International Journal on Advanced Science, Engineering and Information Technology, Vol. 8 (2018) No. 4-2: Special Issue on Empowering the Nation via 4IR (The Fourth Industrial Revolution)., pages: 1820-1828, Chief Editor: Khairuddin Omar | Editorial Boards : Shahnorbanun Sahran Hassan, Nor Samsiah Sani, Heuiseok Lim & Danial Hoosyar, DOI:10.18517/ijaseit.8.4-2.6808

Population Initialisation Methods for Fuzzy Job-Shop Scheduling Problems: Issues and Future Trends

Iman Mousa Shaheed, Syaimak Abdul Shukor, Salwani Abdullah


Scheduling job shops in the real-world manufacturing environment is a multifarious task that involved various and multiple components, solutions and approach. Fuzzy Job-Shop Scheduling Problems (Fuzzy JSSPs) are most commonly addressed by the population-based Meta-heuristic algorithms. These algorithms usually derive near-optimum solutions within reasonable computational times, almost by two main steps; the initialisation and then improvement step. Numerous theoretical studies pointed out that a Meta-heuristic performance is mainly affected by the performance of its initialisation method. The main purpose of this paper is to understand the existing trend and concerns of issues in population initialisation for Fuzzy JSSPs research by examining the published articles and furthermore to provide comprehension insight and future direction on these methods. Therefore, this paper determined to review and classify the existing literature on Fuzzy JSSPs and analyse the performance of the initialisation methods used to identify their possible limitations. In consequence, previous works outlined three potential methods for initial solutions generation, which are Random-based, priority rules-based, and heuristic methods. However, the current analysis showed that Heuristic-based initialisation approach remains lacking in the Fuzzy JSSPs domain in spite of its successful performance in the crisp JSSP domain, especially, its capability to generate high-quality initial population that consists of optimal or near optimal solutions. Furthermore, this paper identifies probable gaps and reveals several performance limitations in the existing methods, which demands for an urgent solution to develop alternatives. Promising suggestions for future studies are also provided that may lead to new Heuristic Initialisation methods to be proposed in order to overcome the existing shortcomings.


Fuzzy job shop scheduling, population initialisation

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