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Research theses - various topics listed in the description

Reference persons ARIANNA ALFIERI, ERICA PASTORE

External reference persons Castiglione Claudio

Description The research theses currently available are the following:
1. Optimizing customer routing in the attended delivery context
2. The impacts of variability on the optimal buffer allocation problem: the variability of the inter-arrival and processing times, and the variability of the performance measures
3. Analyzing the causes of variability in buffer allocation problems for assembly/disassembly lines
4. The impact of the sources of uncertainty on the Newsvendor model
5. The initial transient problem in simulation models of manufacturing systems: automatic approaches in the presence of large auto-correlation
6. Production planning models for implementing industrial symbiosis and circular economy strategies in manufacturing companies
7. Integrating machine scheduling and transportation resource allocation in a job shop problem
8. The impact of performance constraints in designing production systems
9. The impact of different sources of variability in scheduling methods for production systems
10. Optimizing the disassembly operations in the scheduling environment, considering circular economy strategies and industrial symbiosis
11. Aggregate production planning and lot-sizing models addressing circular economy strategies and industrial symbiosis
12. Addressing the customer order scheduling problem in flow shop systems
13. Minimizing idle and waiting time in job shop problems

Developing a research thesis usually consists of the following steps:
- Literature review
- Mathematical model development (if necessary for the solution algorithm)
- Solution algorithm development
- Software development
- Design of experiment
- Numerical experiments, quantitative validation, and analysis of results (statistical tests, comparison with state-of-the-art algorithm, managerial insights, etc.).
Currently, no real case studies are available, thus information, data and scenarios must be based on what is available in the scientific literature.
The required skills for this type of thesis include: Discrete Event Simulation, analytical methods for system analysis (e.g., queueing theory), mathematical programming, optimization algorithms, simulation-optimization algorithms. Research theses are algorithmic, thus a solid knowledge of programming language (any language is accepted) is mandatory to start this type of thesis. According to the thesis topic, additional knowledge must be required (e.g., inventory management, forecasting methods, Markov chain, etc.)
The effort to make this type of thesis is high, hence usually at least 6 full months are required to complete the thesis.

The theses are tutored by the research group of prof. Alfieri. For more details, please contact professors Pastore and Castiglione at the email addresses erica.pastore@polito.it and claudio.castiglione@polito.it

Interested students MUST NOT submit their application through the portal but MUST send an email to the addresses listed above.

Required skills The required skills for this type of thesis include: Discrete Event Simulation, analytical methods for system analysis (e.g., queueing theory), mathematical programming, optimization algorithms, simulation-optimization algorithms. Research theses are algorithmic, thus a solid knowledge of programming language (any language is accepted) is mandatory to start this type of thesis. According to the thesis topic, additional knowledge must be required (e.g., inventory management, forecasting methods, Markov chain, etc.).


Deadline 19/04/2024      PROPONI LA TUA CANDIDATURA