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A Distributed Metaheuristic for Solving a Real-World Scheduling-Routing-Loading Problem

  • Laura Cruz Reyes
  • Juan Javier González Barbosa
  • David Romero Vargas
  • Hector Joaquin Fraire Huacuja
  • Nelson Rangel Valdez
  • Juan Arturo Herrera Ortiz
  • Bárbara Abigail Arrañaga Cruz
  • José Francisco Delgado Orta
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4742)

Abstract

In this paper a real and complex transportation problem including routing, scheduling and loading tasks is presented. Most of the related works only involve the solution of routing and scheduling, as a combination of up to five different types of VRPs (Rich VRP), leaving away the loading task, which are not enough to define more complex real-world cases. We propose a solution methodology for transportation instances that involve six types of VRPs, a new constraint that limits the number of vehicles that can be attended simultaneously and the loading tasks. They are solved using an Ant Colony System algorithm, which is a distributed metaheuristic. Results from a computational test using real-world instances show that the proposed approach outperforms the transportation planning related to manual designs. Besides a well-known VRP benchmark was solved to validate the approach.

Keywords

Vehicle Route Problem Pheromone Trail Homogeneous Platform Generic Vehicle Route Problem Near Neighborhood Heuristic 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Laura Cruz Reyes
    • 1
  • Juan Javier González Barbosa
    • 1
  • David Romero Vargas
    • 1
  • Hector Joaquin Fraire Huacuja
    • 1
  • Nelson Rangel Valdez
    • 1
  • Juan Arturo Herrera Ortiz
    • 1
  • Bárbara Abigail Arrañaga Cruz
    • 1
  • José Francisco Delgado Orta
    • 1
  1. 1.Instituto Tecnológico de Ciudad MaderoMéxico

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