Special Issue "Mathematical Methods of Operational Research and Data Analytics in Operations Planning and Scheduling"

A special issue of Mathematics (ISSN 2227-7390). This special issue belongs to the section "Computational and Applied Mathematics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2024 | Viewed by 101

Special Issue Editors

Odette School of Business, University of Windsor, Windsor, ON N9B3P4, Canada
Interests: scheduling; manufacturing; healthcare; supply chain; combinatorial optimization; computational complexity; metaheuristics
Production & Operations Management Research Lab, University of Windsor, Windsor, ON N9B 3P4, Canada
Interests: computer aided process planning (CAPP); facility layout problem; scheduling; power systems planning; manufacturing resources planning

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to present this Special Issue, which aims to explore the latest advances, methodologies, and applications of operational research and data analytics in the fields of planning and scheduling. The articles presented here underscore the importance of operational research and data analytics in addressing complex planning and scheduling challenges across various industries such as manufacturing, transportation, logistics, and healthcare, to name a few. The key topics covered in this Special Issue include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Innovative mathematical algorithms: These papers feature research on cutting-edge mathematical algorithms and optimization techniques, devised to tackle specific planning and scheduling challenges. This Special Issue also highlights hybrid approaches that combine various methods to enhance performance.
  • Machine learning and artificial intelligence: These papers examine the integration of machine learning and artificial intelligence methods within operational research, showcasing their potential in augmenting decision-making processes and predictive capabilities in planning and scheduling tasks.
  • Real-world applications and case studies: These papers delve into the practical implementation of mathematical operational research techniques across diverse sectors, emphasizing their impact on efficiency, cost reduction, and overall performance improvement.
  • Theoretical advancements in production and operations management: These papers concentrate on the development of new mathematical models and frameworks, contributing to a deeper understanding of the principles of production and operations management.

This Special Issue offers a comprehensive perspective on the current state of operational research and data analytics applied to various problems in production and operations management. By showcasing groundbreaking research and real-world applications, we aim to further the development and refinement of operational research and data analytics techniques and strategies to address complex decision-making challenges in various industries.

Prof. Dr. Fazle Baki
Prof. Dr. Ahmed Azab
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • planning
  • scheduling, models
  • frameworks
  • manufacturing
  • healthcare
  • transportation
  • logistics
  • supply chain
  • combinatorial optimization
  • computational complexity
  • design of algorithms
  • special cases
  • polynomial algorithms
  • exact methods
  • heuristic methods
  • metaheuristics
  • machine learning
  • artificial intelligence

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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