3rd Edition

Port Automation and Vehicle Scheduling Advanced Algorithms for Scheduling Problems of AGVs

By Hassan Rashidi, Edward P. K. Tsang Copyright 2023
    304 Pages 79 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

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    Container terminals are constantly being challenged to adjust their throughput capacity to match fluctuating demand. Examining the optimization problems encountered in today’s container terminals, Port Automation and Vehicle Scheduling: Advanced Algorithms for Scheduling Problems of AGVs, Third Edition provides advanced algorithms for handling the scheduling of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) in ports.

    Building on the earlier editions, previously titled Vehicle Scheduling in Port Automation: Advanced Algorithms for Minimum Cost Flow Problems, this book has undergone extensive revisions and includes two new chapters. New material addresses the solutions to the modeling of decisions in Chapter 3, while in Chapter 11 the authors address an emerging challenge in automated container terminals with integrated management.

    Key Features:

    • Classifies the optimization problems of the ports into five scheduling decisions. For each decision, it supplies an overview, formulates each of the decisions as constraint satisfaction and optimization problems, and then covers possible solutions, implementation, and performance.
    • Explores in Part One of the book the various optimization problems in modern container terminals, while details in Part Two advanced algorithms for the minimum cost flow (MCF) problem and for the scheduling problem of AGVs in ports.
    • Offers complete package that can help readers address the scheduling problems of AGVs in ports.

    This is a valuable reference for port authorities and researchers, including specialists and graduate students in operation research. For specialists, it provides novel and efficient algorithms for network flow problems. For students, it supplies the most comprehensive survey of the field along with a rigorous formulation of the problems in port automation.

    1. Introduction


    2. Problems in Container Terminals

    3. Formulations of the Problems

    4. Solutions to the Decisions: Review and Suggestions


    5. Vehicle Scheduling: A Minimum Cost Flow Problem

    6. Network Simplex: The Fastest Algorithm

    7. Network Simplex Plus: Complete Advanced Algorithm

    8. Dynamic Network Simplex: Dynamic Complete Advanced Algorithm

    9. Greedy Vehicle Search: An Incomplete Advanced Algorithm

    10. Multi-Load and Heterogeneous Vehicles Scheduling: Hybrid Solutions

    11. Integrated Management of Equipment in Automated Container Terminals

    12. Conclusions and Future Research

    Appendix: Information on Web


    Hassan Rashidi earned a BSc in computer engineering in 1986 and an MSc in systems engineering and planning in 1989 with the highest honors at the Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran. He joined the Department of Computer Science, University of Essex, United Kingdom, as a PhD student in 2002 and earned his PhD in 2006. He was a researcher in British Telecom research center in United Kingdom in 2005. He is currently a professor of computer science at Allameh Tabataba’i University, Tehran, Iran, and a visiting academic at the University of Essex. He is an international expert in the applications of the network simplex algorithm to automated vehicle scheduling and has published many conference and journal papers.

    Edward Tsang has a first degree in business administration (major in finance) and an MSc and a PhD in computer science. He has broad interests in applied artificial intelligence, particularly constraint satisfaction, computational finance, heuristic search, and scheduling. He is currently a professor at the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering at the University of Essex, where he leads the computational finance group and the constraint satisfaction and optimization group. He is also the director of the Centre for Computational Finance and Economic Agents, an interdisciplinary center. He founded the Technical Committee for Computational Finance and Economics under the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society.