OptForceT: New Human Resource Optimization Methods

Period of Performance: 07/01/2003 - 05/02/2004


Phase 1 STTR

Recipient Firm

Opttek Systems, Inc.
2241 17th Street Array
Boulder, CO 80302
Principal Investigator
Firm POC

Research Institution

University of Mississippi
P.O. Box 1848
Coliseum Drive
University, MS 38677
Institution POC


The emerging HR environment in the Navy presents a variety of challenging problems that can be addressed with the aid of operations research methodologies. Optimization modeling and solution techniques along with simulation hold particular promise as modern approaches in this area. In this project we represent these challenges by presenting a significant human resource problem associated with DDX, and examine new solution methods including integer programming and metaheuristics. In developing these new methods for solving difficult optimization problems, we will seek to satisfy the following objectives: Determine performance criteria that include such attributes as efficiency, solution quality, and usability. Identify new methods for integer programming for solving large, complex planning problems Develop a metaheuristic approach capable of solving large, complex planning problems Perform a feasibility analysis comparing the proposed methodologies including pilot software demonstrating computational improvements on sample test problems. Establish and confirm a value proposition to assess satisfaction of customer requirements. Collect examples of real data to populate the software trials. Identify additional benefits revealed during implementation of research plan. Determine additional business plan and technical elements required for commercialization including analysis of uncertainty and use of simulation-based methodologies. Reduce Costs Improve Performance Understand, Communicate, and Manage Risk Commercial Application for Facilities Planning and Management: enhance scheduling minimize labor costs maximize operational performance reduce and manage risk