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Maximising reward from a team of surveillance drones: a simheuristic approach to the stochastic team orienteering problem

Javier Panadero, Angel A. Juan, Christopher Bayliss and Christine Currie

European Journal of Industrial Engineering, 2020, vol. 14, issue 4, 485-516

Abstract: We consider the problem of routing a team of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) being used to take surveillance observations of target locations, where the value of information at each location is different and not all locations need be visited. As a result, this problem can be described as a stochastic team orienteering problem (STOP), in which travel times are modelled as random variables following generic probability distributions. The orienteering problem is a vehicle-routing problem in which each of a set of customers can be visited either just once or not at all within a limited time period. In order to solve this STOP, a simheuristic algorithm based on an original and fast heuristic is developed. This heuristic is then extended into a variable neighbourhood search (VNS) metaheuristic. Finally, simulation is incorporated into the VNS framework to transform it into a simheuristic algorithm, which is then employed to solve the STOP. [Received 5 January 2019; Revised 15 June 2019; Accepted 13 October 2019]

Keywords: simulation-optimisation; unmanned aerial vehicles; UAVs; team orienteering problem; TOP; simheuristics. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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