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https://link.springer.com/journal/291

List of Papers (Total 96)

Identifying efficient solutions via simulation: myopic multi-objective budget allocation for the bi-objective case

Simulation optimisation offers great opportunities in the design and optimisation of complex systems. In the presence of multiple objectives, there is usually no single solution that performs best on all objectives. Instead, there are several Pareto-optimal (efficient) solutions with different trade-offs which cannot be improved in any objective without sacrificing performance in...

The two-region multi-depot pickup and delivery problem

Logistics networks are constantly evolving such that new and more varied structures arise and need to be studied. Carriers are aiming for opportunities to save costs by efficient planning. Motivated by this, we define the two-region multi-depot pickup and delivery problem. A region in this setting refers to an area where customers and depots are located. We differentiate two...

Centralized bundle generation in auction-based collaborative transportation

In horizontal collaborations, carriers form coalitions in order to perform parts of their logistics operations jointly. By exchanging transportation requests among each other, they can operate more efficiently and in a more sustainable way. This exchange of requests can be organized through combinatorial auctions, where collaborators submit requests for exchange to a common pool...

Pooling of critical, low-utilization resources with unavailability

We consider an environment in which several independent service providers can collaborate by pooling their critical, low-utilization resources that are subject to unavailability. We examine the allocation of the joint profit for such a pooled situation by studying an associated cooperative game. For this game, we will prove non-emptiness of the core, present a population...

Transshipment policies for systems with multiple retailers and two demand classes

Many retailers discriminate among their customers based on their value to the firm. Instead of losing a customer due to this discrimination or lack of inventory, a retailer might prefer to place a transshipment request with other retailers to satisfy the customer’s demand. The system as a whole can benefit from this type of transshipments. In this paper, we study a problem of a...

Alternative formulations and improved bounds for the multi-depot fleet size and mix vehicle routing problem

In this paper, we compare different formulations of the multi-depot fleet size and mix vehicle routing problem (MDFSMVRP). This problem extends the multi-depot vehicle routing problem and the fleet size and mix vehicle routing problem, two logistics problems that have been extensively studied for many decades. This difficult vehicle routing problem combines complex assignment and...

Estimating the potential of collaborating professionals, with an application to the Dutch film industry

Professionals often collaborate in projects. Some of these projects require funding, so before the collaboration can start a proposal for the project is submitted. This proposal will then be evaluated by a committee. The goal of the committee is to recognise proposals that are likely to be very successful. In this paper, we introduce a new numerical method to estimate the...

Resource allocation problems in decentralized energy management

Changes in our electricity supply chain are causing a paradigm shift from centralized control towards decentralized energy management. Within the framework of decentralized energy management, devices that offer flexibility in their load profile play an important role. These devices schedule their flexible load profile based on steering signals received from centralized...

Integrated planning of spare parts and service engineers with partial backlogging

In this paper, we consider the integrated planning of resources in a service maintenance logistics system in which spare parts supply and service engineers deployment are considered simultaneously. The objective is to determine close-to-optimal stock levels as well as the number of service engineers that minimize the total average costs under a maximum total average waiting time...

The multi-vehicle profitable pickup and delivery problem

The transportation industry expanded rapidly in a highly competitive environment. Logistics companies with insufficient volume of transport capacities are forced to make a selection of customers that they can integrate efficiently into their tours. This is of particular relevance in the pickup and delivery market, where shipments from several different customers can be moved on...

A non-autonomous optimal control model of renewable energy production under the aspect of fluctuating supply and learning by doing

Given the constantly raising world-wide energy demand and the accompanying increase in greenhouse gas emissions that pushes the progression of climate change, the possibly most important task in future is to find a carbon-low energy supply that finds the right balance between sustainability and energy security. For renewable energy generation, however, especially the second...

A robust asset–liability management framework for investment products with guarantees

This paper suggests a robust asset–liability management framework for investment products with guarantees, such as guaranteed investment contracts and equity-linked notes. Stochastic programming and robust optimization approaches are introduced to deal with data uncertainty in asset returns and interest rates. The statistical properties of the probability distributions of...

Tight MIP formulations of the power-based unit commitment problem

This paper provides the convex hull description for the basic operation of slow- and quick-start units in power-based unit commitment (UC) problems. The basic operating constraints that are modeled for both types of units are (1) generation limits and (2) minimum up and down times. Apart from this, the startup and shutdown processes are also modeled, using (3) startup and...

A competitive solution for cooperative truckload delivery

This paper introduces a solution for gain sharing in consortia of logistic providers where joint planning of truckload deliveries enables the reduction of empty kilometers. The highly competitive nature of freight transport markets necessitates solutions that distinguish among the logistics providers based on their characteristics, even in situations with two players only. We...

Approximations for the waiting-time distribution in an \(M/PH/c\) priority queue

We investigate the use of priority mechanisms when assigning service engineers to customers as a tool for service differentiation. To this end, we analyze a non-preemptive \(M/PH/c\) priority queue with various customer classes. For this queue, we present various accurate and fast methods to estimate the first two moments of the waiting time per class given that all servers are...

Preferential reducts and constructs in robust multiple criteria ranking and sorting

We revisit the multiple criteria ranking and sorting methods based on ordinal regression, which accept preference information in the form of, respectively, pairwise comparisons or assignment examples for some reference alternatives. Robust ordinal regression methods consider the whole set of value functions reproducing these holistic statements provided at the input. Its impact...