HUAWEI Logistics Competition

Vehicle Routing and Bin Packing are classical multi-objective combinatorial optimization (MOCO) problems. So far, most research is conducted on artificial data. However, artificial data cannot always reflect the difficulty of real-world problems. To promote the research and application on real-world problems, we together with Huawei Noah’s Ark Lab organize the competition “EMO2021 HUAWEI Logistics Competition” at the 11th International Conference on Evolutionary Multi-Criterion Optimization (EMO 2021). The competition uses the dataset generated from real business scenarios of Huawei Technologies Ltd.

Fig. Illustration of the MOCO problem of the competition

Huawei is a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. Every year, Huawei ships a lot of cargoes to all parts of the world, most of them are loaded and transported in containers. In this competition, the delivery of each order is formulated as a MOCO problem. As shown in Figure 1, it involves multiple-pickup-points and single-delivery-point, many types of cargoes (e.g., cartons, crates, pallets, wooden shafts, etc.), multiple kinds of vehicles with containers, and various routes to the port or airport. The two objectives of the MOCO problem are to maximize the loading rate as well as to minimize the traveling distance under specific constraints and requirements. It should be noted that each order corresponds to one MOCO problem, and the orders are independent of each other. And the cargoes at one pickup point may exceed a single vehicle’s capacity. In this case, multiple vehicles must be adopted.

The competition consists of two tracks. Track 1 aims to examine the participants’ ability in algorithm design. The algorithm performance will be compared under a given number of function evaluations and a given running time. Track 2 investigates the participants’ comprehensive ability in both algorithm design and engineering implementation. The algorithm performance will be compared under a given running time only. The winners will be awarded cash prizes and trophies, i.e., Track 1: 1st Prize: 5000$, 2nd Prize: 3000$, 3rd Prize: 2000$ and Track 2: 1st Prize: 5000$. The winners are required to register and give spot-light talks at EMO 2021.

The competition is still in preparation, and the tentative schedule is as follows:

Early Oct., 2020: competition opens.

Mar 1, 2021: competition closes at 11:59 pm Pacific Time.

Mar 15, 2021: winning teams announced.

Mar 28, 2021: winners’ presentation

For more information, please contact Zhenkun Wang via furlogistics@huawei.com or wangzk3@sustech.edu.cn