A general solution approach for the location routing problem

Viktoria Hauder, Johannes Karder, Andreas Beham, Stefan Wagner, Michael Affenzeller

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Conventional solution methods for logistics optimization problems often have to be adapted when objectives or restrictions of organizations in logistics environments are changing. In this paper, a new, generic solution approach called optimization network (ON) is developed and applied to a logistics optimization problem, the Location Routing Problem (LRP). With this approach, required flexibility in terms of fast changing data within the advancement of industry 4.0 is addressed. In an ON, existing solution methods are applied to the basic problems of the LRP. A meta solver optimizes the overall result of the network with black box optimization. Based on this, an orchestrator is responsible for the introduction of new optimization runs. The developed approach guarantees that changing external influences only involve the adaption of affected optimization nodes within the ON and not of the whole solution approach. Results are compared with an already existing generic solver and show the potential of the new solution method.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputer Aided Systems Theory – EUROCAST 2017 - 16th International Conference, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsRoberto Moreno-Diaz, Alexis Quesada-Arencibia, Franz Pichler
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9783319747170
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event16th International Conference on Computer Aided Systems Theory, EUROCAST 2017 - Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Duration: 19 Feb 201724 Feb 2017

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume10671 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference16th International Conference on Computer Aided Systems Theory, EUROCAST 2017
CityLas Palmas de Gran Canaria


  • Integration
  • Location routing problem
  • Optimization networks
  • Synergy effects


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