The operational management of fleets of vehicles in many application areas including the transportation of merchandise and the provision of public services such as waste collection is increasingly challenging with the rise of big data and smart online retailing systems amongst other things. Planners and schedulers of transportation routes for vehicles are often faced with many practical challenges including the combinatorial nature of routing and scheduling problems. Although significant progress has been made on the design of computationally efficient optimal methodologies and algorithms, it remains that the sizes of the problems to be solved in practice tend to favour the use of heuristics approaches and methods.
This World Class Workshop attempts to open the black box of exact and heuristic solution methods for both node and arc routing problems. The objective of this workshop is to enhance our understanding of why certain solution approaches and methods perform very well in some cases, but behave poorly in others. It should also initiate the discussion on future research directions by looking at a number of past and present-day problems. The workshop is primarily designed for researchers (e.g. PhD students, post-docs, and faculty members) in the fields of routing, scheduling and logistics.
This workshop is delivered by a renowned expert Professor Gilbert Laporte from the CIRRELT Research group, to present recent research on routing problems with applications in the area of transportation.
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