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## Pareto-optimal front of cell formation problem in group technology

The earliest approaches to the cell formation problem in group technology, dealing with a binary machine-part incidence matrix, were aimed only at minimizing the number of intercell moves (exceptional elements in the block-diagonalized matrix). Later on this goal was extended to simultaneous minimization of the numbers of exceptions and voids, and minimization of intercell moves and within-cell load variation, respectively. In this paper we design the first exact branch-and-bound algorithm to create a Pareto-optimal front for the bi-criterion cell formation problem.

This article presents an integrated dynamic model of eco-economic system of the Republic of Armenia (RA). This model is constructed using system dynamics methods, which allow to consider the major feedback related to key characteristics of eco-economic system. Such model is a two-objective optimization problem where as target functions the level of air pollution and gross profit of national economy are considered. The air pollution is minimized due to modernization of stationary and mobile sources of pollution at simultaneous maximization of gross profit of national economy. At the same time considered eco-economic system is characterized by the presence of internal constraints that must be accounted at acceptance of strategic decisions. As a result, we proposed a systematic approach that allows forming sustainable solutions for the development of the production sector of RA while minimizing the impact on the environment. With the proposed approach, in particular, we can form a plan for optimal enterprise modernization and predict long-term dynamics of harmful emissions into the atmosphere.

The following topics were dealt with: human/computer interfaces; texture, depth and motor perception; neural nets; fuzzy systems; learning; product/process design; simulation; robotics; visual system cybernetics; batch processes; image compression and interpretation; AI applications; fuzzy adaptive control; decision modelling; agile manufacturing; service sector; inductive algorithms; complex systems; Petri nets; real time imaging; KBS; machine recognition; requirements engineering; inspection and shop floor control; environmental decision making; medicine; supervisory control; discrete event systems; power systems; software methods; heuristic search; vision systems; database systems; information modelling; facility design and material handling; conflict resolution; emergency management; genetic algorithms; decision making and path planning; IVHS; senses approximation; intelligent user interface; robust controllers for mechanical systems; cognitive and learning systems; command and control systems; pilot associate systems; neural net applications; real time systems; mobile robot visual processes; medical applications; utility energy systems; machine recognition; computing systems design; software engineering; military applications; data analysis; stochastic processes; guided vehicles; and stability and compensation.

Issues of interfunctional conflicts, connected with the management of material flows, are topical for many companies that operate in the Russian market. In order to finish the conflict, align the standpoints of its participants, it is required firstly to identify their goals and interests. The article is devoted to the ways of revelation of the choice criteria for the company’s functional departments – parties of the conflict, as well as to the means of their preferences formalization.

This proceedings publication is a compilation of selected contributions from the “Third International Conference on the Dynamics of Information Systems” which took place at the University of Florida, Gainesville, February 16–18, 2011. The purpose of this conference was to bring together scientists and engineers from industry, government, and academia in order to exchange new discoveries and results in a broad range of topics relevant to the theory and practice of dynamics of information systems. Dynamics of Information Systems: Mathematical Foundation presents state-of-the art research and is intended for graduate students and researchers interested in some of the most recent discoveries in information theory and dynamical systems. Scientists in other disciplines may also benefit from the applications of new developments to their own area of study.

We consider a fractional 0-1 programming problem arising in manufacturing. The problem consists in clustering of machines together with parts processed on these machines into manufacturing cells so that intra-cell processing of parts is maximized and inter-cell movement is minimized. This problem is called Cell Formation Problem (CFP) and it is an NP-hard optimization problem with Boolean variables and constraints and with a fractional objective function. Because of its high computational complexity there are a lot of heuristics developed for it. In this paper we suggest a branch and bound algorithm which provides exact solutions for the CFP with a variable number of cells and grouping efficacy objective function. This algorithm finds optimal solutions for 21 of the 35 popular benchmark instances from literature and for the remaining 14 instances it finds good solutions close to the best known.

In this paper we introduce a new pattern-based approach within the Linear Assignment Model with the purpose to design heuristics for a combinatorial optimization problem (COP). We assume that the COP has an additive (separable) objective function and the structure of a feasible (optimal) solution to the COP is predefined by a collection of cells (positions) in an input file. We define a pattern as a collection of positions in an instance problem represented by its input file (matrix). We illustrate the notion of pattern by means of some well known problems in COP among them the Linear Ordering Problem, Cell Formation Problem (CFP) just to mention a couple. The CFP is defined on a Boolean input matrix which rows represent machines and columns - parts. The CFP consists in finding three optimal objects: a block-diagonal collection of rectangles, a rows (machines) permutation, and a columns (parts) permutation such that the grouping efficacy is maximized. The suggested heuristic combines two procedures: the pattern-based procedure to build an initial solution and an improvement procedure to obtain a final solution with high grouping efficacy for the CFP. Our computational experiments with the most popular set of 35 benchmark instances show that our heuristic outperforms all well known heuristics and returns either the best known or improved solutions to the CFP.

Recent results on non-convex multi-objective optimization problems and methods are presented in this book, with particular attention to expensive black-box objective functions. Multi-objective optimization methods facilitate designers, engineers, and researchers to make decisions on appropriate trade-offs between various conflicting goals. A variety of deterministic and stochastic multi-objective optimization methods are developed in this book. Beginning with basic concepts and a review of non-convex single-objective optimization problems; this book moves on to cover multi-objective branch and bound algorithms, worst-case optimal algorithms (for Lipschitz functions and bi-objective problems), statistical models based algorithms, and probabilistic branch and bound approach. Detailed descriptions of new algorithms for non-convex multi-objective optimization, their theoretical substantiation, and examples for practical applications to the cell formation problem in manufacturing engineering, the process design in chemical engineering, and business process management are included to aide researchers and graduate students in mathematics, computer science, engineering, economics, and business management.

The Cell Formation Problem (CFP) is an NP-hard optimization problem considered for cellular man- ufacturing systems. Because of its high computational complexity there have been developed a lot of heuristics and almost no exact algorithms for solving this problem. In this paper we suggest a branch- and-bound algorithm which provides exact solutions for the CFP with the grouping efficacy objective function. To linearize this fractional objective function we apply the Dinkelbach approach. Our algorithm finds optimal solutions for 24 of the 35 popular benchmark instances from literature and for the remaining instances it finds good solutions close to the best known. The difference in the grouping efficacy with the best known solutions is always less than 1.5%.

This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Mining Intelligence and Knowledge Exploration, MIKE 2016, held in Mexico City, Mexico, in November 2016.

The 18 full papers presented were carefully reviewed and selected from 56 submissions.

Accepted papers were grouped into various subtopics including information retrieval, machine learning, pattern recognition, knowledge discovery, classification, clustering, image processing, network security, speech processing, natural language processing, language, cognition and computation, fuzzy sets, and business intelligence.

The cell formation problem (CFP) is an NP-hard optimization problem considered for cell manufacturing systems. Because of its high computational complexity several heuristics have been developed for solving this problem. In this paper we present a branch and bound algorithm which provides exact solutions of the CFP. This algorithm finds optimal solutions for 13 problems of the 35 popular benchmark instances from the literature.

A form for an unbiased estimate of the coefficient of determination of a linear regression model is obtained. It is calculated by using a sample from a multivariate normal distribution. This estimate is proposed as an alternative criterion for a choice of regression factors.