Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems


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Facility Location Optimization

Project Leader: Prof. Binay Bhattacharya,
Affiliation: School of Computing Science,

Simon Fraser University.

One of the most important aspects of logistics is deciding where to locate new facilities such as retailers, warehouses or factories. For systems in which deliveries are made along multiple stop routes, the routing problem and the location problem must be considered simultaneously. These strategic decisions are a crucial determinant of whether materials will flow efficiently through the distribution system. Facility location analysis has played a central role in the development of operations research. Location problems encompass a wide range of problems such as the location of emergency services, location of hazardous materials, location of ATM bank machines, problems in telecommunication networks design, etc., just to name a few.

By exploiting the mathematics of computational geometry and algorithmic graph theory, this resource optimization project will develop new tools to aid in the location of logistics to optimally serve the demands of customers. In particular, by bringing together the core expertise in Canada at the participating institutions, we will study the applicability and the extendability of the most advanced theory and techniques, extend the existing techniques, and develop new paradigms to further the state of the art in the area of facility location optimization.

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