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Does Laziness Pay Off? - A Lazy-Constraint Approach to Timetabling

Authors Torsten Klug, Markus Reuther, Thomas Schlechte



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Torsten Klug
  • LBW Optimization GmbH, Berlin, Germany
Markus Reuther
  • LBW Optimization GmbH, Berlin, Germany
Thomas Schlechte
  • LBW Optimization GmbH, Berlin, Germany

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Torsten Klug, Markus Reuther, and Thomas Schlechte. Does Laziness Pay Off? - A Lazy-Constraint Approach to Timetabling. In 22nd Symposium on Algorithmic Approaches for Transportation Modelling, Optimization, and Systems (ATMOS 2022). Open Access Series in Informatics (OASIcs), Volume 106, pp. 11:1-11:8, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2022)
https://doi.org/10.4230/OASIcs.ATMOS.2022.11

Abstract

Timetabling is a classical and complex task for public transport operators as well as for railway undertakings. The general question is: Which vehicle is taking which route through the transportation network in which order? In this paper, we consider the special setting to find optimal timetables for railway systems under a moving block regime. We directly set up on our work of [T. Schlechte et al., 2022], i.e., we consider the same model formulation and real-world instances of a moving block headway system. In this paper, we present a repair heuristic and a lazy-constraint approach utilizing the callback features of Gurobi, see [Gurobi Optimization, 2022]. We provide an experimental study of the different algorithmic approaches for a railway network with 100 and up to 300 train requests. The computational results show that the lazy-constraint approach together with the repair heuristic significantly improves our previous approaches.

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  • Mathematics of computing → Combinatorial optimization
Keywords
  • Moving Block
  • Railway Track Allocation
  • Timetabling
  • Train Routing

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