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The functional and the algebraic routing problem are generalizations of the shortest path problem. This paper shows that both problems are equivalent with respect to the concept of profile searches known from time-dependent routing. Because of this, it is possible to apply various shortest path algorithms to these routing problems. This is demonstrated using contraction hierarchies as an example. Furthermore, we show how to use Cousots' concept of abstract interpretation on these routing problems generalizing the idea of routing approximations, which can be used to find approximative solutions and even to improve the performance of exact queries. The focus of this paper lies on vehicle routing while both the functional and algebraic routing models were introduced in the context of internet routing. Due to our formal combination of both fields, new algorithms abound for various specialized vehicle routing problems. We consider two major examples, namely the time-dependent routing problem for public transportation and the energy-efficient routing problem for electric vehicles.

A Multi-Agent System for Solving the Dynamic Capacitated Vehicle Routing Problem with Stochastic Customers using Trajectory Data Mining Artificial Intelligence

The worldwide growth of e-commerce has created new challenges for logistics companies, one of which is being able to deliver products quickly and at low cost, which reflects directly in the way of sorting packages, needing to eliminate steps such as storage and batch creation. Our work presents a multi-agent system that uses trajectory data mining techniques to extract territorial patterns and use them in the dynamic creation of last-mile routes. The problem can be modeled as a Dynamic Capacitated Vehicle Routing Problem (VRP) with Stochastic Customer, being therefore NP-HARD, what makes its implementation unfeasible for many packages. The work's main contribution is to solve this problem only depending on the Warehouse system configurations and not on the number of packages processed, which is appropriate for Big Data scenarios commonly present in the delivery of e-commerce products. Computational experiments were conducted for single and multi depot instances. Due to its probabilistic nature, the proposed approach presented slightly lower performances when compared to the static VRP algorithm. However, the operational gains that our solution provides making it very attractive for situations in which the routes must be set dynamically.

Neural Networks for Dynamic Shortest Path Routing Problems - A Survey Artificial Intelligence

This paper reviews the overview of the dynamic shortest path routing problem and the various neural networks to solve it. Different shortest path optimization problems can be solved by using various neural networks algorithms. The routing in packet switched multi-hop networks can be described as a classical combinatorial optimization problem i.e. a shortest path routing problem in graphs. The survey shows that the neural networks are the best candidates for the optimization of dynamic shortest path routing problems due to their fastness in computation comparing to other softcomputing and metaheuristics algorithms

Track-Assignment Detailed Routing Using Attention-based Policy Model With Supervision Artificial Intelligence

Detailed routing is one of the most critical steps in analog circuit design. Complete routing has become increasingly more challenging in advanced node analog circuits, making advances in efficient automatic routers ever more necessary. In this work, we propose a machine learning driven method for solving the track-assignment detailed routing problem for advanced node analog circuits. Our approach adopts an attention-based reinforcement learning (RL) policy model. Our main insight and advancement over this RL model is the use of supervision as a way to leverage solutions generated by a conventional genetic algorithm (GA). For this, our approach minimizes the Kullback-Leibler divergence loss between the output from the RL policy model and a solution distribution obtained from the genetic solver. The key advantage of this approach is that the router can learn a policy in an offline setting with supervision, while improving the run-time performance nearly 100x over the genetic solver. Moreover, the quality of the solutions our approach produces matches well with those generated by GA. We show that especially for complex problems, our supervised RL method provides good quality solution similar to conventional attention-based RL without comprising run time performance. The ability to learn from example designs and train the router to get similar solutions with orders of magnitude run-time improvement can impact the design flow dramatically, potentially enabling increased design exploration and routability-driven placement.

UFTR: A Unified Framework for Ticket Routing Artificial Intelligence

Corporations today face increasing demands for the timely and effective delivery of customer service. This creates the need for a robust and accurate automated solution to what is formally known as the ticket routing problem. This task is to match each unresolved service incident, or "ticket", to the right group of service experts. Existing studies divide the task into two independent subproblems - initial group assignment and inter-group transfer. However, our study addresses both subproblems jointly using an end-to-end modeling approach. We first performed a preliminary analysis of half a million archived tickets to uncover relevant features. Then, we devised the UFTR, a Unified Framework for Ticket Routing using four types of features (derived from tickets, groups, and their interactions). In our experiments, we implemented two ranking models with the UFTR. Our models outperform baselines on three routing metrics. Furthermore, a post-hoc analysis reveals that this superior performance can largely be attributed to the features that capture the associations between ticket assignment and group assignment. In short, our results demonstrate that the UFTR is a superior solution to the ticket routing problem because it takes into account previously unexploited interrelationships between the group assignment and group transfer problems.