A Mixed Integer Programming Model to Analyse and Optimise Patient Flow in a Surgical Suite.

Demand for healthcare services is growing rapidly in Australia and across the world, and rising healthcare expenditure is increasing pressure on sustainability of government-funded healthcare systems. In Australia, elective surgery waiting lists are growing and hospitals are struggling with a capacity shortage. To keep up with the rising demand, we need to be more efficient … Read more

A mixed integer programming approach to reduce fuel load accumulation for prescribed burn planning

The increasing frequency of destructive wild land fires, with a consequent loss of life and property, has led to fire and land management agencies initiating extensive fuel management programs. This involves long-term scheduling of the location of fuel reduction activities such as prescribed burning or mechanical clearing. In this paper a Mixed Integer Programming (MIP) … Read more

Gas Network Optimization: A comparison of Piecewise Linear Models

Gas network optimization manages the gas transport by minimizing operating costs and fulfilling contracts between consumers and suppliers. This is an NP- hard problem governed by non-convex and nonlinear gas transport functions that can be modeled by mixed integer linear programming (MILP) techniques. Under these methods, piecewise linear functions describe nonlinearities and bi- nary variables … Read more

A framework for automated PDE-constrained optimisation

A generic framework for the solution of PDE-constrained optimisation problems based on the FEniCS system is presented. Its main features are an intuitive mathematical interface, a high degree of automation, and an efficient implementation of the generated adjoint model. The framework is based upon the extension of a domain-specific language for variational problems to cleanly … Read more

Nonlinear Optimisation in CHP-Applications

At the Fraunhofer Institute UMSICHT a nonlinear model has been developed facilitating the dynamic optimisation of combined heat and power production systems. The strategy called “dynamic supply temperature optimisation” is a very promising approach to use the DH-network itself as a large heat storage causing no additional investment cost. The pipeline system of a district … Read more