Decision support system for feeding policy selection in production settings

Ana Huertas.

My research

My name is Ana Huertas and I'm a PhD student within the IPSI research school since September 2015. The current title of my research is: Decision support system for feeding policy selection in production settings. My research will focus on the development of a decision support system which will automatically select the feeding policy at a single component level and evaluate the impact brought by this decision when interacting with the production setting. The research is partially founded by Volvo Cars Corporation and it is developed in collaboration with them.

Basic Motivations

Competitiveness is highly important in automotive industry. Customers’ satisfaction is decisive and that has turned out in high vehicle customization. Customization implies for example that a vehicle model can include several types of engines; inferring in high engine model variety on the production systems.

Production lines balancing and ergonomic factors within assembly operations usually trigger unbalances on the logistics resources utilization. A proper feeding policy selection can palliate the impact of the unbalances generated by the assembly operations, improve the performance of the system and reduce cost. Selection among different policies is often done by following qualitative criteria which are influenced by product structure, operational constraints, company-specific practices and tradition. These inaccurate criteria make difficult for the stakeholders to make educated decisions. The decision support system is designed to cover this gap by generating quantitative information allowing to design, redesign or improve a logistic system based on facts.


The overall aim of this research is to develop a decision support system based on a new methodology of selecting the appropriate feeding policy for each component individually taking into account their own characteristics and quantitative performance factors.

Supervisors and Mentors

People directly involved in my research are:

  • Principal Supervisor: Ph.D. Anna Syberfeldt, University of Skövde
  • Primary Supervisor: Ph.D. Tehseen Aslam, University of Skövde
  • Primary Supervisor: Ph.D. Marcus Frantzén, University of Skövde
  • Industrial Mentor: Manager central logistic engineering: Mats Sjöström, Volvo Cars
  • Board of directors of IPSI

Contact info

Ana Huertas
Work: 05200-448513
Room: PA210T

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