Genetic algorithms applied to a wood collection problem

Ilkka Karanta, Topi Mikkola, Catherine Bounsaythip, Olli Jokinen, Juha Savola

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This paper is related to a real-world problem of routing, sequencing and time-tabling of trucks for timber collection in Finland. The general features of the vehicle routing problem are described, and the special features of the wood transportation problem are explained. Timber collection poses special challenges, because of different kinds of timber, types of trucks, multiple start and delivery points, plus the huge size of the road network which may include all the public countryside roads of a substantial portion of Finland. A prototype system using genetic algorithms is described. Obtained results are encouraging and open to future development.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the IEEE 1999 Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics. Tokyo, 12 - 15 Oct. 1999. Vol. IV
Place of PublicationTokyo
PublisherIEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
ISBN (Print)0-7803-5731-0
Publication statusPublished - 1999
MoE publication typeB3 Non-refereed article in conference proceedings
EventIEEE Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, SMC'99 - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 12 Oct 199915 Oct 1999


ConferenceIEEE Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, SMC'99

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