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Gilbert Laporte, honorary professor at HEC Montreal and former editor of Transportation Science, has received the prestigious Killam prize by the Canada Council for the Arts in the Engineering domain. The prize has been awarded for his long-standing contribution to the development of analytical tools and algorithms that have made an outstanding contribution to engineering research.  Further information is available from the Canada Council .  As a TSL community, we congratulate Gilbert Laporte to this great achievement!
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Like many other industries, maritime logistics is more and more driven by optimization and analytics to make the best out of the wealth of data that is generated through modern technologies. This opens up lots of research questions in areas such as the operations management of autonomous ships and port equipment, a better understanding of markets through the analysis of demands and price data, new forms of collaborations and many more. Emerging innovations can support all kinds of actors from the maritime logistics industry in making better decisions, reaching higher levels of performance, becoming more sustainable and, eventually, improving their competitiveness. ...
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Sven Mueller and Knut Haase organize a 4-day online PhD course on Choice-Based Optimization. You can find further information (course content, registration, fees) here: https://vhbonline.org/en/veranstaltungen/prodok/kurse-2021/2107ms09
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The INFORMS TSL workshop 2021 will take place online on July 19-20, 2021 . The theme of this TSL workshop is Interaction in Transport and Logistics . This theme captures the two main goals: 1) It refers to the main purpose of the workshop, interaction within our community. Especially given that the workshop is online, and social distancing is our everyday norm, this is an important design pillar for planning the workshop. 2) The focus of the theme is on the interaction between supply and demand, i.e., the interaction between providers and users of transport. Important dates : Abstract submission deadline: May 10 th 2021 Acceptance ...
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Hello, TSL Society! After a year that was full of challenges for all of us, I would first like to wish you a happy new year and hope that you find yourself and those you care about in good health. I am excited to take on the role of TSL President, as I consider it to be my academic home. TSL has provided me with many opportunities over the course of my career to develop relationships that I have enjoyed and benefited from both personally and professionally. I hope during my year as president to create an environment that provides similar opportunities to current and future TSL members. I would like to thank Ann Campbell both for her past service as 2020 TSL ...
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The 2020 INFORMS Annual Meeting, for the very first time, took place in virtual form. It included 36 TSL-sponsored sessions that had been pre-recorded. This was compared to 61 sessions in 2019 and 58 sessions in 2018. Due to the special circumstances, no Plenary session was organized. Special thanks go out to the cluster chair Joseph Chow (NYU) and vice chair Neda Masoud (UMich) as well to the SIG chairs and vice-chairs Sandra Eksioglu, Sasha Dong, Changhyun Kwon, Samitha Samaranayake, Debjit Roy, Jennifer Pazour, Qing He, Terry Yang, Andrew Churchill and Lavanya Marla. During the business meeting, we congratulated the new TSL officers for 2021: president-elect ...
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The balance of TSL budget is stable, with projected funds of approximately $71,602 at the end of 2020. This is a somewhat lower value than 2017-2019 but exceeds all funds from before 2016. TSL Finances: Trend The COVID crisis has also affected our finances in 2020. It was a very unusual year in that some increases in expenses were planned, but the virtual conference led to expense savings. At the same time, we experienced dramatic revenue losses, likely due to the pandemic. Yet, the long-term financial health of TSL is stable. TSL Finances: Expenses in 2020 TSL Finances: Revenue in 2020
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The pickup and delivery problem with time windows, multiple-stacks, and handling operations This travel grant enabled Marilène Cherkesly from  Université du Québec à Montréal   to visit Timo Gschwind at University Mainz . Project In this project, we introduced, modeled, and solved the pickup and delivery problem with time windows, multiple stacks, and handling operations (PDPTWMS-H). The PDPTWMS-H is a variant of the pickup and delivery problem with time windows which combines multiple stacks (respecting last-in-first-out loading policy) with the possibility of handling between stacks. Several handling policies (unloading and reloading of ...
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Dear TSL members and friends, the virtual INFORMS annual meeting is coming up, and I would like to highlight some events that may be of particular interest for TSL members and friends.  Note that all times are EST. TSL Business Meeting including Networking Session (Sunday, Nov 8, 4:00-5:30 pm, Zoom , Meeting ID: 952 8756 1547, Password: 5521) Meet colleagues and friends and get an overview of what is going on in the TSL society. Voting results as well as winners of the best thesis and best paper awards will be announced. The meeting is  OPEN TO ALL regardless if you have registered for the Annual Meeting or not. TSL Best Dissertation Session ...
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Dear TSL members and friends, The first ever virtual INFORMS annual meeting is coming up, and I want to give the details of our business meeting and networking event.  Please mark these times on your calendar! TSL Business Meeting   (Sunday, Nov 8, 4:00-5:00 pm EST, see Zoom link below) Voting results as well as winners of the best thesis and best paper awards will be announced. Get an overview on what is going on in the TSL society and with the Transportation Science journal.  Zoom link:   https://zoom.us/j/95287561547?pwd=QWFwT05tRzZJTHBOMm1VYWhOKzRBZz09 Meeting ID: 952 8756 1547 Meeting password: 5521 TSL Networking Event   (Sunday, ...
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Leveraging the TSL Doctoral Travel Grant for a Unique Research Experience For those of you who have not met me in the TSL community, my name is Michael Redmond. I recently finished my dissertation on reliable multi-modal transportation with lots of guidance from Professor Ann Campbell (University of Iowa) and Professor Jan Ehmke (University of Vienna) . Since joining TSL, one of the most insightful aspects of the community has been the added perspective from different transportation research groups that help progress the works of individual researchers from across the world. Michael and the Research Group at OVGU Magdeburg I had the privilege ...
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Martin Savelsbergh and Marlin Ulmer were awarded one of the TSL/VeRoLog Cross-Region Collaboration Grants in 2018. The grant funded part of Marlin’s stay at Georgia Tech from October 2018 to March 2019.  During that time, Martin and Marlin worked on Workforce Scheduling in the Era of Crowdsourced Delivery. The work was presented at last year’s TSL Workshop in Vienna and is now published in Transportation Science .  During that stay, they also prepared Marlin’s (now successful) proposal for a DFG Emmy Noether Grant which will enable long-term collaborations and repeated visits of Marlin and his PhD-students to Martin and colleagues at ISyE at Georgia Tech ...
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Dear TSL Society Members: Now is the time of year when we as a society elect a new slate of leaders. This message is to inform our society about the roles that we seek to fill this year as well as encourage nominations and self-nominations for those roles that will reflect the diversity of our society. We would like to affirm that all members are eligible for the board roles described below; no particular background or history of society service is required. Serving in one of these roles can provide a wonderful opportunity for a member to become more involved in our society and further develop their own professional networks. Every year, we elect a new  Vice ...
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The application window is open for TSL Cross Regional Grants .  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).  The grants and application process are described below, with one grant aimed at doctoral students to study abroad and the other more broadly focused at driving collaborative research.  The deadline for submission is August 3, 2020.  The awards will be announced at the TSL Business Meeting at INFORMS on November 9, 2020.  The selection committee is composed of the three International Liaisons ...
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Deadline: 28 August, 2020 The INFORMS Transportation Science and Logistics (TSL) Society requests proposals for the 2021 TSL Annual Workshop. As with previous workshops, TSL will be accepting proposals to host the workshop at “any” location. Considerations: Proposals should answer the following questions: Who will be the chair(s) of the conference? Who else will be involved in organizing the conference? When and where will the conference be held? Why is the chosen city an attractive location for a TSL Workshop? Notably, is the location accessible to a large number of participants and would they want to visit the location? What is the theme of the ...
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I’m excited to begin my term as President of TSL. I consider it quite an honor. TSL has been a big part of my academic career – from using the business meeting to nervously introduce myself to my heroes as a PhD student, to serving the society as clusterchair, on various committees, as secretary/treasurer, as a workshop organizer, and now in this role. I’m glad to have on the board numerous colleagues who have long been active TSL members, with considerable experience guiding the society. Thanks to the hard work of so many past and current officers I take on this role at a time when TSL is in great shape. Our financial situation is strong, and the Society is ...
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News and Notes Winter 2020

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Five CUTC student awards were announced in December 2019. Out of 62 submissions, the winners are: Parker P&P: Melissa Sather, UCLA; Pikarsky MS: Pragun Vinayak, The University of Texas at Austin; Pikarsky PhD: Cathy Wu, UC Berkeley; Wootan MS: Anne Brown, UCLA; Wootan PhD: Kyle Sorlie Titlow, University of Arizona. Congratulations! Dr. Carlos Daganzo (UC Berkeley) and Dr. Yanfeng Ouyang (University of Illinois) recently published a textbook on public transportation: Daganzo, C.F. and Ouyang, Y. Public Transportation Systems: Principles of System Design, Operations Planning and Real-Time Control. World Scientific Publishing Company, 2019. Harilaos ...
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