TY - CHAP A1 - Vincent Tam A2 - K.T. Ma ED1 - Tonci Caric ED2 - Hrvoje Gold Y1 - 2008-09-01 PY - 2008 T1 - An Effective Search Framework Combining Meta-Heuristics to Solve the Vehicle Routing Problems with Time Windows N2 - The Vehicle Routing Problem (VRP) dates back to the end of the fifties of the last century when Dantzig and Ramser set the mathematical programming formulation and algorithmic approach to solve the problem of delivering gasoline to service stations. Since then the interest in VRP evolved from a small group of mathematicians to a broad range of researchers and practitioners from different disciplines who are involved in this field today. Nine chapters of this book present recent improvements, innovative ideas and concepts regarding the vehicle routing problem. It will be of interest to students, researchers and practitioners with knowledge of the main methods for the solution of the combinatorial optimization problems. BT - Vehicle Routing Problem SP - Ch. 3 UR - https://doi.org/10.5772/5638 DO - 10.5772/5638 SN - PB - IntechOpen CY - Rijeka Y2 - 2021-07-30 ER -