TSL Workshop 2015

Freie Universität Berlin, Germany  July 6th – July 8th, 2015. Recent Advances in Urban Transportation through Optimization and Analytics

The 4th TSL Society Workshop will take place July 6-July 8, 2015, at the Harnack House, Freie Universität Berlin, in Berlin, Germany. This year the topic of the workshop is "Recent Advances in Urban Transportation through Optimization and Analytics."

There has been a significant body of research on making urban transportation more efficient and sustainable. Planning of urban transportation services is challenging due to the crowded traffic infrastructure, increasing customer expectations, and rules set by municipalities. In recent years, a vast amount of urban transportation data has become available, e.g., travel times and customer demand data. With this workshop, we aim at bringing together researchers from the often-distinct fields of urban transportation and analytics in order to discuss recent optimization approaches and how they can benefit from the increasing amount of detailed data. 

The 2015 TSL workshop will consist of talks dealing with recent applications of urban transportation such as home delivery planning, shared mobility services, environmental-friendly deliveries, and city logistics concepts in general. This includes state-of-the-art approaches from network design, dynamic and stochastic vehicle routing, and transportation planning. We are also interested in recent advances in the use of analytics for optimization of urban transportation, covering forecasting of customer demand, travel times and emissions, data aggregation, and how to include that information in state-of-the-art optimization techniques.

The program will feature a panel on "Challenges of Big Data in Urban Transportation Optimization”. The panel will be moderated by Bruce Golden and include a set of industry experts from different areas of urban transportation such as city logistics, public transport and shared mobility services.

Abstract Submission

Find the call for abstracts here: 

Abstracts should be no more than two pages in length. We plan to have a special issue of a premiere transportation journal focused on talks presented at the workshop.

Please submit your abstract here: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=informstslws2015

There will be a special issue of Transportation Science associated with this year's TSL workshop.

Scientific Program

The preliminary program including a list of all scheduled presentations is available here:

The Book of Abstracts is available here: 

Dates of Interest

·  Abstract submission deadline: January 15, 2015 extended to February 9, 2015

·  Notification of acceptance: March 1, 2015 March 15, 2015 (pushed back due to extended deadline for submissions)

·  Deadline for early registration: April 15, 2015  April 30, 2015

·  Conference: July 6 – July 8, 2015


Advance registration closed. For short-term registration enquiries, please send an email to Jan Fabian Ehmke

Note that for each presentation, a full (non-student) registration is required.


Full ticket

Student ticket

TSL Member

Non-TSL Member

Early bird

(before April 15th, 2015)

$ 375

$ 400

$ 225


(before July 1st, 2015)

$ 425

$ 450

$ 275


$ 475

$ 500

$ 325


·  Full tickets include entrance to the workshop, on-site catering, public transportation, welcome drink, boat tour and conference dinner. 

·  Student tickets include entrance to the workshop, on-site catering and public transportation.

·  Partner tickets are available for $175. They include public transportation, welcome drink, boat tour and conference dinner.

Plenary Speakers

Michael O. Ball – Chair in Management Science, University of Maryland.
"Model Decomposition and Integration:  Case Studies from Urban Transit and Airline Planning Problems"

Arne K. Strauss – Associate Professor of Operational Research, University of Warwick.
"Nudge the Customer -- and Deliver Cheaper"


Catherine Cleophas – Associate Professor of Advanced Analytics, RWTH Aachen

Jan Fabian Ehmke – Assistant Professor of Advanced Business Analytics, Freie Universität Berlin 

Ann Melissa Campbell – Professor of Management Science, University of Iowa

Scientific Committee

Niels Agatz

Rotterdam School of Management, NL

Michael Ball

University of Maryland, USA

Teodor Crainic


Karl Dörner

University of Vienna, Austria

Richard Eglese

Lancaster University, UK

Yueyue Fan

UC Davis, USA

Miguel Figliozzi

Portland State University, USA

Asvin Goel

Kühne Logistics University Hamburg, Germany

Bruce Golden

University of Maryland, USA

Jochen Gönsch

University of Augsburg, Germany

Richard Hartl

University of Vienna, Austria

Ola Jabali

HEC Montréal, Canada

Patrick Jaillet 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Natalia Kliewer 

Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Hani Mahmassani

Northwestern University Chicago, USA

Dirk Mattfeld

University of Braunschweig, Germany

Kai Nagel

Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

Andreas Neumann

Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

Maciek Nowak

Loyola University Chicago, USA

Warren Powell

Princeton University, USA

Martin Savelsbergh

Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Marie Schmidt 

Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands

L. Douglas Smith 

University of Missouri-St. Louis, USA

Grazia M. Speranza 

Università degli Studi di Brescia, Italy

Kalyan Talluri

Imperial College London, UK

Barrett W. Thomas

University of Iowa, USA

Tom van Woensel

Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, NL

Stefan Voß

University of Hamburg, Germany

Social Agenda

This workshop will provide numerous opportunities to network with colleagues and establish new working relationships. We plan to have a welcome reception at a rooftop bar overlooking downtown Berlin to start the event on Sunday evening. On Tuesday, we will limit talks to the first half of the day to explore Berlin in the afternoon. A city tour by boat followed by a guided walking tour will introduce the participants to historic sites of Berlin. We will end the day with a conference dinner in the historic heart of the German capital.

Find out more about Freie Universität Berlin here: 



The spirit of science suffuses historic Harnack House at the heart of Berlin Dahlem. The opening in 1929 was a banner day for Berlin's academic, political and economic elites. It was through their concerted efforts that Berlin finally acquired a lecture venue and social center for members of the famous Dahlem Institute, simultaneously serving as a guesthouse for academics worldwide. Nobel Prize winners and their students met here in social exchange and for academic discussion, holding lectures and colloquia. Today, the conference center offers all advantages of a modern conference hotel.
Find out more about Harnack House here: 



Berlin offers a wide range of hotel options. For the TSL workshop, we recommend

Lindner Hotel Am Ku’Damm (» http://www.lindner.de/en/LKBinfo.berlin@lindner.de)

The Lindner Hotel is a modern business hotel situated downtown in the immediate vicinity of the Memorial Church and Berlin Zoo. Direct subway (runs every 5 minutes) and bus lines make the workshop venue easily accessible. The price is EUR 89 for a single and EUR 129 for a double room per night (including breakfast buffet and WiFi). Make your reservation by email including the keyword “INFORMS” to info.berlin@lindner.de until May 25th, 2015.

Harnack Haus (» http://goo.gl/fZ9rjZinfo@harnackhaus-berlin.mpg.de)

We also reserved a few rooms in the workshop venue, the Harnack Haus. Note that a subway ride to downtown locations takes about 15 to 30 minutes. The price is EUR 72 for a single room (including breakfast buffet and WiFi). Make your reservation via email to info@harnackhaus- berlin.mpg.de including the keyword “1233 – INFORMS” until May 25th, 2015. 

The 4th INFORMS TSL Workshop is sponsored by initplan GmbH (www.initplan.de/en/)