Minqi Li

Date of Graduation


Document Type


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Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources


Industrial and Managements Systems Engineering

Committee Chair

Feng Yang

Committee Co-Chair

Bhaskaran Gopalakrishnan

Committee Member

Wafik H Iskander

Committee Member

Majid Jaridi

Committee Member

Robert Mnatsakanov


Production planning is concerned with finding a release plan of jobs into the manufacturing system so that its actual outputs over time match the customer demand with the least cost. The biggest challenge of production planning lies in the difficulty to quantify the performance of a release plan, which is the necessary basis for plan optimization. Triggered by an input plan over a time horizon, the system outputs, work in process (WIP) and job departures, are non-stationary bivariate time series that interact with customer demand (another time series), resulting in the fulfillment/non-fulfillment of demand and in the holding cost of both WIP and finished-goods inventory. The relationship between a release plan and its resulting performance metrics (typically, mean/variance of the total cost and the demand fulfill rate is far from being adequately quantified in the existing literature of production planning. In this dissertation, a metamodel-based Monte Carlo simulation (MCS) method is developed to accurately capture the dynamic and stochastic behavior of a manufacturing system, and to allow for real-time evaluation of a release plan in terms of its performance metrics. This evaluation capability is embedded in a multi-objective optimization framework to enable the quick search of good (or optimum) release plans. The developed method has been applied to a scaled-down semiconductor fabrication system to demonstrate the quality of the metamodel-based MCS evaluation and the plan optimization results.