THE GENETIC ALGORITHM APPLIED TO SPACE ALLOCATION PLANNING IN POT-PLANT NURSERIES
This article describes part of the results of a research project aimed at a Decision Support System (DSS) for space allocation planning in pot-plant nurseries. For visual support during the planning process a graphical user-interface has been developed. This enables the grower to design a space allocation plan all by himself. Due to the complexity of the problem, research is now aimed at mathematical support of the planning process. For this purpose a new heuristic technique, called the Genetic Algorithm (GA), has been applied. A general description of the technique is given, followed by some alternative methods to code the space allocation problem for a GA. The first results of some simple experiments seem promising, but further research is still needed.
Annevelink, E. and Broekmeulen, R.A.C.M. (1995). THE GENETIC ALGORITHM APPLIED TO SPACE ALLOCATION PLANNING IN POT-PLANT NURSERIES. Acta Hortic. 340, 141-148