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International Journal of Materials and Product Technology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
International Journal of Mechanical Sciences     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
International Journal of Mechanics and Materials in Design     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
International Journal of Medical Physics, Clinical Engineering and Radiation Oncology     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
International Journal of Micro-Nano Scale Transport     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Microstructure and Materials Properties     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
International Journal of Microwave Science and Technology     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
International Journal of Modeling, Simulation, and Scientific Computing     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
International Journal of Modern Physics A     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
International Journal of Modern Physics B     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
International Journal of Modern Physics C     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
International Journal of Modern Physics D     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
International Journal of Modern Physics E     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
International Journal of Nanomanufacturing     Hybrid Journal  
International Journal of Nanoscience     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Nanotechnology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
International Journal of Physical Sciences     Open Access  
International Journal of Physics     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
International Journal of PIXE     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
International Journal of Plasticity     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
International Journal of Quantum Information     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Self-Propagating High-Temperature Synthesis     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Solids and Structures     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
International Journal of Surface Science and Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Multiscale Mechanics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Theoretical and Mathematical Physics     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
International Journal of Theoretical Physics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
International Journal of Thermal Sciences     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
International Letters of Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
International Materials Reviews     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Inverse Problems     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Iranian Journal of Medical Physics     Open Access  
Ironmaking & Steelmaking     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Izvestiya Atmospheric and Oceanic Physics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Izvestiya, Physics of the Solid Earth     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Japanese Journal of Applied Physics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
JCP : BioChemical Physics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
JETP Letters     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Journal of Advanced Physics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 15)
Journal of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Journal of Applied Mathematics and Physics     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Journal of Applied Mechanics and Technical Physics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Applied Physics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 78)
Journal of Applied Remote Sensing     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 54)
Journal of Applied Spectroscopy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Journal of Astrophysics     Open Access   (Followers: 23)
Journal of Astrophysics and Astronomy     Open Access   (Followers: 40)
Journal of Basic and Applied Physics     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Building Physics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Chromatographic Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Journal of Complex Networks     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Composite Materials     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 259)
Journal of Computational Physics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 63)
Journal of Contemporary Physics (Armenian Academy of Sciences)     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13)
Journal of Elasticity     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Journal of Electrical Bioimpedance     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Electronic Materials     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Electronics Cooling and Thermal Control     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 15)
Journal of Engineering Physics and Thermophysics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Physics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Fire Sciences     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Geometry and Physics     Full-text available via subscription  
Journal of Geophysical Research : Space Physics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 113)
Journal of Gravity     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Journal of High Energy Astrophysics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 24)
Journal of High Energy Physics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
Journal of Hydrogels     Full-text available via subscription  
Journal of Hyperspectral Remote Sensing     Open Access   (Followers: 16)
Journal of Imaging     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Information Display     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Lightwave Technology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Journal of Low Frequency Noise, Vibration and Active Control     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Luminescence     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
Journal of Materials Physics and Chemistry     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Materials Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
Journal of Materials Science : Materials in Electronics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Materials Science : Materials in Medicine     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Journal of Mathematical Fluid Mechanics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Mathematical Physics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 24)
Journal of Medical Imaging and Health Informatics     Full-text available via subscription  
Journal of Medical Ultrasonics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Micro/Nanolithography MEMS and MOEMS     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Journal of Modern Physics     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Journal of Motor Behavior     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Journal of Multiscale Modeling     Hybrid Journal  
Journal of Nanophotonics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Journal of Nepal Physical Society     Open Access  
Journal of Nondestructive Evaluation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Journal of Nonlinear Dynamics     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Nonlinear Mathematical Physics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Nuclear Physics, Material Sciences, Radiation and Applications     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Optics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Journal of Physical and Chemical Reference Data     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Physical Chemistry B     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 38)
Journal of Physical Chemistry C     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 28)
Journal of Physical Oceanography     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Journal of Physics A : Mathematical and Theoretical     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
Journal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Journal of Physics D : Applied Physics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Physics: Conference Series     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Plasma Physics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 23)
Journal of Porous Materials     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 30)
Journal of Research in Physics     Open Access   (Followers: 14)
Journal of Rheology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Sandwich Structures and Materials     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Scientific Research     Open Access  
Journal of Semiconductors     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Sensors     Open Access   (Followers: 18)
Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology     Hybrid Journal  
Journal of Solid State Lighting     Open Access  
Journal of Spectroscopy     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Journal of Superconductivity and Novel Magnetism     Partially Free  
Journal of Synchrotron Radiation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Testing and Evaluation     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 19)
Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25)
Journal of the Brazilian Society of Mechanical Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Journal of the ICRU     Hybrid Journal  
Journal of the Korean Physical Society     Partially Free  
Journal of Theoretical and Applied Physics     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Journal of Tissue Engineering     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
Journal of Vibration and Control     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 38)
Journal of Visualization     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Zhejiang University SCIENCE A     Hybrid Journal  
Jurnal Fisika     Open Access  
Jurnal NEUTRINO     Open Access  
Jurnal Pendidikan Fisika     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Jurnal Pendidikan Fisika Indonesia (Indonesian Journal of Physics Education)     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Jurnal Penelitian Sains (JPS)     Open Access  
Karbala International Journal of Modern Science     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Lasers in Surgery and Medicine     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Latvian Journal of Physics and Technical Sciences     Open Access  
Learning Technologies, IEEE Transactions on     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Les Houches Summer School Proceedings     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Letters in Mathematical Physics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Light : Science & Applications     Open Access  
Living Reviews in Relativity     Open Access  
Living Reviews in Solar Physics     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Lubrication Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Macalester Journal of Physics and Astronomy     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Machining Science and Technology: An International Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Magnetic Resonance Materials in Physics, Biology and Medicine     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Magnetics Letters, IEEE     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
MAPAN     Hybrid Journal  
Mass Spectrometry Reviews     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 29)
Matéria (Rio de Janeiro)     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Materials & Design     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 39)
Materials at High Temperatures     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Materials Chemistry and Physics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
Materials Research     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Materials Research Bulletin     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 23)
Materials Research Innovations     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Materials Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Materials Science and Engineering: A     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 41)
Materials Science and Engineering: B     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
Materials Science and Engineering: C     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
Materials Science and Engineering: R: Reports     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Materials Science and Technology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 39)
Matériaux & Techniques     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Mathematical Physics, Analysis and Geometry     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Mathematics and Mechanics of Solids     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Matter and Radiation at Extremes     Open Access  
Meccanica     Hybrid Journal  
Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Mechanics of Materials     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
Mechanics of Time-Dependent Materials     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Mechanics Research Communications     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Metamaterials     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Micro and Nano Systems Letters     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Microfluidics and Nanofluidics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Microporous and Mesoporous Materials     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Modern Instrumentation     Open Access   (Followers: 27)
Modern Physics Letters A     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Modern Physics Letters B     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Molecular Astrophysics     Full-text available via subscription  
Molecular Diversity     Hybrid Journal  
Moscow University Physics Bulletin     Hybrid Journal  
Multibody System Dynamics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
NANO     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Nano Letters     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 57)
Nano Reviews & Experiments     Open Access   (Followers: 13)
Nano-Micro Letters     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
NanoBioImaging     Open Access  
Nanomechanics     Open Access  
Nanoscale and Microscale Thermophysical Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)

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Journal Cover Flexible Services and Manufacturing Journal
  [SJR: 1.325]   [H-I: 34]   [1 followers]  Follow
   Hybrid Journal Hybrid journal (It can contain Open Access articles)
   ISSN (Print) 1936-6582 - ISSN (Online) 1936-6590
   Published by Springer-Verlag Homepage  [2335 journals]
  • Multi-hop driver-parcel matching problem with time windows
    • Authors: Wenyi Chen; Martijn Mes; Marco Schutten
      Abstract: Abstract Crowdsourced shipping can result in significant economic and social benefits. For a shipping company, it has a potential cost advantage and creates opportunities for faster deliveries. For the society, it can provide desirable results by reducing congestion and air pollution. Despite the great potential, crowdsourced shipping is not well studied. With the aim of using the spare capacities along the existing transportation flows of the crowd to deliver small-to-medium freight volumes, this paper defines the multi-driver multi-parcel matching problem and proposes a general ILP formulation, which incorporates drivers’ maximum detour, capacity limits, and the option of transferring parcels between drivers. Due to the high computational complexity, we develop two heuristics to solve the problem. The numerical study shows that crowdsourced shipping can be an economic viable and sustainable option, depending on the spatial characteristics of the network and drivers’ schedules. Furthermore, the added benefits increase with an increasing number of participating drivers and parcels.
      PubDate: 2017-01-12
      DOI: 10.1007/s10696-016-9273-3
  • Intermodal network design: a three-mode bi-objective model applied to the
           case of Belgium
    • Authors: Martine Mostert; An Caris; Sabine Limbourg
      Abstract: Abstract Freight transport planning is nowadays encouraged to align with environmental objectives. Among those, climate change is of particular interest for many countries. In its White Paper on Transport, the European Commission considers intermodal transport as a potential solution for reducing environmental impacts. In order to make good strategic transport decisions, realistic decision support models for freight transport networks must be developed, so that insights can be derived for the different stakeholders of the transportation chain. This research proposes a bi-objective mathematical formulation which takes into account economic and environmental objectives, on a road and intermodal network with three modes of transport (road, intermodal rail, and intermodal inland waterways), and in which economies of scale of intermodal transport can be considered. With this model better fitting reality, an application to the Belgian case study provides practical information on how flows, terminal types and locations vary depending on the chosen policy, on the integration or not of economies of scale, on costs or emissions modifications and on the number of terminals to locate. Results show that the chosen policy influences the terminal type and the intermodal market share. The study also highlights the interest of intermodal transport on short distances, and the risk of flow exchanges inside the intermodal market share, rather than between road and intermodal transport.
      PubDate: 2017-01-12
      DOI: 10.1007/s10696-016-9275-1
  • Online rescheduling of physicians in hospitals
    • Authors: Christopher N. Gross; Andreas Fügener; Jens O. Brunner
      Abstract: Abstract Scheduling physicians is a complex task. Legal requirements, different levels of qualification, and preferences for different working hours increase the difficulty of determining a solution that simultaneously fulfills all requirements. Unplanned absences, e.g., due to illness, additionally drive the complexity. In this study, we discuss an approach to deal with the following trade-off. Changes to the existing plan should be kept as small as possible. However, an updated plan should still meet the requirements regarding work regulation, qualifications needed, and physician preferences. We present a mixed-integer linear programming model to create updated duty and workstation rosters simultaneously following absences of scheduled personnel. To enable a comparison with previous sequential approaches, we separate our model into two models for the duty and workstation roster which generate plans sequentially. In a case study, we apply our integrated and sequential models to real-life data from a German university hospital with 133 physicians, 17 duties, and 20 workstations. We consider a planning horizon of 4 weeks and reschedule physicians on each day for three different cost settings for the trade-off between plan quality (in terms of preferences, fairness, coverage and training) and plan stability, resulting in a total of 4201 model runs. We demonstrate that our integrated model can achieve near-optimal results with reasonable computational efforts. In each of these runs our model reschedules physicians within 1–21 s. We run the sequential models on the same data, but for only one cost setting, resulting in 1401 runs. The results indicate that our integrated model manages to respect interdependencies between duty and workstation roster whereas the sequential models will always optimize for the plan which is created first. Overall, results indicate that our integrated model parameters allow managing the trade-off between plan quality goals and plan stability.
      PubDate: 2017-01-07
      DOI: 10.1007/s10696-016-9274-2
  • Acknowledgement to reviewers
    • PubDate: 2017-01-04
      DOI: 10.1007/s10696-016-9272-4
  • Extraction and visualization of industrial service portfolios by text
           mining of 10-K annual reports
    • Authors: Jihwan Lee; Yoo S. Hong
      Pages: 551 - 574
      Abstract: Abstract As more and more manufacturing companies accumulate profits from service provision, the ability to monitor the adoption of the industrial services of other companies grows more important. The purpose of this paper is to propose a data-driven methodology for extraction of the industrial service portfolio from a company’s annual report. In this approach, form 10-K, a special format of annual report regulated by the Security Exchange Commission in United States is utilized as the data source. Because this document type contains rich information on a company’s operating segments, industrial service information is easily retrieved. Given the sheer volume of such documents, however, manual inspection is impractical. In order to resolve this issue, a text-mining algorithm is applied to automatically examine word-usage patterns and to identify the service portfolio. Then, the service portfolio’s relative position in the market is visualized on a positioning map. Due to the multi-dimensionality of the data, self-organizing map (SOM) is used as an alternative visualization scheme. SOM enables easy identification of the major service clusters as well as niche areas in the market; these, in turn, provide valuable information pertinent to service development planning. Also, and not least, policy makers can utilize our methodology to detect the servitization trends of various industries.
      PubDate: 2016-12-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10696-015-9235-1
      Issue No: Vol. 28, No. 4 (2016)
  • Erratum to: Extraction and visualization of industrial service portfolios
           by text mining of 10-K annual reports
    • Authors: Jihwan Lee; Yoo S. Hong
      Pages: 575 - 575
      PubDate: 2016-12-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10696-016-9243-9
      Issue No: Vol. 28, No. 4 (2016)
  • A novel multistage deep belief network based extreme learning machine
           ensemble learning paradigm for credit risk assessment
    • Authors: Lean Yu; Zebin Yang; Ling Tang
      Pages: 576 - 592
      Abstract: Abstract To achieve high assessment accuracy for credit risk, a novel multistage deep belief network (DBN) based extreme learning machine (ELM) ensemble learning methodology is proposed. In the proposed methodology, three main stages, i.e., training subsets generation, individual classifiers training and final ensemble output, are involved. In the first stage, bagging sampling algorithm is applied to generate different training subsets for guaranteeing enough training data. Second, the ELM, an effective AI forecasting tool with the unique merits of time-saving and high accuracy, is utilized as the individual classifier, and diverse ensemble members can be accordingly formulated with different subsets and different initial conditions. In the final stage, the individual results are fused into final classification output via the DBN model with sufficient hidden layers, which can effectively capture the valuable information hidden in ensemble members. For illustration and verification, the experimental study on one publicly available credit risk dataset is conducted, and the results show the superiority of the proposed multistage DBN-based ELM ensemble learning paradigm in terms of high classification accuracy.
      PubDate: 2016-12-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10696-015-9226-2
      Issue No: Vol. 28, No. 4 (2016)
  • RFID analytics for hospital ward management
    • Authors: Chun-Hung Cheng; Yong-Hong Kuo
      Pages: 593 - 616
      Abstract: Abstract In this paper, we present an RFID-enabled platform for hospital ward management. Active RFID tags are attached to individuals and assets in the wards. Active RFID readers communicate with the tags continuously and automatically to keep track of the real-time information about the locations of the tagged objects. The data regarding the locations and other transmitted information are stored in the ward management system. This platform enables capabilities of real-time monitoring and tracking of individuals and assets, reporting of ward statistics, and providing intelligence and analytics for hospital ward management. All of these capabilities benefit hospital ward management by enhanced patient safety, increased operational efficiency and throughput, and mitigation of risk of infectious disease widespread. A prototype developed based on our proposed architecture of the platform was tested in a pilot study, which was conducted in two medical wards of the intensive care unit of one of the largest public general hospitals in Hong Kong. This pilot study demonstrates the feasibility of the implementation of this RFID-enabled platform for practical use in hospital wards. Furthermore, the data collected from the pilot study are used to provide data analytics for hospital ward management.
      PubDate: 2016-12-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10696-015-9230-6
      Issue No: Vol. 28, No. 4 (2016)
  • A new approach to the Container Positioning Problem
    • Authors: Jonas Ahmt; Jonas Skott Sigtenbjerggaard; Richard Martin Lusby; Jesper Larsen; David Ryan
      Pages: 617 - 643
      Abstract: Abstract In this paper the Container Positioning Problem is revisited. This problem arises at busy container terminals and requires one to minimize the use of block cranes in handling the containers that must wait at the terminal until their next means of transportation. We propose a new Mixed Integer Programming model that not only improves on earlier attempts at this problem, but also better reflects reality. In particular, the proposed model adopts a preference to reshuffle containers in line with a just-in-time concept, as it is assumed that data is more accurate the closer to a container’s scheduled departure the time is. Other important improvements include a reduction in the model size, and the ability of the model to consider containers initially at the terminal. In addition, we describe several classes of valid inequalities for this new formulation and present a rolling horizon based heuristic for solving larger instances of the problem. We show that this new formulation drastically outperforms previous attempts at the problem through a direct comparison on instances available in the literature. Furthermore, we also show that the rolling horizon based heuristic can further reduce the solution time on the larger of these instances as well as find acceptable solutions to much bigger, artificially generated, instances.
      PubDate: 2016-12-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10696-015-9228-0
      Issue No: Vol. 28, No. 4 (2016)
  • Pricing storage of outbound containers in container terminals
    • Authors: Youn Ju Woo; Jang-Ho Song; Kap Hwan Kim
      Pages: 644 - 668
      Abstract: Abstract In container yard of container terminals, a storage charge is imposed to encourage customers to limit the space required for their containers. This study addresses the storage price scheduling problem for the storage of outbound containers. The price schedule consists of the free-time limit, which is the maximum duration for a container to stay in the yard without any charge, and storage charge per day for storing a container past the free-time-limit. Empirical data suggests that the efficiency of loading operations significantly depends on the space utilized by a vessel’s outbound containers. Mathematical models are developed to determine the optimal storage price schedule in such a manner that the terminal’s total profit is maximized or the total system’s cost is minimized. Both single and multi-vessel cases are considered. Properties of the optimal solution are derived from the mathematical models and numerical experiments are conducted to validate solutions.
      PubDate: 2016-12-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10696-016-9245-7
      Issue No: Vol. 28, No. 4 (2016)
  • Comparison of three flow line layouts with unreliable machines and profit
    • Authors: Guan Wang; Yang Woo Shin; Dug Hee Moon
      Pages: 669 - 693
      Abstract: Abstract Manufacturing system design is a complex challenge when a new factory is being built. Although some factories produce the same product, the layouts of the factories may be different. Manufacturing systems for automotive engines can be modelled with several types of queueing networks with finite buffers and unreliable machines. In this paper, three types of layout structures which are commonly used in automotive engine shops are compared with respect to maximizing profit that is determined by throughput and the investment cost of buffers. We assume that the service times are constant but inhomogeneous, and the time to failure and the time to repair are exponentially distributed. To solve this problem we used approximation methods which are based on aggregation and overlapping decomposition for computing performance measures, and a gradient search method for finding an optimal buffer allocation.
      PubDate: 2016-12-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10696-015-9233-3
      Issue No: Vol. 28, No. 4 (2016)
  • A note on the selection of priority rules in software packages for project
    • Authors: Philipp Baumann; Norbert Trautmann
      Pages: 694 - 702
      Abstract: Abstract Various software packages for project management include a procedure for resource-constrained scheduling. In several packages, the user can influence this procedure by selecting a priority rule. However, the resource-allocation methods that are implemented in the procedures are proprietary information; therefore, the question of how the priority-rule selection impacts the performance of the procedures arises. We experimentally evaluate the resource-allocation methods of eight recent software packages using the 600 instances of the PSPLIB J120 test set. The results of our analysis indicate that applying the default rule tends to outperform a randomly selected rule, whereas applying two randomly selected rules tends to outperform the default rule. Applying a small set of more than two rules further improves the project durations considerably. However, a large number of rules must be applied to obtain the best possible project durations.
      PubDate: 2016-12-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10696-016-9236-8
      Issue No: Vol. 28, No. 4 (2016)
  • Designing a maritime supply chain for distribution of wood pellets: a case
           study from southern Norway
    • Authors: Kristian Andersen; Henrik Andersson; Marielle Christiansen; Roar Grønhaug; Aslanbek Sjamsutdinov
      Abstract: Abstract Heat is traditionally produced from non-renewable energy sources. Some of this energy could be produced from renewable energy sources such as wood pellets. In Norway, pellets are today transported by trucks, but it is not profitable to use the road-based transportation network for long distances. Therefore, the Norwegian consumption of pellets is low. The purpose of this paper is to present a feasibility study for evaluating if a maritime supply chain for distribution of pellets along the Norwegian coast is economically viable. A mixed integer programming model is developed as a basis for decision support, and the model utilizes the structure of the geographical network resulting in a novel and innovative formulation of the problem. The main findings are that the operating profit margin is around 8% for the supply chain and that the model is flexible and able to design maritime distribution chains that are suitable for different levels of demand.
      PubDate: 2016-12-30
      DOI: 10.1007/s10696-016-9269-z
  • Developing an optimal appointment scheduling for systems with rigid
           standby time under pre-determined quality of service
    • Authors: Illana Bendavid; Yariv N. Marmor; Boris Shnits
      Abstract: Abstract A critical step in patient care path is diagnosis. The demand for advanced imaging tests, such as computerized axial tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and positron emission tomography (PET), increased dramatically in the past 15 years. Since imaging equipment remains relatively expensive, in order to fit the demand, the imaging resources must be managed effectively while ensuring required quality of service. In PET, a radiopharmaceutical (radioactive substance) is injected to patients prior to their scans. The time between substance injection and scan (standby or uptake time) is rigid. This constraint makes the patient appointment scheduling more challenging, because if at the end of the expected uptake time the scanner is not available, the quality of the scan is jeopardized (due to short half-life duration of the substance). The availability of the scanner is a consequence of prior scans’ appointments and durations. The aim of this work is to develop an approach for appointment scheduling in a system with one scanner, given a sequence of patients and rigid uptake time, in order to minimize the length of day while satisfying a minimal pre-determined quality of service. In order to solve this stochastic problem, we formulate its equivalent deterministic problem, based on simulated data, as a mixed-integer linear programming. To overcome the dimensionality limitations, we develop a simulation-based sequential algorithm that solves the problem in a reasonable time. We found that a fixed slot per scan policy, as a benchmark, is inferior to our method, especially in achieving stable and fair quality of service for patients.
      PubDate: 2016-12-28
      DOI: 10.1007/s10696-016-9270-6
  • Scenario-based approach for the ambulance location problem with stochastic
           call arrivals under a dispatching policy
    • Authors: Inkyung Sung; Taesik Lee
      Abstract: Abstract This paper proposes a scenario-based ambulance location model which explicitly computes the availability of ambulances with stochastic call arrivals under a dispatching policy. The model utilizes two-stage stochastic programming to represent the temporal variations in call arrivals as a set of call arrival sequences. Constraints are embedded in the model to ensure that available ambulances are assigned to incoming calls following a dispatching policy. A logic-based Benders decomposition algorithm is presented to solve the model. The advantage of using our algorithm is demonstrated by comparing its performance with those of other location models.
      PubDate: 2016-12-23
      DOI: 10.1007/s10696-016-9271-5
  • Hybrid simulation and optimization approach for green intermodal
           transportation problem with travel time uncertainty
    • Authors: Martin Hrušovský; Emrah Demir; Werner Jammernegg; Tom Van Woensel
      Abstract: Abstract The increasing volumes of road transportation contribute to congestion on road, which leads to delays and other negative impacts on the reliability of transportation. Moreover, transportation is one of the main contributors to the growth of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions, where the impact of road transportation is significant. Therefore, governmental organizations and private commercial companies are looking for greener transportation solutions to eliminate the negative externalities of road transportation. In this paper, we present a novel solution framework to support the operational-level decisions for intermodal transportation networks using a combination of an optimization model and simulation. The simulation model includes stochastic elements in form of uncertain travel times, whereas the optimization model represents a deterministic and linear multi-commodity service network design formulation. The intermodal transportation plan can be optimized according to different objectives, including costs, time and \(CO_2e\) emissions. The proposed approach is successfully implemented to real-life scenarios where differences in transportation plans for alternative objectives are presented. The solutions for transportation networks with up to 250 services and 20 orders show that the approach is capable of delivering reliable solutions and identifying possible disruptions and alternatives for adapting the unreliable transportation plans.
      PubDate: 2016-12-10
      DOI: 10.1007/s10696-016-9267-1
  • An optimization approach for designing routes in metrological control
           services: a case study
    • Authors: Jose Carlos Molina; Ignacio Eguia; Jesus Racero
      Abstract: Abstract This paper is the first to tackle the problem of designing routes in service companies that are responsible for the metrological control of measuring equipments at customer sites. This real-world problem belongs to the well-known Rich Vehicle Routing Problems which combine multiple attributes that distinguish them from traditional vehicle routing problems. The attributes include fixed heterogeneous fleet of vehicles, time windows for customers and depot, resource synchronization between tours, driver-customer and vehicle-customer constraints, customer priorities and unserved customers. This routing and scheduling problem is modeled with linear programming techniques and solved by a variable neighborhood descent metaheuristic based on a tabu search algorithm with a holding list. A real-life case study faced by a company in the region of Andalusia (Spain) is also presented in this work. The performance of the metaheuristic is compared with the literature for the standard fixed heterogeneous vehicle routing problem. Results obtained on a real case instance improve the solutions implemented by the company.
      PubDate: 2016-11-25
      DOI: 10.1007/s10696-016-9265-3
  • Improving surgical outcomes through optimal volumes allocation
    • Authors: Arianna Alfieri; Elisabetta Listorti; Andrea Matta
      Abstract: Abstract In this paper, we propose an innovative managerial use of the volume-outcome association, a relation that associates higher volume of activity to better results. We analyze how this relation can be used to help decision makers in allocating surgery interventions among health care structures, a relevant long term planning problem. We analytically study different objective functions in order to drive the allocation process towards better health conditions for patients. We provide a decision support tool for health policy makers, which helps achieving better population health, in terms of quality and fairness. Our approach has been tested on three case studies taking into account real life factors such as geographical distribution of hospitals, specialization thresholds and hospital performance. Results have been compared to the real data from the Italian National Outcome Evaluation Program.
      PubDate: 2016-11-23
      DOI: 10.1007/s10696-016-9266-2
  • A flexible crane scheduling methodology for container terminals
    • Authors: Guvenc Dik; Erhan Kozan
      Abstract: Abstract In this paper, we propose a flexible neighbourhood search strategy for quay crane scheduling problems based on the framework of tabu search (TS) algorithm. In the literature, the container workload of a ship is partitioned into a number of fixed jobs to deal with the complexity of the problem. In this paper, we propose flexible jobs which are dynamically changed by TS throughout the search process to eliminate the impact of fixed jobs on the generated schedules. Alternative job sequences are investigated for quay cranes and a new quay crane dispatching policy is developed to generate schedules. Computational experiments conducted with problem instances available in the literature showed that our algorithm is capable of generating quality schedules for quay crane handling operations at reasonable times.
      PubDate: 2016-11-08
      DOI: 10.1007/s10696-016-9264-4
  • Multi-criteria decision making approaches for green supply chains: a
    • Authors: Aleksander Banasik; Jacqueline M. Bloemhof-Ruwaard; Argyris Kanellopoulos; G. D. H. Claassen; Jack G. A. J. van der Vorst
      Abstract: Abstract Designing Green Supply Chains (GSCs) requires complex decision-support models that can deal with multiple dimensions of sustainability while taking into account specific characteristics of products and their supply chain. Multi-Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) approaches can be used to quantify trade-offs between economic, social, and environmental criteria i.e. to identify green production options. The aim of this paper is to review the use of MCDM approaches for designing efficient and effective GSCs. We develop a conceptual framework to find relevant publications and to categorise papers with respect to decision problems, indicators, and MCDM approaches. The analysis shows that (1) the use of MCDM approaches for designing GSCs is a rather new but emerging research field, (2) most of the publications focus on production and distribution problems, and there are only a few inventory models with environmental considerations, (3) the majority of papers assume all data to be deterministic, (4) little attention has been given to minimisation of waste, (5) numerous indicators are used to account for eco-efficiency, indicating the lack of standards. This study, therefore, identifies the need for more multi-criteria models for real-life GSCs, especially with inclusion of uncertainty in parameters that are associated with GSCs.
      PubDate: 2016-11-04
      DOI: 10.1007/s10696-016-9263-5
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