Thematic sessions

Session chair :

Abdelaziz Benantar, Mohamed Nezar Abourraja
Normandy University
Le Havre, France

Email:
a_benantar@yahoo.fr

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Vehicle routing and its applications
  • Drayage operations
  • Pre-and end-haulage
  • Container rail/barge transport
  • Intra-port container transport
  • Automated Guided Vehicles in Ports

The emergence of intermodal freight transportation which involves different actors in a single transportation chain provides cheaper, faster and safer transport of cargo all over the world. With these merits, intermodal freight transportation has witnessed a drastic growth in the last decades and this trend is expected to continue. In a broad sense, the intermodal freight transportation consists of organizing the transport of goods in standardized loading units called Intermodal Transport Units or ITUs (containers, swap bodies, etc.) by using at least two transportation modes (rail, road, and water) in a single transportation chain.

In this context, several variants of core problems such as vehicle routing, drayage operations, and intermodal freight transportation remain formidably challenging to solve for the operations research community and, for most of them, efficient solutions are still sought after by the industrials. One of the recent researches trends explore the possibility of combining optimization and simulation in innovative ways to improve the quality of the proposed solutions. Simulation and optimization can be applied iteratively or in an integrated fashion.

Our session focuses on the development of innovative solution methods that combine simulation and optimization to efficiently solve vehicle routing, drayage, and intermodal freight transportation problems. The proposed optimization approaches can be exact or heuristic.


Session chair :

Dalila Boudebous, Abdelhamid Benaini, Jaouad Boukachour
Le Havre Normandy University
France

Email:
jaouad.boukachour@univ-lehavre.fr

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Sophisticated planning systems
  • Optimization
  • Simulation
  • Cooperation issues
  • Technical infrastructure ICT/ITS
  • Physical infrastructure

The goal of the Special Session is to understand how synchromodality can be appropriately implemented in practice and to what degree it can improve the supply chain performance and service quality, particularly in the presence of uncertainty and disruption. Interest in synchromodality however only emerged recently and synchromodality is still complex to implement in real life situations. Wider acceptance and corroboration of the construct call for real life applications that are acutely lacking just now. This session will discuss key enablers for synchromodality, such as, close cooperation between stakeholders at different levels, awareness and mental shift, sufficient technical infrastructure ICT/ITS, sophisticated planning systems, attractive utilization of physical infrastructure.

This special session is clearly multi-disciplinary as it mixes at various levels knowledge in management (costs, decision making, governance, public management, stakeholders), mathematics and modelling as well as computer science (synchromodal platform)

This special session aims at identifying crucial research progress in Synchromodality Transport Systems. Scientists, researchers and engineers are invited to submit their current research related with Synchromodality: recent developments in theory, computational studies, optimization, information systems, simulation.









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