Program

The conference program, as well as the book of abstracts, can be found below [will be added later]. Note that all talks within the parallel sessions have a duration of 30 minutes including discussion. All presentations will be given live using the Zoom meetings [instructions will be added later]. The times shown are based on Central European Summer Time (time zones can be confusing, so just use the time zone of Amsterdam, The Netherlands). We decided to create a compact schedule with three parallel sessions to accommodate attendees from different time zones (such that, e.g., attendees from the US and Latin America can attend in the morning and attendees from China and Japan in the evening).

A high-level overview of the program can be found below.

Keynote speakers

Prof. dr. Iris Vis

Professor of Industrial Engineering
Faculty of Economics and Business
University of Groningen

Recent and future developments in Supply Chain Coordination

Logistics networks evolve more and more towards fully open and connected physical internet networks. Developments as the sharing economy, platform technology, and self-organizing concepts start to play a role in supply chains. In this presentation, the vision of the Physical Internet (PI) will be introduced in more detail and new interdisciplinary research ideas will be discussed.

In the second part of the presentation, several scientific insights will be shared related to various research projects on the concept of the physical internet. Specifically, results will be presented from the NWO/TKI Dinalog project ‘Towards Virtual Ports in a Physical Internet’ that aimed to develop models and tools to support ports and businesses in hinterland networks in their decision making related to participation in PI networks.

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Iris Vis is Dean of Industry Relations at the University of Groningen (RUG). In this function, she is responsible for initiating and maintaining sustainable cooperation of the University with businesses and non-profit organizations. She is also a professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business. Vis has a Master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Leiden and received her PhD at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Before joining the University of Groningen, she was an associate professor at the VU University Amsterdam. She was a visiting researcher at CIRRELT (Montreal / Quebec City, Canada), Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, USA) and Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, USA).

Prof. Manuel Iori

Professor of Operations Research
Department of Engineering Sciences and Methods
University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy)

Dynamic Optimization Algorithms for Same-Day Delivery Problems

In this talk, we will concentrate on dynamic vehicle routing problems where stochastic customers request urgent deliveries characterized by restricted time windows. The most important problem in this class is known as the same-day delivery problem and requires maximizing the number of served requests, breaking ties by minimizing traveled distance. The problem is of high importance because models several real-world applications, including the delivery of online purchases, and has received large attention in recent years.

After a general introduction on dynamic vehicle routing, we will present a set of dynamic solution approaches for the same-day delivery problem, ranging from simple reoptimization heuristics to sophisticated branch-and-regret ones in which sampled scenarios are used to anticipate decisions. We will also discuss how to embed adaptive large neighborhood search in the dynamic approaches to optimize the routing plans, and how to use consensus functions to select routing plans for implementation. The effectiveness of the methods in comparison with recent literature is proved by extensive experiments.

We will finally discuss ways to adapt the proposed methods to solve other dynamic problems that we are currently facing together with companies, as the routing of Automated Guided Vehicles within an industrial plant, and the transportation of patients within a hospital.

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Manuel Iori is a professor of Operations Research at the Department of Sciences and Methods of Engineering, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (UNIMORE), Italy. His research activity concerns the development of mathematical models and solution algorithms for operations research, combinatorial optimization and logistics, with applications in domains such as vehicle routing, bin packing, multi-dimensional cutting and packing, and machine scheduling.

He published more than 80 papers in international peer-reviewed journals, including Operations Research, Mathematical Programming and Transportation Science. He participates in the program committees of the conferences EURO, Odysseus, ICCL, GECCO, LAGOS and Matheuristics. He is a collaborating member of CIRRELT, in Canada, and spent research periods as visiting professor in universities in Brazil, Chile, France, Great Britain and Spain. He collaborates with companies for the solutions of real-world optimization problems, by designing and developing solution methods and decision support systems.

Dr. Leonard Heilig

Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) driveMybox GmbH
Institute of Information Systems, University of Hamburg

Digitalization in Maritime Logistics and the Role of Research

Digitalization is pushing the maritime industry beyond its traditional limits and provides many new opportunities to enhance the productivity, efficiency, and sustainability of logistics. In recent years, we have seen a lot of new real-world applications of digital technologies and platforms in the domain of maritime logistics, such as related to the internet of things (IoT), cloud computing, blockchain, smartphones, etc., combined with new business models. This talk will give an overview on opportunities and challenges coming along with the application of digital technologies, especially with respect to seaport and hinterland operations. In this context, examples will be presented and the role of research in the areas of operations research and data science will be discussed.

The second part of the presentation contains several scientific and practical insights from driveMybox, an innovative digital container trucking platform, which demonstrates a successful transition from research into practice. driveMybox is the first digital all-in-one platform that fully supports processes from the booking in a modern cloud-based platform to the execution using a trucker app, with optimization and machine learning approaches at its core and full transparency for customers. Opportunities for future research will be discussed in this context.

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Leonard Heilig is co-founder and CTO at driveMybox. In his role as CTO, he leads the technical development of the platform, optimization, AI and cloud infrastructure. He holds a B.Sc. (University of Münster, Germany) and a M.Sc. (University of Hamburg, Germany) in Information Systems and received his PhD at the University of Hamburg. He spent some time at the University of St Andrews (Scotland, UK) and at the Cloud Computing and Distributed Systems (CLOUDS) Laboratory at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He currently also works a guest lecturer at the University of Hamburg. In the last years he published more than 40 scientific articles and books in the areas of logistics and cloud computing, served as guest editor in several journals and worked as consultant in international logistics projects.