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Minimizing makespan in a blocking flowshop using a revised artificial immune system algorithm

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  • Lin, Shih-Wei
  • Ying, Kuo-Ching
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    The blocking flowshop scheduling problem has a strong industrial background but is under-represented in the research literature. In this study, a revised artificial immune system (RAIS) algorithm based on the features of artificial immune systems and the annealing process of simulated annealing algorithms was presented to minimize the makespan in a blocking flowshop. To validate the performance of the proposed RAIS algorithm, computational experiments and comparisons were conducted on the well-known benchmark problems of Taillard used in earlier studies. The experimental results show that the proposed RAIS algorithm outperforms the state-of-art algorithms on the same benchmark problem data set.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Omega.

    Volume (Year): 41 (2013)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 383-389

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:jomega:v:41:y:2013:i:2:p:383-389
    DOI: 10.1016/
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