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Bi-objective decision support system for routing and scheduling of hazardous materials


  • Pradhananga, Rojee
  • Taniguchi, Eiichi
  • Yamada, Tadashi
  • Qureshi, Ali Gul


This paper presents a Pareto-based bi-objective optimization of hazardous materials vehicle routing and scheduling problem with time windows and shows its application to a realistic hazardous material logistics instance. A meta-heuristic solution algorithm is also proposed, which returns a set of routing solutions that approximate the frontier of the Pareto optimal solutions based on total scheduled travel time and total risk of whole transportation process. It works in a single-step fashion simultaneously constructing the vehicle route and selecting the optimal paths connecting the routed locations from a set of non-dominated paths obtained in terms of travel time and risk value.

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  • Pradhananga, Rojee & Taniguchi, Eiichi & Yamada, Tadashi & Qureshi, Ali Gul, 2014. "Bi-objective decision support system for routing and scheduling of hazardous materials," Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, Elsevier, vol. 48(2), pages 135-148.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:soceps:v:48:y:2014:i:2:p:135-148
    DOI: 10.1016/j.seps.2014.02.003

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