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Bayesian Hierarchical Multi-Objective Optimization for Vehicle Parking Route Discovery

arXiv.org Artificial Intelligence

Discovering an optimal route to the most feasible parking lot has been a matter of concern for any driver which aggravates further during peak hours of the day and at congested places leading to considerable wastage of time and fuel. This paper proposes a Bayesian hierarchical technique for obtaining the most optimal route to a parking lot. The route selection is based on conflicting objectives and hence the problem belongs to the domain of multi-objective optimization. A probabilistic data driven method has been used to overcome the inherent problem of weight selection in the popular weighted sum technique. The weights of these conflicting objectives have been refined using a Bayesian hierarchical model based on Multinomial and Dirichlet prior. Genetic algorithm has been used to obtain optimal solutions. Simulated data has been used to obtain routes which are in close agreement with real life situations.


A framework for the interactive resolution of multi-objective vehicle routing problems

arXiv.org Artificial Intelligence

The article presents a framework for the resolution of rich vehicle routing problems which are difficult to address with standard optimization techniques. We use local search on the basis on variable neighborhood search for the construction of the solutions, but embed the techniques in a flexible framework that allows the consideration of complex side constraints of the problem such as time windows, multiple depots, heterogeneous fleets, and, in particular, multiple optimization criteria. In order to identify a compromise alternative that meets the requirements of the decision maker, an interactive procedure is integrated in the resolution of the problem, allowing the modification of the preference information articulated by the decision maker. The framework is prototypically implemented in a computer system. First results of test runs on multiple depot vehicle routing problems with time windows are reported.


Foundations of the Pareto Iterated Local Search Metaheuristic

arXiv.org Artificial Intelligence

The paper describes the proposition and application of a local search metaheuristic for multi-objective optimization problems. It is based on two main principles of heuristic search, intensification through variable neighborhoods, and diversification through perturbations and successive iterations in favorable regions of the search space. The concept is successfully tested on permutation flow shop scheduling problems under multiple objectives. While the obtained results are encouraging in terms of their quality, another positive attribute of the approach is its' simplicity as it does require the setting of only very few parameters. The implementation of the Pareto Iterated Local Search metaheuristic is based on the MOOPPS computer system of local search heuristics for multi-objective scheduling which has been awarded the European Academic Software Award 2002 in Ronneby, Sweden (http://www.easa-award.net/, http://www.bth.se/llab/easa_2002.nsf)


Multi-Objective Optimization in a Job Shop with Energy Costs through Hybrid Evolutionary Techniques

AAAI Conferences

Energy costs are an increasingly important issue in real-world scheduling, for both economic and environmental reasons. This paper deals with a variant of the well-known job shop scheduling problem, where we consider a bi-objective optimization of both the weighted tardiness and the energy costs. To this end, we design a hybrid metaheuristic that combines a genetic algorithm with a novel local search method and a linear programming approach. We also propose an efficient procedure for improving the energy cost of a given schedule. In the experimental study we analyse our proposal and compare it with the state of the art and also with a constraint programming approach, obtaining competitive results.


Improvements for multi-objective flow shop scheduling by Pareto Iterated Local Search

arXiv.org Artificial Intelligence

The article describes the proposition and application of a local search metaheuristic for multi-objective optimization problems. It is based on two main principles of heuristic search, intensification through variable neighborhoods, and diversification through perturbations and successive iterations in favorable regions of the search space. The concept is successfully tested on permutation flow shop scheduling problems under multiple objectives and compared to other local search approaches. While the obtained results are encouraging in terms of their quality, another positive attribute of the approach is its simplicity as it does require the setting of only very few parameters.