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Algorithms 2016, 9(4), 63; doi:10.3390/a9040063

A Practical and Robust Execution Time-Frame Procedure for the Multi-Mode Resource-Constrained Project Scheduling Problem with Minimal and Maximal Time Lags

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Department of Marketing and Distribution Management, Nanya Institute of Technology, Taoyuan 32091, Taiwan
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Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Yuan Ze University, Taoyuan 32003, Taiwan
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Innovation Center for Big Data and Digital Convergence, Yuan Ze University, Taoyuan 32003, Taiwan
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Academic Editor: Henning Fernau
Received: 4 July 2016 / Revised: 6 September 2016 / Accepted: 16 September 2016 / Published: 24 September 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Metaheuristic Algorithms in Optimization and Applications)
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Modeling and optimizing organizational processes, such as the one represented by the Resource-Constrained Project Scheduling Problem (RCPSP), improve outcomes. Based on assumptions and simplification, this model tackles the allocation of resources so that organizations can continue to generate profits and reinvest in future growth. Nonetheless, despite all of the research dedicated to solving the RCPSP and its multi-mode variations, there is no standardized procedure that can guide project management practitioners in their scheduling tasks. This is mainly because many of the proposed approaches are either based on unrealistic/oversimplified scenarios or they propose solution procedures not easily applicable or even feasible in real-life situations. In this study, we solve a more true-to-life and complex model, Multimode RCPSP with minimal and maximal time lags (MRCPSP/max). The complexity of the model solved is presented, and the practicality of the proposed approach is justified depending on only information that is available for every project regardless of its industrial context. The results confirm that it is possible to determine a robust makespan and to calculate an execution time-frame with gaps lower than 11% between their lower and upper bounds. In addition, in many instances, the solved lower bound obtained was equal to the best-known optimum. View Full-Text
Keywords: MRCPSP/max; discrete Artificial Bee Colony (ABC); entropy; robust scheduling MRCPSP/max; discrete Artificial Bee Colony (ABC); entropy; robust scheduling
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Chen, A.H.-L.; Liang, Y.-C.; Padilla, J.D. A Practical and Robust Execution Time-Frame Procedure for the Multi-Mode Resource-Constrained Project Scheduling Problem with Minimal and Maximal Time Lags. Algorithms 2016, 9, 63.

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