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Solution methods for a min-max facility location problem with regional customers considering closest Euclidean distances

Tural, Mustafa Kemal
We study a facility location problem where a single facility serves multiple customers each represented by a (possibly non-convex) region in the plane. The aim of the problem is to locate a single facility in the plane so that the maximum of the closest Euclidean distances between the facility and the customer regions is minimized. Assuming that each customer region is mixed-integer second order cone representable, we firstly give a mixed-integer second order cone programming formulation of the problem. Secondly, we consider a solution method based on the Minkowski sums of sets. Both of these solution methods are extended to the constrained case in which the facility is to be located on a (possibly non-convex) subset of the plane. Finally, these two methods are compared in terms of solution quality and time with extensive computational experiments.