Academic articles

A multi-agent-based real-time truck scheduling model for cross-docking problems with single inbound and outbound doors

Cross-docking is a warehousing method that allows goods to move quickly from inbound suppliers directly to outbound customers, minimizing storage time. This study focuses on developing a real-time multi-agent truck scheduling model to optimize the process of cross-docking in warehouses, aiming for quick and efficient synchronization of incoming and outgoing freight.

System-Level Simulation of Maritime Traffic in Northern Baltic Sea

Maritime traffic in winter in the Baltic Sea (particularly the northern part) is challenged by heavy ice formation. This work presented an integration of ice characteristics, operational-level details of ships, and system-level details such as traffic flows and icebreaker scheduling through a simulation framework.

A Simulation-Optimization Model for Automated Parcel Lockers Network Design in Urban Scenarios in Pamplona (Spain), Zakopane, and Krakow (Poland)

The constant rise of e-commerce coupled with extremely fast deliveries is a significant contributor to saturate city centers’ mobility. To address this issue, the development of a convenient Automated Parcel Lockers (APLs) network improves last-mile distribution by reducing the number of transportation vehicles, the distances driven, and the delivery stops. An agent-based model was implemented in the current paper to forecast parcel demand placed on APLs based on socio-economic factors.

An Agent-Based Simulation Model to Mitigate the Bullwhip Effect via Information Sharing and Risk Pooling

The bullwhip effect, a phenomenon of progressively larger distortion of demands across a supply chain, can cause chaos and disorder with amplified supply and demand misalignment. An agent-based simulation model was developed to evaluate how risk pooling and information sharing between distinct entities in a supply chain can reduce the bullwhip effects. In agent-based paradigm different components of a system were described as agents which interact with each other in an environment.

Applying Simulation to Estimate Waiting Times and Optimize the Booking Size for Oversea Transportation Vessels

This study investigates a different source of uncertainty, which is the waiting time for the next vessel that is scheduled on a specific route, connecting two international ports. The aim of this research was to determine the booking size for vessels in oversea delivery to minimize transportation costs. The simulation model and all the respective processes included in the oversea supply chain were developed in AnyLogic with a discrete-event paradigm.

Effect of Real-Time Truck Arrival Information on the Resilience of Slot Management Systems

This paper considers a loading facility that uses Truck Appointment System (TAS) for slot management and faces incoming truck arrival uncertainty due to traffic congestion. The researchers developed an integer mathematical model to represent the adaptive behavior that determines the optimal reschedules by minimizing the average truck waiting time. The model was aimed to emulate the adaptive system. It was created in AnyLogic simulation software based on the conceptual model.

A Simulation-Heuristic Approach to Optimally Design Drone Delivery Systems in Rural Areas

Commercial companies are looking at drones as a viable source of package transportation. Many supply chains have started to experiment with drone delivery systems and simulation modeling helps with such investigations a lot. The developers modeled the drone delivery problem with agent-based simulation and optimized the locations of drone depots and charging stations.

Assessing Resilience of Medicine Supply Chain Networks to Disruptions: a Proposed Hybrid Simulation Modeling Framework

This paper introduces a simulation study of interventions to ensure a stable supply of a generic medicine in Norway. A hybrid simulation modeling framework is proposed to evaluate the effect of alternative supply chain shortage interventions in response to various disruptions to support national decision making with respect to preparedness planning and emergency response.