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Title:A large-scale neighborhood search approach to vehicle routing pick-up and delivery problem with time windows under uncertainty
Author(s):Tumuluri, Praveen
Advisor(s):Lavanya, Marla
Department / Program:Industrial & Enterprise Systems Engineering
Discipline:Industrial Engineering
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):vehicle routing
large-scale neighbourhood search
Abstract:The vehicle routing problem with shipment pick-up and delivery with time windows (VRPPDTW) is one of the core problems that is addressed by a package delivery company in its operations. Most often, this problem has been addressed from the point of view of cost-cutting, to achieve the lowest cost possible under a given/predicted demand and service time scenario. This thesis aims to study a real-world VRPPDTW problem with side-constraints and build solutions that are cost-effective as well as robust to stochasticity in demands and service times. Even without the additional side constraints, the VRPPDTW is NP-hard. In particular, we consider the solution of VRPPDTW with side-constraints adopted by a carrier. Because of the nature as well as the size of the problem and the network, we demonstrate that the problem is combinatorially explosive. We therefore develop a large-scale neighbourhood search heuristic combined with a break-and-join heuristic and a clustering heuristic. We use this heuristic to build a set of schedules with far lower operating costs than the existing solution and effectively decrease the costs by 15% by reducing the number of routes needed to serve the shipments. We then build a framework to evaluate the performance of the solutions under stochasticity, and present results related to under stochasticity in service times.
Issue Date:2015-07-24
Rights Information:Copyright 2015 Praveen Tumuluri
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-29
Date Deposited:August 201

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