Multi-Period Facility Location



In this chapter, we cover basic aspects related with facility location problems involving time dependent parameters. The emphasis is put on problems defined over a multi-period finite planning horizon. A brief overview of continuous and network problems is presented. Nevertheless, most of the chapter focus on a discrete setting. Basic modeling aspects and solution techniques are discussed. Additionally, some features of practical relevance are considered. The value of the multi-period solution is introduced as a measure for the relevance of considering a multi-period modeling framework instead of a static one. Current challenges and future trends on the topic are discussed.


Discrete models Multi-period facility location Value of the multi-period solution 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Operations ResearchKarlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)KarlsruheGermany
  2. 2.Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics (ITWM)KaiserslauternGermany
  3. 3.Centro de Investigação Operacional/Departamento de Estatística e Investigação OperacionalFaculdade de Ciências da Universidade de LisboaLisbonPortugal

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