A New Optimization Approach to Distributed Manufacturing System Design

Distributed manufacturing is gaining traction in various industries with fast growth of sensor, Internet of Things (IoT) and advanced manufacturing technologies. It is a promising new business paradigm to achieve mass customization and facilitate the shared and circular economy. The goal of this proposed project is to develop a new optimization approach for the strategic design of distributed manufacturing system (DMS) in terms of facility locations and dynamic sharing of manufacturing resources to meet time-varying demand, while considering autonomous/distributed planning decisions of supply-production networks (SPNs) in the DMS. The main challenge and technical advancement of the project is the design and implementation of a decision-game-theoretic model to capture the autonomous decision-making feature of each local SPN and to satisfy time-varying customer demand in a dynamic way. Advanced computational algorithms will also be developed to obtain quality solutions efficiently. This project aligns with DOT’s strategic goals of economic strength and global competitiveness, safety and equity, and supports MATS-TSE’s themes on resilient supply chains and transportation systems of the future.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $237526
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      Mid-America Transportation Center

      University of Nebraska-Lincoln
      2200 Vine Street, PO Box 830851
      Lincoln, NE  United States  68583-0851
    • Performing Organizations:

      University of Missouri, St. Louis

      1 University Boulevard
      St. Louis, MO  United States  63121-4400
    • Principal Investigators:

      Li, Haitao

    • Start Date: 20230601
    • Expected Completion Date: 20240731
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01908402
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Mid-America Transportation Center
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3552348307
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Feb 19 2024 6:24PM