A Column Generation Algorithm for the Bus Driver Scheduling Problem

  • 許 靖嵐

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


Bus driver scheduling is aimed toward finding the minimum number of bus drivers to cover a published timetable of a bus company When scheduling bus drivers contractual work rules must be enforced thus complicating the problem In this research we develop a column generation algorithm that decomposes this complicated problem into a master problem and a series of pricing subproblems The master problem selects optimal duties from a set of known feasible duties and the pricing subproblem augments the feasible duty set to improve the solution obtained in the master problem The proposed algorithm is empirically applied to the realistic problems of several bus companies The numerical results show that the proposed column generation algorithm can solve real-world problems and obtain bus driver schedules that are better than those developed and used by the bus companies
Date of Award2016 Jul 19
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorDung-Ying Lin (Supervisor)

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