TSL Workshop 2014

3rd INFORMS Transportation Science and Logistics Society Workshop

Loyola University, Chicago, IL

June 30-July 2, 2014

Handling uncertainty in planning logistics and transportation systems

The 3rd TSL Society Workshop will take place June 30-July 2, 2014, on Loyola University's campus in downtown Chicago. This year the topic of the workshop is "Handling uncertainty in planning logistics and transportation systems."

Researchers have long recognized the practical importance of incorporating uncertainty into planning models for logistics and transportation systems. Now, with advances in computational tools and techniques for solving such models, more and more researchers are building and solving them. Similarly, the rise of “big data” provides opportunities to better understand and estimate the degree of uncertainty in many transportation problems.

The 2014 TSL Workshop will consist of talks focused on recognizing uncertainty in planning logistics and transportation systems. We believe this workshop will establish the landscape for the state-of-the-art in this research area and guide researchers in their future efforts.

The workshop will include talks related to novel applications as well as innovative and effective solution techniques. In addition, the workshop will feature talks that focus on how uncertainty is modeled and how it impacts the plans organizations should execute. Finally, we also anticipate talks that focus on resiliency issues, including how one integrates them into planning models and processes and how one recovers from undesired events.

We plan to have a special issue of a premiere transportation journal focused on talks presented at the workshop.

Abstract submission:


Abstracts should be no more than two pages in length.

Dates of interest:

  • Abstract submission deadline: 12/15/2013
  • Notification of acceptance: 2/1/2014
  • Deadline for early registration: 4/1/2014
  • Conference: 6/30/2014-7/2/2014


Early Bird Registration (before 4/1/2014): $375
Regular Registration: $425
On-site Registration: $500
Student Registration (does not include welcome reception, boat tour or conference dinner): $150
Guest Registration (welcome reception, boat tour and conference dinner): $200

Non-TSL members add $25 to each registration above.

Registration can be done on-line at  this page. A PDF of the registration form can be found here: 

Organizing Committee

Mike Hewitt (co-chair), Loyola University Chicago
Maciek Nowak (co-chair), Loyola University Chicago
Theo Crainic, Universite du Quebec a Montreal

Plenary speakers:

John Birge - Jerry W. and Carol Lee Levin Professor of Operations Management, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Warren Powell – Professor, Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering, Princeton University

Social agenda:
In addition to a focused look at uncertainty in 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 Sunday evening.  On Tuesday, we will end the day a little early to go for a boat tour along the Chicago River, enjoying some spectacular scenery while learning about the renowned Chicago architecture.  After the tour, we will adjourn for dinner at the top of the John Hancock Center, one of the most iconic skyscrapers in the world.

Lunches will be provided on site each day of the conference. A detailed program can be found here.

There will be a special issue of Transportation Science inspired by the workshop. A Call for Papers can be found here.

Lodging: There is a conference rate at the MileNorth hotel. Reservations can be made  here. Note the group code of INFORMS. We suggest all attendees book their lodgings soon as summer is a very popular time for tourists in Chicago.

Water Tower Campus, Loyola’s downtown campus since 1946, is 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. It sits in the shadow of the iconic John Hancock Center. Other nearby architectural landmarks include the Tribune Tower, the Wrigley Building, the Trump Tower, and the site of Fort Dearborn, around which the city was founded. Holy Name Cathedral and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago are located just south of campus, across Chicago Avenue.

In addition to the unparalleled shopping on Michigan Avenue, the Water Tower Campus also offers numerous dining and entertainment options. Cultural points of interest include the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Newberry Library, and Navy Pier.

You can read more about the cultural attractions in Chicago here.

Scientific Committee:

Mike Ball

University of Maryland

Ann Campbell

University of Iowa

Angel Corberan

Universidad de Valencia

Alan Erera

Georgia Tech

Yueyue Fan

UC Davis

Michel Gendreau

Polytechnique Montreal and CIRRELT

Ricardo Giesen

Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

Bruce Golden

University of Maryland

Patrick  Jaillet


Gilbert Laporte

HEC Montreal and CIRRELT

Janny Leung

Chinese University of Hong Kong

Warren Powell

Princeton University

Walter Rei

Université du Québec à Montréal and CIRRELT

Martin Savelsbergh

Newcastle University

Karen Smilowitz

Northwestern University

M. Grazia Speranza

Università degli Studi di Brescia 

Barrett Thomas

University of Iowa

Daniele Vigo

Università di Bologna

Stein Wallace

Norwegian School of Economics

Travis Waller

University of New South Wales