Robert N. Boute

KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB)

Naamsestraat 69

Leuven, B-3000

Belgium

Vlerick Business School - Operations & Technology Management Center

Belgium

SCHOLARLY PAPERS

23

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Scholarly Papers (23)

1.

Can Deep Reinforcement Learning Improve Inventory Management? Performance on Dual Sourcing, Lost Sales and Multi-Echelon Problems

Manufacturing & Service Operations Management
Number of pages: 35 Posted: 03 Jan 2019 Last Revised: 16 Nov 2021
ESADE Business School, KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB), Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management and Washington University in St. Louis - John M. Olin Business School
Downloads 3,799 (5,418)
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artificial intelligence, deep reinforcement learning, inventory control, dual sourcing, lost sales, multi-echelon

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AI in Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Number of pages: 18 Posted: 13 Jun 2021
Robert N. Boute and Maximiliano Udenio
KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB) and KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB)
Downloads 2,229 (12,708)
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Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence

Digital Operations: Autonomous Automation and the Smart Execution of Work

Management and Business Review, Vol 1, Issue 1, Winter 2021
Number of pages: 11 Posted: 17 Jun 2019 Last Revised: 10 Apr 2021
Robert N. Boute and Jan A. Van Mieghem
KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB) and Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management
Downloads 1,403 (25,647)
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digital, automation, autonomous, smart, machine learning, artificial intelligence, operations

Digital Operations: Autonomous Automation and the Smart Execution of Work

Management and Business Review, Vol. 1, No. 1, Winter 2021
Number of pages: 10 Posted: 02 Sep 2021
Robert N. Boute and Jan A. Van Mieghem
KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB) and Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management
Downloads 103 (477,268)
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Reward Shaping to Improve the Performance of Deep Reinforcement Learning in Perishable Inventory Management

European Journal of Operational Research, 301(2), 535-545
Number of pages: 27 Posted: 02 Apr 2021 Last Revised: 21 Sep 2022
Bram J. De Moor, Joren Gijsbrechts and Robert N. Boute
Research Center for Operations Management, KU Leuven, ESADE Business School and KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB)
Downloads 628 (80,279)
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Inventory, Perishable inventory management, Deep reinforcement learning, Reward shaping, Transfer learning

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Dual Sourcing and Smoothing Under Non-Stationary Demand Time Series: Re-Shoring with Speedfactories

Management Science
Number of pages: 45 Posted: 17 Mar 2018 Last Revised: 15 Dec 2020
KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB), Centre for Simulation, Analytics, and Modelling, The University of Exeter Business School, ESADE Business School and Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management
Downloads 557 (91,914)
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Inventory Management, Order Smoothing, Order-Up-To Policy, Auto-Regressive Demand, Integrated Moving Average Demand, Global Outsourcing, Dual Sourcing, Z−transform

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Forecasting Spare Part Demand with Installed Base Information: A Review

Number of pages: 35 Posted: 25 Jan 2018
Sarah Van der Auweraer, Robert N. Boute and A. A. Syntetos
KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB), KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB) and Cardiff University - Cardiff Business School
Downloads 352 (157,424)
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spare parts, demand forecasting, literature review, maintenance, installed base

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Digital Lean Operations: Smart Automation and Artificial Intelligence in Financial Services

Babich V, Birge J, Hilary G (eds) Innovative Technology at the interface of Finance and Operations. Springer Series in Supply Chain Management, Springer Nature, Forthcoming.
Number of pages: 14 Posted: 08 Jan 2021 Last Revised: 10 Mar 2021
Robert N. Boute, Joren Gijsbrechts and Jan A. Van Mieghem
KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB), ESADE Business School and Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management
Downloads 243 (230,876)
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Digital, Lean, Industry 4.0, autonomous, automation, financial, artificial intelligence

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Deep Reinforcement Learning for Inventory Control: A Roadmap

European Journal of Operational Research
Number of pages: 28 Posted: 08 Jun 2021 Last Revised: 24 Nov 2021
KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB), ESADE Business School, Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) and KU Leuven
Downloads 241 (232,778)
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inventory management, machine learning, reinforcement learning, neural networks

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Global Dual Sourcing and Order Smoothing: The Impact of Capacity and Leadtimes

Robert N. Boute, Jan A. Van Mieghem (2015) Global Dual Sourcing and Order Smoothing: The Impact of Capacity and Lead Times. Management Science 61(9):2080-2099. DOI: 10.1287/mnsc.2014.1992
Number of pages: 34 Posted: 28 Nov 2012 Last Revised: 07 Oct 2015
Robert N. Boute and Jan A. Van Mieghem
KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB) and Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management
Downloads 229 (244,485)
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sourcing, inventory, stochastic, smoothing, Lagrange's inversion series

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Platform Flexibility Strategies: R&D Investment versus Production Customization Tradeoff

European Journal of Operational Research, Forthcoming
Number of pages: 34 Posted: 27 May 2017 Last Revised: 30 Mar 2018
Catholic University of Lille - IESEG School of Management, KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB) and Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management
Downloads 168 (323,797)
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Product Development, Platform, Flexibility, Newsvendor Networks, Customization

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Supervised Learning for Integrated Forecasting and Inventory Control

Number of pages: 30 Posted: 14 Apr 2023 Last Revised: 14 Feb 2024
KU Leuven - Faculty of Economics and Business, KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB), KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB) and Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE)
Downloads 167 (325,458)

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Inventory, Forecasting, Supervised Learning, Custom Loss Function, Feature Information

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Coordinating Lead-Time and Safety Stock Decisions in a Two-Echelon Supply Chain with Autocorrelated Consumer Demand

Katholieke Universiteit Department of Decision Sciences and Information Management Working Paper No. 1009
Number of pages: 31 Posted: 05 Jun 2010
KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB), Centre for Simulation, Analytics, and Modelling, The University of Exeter Business School, KU Leuven, Research Center for Operations Management, Faculty of Economics and Business and University of Antwerp
Downloads 159 (339,416)
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Production/Inventory System, Supply Chain Coordination, Lead-Time/Safety Stock Interaction, Operations/Marketing Interface

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Volume Flexibility at Responsive Suppliers in Reshoring Decisions

Number of pages: 30 Posted: 11 Jun 2021 Last Revised: 10 Dec 2021
ESADE Business School, KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB), Centre for Simulation, Analytics, and Modelling, The University of Exeter Business School and Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management
Downloads 151 (354,304)
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Dual Sourcing, Flexibility, Reshoring, Optimal Policy, Modified Dual Base-Stock

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The Use of Continuous Action Representations to Scale Deep Reinforcement Learning for Inventory Control

Number of pages: 17 Posted: 20 Oct 2022 Last Revised: 30 Sep 2023
Nathalie Vanvuchelen, Bram J. De Moor and Robert N. Boute
affiliation not provided to SSRN, Research Center for Operations Management, KU Leuven and KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB)
Downloads 142 (372,192)
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Deep Reinforcement Learning, Inventory Management, Neural Networks

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Simplifying Tree-based Methods for Retail Sales Forecasting with Explanatory Variables

European Journal of Operational Research
Number of pages: 40 Posted: 23 Sep 2022 Last Revised: 10 Nov 2023
Arnoud P. Wellens, Robert N. Boute and Maximiliano Udenio
KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB), KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB) and KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB)
Downloads 140 (376,322)

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Forecasting, Global forecasting methods, Tree-based methods, Shapley values, Inventory simulation

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Optimal Robust Inventory Management with Volume Flexibility: Matching Capacity and Demand with the Lookahead Peak-Shaving Policy

Number of pages: 37 Posted: 11 Dec 2022 Last Revised: 27 Jul 2023
ESADE Business School, Eindhoven University of Technology, KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB) and Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management
Downloads 124 (413,450)

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Robust Optimization, Inventory, Peak Shaving, Flexibility

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Adaptive Multi-Armed Bandits for Non-Stationary Inventory Control

Number of pages: 31 Posted: 08 Dec 2023
Nele H. Amiri, Maximiliano Udenio and Robert N. Boute
KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB), KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB) and KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB)
Downloads 95 (500,148)

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Reinforcement Learning, Multi-Armed Bandits, inventory control, non-stationary demand

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Increased Bullwhip in Retail: A Side Effect of Improving Forecast Accuracy with More Data?

Number of pages: 7 Posted: 10 Jan 2023
Arnoud P. Wellens, Robert N. Boute and Maximiliano Udenio
KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB), KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB) and KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB)
Downloads 90 (517,645)

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Retail Forecasting, Inventory Simulation, Bullwhip effect

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Breaking Truck Dominance in Supply Chains: Proactive Freight Consolidation and Modal Split Transport

International Journal of Production Economics, 257, 108764, 10.1016/j.ijpe.2022.108764
Number of pages: 27 Posted: 03 May 2022 Last Revised: 06 Jan 2023
Bram J. De Moor, Stefan Creemers and Robert N. Boute
Research Center for Operations Management, KU Leuven, Catholic University of Lille - IESEG School of Management and KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB)
Downloads 90 (517,645)
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Horizontal collaboration, Multi-modal transportation, Joint replenishment, Dual sourcing, Sustainable supply chains

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Characterizing Order Processes of (s,S) and (r,nQ) Policies

KU Leuven - Faculty of Economics and Business Working Paper No. KBI_1309
Number of pages: 32 Posted: 05 Jun 2013
KU Leuven, KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB), KU Leuven, Research Center for Operations Management, Faculty of Economics and Business and University of Antwerp
Downloads 72 (590,258)
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Inventory policy, Batching, Bullwhip effect, Stochastic processes

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Inventory Management Under Various Maintenance Policies. A Numerical Study in Close Collaboration with an OEM

KU Leuven Faculty of Economics and Business, KBI_1628
Number of pages: 22 Posted: 23 Nov 2016
KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB), Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE), KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB) and KU Leuven, Research Center for Operations Management, Faculty of Economics and Business
Downloads 67 (613,421)
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servitisation, advance demand information, maintenance, condition-based maintenance, spare parts inventory management

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A Dynamic “Predict, then Optimize” Preventive Maintenance Approach Using Operational Intervention Data

European Journal of Operational Research
Number of pages: 31 Posted: 30 Jan 2022
Heletjé Van Staden, Laurens Deprez and Robert N. Boute
affiliation not provided to SSRN, affiliation not provided to SSRN and KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB)
Downloads 35 (809,983)

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maintenance, data-driven decision making, Markov decision process, data pooling

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Transfer Learning for Hierarchical Forecasting: Reducing Computational Efforts of M5 Winning Methods

International Journal of Forecasting, Forthcoming
Number of pages: 16 Posted: 29 Sep 2022
Arnoud P. Wellens, Maximiliano Udenio and Robert N. Boute
KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB), KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB) and KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB)
Downloads 30 (850,622)

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M5 Accuracy Competition, Computational Requirements, Transfer Learning, LightGBM, Hierarchical Forecasting