Two-level particle swarm optimization for the multi-modal team orienteering problem with time windows

Vincent F. Yu, Parida Jewpanya, Ching-Jung Ting, A. A. N. Perwira Redi

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This study presents a new variant of the team orienteering problem with time windows (TOPTW), called the multi-modal team orienteering problem with time windows (MM-TOPTW). The problem is motivated by the development of a tourist trip design application when there are several transportation modes available for tourists to choose during their trip. We develop a mixed integer programming model for MM-TOPTW based on the standard TOPTW model with additional considerations of transportation mode choices, including transportation cost and transportation time. Because MM-TOPTW is NP-hard, we design a two-level particle swarm optimization with multiple social learning terms (2L-GLNPSO) to solve the problem. To demonstrate the applicability and effectiveness of the proposed model and algorithm, we employ the proposed 2L-GLNPSO to solve 56 MM-TOPTW instances that are generated based on VRPTW benchmark instances. The computational results demonstrate that the proposed 2L-GLNPSO can obtain optimal solutions to small and medium-scale instances. For large-scale instances, 2L-GLNPSO is capable of producing high-quality solutions. Moreover, we test the proposed algorithm on standard TOPTW benchmark instances and obtains competitive results with the state-of-art algorithms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1022-1040
Number of pages19
JournalApplied Soft Computing
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017


  • Multiple transportation modes
  • Particle swarm optimization
  • Team orienteering problem
  • Time window
  • Tourist trip design problem

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