Vehicle Routing and Its Rich Variants

Çağrı Koç, Department of Business Administration, Social Sciences University of Ankara


The Vehicle Routing Problem (VRP) calls for the determination of the optimal set of routes to be performed by a fleet of vehicles to serve a given set of customers. It is one of the most important and studied combinatorial optimization problems. Hundreds of models and algorithms have been proposed for the optimal and approximate solutions of different versions of the VRP. This seminar will illustrate the presenter's primary scientific research interests across VRP and its rich variants in the last decade. These topics include heterogeneous fleets, location-routing, green transportation, electric vehicles, home health care routing, integrated disassembly line balancing and routing, and reviews. This talk will provide an overview on the solution methods that have been successfully applied to these diverse VRP variants, spanning a range from exact methods to metaheuristics. These algorithms encompass hybrid evolutionary algorithms, adaptive large neighborhood search and matheuristics. The talk will summarize several interesting promising future research perspectives.

Short Bio

Çağrı Koç is an associate professor in the Department of Business Administration at Social Sciences University of Ankara. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow at HEC Montreal and CIRRELT. He received his Ph.D. degree (2015) in Operational Research/Management Science from the Southampton Business School of University of Southampton. He is the recipient of the Doctoral Award from the British Operational Research Society. His research primarily focuses on the application of mathematical and metaheuristic optimization techniques to transportation,logistics and supply chain management problems, more specifically to vehicle routing and scheduling. He has published around 30 papers in leading academic journals including Transportation Research Part B, C and E, European Journal of Operational Research, Computers and Operations Research, Journal of the Operational Research Society, Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, International Journal of Production Economics, among others.


Wednesday, June 21, 2023, 4.00 pm - IE03(Blue Auditorium)


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