PhD in Industrial Engineering,
Under my new appointment, I am researching machine scheduling for reconfigurable manufacturing system (RMS). In the field of manufacturing systems, scheduling is an important decision that directly influences the productivity (doing more jobs with the same machines). There is an extended product family grouped into subfamilies each of which includes several parts/jobs of the extended family. Each part consists of several operations with its precedence relations among them. Each subfamily requires a predetermined configuration of systems. To reconfigure the system, a major setup has to be done.
To begin with, the problem is being formulated by a mixed integer linear programming model. Then, since the problem is NP-hard, two metaheuristic algorithms, based on artificial immune algorithms are also developed.
Azab, Ahmed; Naderi, Bahman, An improved model and novel simulated annealing for distributed job shop problems, International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, 81(693-703), DOI 10.1007/500170-015-7080-8., 2015.
Naderi, Bahman; Azab, Ahmed;, Modeling and scheduling a flexible manufacturing cell with parallel processing capability, Journal of Manufacturing Science and Technology, 11, 18-27, 2015, DOI info: 10.1016/j.cirpj.2015.05.006.
Naderi, Bahman; Azab, Ahmed, Modeling and heuristics for scheduling of distributed job shops, Expert Systems With application, 41, 7754-7763, 2014, DOI information: 10.1016/j.eswa.2014.06.023.
A. Azab; B. Naderi, Modeling the Problem of Production Scheduling for Reconfigurable Manufacturing Systems, Procedia CIRP, 33, 76-80, 2015, 9th CIRP Conference on Intelligent Computation in Manufacturing Engineering.
B. Naderi; A. Azab, A Variable Neighborhood Search Metaheuristic for Cellular Manufacturing with Multitasking Machine Tools, Procedia CIRP, 20, 50-55, 2014, International Conference on Ramp-up Management in Aachen, Germany, June 12th - 13th, 2014.
A. Azab, B. Naderi, Greedy heuristics for distributed job shop scheduling, Procedia CIRP, 20, 7-12, 2014, International Conference on Ramp-up Management in Aachen, Germany, June 12th - 13th, 2014.