A Hybrid Multi-Objective Programming Framework for Modeling and Optimization of Supply Chain Problems
Citation: Proceedings of the 2015 Federated Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems, M. Ganzha, L. Maciaszek, M. Paprzycki (eds). ACSIS, Vol. 5, pages 1631–1640 (2015)
Abstract. This paper presents a hybrid programming framework for solving multi-objective optimization problems in supply chain. The proposed approach consists of the integration and hybridization of two modeling and solving environments, i.e., constraint logic programming and mathematical programming, to obtain a programming framework that offers significant advantages over the classical approach derived from operational research. The strongest points of both components are combined in the hybrid framework, which by introducing transformation allows a significant reduction in size of a problem and the optimal solution is found a lot faster. This is particularly important in the multi-objective optimization where problems have to be solved over and over again to find a set of Pareto-optimal solutions. An over two thousand-fold reduction in size was obtained for the illustrative examples together with a few hundred-fold reduction in the speed of finding the solution in relation to the mathematical programming method. In addition, the proposed framework allows the introduction of logical constraints that are difficult or impossible to model in operational research environments.