Simulation Approach for Container Assignment Under Uncertainty

Wouter J. de Koning, Frank Phillipson*, Irina Chiscop

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In this paper an online optimisation approach is proposed which can be used to find an appropriate combined schedule and container assignment in a Network Design Problem under uncertainty. For this, a simulation based approach on a multi-period time window is proposed, moving forward on the time window after each decision made, assuming that the status of the system is updated as soon as the stochastic and unknown elements become deterministic and known. This approach provides new insight and knowledge into synchromodal and multimodal planning problems. The results of the approach are compared to the results of three simpler online optimisation methods and to the solution of the offline approach where all information is known.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputational Logistics - 11th International Conference, ICCL 2020, Proceedings
EditorsEduardo Lalla-Ruiz, Martijn Mes, Stefan Voß
ISBN (Print)9783030597467
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes
Event11th International Conference on Computational Logistics, ICCL 2020 - Enschede, Netherlands
Duration: 28 Sept 202030 Sept 2020

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume12433 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference11th International Conference on Computational Logistics, ICCL 2020


  • Intermodal transport
  • Multiperiod time window
  • Online optimisation
  • Simulation algorithm
  • Synchromodal transport


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