Automatic design of scheduling policies for dynamic multi-objective job shop scheduling via cooperative coevolution genetic programming Academic Article uri icon


  • A scheduling policy strongly influences the performance of a manufacturing system. However, the design of an effective scheduling policy is complicated and time consuming due to the complexity of each scheduling decision, as well as the interactions among these decisions. This paper develops four new multi-objective genetic programming-based hyperheuristic (MO-GPHH) methods for automatic design of scheduling policies, including dispatching rules and due-date assignment rules in job shop environments. In addition to using three existing search strategies, nondominated sorting genetic algorithm II, strength Pareto evolutionary algorithm 2, and harmonic distance-based multi-objective evolutionary algorithm, to develop new MO-GPHH methods, a new approach called diversified multi-objective cooperative evolution (DMOCC) is also proposed. The novelty of these MO-GPHH methods is that they are able to handle multiple scheduling decisions simultaneously. The experimental results show that the evolved Pareto fronts represent effective scheduling policies that can dominate scheduling policies from combinations of existing dispatching rules with dynamic/regression-based due-date assignment rules. The evolved scheduling policies also show dominating performance on unseen simulation scenarios with different shop settings. In addition, the uniformity of the scheduling policies obtained from the proposed method of DMOCC is better than those evolved by other evolutionary approaches.

publication date

  • April 2014