Autonomous Vehicles: Future of Delivery?

Mathematics Colloquium

Sara Reed (University of Iowa)

With technology constantly changing, we will explore the use of autonomous (self-driving) vehicles in delivery. We will formulate this problem as an integer program and visually see what the optimal routes looks like. The key features in the solution will include the driving speed of the vehicle, the walking speed and capacity of the delivery person, and the time it takes to load packages. Theoretical results on structured instances will be presented as well as computational results on general instances. This talk will include a general introduction to integer programming and a focus on operations research.