Control-relevant demand forecasting for management of a production-inventory system

Jay D. Schwartz, Manuel R. Arahal, Daniel Rivera

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Forecasting highly uncertain demand signals is an important component for successfully managing inventory. We present a control-relevant approach to the problem that tailors a forecasting model to its end-use purpose, which is to provide forecast signals to a tactical inventory management policy based on Model Predictive Control (MPC). The success of the method hinges on a control-relevant prefiltering operation that emphasizes goodness-of-fit in the frequency band most important for achieving desired levels of closed-loop performance. A multi-objective formulation is presented that allows the supply chain planner to generate demand forecasts that minimize inventory deviation, starts change variance, or their weighted combination when incorporated in an MPC decision policy. The benefits obtained from this procedure are demonstrated on a case study where the estimated demand model is based on a AutoRegressive (AR) process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2008 American Control Conference, ACC
Number of pages6
StatePublished - Sep 30 2008
Event2008 American Control Conference, ACC - Seattle, WA, United States
Duration: Jun 11 2008Jun 13 2008

Publication series

NameProceedings of the American Control Conference
ISSN (Print)0743-1619


Other2008 American Control Conference, ACC
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySeattle, WA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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