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Averbakh, I., & Pereira, J. (2018). Lateness Minimization in Pairwise Connectivity Restoration Problems. INFORMS J. Comput., 30(3), 522–538.
Abstract: A network is given whose edges need to be constructed (or restored after a disaster). The lengths of edges represent the required construction/restoration times given available resources, and one unit of length of the network can be constructed per unit of time. All points of the network are accessible for construction at any time. For each pair of vertices, a due date is given. It is required to find a construction schedule that minimizes the maximum lateness of all pairs of vertices, where the lateness of a pair is the difference between the time when the pair becomes connected by an already constructed path and the pair's due date. We introduce the problem and analyze its structural properties, present a mixedinteger linear programming formulation, develop a number of lower bounds that are integrated in a branchandbound algorithm, and discuss results of computational experiments both for instances based on randomly generated networks and for instances based on 2010 Chilean earthquake data.

HomemdeMello, T., Kong, Q. X., & GodoyBarba, R. (2022). A Simulation Optimization Approach for the Appointment Scheduling Problem with DecisionDependent Uncertainties. INFORMS J. Comput., Early Access.
Abstract: The appointment scheduling problem (ASP) studies how to manage patient arrivals to a healthcare system to improve system performance. An important challenge occurs when some patients may not show up for an appointment. Although the ASP is well studied in the literature, the vast majority of the existing work does not consider the wellobserved phenomenon that patient noshow is influenced by the appointment time, the usual decision variable in the ASP. This paper studies the ASP with random service time (exogenous uncertainty) with known distribution and patient decisiondependent noshow behavior (endogenous uncertainty). This problem belongs to the class of stochastic optimization with decisiondependent uncertainties. Such problems are notoriously difficult as they are typically nonconvex. We propose a stochastic projected gradient path (SPGP) method to solve the problem, which requires the development of a gradient estimator of the objective functiona nontrivial task, as the literature on gradientbased optimization algorithms for problems with decisiondependent uncertainty is very scarce and unsuitable for our model. Our method can solve the ASP problem under arbitrarily smooth showup probability functions. We present solutions under different patterns of noshow behavior and demonstrate that breaking the assumption of constant showup probability substantially changes the scheduling solutions. We conduct numerical experiments in a variety of settings to compare our results with those obtained with a distributionally robust optimization method developed in the literature. The cost reduction obtained with our method, which we call the value of distribution information, can be interpreted as how much the system performance can be improved by knowing the distribution of the service times, compared to not knowing it. We observe that the value of distribution information is up to 31% of the baseline cost, and that such value is higher when the system is crowded or/and the waiting time cost is relatively high.
Summary of Contribution: This paper studies an appointment scheduling problem under timedependent patient noshow behavior, a situation commonly observed in practice. The problem belongs to the class of stochastic optimization problems with decisiondependent uncertainties in the operations research literature. Such problems are notoriously difficult to solve as a result of the lack of convexity, and the present case requires different techniques because of the presence of continuous distributions for the service times. A stochastic projected gradient path method, which includes the development of specialized techniques to estimate the gradient of the objective function, is proposed to solve the problem. For problems with a similar structure, the algorithm can be applied once the gradient estimator of the objective function is obtained. Extensive numerical studies are presented to demonstrate the quality of the solutions, the importance of modeling timedependent noshows in appointment scheduling, and the value of using distribution information about the service times. 
Letelier, O. R., Clautiaux, F., & Sadykov, R. (2022). Bin Packing Problem with Time Lags. INFORMS J. Comput., Early Access.
Abstract: We introduce and motivate several variants of the bin packing problem where bins are assigned to time slots, and minimum and maximum lags are required between some pairs of items. We suggest two integer programming formulations for the general problem: a compact one and a stronger formulation with an exponential number of variables and constraints. We propose a branchcutandprice approach that exploits the latter formulation. For this purpose, we devise separation algorithms based on a mathematical characterization of feasible assignments for two important special cases of the problem: when the number of possible bins available at each period is infinite and when this number is limited to one and time lags are nonnegative. Computational experiments are reported for instances inspired from a realcase application of chemical treatment planning in vineyards, as well as for literature instances for special cases of the problem. The experimental results show the efficiency of our branchcutandprice approach, as it outperforms the compact formulation on newly proposed instances and is able to obtain improved lower and upper bounds for literature instances. Summary of Contribution: The paper considers a new variant of the bin packing problem, which is one of the most important problems in operations research. A motivation for introducing this variant is given, as well as a reallife application. We present a novel and original exact branchcutandprice algorithm for the problem. We implement this algorithm, and we present the results of extensive computational experiments. The results show a very good performance of our algorithm. We give several research directions that can be followed by subsequent researchers to extend our contribution to more complex and generic problems.
