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A Hybrid Method for Assigning Containers to AGVs in the Dynamic Environment of Container Terminals

Radhia ZAGHDOUD1,2, Khaled MESGHOUNI2, Simon Collart DUTILLEUL3, Kamel ZIDI1, Khaled GHEDIRA1

1 SOIE: Laboratoire de Stratégies d’Optimisation et Informatique intelligente
Institut Supérieur de Gestion de Tunis,
41, Rue de la Liberté, Cité Bouchoucha 2000 Le Bardo, Tunis –Tunisie,,
2 LAGIS: Laboratoire d’Automatique, Génie Informatique et Signal Ecole Centrale de Lillle, Cité scientifique –
B.P. 48-59651 Villeneuve d’Ascq,

3 ESTAS: Laboratoire d’Évaluation des Systèmes de Transports Automatisés et de leur Sécurité, de l’aménagement et des réseaux
IFSTTAR Institut français des sciences et technologies des transports,
20 rue Elisée RECLUS BP 70317, F-59666 Villeneuve d’Ascq Cedex, Lille-France

Abstract: The handling operations performed in ports require the use of equipment operating in a dynamic environment. Some tasks may not be fully carried out due to equipment failure or power breakdown that may occur particularly with the automated guided vehicles (AGV). The unavailability of equipment such as AGV has important consequences in terms of respecting the deadlines of different operations that a port should perform, such as the loading and unloading operations of ships. This situation can aggravate if there are also traffic problems in the port with some inaccessible network nodes. A part of the equipment will be blocked or the operations will take longer than expected if they don`t take the optimal path to connect the loading/unloading points and storage areas. These reasons confirm the usefulness of establishing a robust system able to resolve the problem of assigning containers in the static and dynamic environments. In a previous work, we developed a system for assigning containers in a static environment. In order to improve this method, we devote this paper to the study of the robustness of our system to the dynamic environment of the port. The numerical tests included in this paper show an adequate performance of our method for this particular dynamic environment.

Keywords: Assignment, Dynamic, AGV, Containers, Optimization, Genetic Algorithm.

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Radhia ZAGHDOUD, Khaled MESGHOUNI, Simon Collart DUTILLEUL, Kamel ZIDI, Khaled GHEDIRA, A Hybrid Method for Assigning Containers to AGVs in the Dynamic Environment of Container Terminals, Studies in Informatics and Control, ISSN 1220-1766, vol. 24 (1), pp. 43-50, 2015.