The Transportation and Logistics Society (TSL) is a subdivision of INFORMS. You can join TSL by joining INFORMS and checking TSL as your subdivision of choice. More details on how to become a member of INFORMS (for new members) or how to join the TSL Society (for existing members) can be found here.
One of the core benefits of an INFORMS/TSL membership is the access to mailing lists that distribute international information on opportunities in the field of transportation and logistics research. We maintain two mailing lists:
TSL supports member-to-member communication through INFORMS Connect. If you are an INFORMS/TSL member, to post a message to this list, you can do the following:
- Go to http://connect.informs.org/home
- Click on the ‘Sign In’ button at the top right and log in with your INFORMS username and password
- Click on ‘Communities’ on the blue bar at the top, then ‘My Communities’
- Click on ‘Transportation Science and Logistics Society’, which should appear on this page
- Now you are on the main community page for this section. From here, you can go into the Discussion area to post messages, share documents in the Library area, etc.
- To post a new message, click on the 'Post a Message’ button in the discussion box, or click on the Discussion tab, then the ‘Post to this Discussion' button.
TSL also understands the need to facilitate communication between all parties interested in transportation science and logistics topics. We currently support that communication through our LinkedIn group, which can be accessed here: TSL LinkedIn group. Note you will need to join this group. Everybody can follow us on Twitter.
There is also a Google group to which messages can be posted by non-TSL members. To post, simply send an email to <email@example.com>. To become a member, you need to create a Gmail account and register by going to https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/tsl-society. If you do not have a Gmail account, please contact Maciek Nowak (firstname.lastname@example.org), who will add you to the mailing list.
Special Interest Groups
TSL is organized by a number of special interest groups (SIGS) to promote activities within major areas of application of transportation research. Below are brief descriptions of the SIGs and the current chair. Please feel free to contact them for additional information. Each SIG has its own email list. Anyone may join any of the SIGS.
Freight Transportation and Logistics
The evolution of efficient freight transportation networks has had an immeasurable effect on our standard of living by allowing the best suppliers in the world to meet consumer demands. The SIG for freight transportation and logistics encompasses problems in trucking, rail, shipping, air cargo and all aspects of intermodal transportation. Active research spans planning and real-time control, pricing, demand management, risk analysis and the design of information networks to support these operations.
Urban Transportation Planning and Modeling
Urban transportation models focus primarily on predicting level of service in networks subject to congestion. This objective has many constituent sub-problems, and is part of more expansive urban and regional modeling activities intended to improve decision making for public transit, infrastructure investments, goods movement, facility location, and similar applications. Computational and algorithmic improvements have permitted the problem domain to expand rapidly in recent years to encompass extensions related to areas as diverse as dynamic traffic assignment, risks from natural and man-made hazards, pricing, intelligent transportation systems and control, and land use/transport interactions.
Facility Logistics encompasses facility design and internal logistics for manufacturing, distribution, and service facilities. Research topics in this area include both design and operational aspects of material and information flow within facilities to improve productivity and performance. Specific topics include facility layout, material handling, storage/retrieval systems, warehousing and order fulfillment, sensor deployment, and inventory tracking and control.
Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)
Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) includes fields of research related to analyzing the impact of communication devices and infrastructure on the transportation system. To this aim, the SIG addresses fields including, but not limited to, dynamic traffic assignment, traffic flow, the impact of uncertainty and information on traffic systems, real-time optimization, and relevant variations of routing algorithms (dynamic, stochastic, online, etc).
The Air Transportation SIG promotes the exchange of ideas, research, and accomplishments in aviation. We focus in areas including, but not limited to, the planning and operation of airports and airline companies, air traffic control, financial, economic and policy analysis, human factors, and the future of aviation.
TSL maintains open discussion forums on Linkedin and presents recent news on Twitter.