3 years ago

Layout Design for Intelligent Warehouse by Evolution with Fitness Approximation.

Haifeng Zhang, Zilong Guo, Han Cai, Chris Wang, Weinan Zhang, Yong Yu, Wenxin Li, Jun Wang

With the rapid growth of the express industry, intelligent warehouses that employ autonomous robots for carrying parcels have been widely used to handle the vast express volume. For such warehouses, the warehouse layout design plays a key role in improving the transportation efficiency. However, this work is still done by human experts, which is expensive and leads to suboptimal results. In this paper, we aim to automate the warehouse layout designing process. We propose a two-layer evolutionary algorithm to efficiently explore the warehouse layout space, where an auxiliary objective fitness approximation model is introduced to predict the outcome of the designed warehouse layout and a two-layer population structure is proposed to incorporate the approximation model into the ordinary evolution framework. Empirical experiments show that our method can efficiently design effective warehouse layouts that outperform both heuristic-designed and vanilla evolution-designed warehouse layouts.

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1811.05685

DOI: arXiv:1811.05685v1

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