Publikation

Coupling Simulation with HeuristicLab to Solve Facility Layout Problems

Outline:

A. Beham, M. Kofler, S. Wagner, M. Affenzeller - Coupling Simulation with HeuristicLab to Solve Facility Layout Problems - Proceedings of the 2009 Winter Simulation Conference, Austin, TX, USA, Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika, 2009, pp. 2205-2217

Abstract:

In this paper we describe the optimization of a facility layout scenario which involves coupling simulation with our optimization environment HeuristicLab. For this purpose we show a problem formulation that acts as an interface between these two domains of problem modeling and optimization, and discuss optimization methodologies and their results for a number of artificial test problems as well as more complex real-world problems. HeuristicLab was designed with both, practitioners and algorithm developers, in mind. Practitioners benefit from a graphical user interface that facilitates so-called interactive algorithm engineering, where algorithms can be adjusted without actually writing code. Algorithm developers are aided in the development process by the plug-in based, easily extendable architecture and integrated parallelization functionality.