The INFORMS Transportation Science and Logistics (TSL) Society was formed in 2004 with the merger of the Transportation Science and Logistics Sections. The Aviation Applications Section became an affiliate of the Society in 2008 and all members of the Aviation Applications Section are also members of TSL.

The TSL Society provides INFORMS members with a sustained, specialized focus on these topics, including current and potential problems and contributions to their solution, and supports efforts to extend, unify, and integrate related branches of knowledge and practice. We encourage the education of students and the continuing education of practitioners. The Society is the editorial home of one of INFORMS’ flagship journals, Transportation Science. The Society includes five special interest groups: 

Air Transportation, Freight Transportation and Logistics, Urban Transportation Planning and Modeling, Facility Logistics, and Intelligent Transportation Systems.

The Transportation Science and Logistics Society include just under 1,000 members, almost half of whom are students. More are welcome.

Key TSL Events at INFORMS 2017 Annual meeting

Event Date Time Room Session
Robert Herman Lifetime Achievement Award  Tuesday, 10/24 10:30-12:00 PM 371A TB66-TSL Special Session (TSL Plenary)
Dissertation Award Tuesday, 10/24 2:00-3:30 PM 371A TD66-Best Dissertation
Best Paper Award Tuesday, 10/24 12:05-1:35 PM 371A TC66-Best Paper Session
Business meeting Monday, 10/23 6:15-7:15 PM Grand Ballroom A, Level 3


Message from Karen Smilowitz

Hello TSL members,

Thanks to the great work of TSL Conference Chairs Pitu Mirchandani and Maciek Nowak, and the Organizing Committee of Mike Ball, Mike Hewitt, Warren Powell, and Barry Thomas, the First Triennial TSL Conference in Chicago was a tremendous success.  We had a fantastic turnout here in Chicago last week from all over the work, and the quality of the presentations and plenaries were excellent.  With this success behind us, it's time to plan for the next conference...

Based on the 2015 TSL membership survey and the work of the TSL Board and Conference Organizing Committee, we have established the following statement of purpose for the triennial TSL Conference:

The purpose of the TSL Conference is to provide a regular and affordable conference in an easily accessible location in North America that serves the broad research interests of the transportation science and logistics community with an emphasis on promoting new and impactful areas of research.

With this statement in mind, we would like your input on (1) the extent to which the 2017 TSL conference achieved these goals and (2) ways in which we can further our success for future conferences.  Even if you did not attend the conference, please take a few minutes to give us your thoughts for future conferences.  Please complete the survey by Friday, September 15th.

TSL Conference Survey

Also, while I have your attention, don't forgot to send me nominations for the TSL Board.

Thank you,
Karen Smilowitz, TSL President

6th INFORMS Transportation Science and Logistics Society Workshop

“E-Commerce and Urban Logistics”

Hong Kong, January 8-10, 2018





Hang Seng Management College is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the 6th INFORMS Transportation Science and Logistics Society Workshop, E-Commerce and Urban Logistics. The Workshop will be held on January 8-10, 2018, hosted by the School of Decision Sciences at Hang Seng Management College in Hong Kong.

THEME OF THE WORKSHOP: E-Commerce and Urban Logistics

With the advent of Internet, social media and mobile phones, e-Commerce has been transformed, especially in China.  China has the most Internet shoppers in the world, leading the distant second (USA) by a wide margin. It has been identified that e-Commerce for individual shoppers must be accompanied by efficient logistics.  Reportedly, in 2015, the Alibaba Group's websites accounted for over 60% of the parcels delivered in China.  Every day, more than 30 million parcels are delivered through the Alibaba Group’s websites. At the same time, the transportation operations have a significant impact on the environment, due to the negative externalities generated, such as the increase of traffic and congestion, the energy consumption, visual, noise and air pollution. These problems tend to make urban logistics very expensive, inefficient and polluting. In this scenario, several stakeholders, such as companies operating in the Courier, Express and Parcel markets, as well as local administrations, have been ready to consider City Logistics projects to implement new business models or operations strategies that result in high efficiency, low cost, and low environmental impact.

Possible topics are (but not limited to):

  • business model developments in the world of e-Commerce, relevant for urban logistics

  • new business models that drive urban logistics, such as Online-to-offline (O2O), meal delivery, on-demand delivery, crowd sourcing

  • city logistics

  • green urban logistics

  • last mile problem

  • revenue management

  • e-Commerce and supply chain management

  • urban transportation

  • vehicle routing and scheduling


Please follow the instruction for submitting your abstract on our website http://tslworkshop2018.hsmc.edu.hk/main.php. Abstracts should be as complete as possible and not exceed two pages. All abstracts must be received electronically on or before August 1, 2017.

Scientific quality is the main criterion when reviewing the abstracts.  In addition, sessions involving practitioners will be given special consideration. Accepted abstracts will be printed in the Workshop Program. At least one of the authors must certify that he/she intends to register for and attend the workshop to present the paper if it is accepted. We plan to have a special issue of Transportation Science associated with the workshop.


  • Abstract submission deadline:  August 1, 2017

  • Notification of acceptance:       September 25, 2017

  • Deadline for early registration: November 10, 2017

  • Workshop:                              January 8 – 10, 2018


  • Early Bird TSL member:             HKD 2700 (USD 350)

  • Normal registration TSL members: HKD 3100 (USD 400)

  • On-site TSL member:                              HKD 3300 (USD 425)

  • Non-TSL Early bird:                     HKD 2900 (USD 375)

  • Non-TSL normal registration:      HKD 3300 (USD 425)

  • On-site non-TSL:                         HKD 3500 (USD 450)

  • Accompanying person (dinner and industrial visit): HKD 1000

  • Students:                                      HKD 1350. Does not cover any social events. 


TSL Cross-Region Grant Winners

After considerable deliberation, it is my pleasure to announce the winners of the first TSL Cross-Region Grants.  I would like to first recognize the valiant efforts of our panel of judges: Ángel Corberán (VeRoLog representative), Andres Medaglia Gonzalez (Central and South America Liaison), Lei Zhao (Asia, Australia and New Zealand Liaison) and Harilaos Psaraftis (Europe and Africa Liaison). Note that Ángel did not serve on the Doctoral Collaborative Grant panel as this was only funded by TSL, while I did not serve on that panel due to a conflict of interest.  As a reminder, these grants were created as part of our efforts to generate more collaboration across the four TSL regions (North America, Central and South America, Europe and Africa, and Asia, Australia and New Zealand) and with VeRoLog, which sponsored half of the Collaborative Grant.  These were very difficult decisions to make with excellent applicants for the Collaborative Grant (nine total) and for the Doctoral Grant (three total).  The winners of these grants are:

Cross-region Collaborative Grant ($2000 TSL/$2000 VeRoLog): “Dynamic Vehicle Routing: Multiple Scenario Planning in the Context of Stochastic Programming” - Yongjia Song, Marlin W. Ulmer, Barrett W. Thomas, and Stein W. Wallace.  

This submission proposes a new collaboration between two junior and two senior researchers who have all been active TSL members, with two of the researchers members of both VeRoLog and TSL.  As one panelist noted, the proposal promises to provide a “more in-depth understanding on the multiple scenario planning approach in dynamic VRP” and that the “stochastic programming perspective on the contradictions between the ‘observations’ from two streams of literature is interesting (and important) to our society.” Also, “the research team composed of two senior and two young and promising researchers from both fields of dynamic VRP and stochastic programming, reflect a good mixture of expertise in tackling the proposed topic.” This proposal was truly in the spirit of the grant in generating promising collaborative research across multiple boundaries. 

Cross-region Doctoral Grant ($2000 TSL): Rossana Cavagnini, University of Bergamo and University of Brescia, hosted by Mike Hewitt, Loyola University Chicago.

This submission proposes that the applicant will spend several months working with Mike Hewitt and her two advisors in Italy, Francesca Maggioni (University of Bergamo) and Luca Bertazzi (University of Brescia), on the lateral transshipment problem.  From the panel: “Research project on a transportation problem often seen in Supply Chain Management, wherein uncertainty in customer shipments and volumes is explicitly modeled.” “The activities are carefully planned and articulated with her thesis.” “Given the relevance of this problem to practice, they plan to develop materials based upon the research that can be disseminated to practitioners.” “The exchange has a truly international flavor tying two Italian Universities and Loyola in the US.”

This was truly a difficult decision with many excellent submissions highlighting the collaborative efforts in our field.  We hope that these grants continue to serve as a motivation for this collaborative research.  

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding these grants.

TSL Conference 

We will have our first conference at Loyola University Chicago in 2017 

Local Host: Maciek Nowak 

Organizing Committee: Pitu Mirchandani, Chair
Mike Ball
Michael Hewitt
Maciek Nowak
Warren Powell
Barry Thomas 

Details regarding the conference can be found here.


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