction techniques for the temporal bin packing problem with fire-ups

The aim of this letter is to design and computationally test several improvements for the compact integer linear programming (ILP) formulations of the temporal bin packing problem with fire-ups (TBPP-FU). This problem is a challenging generalization of the classical bin packing problem in which the items, interpreted as jobs of given weight, are active only … Read more

Two-stage and one-group two-dimensional guillotine cutting problems with defects: a CP-based algorithm and ILP formulations

We address two variants of the two-dimensional guillotine cutting problem that appear in different manufacturing settings that cut defective objects. Real-world applications include the production of flat glass in the glass industry and the cutting of wooden boards with knotholes in the furniture industry. These variants assume that there are several defects in the object, … Read more

The Arc-Item-Load and Related Formulations for the Cumulative Vehicle Routing Problem

The Capacitated Vehicle Routing Problem (CVRP) consists of finding the cheapest way to serve a set of customers with a fleet of vehicles of a given capacity. While serving a particular customer, each vehicle picks up its demand and carries its weight throughout the rest of its route. While costs in the classical CVRP are … Read more

Integrality of Linearizations of Polynomials over Binary Variables using Additional Monomials

Polynomial optimization problems over binary variables can be expressed as integer programs using a linearization with extra monomials in addition to those arising in the given polynomial. We characterize when such a linearization yields an integral relaxation polytope, generalizing work by Del Pia and Khajavirad (SIAM Journal on Optimization, 2018) and Buchheim, Crama and Rodríguez-Heck … Read more

An Integer Programming Formulation of the Key Management Problem in Wireless Sensor Networks

With the advent of modern communications systems, much attention has been put on developing methods for securely transferring information between constituents of wireless sensor networks. To this effect, we introduce a mathematical programming formulation for the key management problem, which broadly serves as a mechanism for encrypting communications. In particular, an integer programming model of … Read more