TSL Conference


INFORMS Transportation and Logistics Society

First Triennial Conference

Hosted at Loyola University Chicago

Chicago, Illinois, USA

July 26 – 29, 2017

The Transportation Science and Logistics Society Conference has been created to provide an opportunity for all members to gather on a triennial basis to present and to discuss the state-of-the-art in transportation science and logistics.  The conference welcomes abstracts on all transportation science and logistics topics including air transportation, facility logistics, freight transportation and logistics, intelligent transportation systems, and urban transportation planning and modeling.  Abstracts supporting the conference theme, MOBILITY 2020: Traffic, Transportation and Logistics in a Cyber Connected World, are highly encouraged.  Submissions focusing on innovation in transportation and logistics will receive special attention.


Abstract submission: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=tslconference2017

Abstracts should be 3-5 pages in length.  To ensure all presentations are of the highest quality, abstracts should highlight the main contributions of the research and include outcomes of computational studies, if applicable.

Dates of interest:

  • Abstract submission deadline (extended): 1/5/2017 
  • Notification of acceptance: 3/5/2017
  • Deadline for early registration: 4/15/2017
  • Conference: 7/26/2017-7/29/2017


Registration is now open!  You may register at https://online.informs.org/informsssa/evtssareg.custid?p_event_id=1215 or by submitting this form via email or mail: Conference Registration Form

All attendees, including session chairs and speakers, must register and pay the registration fee. Each presentation must be accompanied by at least one regular (non-student) registration.  

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be in writing, received no later than July 14, 2017 for a refund less a $50 processing fee. After July 14, 2017 no refunds will be issued.

If you need an official invitation letter for travel or reimbursement purposes, please send your request to Maciek Nowak at mnowak4@luc.edu.

Early Bird Registration (before 4/15/2017): $375
Regular Registration: $425
On-site Registration: $500
Student Registration (does not include welcome reception or conference dinner): $150
Guest Registration (welcome reception and conference dinner): $200

Non-TSL members add $30 to each registration above.

Some registration scholarships will be available for PhD students.

The goal is to keep the conference small enough for deep interactions and large enough to accommodate the TSL Society's wide interests.  With this in mind, there may be at most one paper presentation per registered presenter. 


Program:  The program with schedule and short abstracts may be found here: Tentative Program.   In addition, the program will feature two plenary speakers:

Thursday, July 27, 11:00 AM: Transportation Optimization – Experiences from the Field: Dr. Kimberly Ross, Vice President, Research & Development, Science, Manhattan Associates - Abstract and Bio

Friday, July 28, 11:00 AMProviding Reliable Transportation at Uber: Dr. Peter Frazier, Staff Data Scientist and Data Science Manager, Uber - Abstract and Bio

Social agenda: In addition to a broad look at the future of transportation, this workshop will provide numerous opportunities to network with colleagues and establish new working relationships. 

A welcome reception overlooking downtown Chicago will start the event on Wednesday evening. The welcome reception is open to all registrants and has been generously sponsored by APICS.  


APICS is the premier professional association for supply chain management and the leading provider of research, education and certification programs that elevate supply chain excellence, innovation and resilience. The APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM), APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), APICS Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD) and APICS Supply Chain Operations Reference Professional (SCOR-P) designations set the industry standard. With over 45,000 members, over 130,000 certified professionals, and approximately 300 channel partners internationally, APICS is transforming the way people do business, drive growth and reach global customers. APICS is dedicated to building greater awareness of the supply chain profession and develops lifelong learning content to ensure that the number and quality of students and professionals meets industry's needs.

For more information, visit apics.org.


On Friday evening, we will adjourn for dinner at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, with an opportunity to explore the collection prior to and after dinner.  This reception is open to all those who submitted a regular (non-student) registration.  

Lunches will be provided on site each day of the conference. 


LodgingThe conference hotel will be the Cambria Chicago Magnificent Mile, located just off of Michigan Avenue in the heart of downtown Chicago (https://www.choicehotels.com/illinois/chicago/cambria-hotels/il521).  A special conference rate is available by using the following link: https://www.choicehotels.com/reservations/groups/ZX7CS3.  Our block for Saturday night has been filled.  You will not be able to make a reservation using this link if you include Saturday.  Please make a reservation for any other nights you would like and reserve Saturday separately via the hotel's general site.  You may also add Saturday night to your reservation by contacting the hotel at Reservations@cambriachicago.com.  If you plan to arrive on Tuesday, July 25 and would like to book at the same rate at this hotel, please contact Maciek Nowak (mnowak4@luc.edu).  


Venue: The conference will be held on Loyola’s Water Tower Campus, located along Pearson Street, just off North Michigan Avenue, Chicago’s famed “Magnificent Mile. The Water Tower Campus derives its name from the famous Chicago Water Tower, which survived the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. The campus sits in the shadow of the iconic John Hancock Center. Other nearby architectural landmarks are the Tribune Tower, the Wrigley Building, the Trump Tower, and the site of Fort Dearborn, around which the city of Chicago was founded. Holy Name Cathedral and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago are located just south of campus, across Chicago Avenue. Cultural points of interest include the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Newberry Library, and Navy Pier. In addition to the unparalleled shopping on Michigan Avenue, the Water Tower Campus is also within a few minutes’ walk of numerous dining and entertainment options


Organizing Committee: 

Pitu Mirchandani, Chair – Arizona State University
Maciek Nowak, Local Chair – Loyola University Chicago
Mike Ball – University of Maryland
Mike Hewitt – Loyola University Chicago
Warren Powell – Princeton University
Barry Thomas – University of Iowa


Scientific Committee: 

Nicole Adler

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Niels Agatz

Erasmus University

Hillel Bar-Gera

Ben Gurion University

Rajan Batta

University of Buffalo

Michel Bierlaire

École Polytechnique Fédérale de


Steve Boyles

University of Texas

Ann Campbell

University of Iowa

Marielle Christiansen

Norwegian University of Science and


Jean-Francois Cordeau

HEC Montreal

Francesco Corman

TU Delft

Theo Crainic

Université du Québec à Montréal

Mark Daskin

University of Michigan

Maged Dessouky

University of Southern California

Irina Dolinskaya

National Science Foundation

Jan Ehmke

Free University of Berlin

Alan Erera

Georgia Tech

Ozlem Ergun

Northeastern University

Yueyue Fan

UC Davis

Song Gao

University of Massachusetts

Michel Gendreau

École Polytechnique de Montréal

Bernard Gendron

Université de Montréal

Monica Gentili

University of Louisville

Ricardo Giesen

Pontifical Catholic University Chile

Bruce Golden

University of Maryland

Kevin Gue

University of Louisville

Geir Hasle


Andreas Hegyi

TU Delft

Mark Hickman

University of Queensland

Serge Hoogendoorn

TU Delft

Bogumil Kaminski

Warsaw School of Economics

Natalia Kliewer

Free University of Berlin

Martine Labbe

Université libre de Bruxelles

Gilbert Laporte

HEC Montreal

Janny Leung

Chinese University of Hong Kong

Ronghui Liu

University of Leeds

Hong Lo

Hong Kong University of Science and


Yingyan Lou

Arizona State University

David Lovell

University of Maryland

Guglielmo Lulli

Lancaster University

Hani Mahmassani

Northwestern University

Lavanya Marla

University of Illinois

Dirk Mattfeld

Braunschweig University of Technology

Elise Miller-Hooks

University of Maryland

Juan Carlos Munoz

Pontifical Catholic University Chile

Marco Nie

Northwestern University

Otto Anker Nielsen

Technical University of Denmark

Amedeo Odoni


Carolina Osorio


Yanfeng Ouyang

University of Illinois

Dario Pacciarelli

Roma Tre University

Dario Pacino

Technical University of Denmark

Markos Papageorgiou

Technical University of Crete

Sophie Parragh

University of Vienna

Carlo Prato

University of Queensland

Harilaos Psaraftis

Technical University of Denmark

Martin Savelsbergh

Georgia Tech

Anita Schöbel

University of Göttingen

Karen Smilowitz

Northwestern University

Larry Snyder

Lehigh University

Senay Solak

University of Massachusetts

Grazia Speranza

University of Brescia

Alejandro Toriello

Georgia Tech

Satish Ukkusuri

Purdue University

Halit Uster

Southern Methodist University

Hans Van Lint

TU Delft

Tom Van Woensel

Eindhoven University of Technology

Francesco Viti

University of Luxembourg

Stefan Voss

University of Hamburg

Thomas Vossen

University of Colorado

Stein Wallace

Norwegian School of Economics

S. Travis Waller

University of New South Wales

Chip White

Georgia Tech

Hai Yang

Hong Kong University of Science and


Yafeng Yin

University of Florida

Lei Zhao

Tsinghua University

Xuesong Zhou

Arizona State University