Cooperative Ant Colonies for Optimizing Resource Allocation in Transportation

  • Karl Doerner
  • Richard F. Hartl
  • Marc Reimann
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2037)


In this paper we propose an ACO approach, where two colonies of ants aim to optimize total costs in a transportation network. This main objective consists of two sub goals, namely fleet size minimization and minimization of the vehicle movement costs, which are conflicting for some regions of the solution space. Thus, our two ant colonies optimize one of these sub-goals each and communicate information concerning solution quality. Our results show the potential of the proposed method.


Priority Rule Vehicle Movement Slave Population Pheromone Information Full Truckload 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karl Doerner
  • Richard F. Hartl
  • Marc Reimann
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  1. 1.Institute of Management ScienceUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria

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