An improved GRASP method for the multiple row equal facility layout problem

Resumen

As it is well documented in the literature, an effective facility layout design of a company significantly increases throughput, overall productivity, and efficiency. Symmetrically, a poor facility layout results in increased work-in process and manufacturing lead time. In this paper we focus on the Multiple Row Equal Facility Layout Problem (MREFLP) which consists in locating a given set of facilities in a layout where a maximum number of rows is fixed. We propose a Greedy Randomized Adaptive Search Procedure (GRASP), with an improved local search that relies on an efficient calculation of the objective function, and a probabilistic strategy to select those solutions that will be improved. We conduct a through preliminary experimentation to investigate the influence of the proposed strategies and to tune the corresponding search parameters. Finally, we compare our best variant with current state-of-the-art algorithms over a set of 552 diverse instances. Experimental results show that the proposed GRASP finds better results spending much less execution time.

Publicación
Expert Systems with Applications
Nicolas Rodriguez Uribe
Nicolas Rodriguez Uribe
Phd in Artificial Intelligence
Alberto Herrán González
Alberto Herrán González
Profesor Contratado Doctor
J. Manuel Colmenar
J. Manuel Colmenar
Artificial Intelligence Professor

Mis intereses de investigación se centran en las metaheurísticas aplicadas a problemas de optimización. He trabajado en diferentes problemas de optimización combinatoria aplicando algoritmos trajectoriales como GRASP o VNS. Además, estoy muy interesado en las aplicaciones de la Evolución Gramatical, específicamente en el dominio de los modelos y la predicción, como alternativa a los enfoques de aprendizaje automático.

Abraham Duarte
Abraham Duarte
Catedrático de Universidad

Mi carrera investigadora se ha centrado en el desarrollo de nuevos algoritmos y técnicas de Inteligencia Computacional (metaheurísticas) y su aplicación a diferentes problemas en Ciencia e Ingeniería desde que me incorporé a la Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (URJC) en el octubre del año 2000.