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.


Session chair :

  • Adnen EL-AMRAOU

    University Artois, LGI2A
    France

  • Btissam DKHISSI

    University Abdelmalek Essaadi, Lab. MOSIL, ENSA de Tétouan
    Morocco

Email:
adnen.elamraoui@univ-artois.fr

b.dkhissi@uae.ac.ma

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

  • Technical issues:
    • Stochastic Programming
    • Evolutionary Algorithms
    • Agent Based Modelling
    • Artificial Neural Networks
    • Fuzzy Logic
    • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Transport and logistics issues:
    • Port Management
    • Supply Chain Optimization
    • Transportation Planning
    • Healthcare Systems Scheduling
    • Multi-Source Energy Systems Planning
    • Industrie 4.0 or Industry of the future

"Smart process management" stands for process that integrate digital technology. This is not the future but our present. Our everyday life is more and more experiencing and adopting new devices/things that have computation capabilities that can provide us with smart and/or intelligent support. This is the case for almost all the different scenarios for human societies. One of such scenarios is the transport and logistics field.

The motivation behind “Smart process management” is to develop process management featuring higher agility, configurability, robustness and responsiveness while also ensuring the maintainability and sustainability of the processes, service and/or product.

The smart and/or intelligent support for achieving systems with these ambitious objectives is coming from the computation capabilities that the devices/things in the process environment provide.

The purpose of this special session is to bring together the researchers from smart process management as well as transport and logistics sciences to set up visions on how state-of-art digital technology techniques and computational intelligence can be and are used for solving transport and logistics scheduling problems, and how transport and logistics scientists can contribute in promoting new applications with computational intelligence.


Session chair :

  • Btissam DKHISSI

    University Abdelmalek Essaadi, Lab. MOSIL, ENSA de Tétouan
    Morocco

  • Adnen EL-AMRAOU

    University Artois, LGI2A
    France

Email:
b.dkhissi@uae.ac.ma

adnen.elamraoui@univ-artois.fr

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

  • Optimization
  • Simulation
  • Stochastic hospital management
  • Resource planning
  • Vehicle routing problem

The hospital and pharmaceutical systems has become a great challenge for many countries due to the, increasing of population density and the increasing of healthcare complexity of service systems. So, these systems are daily confronted with many problems related to organization and planning. Indeed, Hospital staff, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers have a common objective which is: serve the patient with the right product, in the right place, at the right time and in the best conditions. This necessitates the use of techniques of modeling, simulation and optimization of processes. This session aims to share the different works of the researchers in this axis, especially researchs dealing with the static and stochastic (under uncertainty) aspect of the problems such as: drug distribution, drug storage, Resource planning, waste collection and recycling, patient flow from the emergency department to hospital inpatient zones…









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