A Polynomial Algorithm for the Lossless Battery Charging Problem

This study presents a polynomial time algorithm to solve the lossless battery charging problem. In this problem the optimal charging and discharging schedules are chosen to maximize total profit. Traditional solution approaches have relied on either approximations or exponential algorithms. By studying the optimality conditions of this problem, we are able to reduce it to … Read more

On the existence of a short pivoting sequence for a linear program

Pivoting methods are of vital importance for linear programming, the simplex method being the by far most well-known. In this paper, a primal-dual pair of linear programs in canonical form is considered. We show that there exists a sequence of pivots, whose length is bounded by the minimum dimension of the constraint matrix, such that … Read more

Branch-and-Cut-and-Price for Multi-Agent Pathfinding

There are currently two broad strategies for optimal Multi-agent Pathfinding (MAPF): (1) search-based methods, which model and solve MAPF directly, and (2) compilation-based solvers, which reduce MAPF to instances of well-known combinatorial problems, and thus, can benefit from advances in solver techniques. In this work, we present an optimal algorithm, BCP, that hybridizes both approaches … Read more

Time-Dependent Shortest Path Problems with Penalties and Limits on Waiting

Waiting at the right location at the right time can be critically important in certain variants of time-dependent shortest path problems. We investigate the computational complexity of time-dependent shortest path problems in which there is either a penalty on waiting or a limit on the total time spent waiting at a given subset of the … Read more

Dominance in Pricing Problems with Stochasticity

Sequencing activities over time is a fundamental optimization problem. The problem can be modeled using a directed network in which activities are represented by nodes and pairs of activities that can be performed consecutively are represented by arcs. A sequence of activities then corresponds to a path in the directed network, and an optimal sequence … Read more