An Improved Shuffled Frog Leaping Algorithm for Multiload AGV Dispatching in Automated Container Terminals

Xiaoyang Ma, Yongming Bian, Fei Gao
2020 Mathematical Problems in Engineering  
Multiload AGVs, which can carry more than one container at a time, are widely used in automated container terminals. The dispatching decisions for multiload AGVs serving in automated container terminals on the target of minimum travel distance are significant in the process of container transportation in terms of improving operating efficiency. Previous work usually focused on AGVs working in a single-carrier mode, which was not only inconsistent with actual circumstances but also a waste of
more » ... ources. In this paper, we establish a new mathematical model to describe multiload AGVs operating in automated container terminals, which is closer to the actual situation in real terminals. Based on this improved model, we propose a priority rule-based algorithm, termed as shuffled frog leaping algorithm with a mutant process (SFLAMUT), which can increase the diversity of the population and improve the convergence rate. Experiments were carried out based on data generated randomly according to the working properties of container terminals, and it is observed that the proposed SFLAMUT presents an effective and efficient exploration process and yields promising results in solving the proposed mathematical model.
doi:10.1155/2020/1260196 fatcat:ciwacxx5ovdcllincd547yyuhi