In this study, a genetic algorithm (GA) with priority-based representation is proposed for a flexible job shop scheduling problem (FJSP) which is one of the hardest operations research problems. Investigating the effect of the proposed representation schema on FJSP is the main contribution to the literature. The priority of each operation is represented by a gene on the chromosome which is used by a constructive algorithm performed for decoding. All active schedules, which constitute a subset of feasible schedules including the optimal, can be generated by the constructive algorithm. To obtain improved solutions, iterated local search (ILS) is applied to the chromosomes at the end of each reproduction process. The most widely used FJSP data sets generated in the literature are used for benchmarking and evaluating the performance of the proposed GA methodology. The computational results show that the proposed GA performed at the same level or better with respect to the makespan for some data sets when compared to the results from the literature.
This paper investigates a three-stage supply chain scheduling problem in the application area of aluminium production. Particularly, the first and the third stages involve two factories, i.e., the extrusion factory of the supplier and the aging factory of the manufacturer, where serial batching machine and parallel batching machine respectively process jobs in dierent ways. In the second stage, a single vehicle transports jobs between the two factories. In our research, both setup time and capacity constraints are explicitly considered. For the problem of minimizing the makespan, we formalize it as a mixed integer programming model and prove it to be strongly NP-hard. Considering the computational complexity, we develop two heuristic algorithms applied in two different cases of this problem. Accordingly, two lower bounds are derived, based on which the worst case performance is analyzed. Finally, dierent scales of random instances are generated to test the performance of the proposed algorithms. The computational results show the effectiveness of the proposed algorithms, especially for large-scale instances.
A two-dimensional discrete optimal control problem is considered. In this problem it is required that the first component admits the given value and the second component attains the largest value at the last step. The explicit solution of this problem is obtained under some assumptions.