Today, around 55% of the world's population lives in an urban area or city, and that figure is expected to rise to 70% over the coming decades. Rapid developments of city infrastructure and technologies--mobile location tracking and computing, autonomous and connected vehicles, wearable devices, robotics and robots, smart appliances, biometric authentication, various IoT devices, and smart monitoring systems, to name a few--are creating numerous opportunities and inspiring innovative and emerging urban services.
Among these innovations, complex systems of urban transportation and logistics have embraced advances in technologies and have been reshaped significantly. For example, on-demand transportation that uses a shared fleet has disrupted and improved many traditional transportation and logistics systems. In addition, the advances in transportation and logistics services enable innovative new urban services, such as food and fresh grocery delivery, which are now booming and changing everyday life for urban residents.
Novel challenges and opportunities arise in these transportation/logistics systems and relevant transportation-enabled urban services. This special issue of Service Science (https://pubsonline.informs.org/journal/serv) is devoted to enhancing our understanding of the planning, operation, and management of such services. Contributions are expected to demonstrate rigorous model development, economic/econometric analysis, and decision-making tools based on optimization and/or data-driven approaches. Topics of interest are aligned in two streams:
Stream 1: Innovation in traditional urban transportation/logistics systems. Potential topics include (but are not limited to):
Stream 2: Innovation in transportation-enabled urban services. Potential topics include (but are not limited to):
Guest EditorsNiels Agatz, Erasmus University (email@example.com)Soo-Haeng Cho, Carnegie Mellon University (firstname.lastname@example.org)Hai Wang, Singapore Management University (email@example.com)
Editor-In-ChiefSaif Benjaafar, University of Minnesota (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Submission Process and Timing
All submissions should be submitted via Service Science online submission system: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/serv. All submissions will be subject to the journal's standard peer review process. Criteria for acceptance include originality, contribution, and scientific merit. For submission guidelines, please visit the journal's home page to learn more: https://pubsonline.informs.org/page/serv/submission-guidelines.
The estimated times for the steps of this special issue are as follows:
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