TSL Workshop 2016


 5th INFORMS Transportation Science and Logistics Society Workshop. 

Following the format of the past two years, the fifth TSL Workshop will take place June 19-22, 2016 and will be hosted by the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering on the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. The workshop's theme is "Analytics and Automation in Logistics".

Supply chains increasingly produce and encounter large amounts of data that contains valuable information. Concurrently, the modern demands on a logistics enterprise require performance at high speed and low latency. The convergence of these two trends imply that supply chains must translate incoming data into decisions and actions at ever faster rates -- in real-time and automatically in a variety of applications. These emerging concerns mean that the intelligent, efficient deployment of data analytics for automated decisions is not just an enabling technology, but rather a new decision paradigm whose ramifications will shape the design and management of modern logistics.

This theme encompasses a variety of applications, including (but not limited to) urban logistics, dynamic and real-time routing, e-commerce, next- and same-day delivery, modular production, make-to-order production, and automated storage and retrieval. We welcome extended abstract submissions in these and other areas under the TSL umbrella.

Please see the workshop website for future updates:


Industry Panel: 

The workshop will include an industry panel on the workshop theme moderated by Prof. Chip White.


Each submission consists of an abstract no longer than two pages. Submissions will be processed through EasyChair: 

As was the case with the last two TSL workshops, we expect a special issue of Transportation Science to be dedicated to the workshop's theme. In addition, submitting authors may also want to consider a special issue of IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering focused on "Emerging Advances in Logistics Systems: Integrating Remote Sensing, IT, and Autonomy"; see http://www.ieee-ras.org/images/publications/t-ase/CALL_for%20_PAPER_EALS.pdf.

Workshop Dates:

2016/01/15 (NEW) Extended abstract submission deadline

2016/03/01 (NEW) Notification of acceptance

2016/04/15 Early registration deadline

2016/06/19 Workshop welcome reception (evening)

2016/06/20-22 Workshop dates

Note that the workshop has been timed to begin the Sunday after TRISTAN, to facilitate combined travel to both events.



Full-TSL Member















Student tickets do not include entrance to the welcome reception, social activities or conference dinner, but do include on-site catering (coffee breaks and lunches).

The registration website is now open: 


Organizing Committee:

Alan Erera, Sebastian Pokutta, Alejandro Toriello (chair)

Advisory Members: Martin Savelsbergh, Chip White

Program committee members:

J. Bartholdi (Georgia Tech)

A. Campbell (U. of Iowa)

E.P. Chew (NUS)

C. Cleophas (RWTH Aachen)

I. Contreras (Concordia)

J.F. Cordeau (HEC Montreal)

M. Dessouky (USC)

I. Dolinskaya (Northwestern)

K. Gue (U. of Louisville)

M. Hewitt (Loyola-Chicago)

A. Kleywegt (Georgia Tech)

R. de Koster (RSM)

L.H. Lee (NUS)

J. Leung (CUHK)

B. Montreuil (Georgia Tech)

F. Ordóñez (U. de Chile)

Y. Ouyang (UIUC)

S. Reveliotis (Georgia Tech)

L.M. Rousseau (Polytechnique de Montréal)

K. Smilowitz (Northwestern)

H. Topaloglu (Cornell)

Social Agenda:

The workshop will include a welcome reception on the evening of Sunday, June 19 in the Ramblin' Wreck Club Room of the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center (http://www.gatechhotel.com/). The afternoon of Tuesday, June 21 will include a visit to Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park, with paid admission for workshop participants to the Center for Civil and Human Rights (http://www.civilandhumanrights.org/). Centennial Park and its surroundings also include the World of Coca-Cola, the Georgia Aquarium, the CNN Center and the College Football Hall of Fame. The conference dinner is tentatively scheduled to take place that evening in the top floor of the Center for Civil and Human Rights, overlooking the park.


The Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center is pleased to offer the special rate of $169 per night for single/double occupancy (plus applicable state and local taxes) for the INFORMS TSL Conference.  A limited number of rooms are reserved at this rate based on availability.  Make your reservation now! Click here to make your reservation INFORMS TSL Conference- Reservations Link

You can also access the INFORMS TSL Conference reservations link by logging on to the website www.gatechhotel.com , clicking on the “Group Booking Code” at the top of the page and entering the group password – “tsl2016” - lower-case letters only.

Booking Deadline: 5/19/16

For any additional nights needed before or after the posted group dates, please contact the hotel directly at (800)706-2899 to check availability.

For those attendees driving to the hotel, overnight parking is $15 per night. (For unlimited in and out access to the garage, an $18 pass is available.)

The Regency Suites Hotel has a limited number of rooms on a space available basis at the GA Tech rate of $129/$139 plus tax for a single king or queen suite with a pullout sleeper or a double room with 2 full sized beds with a pullout queen sleeper.   

To make your reservations, click here - once clicked, it will bring you to the Regency Suites reservation page. Double click on Reservation Wizards, put in the dates of your reservation and at the bottom add the booking code ISY16 and click next. Once the booking page comes-up and below the rate calendar, you will find the room types and group rate. Click on your room type and then follow through with making your reservation.  www.regencysuites.com

Atlanta Marriott hotels are proud to partner with Georgia Institute of Technology to extend discounted rates to our conference participants.  The GA Tech rate is based upon availability, so make your reservations early.  To reserve a room, click here www.gatechrooms.com to select your preferred hotel and go directly to their reservation page. Enter your stay information. Select 'Find' to display available room types. To submit your request and easily complete your reservation online, select 'Reserve a Room'.  

The Courtyard Atlanta Midtown/Georgia Tech is pleased to extend the Georgia Tech rate of $124 plus tax for standard rooms with Internet included.  The Courtyard is walking distance to campus or take advantage of our complimentary weekday transportation to campus available from 7AM-10PM. 

The Renaissance Atlanta Midtown is delighted to extend the Georgia Tech rate of $151 plus tax, with internet included and discounted valet parking.** Special GT Weekend Rates also available***   Close to GA Tech’s Campus, you can arrange to take advantage of our VIP Luxury SUV transportation within a 2 mile radius, available on a 1st come basis or catch the GA Tech Trolley right across the street at Georgia Tech's Academy of Medicine. 

The Atlanta Marriott Suites Midtown is pleased to extend the Georgia Tech rate of $135 a night plus tax, with Internet included. Everyone is treated like a VIP at this all-suite hotel!  Separate working and sleeping areas in each room help to spread out and relax while staying productive on the road.   Hotel is in walking distance to MARTA.