Deep Reinforcement Learning to Optimize the Supply Chain

Background
Optimizing the entire supply chain (SC) performance is becoming more and more difficult as the scale and structure of the SC become larger and more complicated. The multi-agent-system (MAS) architecture for supply chain management (SCM) has been regarded as a desired system model to optimize the complex SC performance. To develop such MAS model for SCM, it is required to design agent policies.
We are by that looking into possible applications of using deep reinforcement learning (RL) technologies to solve this problem and we believe that there will be a good added value to collaborate with universities on this matter.
Thesis questions and expected outcome
We would like the students to study of current optimization solutions for Volvo aftermarket supply chain and develop a multi-agent RL model for optimizing the supply chain performance to enable different agents to find corresponding optimal policies.
The students would review different deep reinforcement learning technologies that could be applicable and the impact on the process and the feasibility of implementation.
As output we would like to have a proof of concept showing the possible impact on current process quality and performance.
Student profile and application
Master students in Logistics and/or Computer Science, or similar fields.
For further information, please contact:
Name: Thomas Nordensköld
Dept: Manager Advanced Analytics Europe
E-mail: Thomas.nordenskjold@volvo.com
Mentors
Debbie Lau – Demand & Inventory Planner
Baochang Wang – Data Scientist

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The Volvo Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment and marine and industrial engines under the leading brands Volvo, Renault Trucks, Mack, UD Trucks, Eicher, SDLG, Terex Trucks, Prevost, Nova Bus, UD Bus and Volvo Penta.

Volvo Group Trucks Operations encompasses all production of the Group’s engines and transmissions, as well as all production of Volvo, Renault and Mack trucks. The organization is responsible for spare parts supplies to the Group's customers as well as for designing, operating and optimizing logistics and supply chain for all brands, production facilities and distribution centers where the Volvo Group operates. In Volvo Group Trucks Operations you will be part of a diverse team of highly skilled professionals who work with passion, trust and embrace change to stay ahead. We make our customers win.

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