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Servicios y herramientas de optimización y experiencia en procesos de toma de decisiones operativas en diferentes dominios/sectores

Resumen

Tipo:
Oferta Tecnológica
Referencia:
TOBE20140616001
Publicado:
23/06/2015
Caducidad:
20/12/2015
Resumen:
Una empresa belga ofrece productos y servicios de optimización a compañías de diversos sectores. La empresa desarrolla herramientas de optimización basadas en algoritmos y modelos matemáticos avanzados y ofrece servicios de consultoría para optimizar decisiones empresariales estratégicas y operativas. Su principal área se centra en procesos de decisiones complejas que implican grandes cantidades de datos y trade-offs multidimensionales. La empresa está abierta a diferentes tipos de cooperación.

Details

Tittle:
Optimization services, tools and expertise applicable in strategic and operational decision making processes in different domains/sectors
Summary:
A Brussels-based company offers optimization products and services to businesses active in different sectors. The company develops optimization tools based on state-of-the-art mathematical models and algorithms and provides consulting services in optimizing strategic and operational business decisions. Their core area of expertise is to work with complex decision processes that involve large amounts of data and multi-dimensional trade-offs. Different kinds of cooperation are envisaged.
Description:
This Brussels-based company creates highly innovative yet accessible tools for businesses that would like to optimize their business decisions. They focus both on strategic and operational decisions that entail large scale and complex implementations. Such implementations require the development of advanced quantitative methods and techniques, which are their main areas of expertise. They design and develop optimization solutions based on state-of-the-art mathematical models and algorithms which help businesses optimize their processes as well as their long and short term decisions. Their work goes from the concept to the implementation of the solution around stand-alone or cloud-based software environments, depending on clients' needs.

Possible applications include a wide range of business areas as follows.
- Logistics and Supply Chain
· Optimization of facility (warehouse, hub, factory) location
· Optimization of vehicle routing: time-constrained deliveries
· Optimization of specialized vehicle routing: transportation of hazardous materials
· Distribution network design and resource optimization

- Energy
·Smart grids and smart meter implementations: optimization of resources
·Smart grid data communication network planning and design: PLC enabled data communication network design and planning
·Electricity network optimization: unit commitment problems

- Telecommunications
·Intra-domain network design: optimization of link weights for OSPF and IS-IS protocols
·Telecommunications network planning and design: traffic engineering
·Cellular/Wireless network planning and design: Maximum area coverage with minimum resources deployed

- Large Scale System Optimization
Their core expertise is to optimize large scale systems coupled with big amounts of data. Such optimization problems are difficult to solve, therefore advanced quantitative techniques can provide high quality solutions in many situations. For example, when a company decides to open a new warehouse in Europe, they may need to consider a large geographical area, a large database of clients, suppliers and their historical traffic. Even this simple approach increases the complexity of this problem, whereas there are many other factors to consider, such as selecting candidate locations, warehouse opening and operational costs, risk factors, possible benefits and many more. In such a situation, the company receives clients' input, develops a customized quantitative model, implement it in a cloud-based application, solve the problem and provide the best possible solutions that suit goals, such as, minimum cost or maximum profit.

- Quantitative optimization vs. Scenario Evaluation
Their optimized solutions differ from other scenario evaluation techniques because they consider all possible solutions and choose the best one (optimum solution). Scenario evaluations take into account only a handful of options, which are usually random in nature. Therefore, scenario evaluation techniques can be seen as "shooting in the dark". Quantitative optimization techniques work with upper and lower bounds for the given optimization problems, which provide a clear visibility on your absolute limits of minimum cost or maximum benefit. One can only be sure of the limits and the optimum solutions with rigorous quantitative models.

- Top-Notch Optimization Tools
There are important elements that an optimization tool should possess:
1. Performance to ensure that optimality is obtained;
2. Rapidity to minimize computing times;
3. Robustness to be able to tackle large instances of data.

The company designs, develops and implements very efficient, high performance cloud-based applications that exactly match robustness requirements.
Methodological keywords: Mathematical programming, linear /non-linear programming, integer programming, heuristics, local search algorithms, tabu search techniques, column generation techniques, machine learning algorithms
Advantages and Innovations:
Quantitative optimization means reducing costs and maximizing benefits. A customized optimization tool can help companies utilize their resources more effectively and evaluate all possible solution scenarios. It can clearly present upper/lower limits of benefits/costs, which provides an unprecedented visibility on future operational capabilities. Unlike scenario evaluation techniques that many organizations practice, the real advantage of optimization tools is that they consider all possible solutions and provide the best one. Decision-makers can thus ensure that no better solution exists thanks to quantitative optimization techniques and this is ensured -a s an innovation - by the use of state-of-the-art mathematical models and algorithms.

The company has 10 years of experience in solving difficult decision problems in business. It is deeply connected with the academic world and contributes creating new solution techniques to difficult decision problems.
The company is highly customer-oriented, dynamic and has an agile culture.
Stage of Development:
Already on the market
IPs:
Secret know-how

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
Type of partner sought: SME, industry or academia

Specific area of activity of the partner: among others, Logistics and Supply Chain, Energy, telecommunications

Role of the partner sought: depending on the specific need,of the potential partner, the offering company expects to see it's solution used/integrated in the foreign problem solving process or decision making process

Client

Type and Size of Client:
Industry SME <= 10
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
No
Languages Spoken:
English
French
Turkish

Keywords

Technology Keywords:
01004003 Aplicaciones para transportes y logística
02008006 Ingeniería de tráfico / sistemas de control
01003016 Simulaciones
01004012 Sistema de planificación de procesos
02008002 Transporte intermodal