Hoong Chuin Lau

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An intelligent agent-based framework that supports fourth-party logistics (4PL) operations on the web is proposed in this paper. In our system, customers specify job requests over the web dynamically. An e-Market Place allows intelligent third-party logistics (3PL) agents to bid for customers’ job requests. The intelligence lies on the e-Market Place to(More)
This paper introduces a variant of the vehicle routing problem with time windows where a limited number of vehicles is given (m-VRPTW). Under this scenario, a feasible solution is one that may contain either unserved customers and/or relaxed time windows. We provide a computable upper bound to the problem. To solve the problem, we propose a tabu search(More)
In the pickup and delivery problem with time windows (PDPTW), vehicles have to transport loads from origins to destinations respecting capacity and time constraints. In this paper, we present a two-phase method to solve the PDPTW. In the first phase, we apply a novel construction heuris tics to generate an initial solution. In the second phase, a tabu(More)
We present practical algorithms for constructing partitions of graphs into a fixed number of vertex-disjoint subgraphs that satisfy particular degree constraints. We use this in particular to find k-cuts of graphs of maximum degree ∆ that cut at least a k−1 k (1 + 1 2∆+k−1 ) fraction of the edges, improving previous bounds known. The partitions also apply(More)
Making software systems service-oriented is becoming the practice, and an increasingly large number of service systems play important roles in today's business and industry. Currently, not enough attention has been paid to the issue of optimization of service systems. In this paper, we argue that the key elements to be considered in optimizing service(More)
Coalition formation has become a key topic in multiagent research. In this paper, we propose a preliminary classification for the coalition formation problem based on three driving factors (demands, resources and profit objectives). We divide our analysis into 5 cases. For each case, we will present algorithms and complexity results. We anticipate that with(More)
We study the problem of finding a length-constrained maximum-density path in a tree with weight and length on each edge. This problem was proposed in [R.R. Lin, W.H. Kuo, K.M. Chao, Finding a length-constrained maximum-density path in a tree, Journal of Combinatorial Optimization 9 (2005) 147–156] and solved in O(nU ) time when the edge lengths are positive(More)
The Orienteering Problem (OP) has received a lot of attention in the past few decades. The OP is a routing problem in which the goal is to determine a subset of nodes to visit, and in which order, so that the total collected score is maximized and a given time budget is not exceeded. A number of typical variants has been studied, such as the Team OP, the(More)
While meta-heuristics are effective for solving large-scale combinatorial optimization problems, they result from time-consuming trial-and-error algorithm design tailored to specific problems. For this reason, a software tool for rapid prototyping of algorithms would save considerable resources. This work presents a generic software framework that reduces(More)