Research of Inventory Routing Problem Based on Combination Auction
The Inventory Routing Problem, once taken as a centralized optimization problem, integrated the inventory management and vehicle routing simultaneously, which leads IRP with distributed feature. The components were mapped into agents and coordinated by combination auction to generate the optimal delivery strategy. An experiment was conducted to show the distributed approach of multi-agent system might solve the centralized problems.
Yi-Min Deng, Aibing Yu, Weihua Li and Di Zheng
B. F. Sun "Research of Inventory Routing Problem Based on Combination Auction", Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vols. 37-38, pp. 960-963, 2010