LORE, A Decision Support Tool for Location, Routing and Location-Routing Problems

  • Rui Borges LopesEmail author
  • Carlos Ferreira
  • Beatriz Sousa Santos
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9855)


LOcation Routing Exploration (LORE) is a decision support tool for addressing location, routing and location-routing problems. In this paper the LORE tool will be presented, and its main characteristics addressed. Among the main features of the tool is the ability to support a variety of problems currently being studied in the location and routing literature (due to the proposed data structure), and the graphical user interface (GUI). The data structure will be presented being provided an explanation on how it can support related problems. The GUI main goal is not only to aid the solution-finding process but also to foster greater insight into the problem(s) at hand. To that extent, the GUI, developed to fit the target user’s profile and intended tasks, is presented, namely data input and visualization features.


Graphical User Interface Data Grid Decision Support Tool Vehicle Rout Problem Target User 
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This work was supported by Portuguese funds through the CIDMA – Center for Research and Development in Mathematics and Applications, and the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (“FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia”), within project UID/MAT/04106/2013.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rui Borges Lopes
    • 1
    Email author
  • Carlos Ferreira
    • 2
  • Beatriz Sousa Santos
    • 3
  1. 1.DEGEIT/CIDMAUniversity of AveiroAveiroPortugal
  2. 2.DEGEIT/IEETAUniversity of AveiroAveiroPortugal
  3. 3.DETI/IEETAUniversity of AveiroAveiroPortugal

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