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Optimization of Load Dispatcher Assignments in an Artificial Intelligence Environment

(Glenn Javens, 1988)

The objective of this project was to develop an automated method of finding a near optimal set of assignments of trucks and shipments for a regional carrier. An existing computer system was enhanced to give the regional carrier a quick initial solution based on quantitative and qualitative criteria. The Hungarian method was selected for initial minimization of assignments because of its minimal computer processing time. In addition, a heuristic was developed to rerun the model based on qualitative issues. The combination of quantitative and qualitative analysis provides the regional carrier with an effective decision-making tool.

Richard S. Barr
Fri Feb 17 16:09:51 CST 2006