TSL Conference 2017

First TSL Conference (Chicago, 2017)

Thanks to the great work of TSL Conference Chairs Pitu Mirchandani and Maciek Nowak, and the Organizing Committee of Mike Ball, Mike Hewitt, Warren Powell, and Barry Thomas, the First Triennial TSL Conference in Chicago was a tremendous success.  We had a fantastic turnout in Chicago from all over the work, and the quality of the presentations and plenaries were excellent. 

INFORMS Transportation and Logistics Society

First Triennial Conference

Hosted at Loyola University Chicago
Chicago, Illinois, USA
July 26 – 29, 2017

The Transportation Science and Logistics Society Conference has been created to provide an opportunity for all members to gather on a triennial basis to present and to discuss the state-of-the-art in transportation science and logistics.  The conference welcomes abstracts on all transportation science and logistics topics including air transportation, facility logistics, freight transportation and logistics, intelligent transportation systems, and urban transportation planning and modeling.  Abstracts supporting the conference theme, MOBILITY 2020: Traffic, Transportation and Logistics in a Cyber Connected World, are highly encouraged.  Submissions focusing on innovation in transportation and logistics will receive special attention.



The program with schedule and short abstracts may be found here: Complete Program.  In addition, the program will feature two plenary speakers:

Thursday, July 27, 11:00 AM: Transportation Optimization – Experiences from the Field
Dr. Kimberly Ross, Vice President, Research & Development, Science, Manhattan Associates - Abstract and Bio

Friday, July 28, 11:00 AMProviding Reliable Transportation at Uber
Dr. Peter Frazier, Staff Data Scientist and Data Science Manager, Uber - Abstract and Bio

Extended Abstracts 

Track 1: Multimodal Transportation Services

Track 2: Traffic and Mobility

Track 3: Vehicle Routing Models and Applications

Track 4: Supply Chain Logistics and Methods


A map of all conference venues may be found here.  The conference begins on Wednesday, July 26 at 3:15 PM with a joint session with the ISTTT Conference.  This session will be held in the Prentice Women's Hospital, 250 E Superior St, 3rd Floor Conference Room.  Immediately following the session will be the welcome reception from 5:30-7:00 in the Schreiber Center at 16 E. Pearson Ave., on the 9th Floor.  

All remaining sessions and lunches will be located in the Schreiber Center on the 8th, 9th and 10th floors.  

Social Agenda

In addition to a broad look at the future of 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 Wednesday evening from 5:30-7:00 in the Schreiber Center at 16 E. Pearson Ave. on the 9th Floor. The welcome reception is open to all registrants and has been generously sponsored by APICS.  

 APICS is the premier professional association for supply chain management and the leading provider of research, education and certification programs that elevate supply chain excellence, innovation and resilience. The APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM), APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), APICS Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD) and APICS Supply Chain Operations Reference Professional (SCOR-P) designations set the industry standard. With over 45,000 members, over 130,000 certified professionals, and approximately 300 channel partners internationally, APICS is transforming the way people do business, drive growth and reach global customers. APICS is dedicated to building greater awareness of the supply chain profession and develops lifelong learning content to ensure that the number and quality of students and professionals meets industry's needs.

For more information, visit apics.org.


On Friday evening, we will adjourn for dinner at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, with an opportunity to explore the collection prior to and after dinner.  This reception is open to all those who submitted a regular (non-student) registration.  

Lunches will be provided on site each day of the conference. 


For those of you who are looking for activities outside of the conference, there is plenty to do besides the standard tourist venues.  Chicago is famous for its street festivals in the summer and there are two that weekend, the Taste of Lincoln Avenue (http://www.tasteoflincolnchicago.com/) and Wicker Park Fest (http://www.wickerparkbucktown.com/embedded/home-mid-wpfest/).  For baseball fans, we have our crosstown rivalry playing out all week as the Cubs play the White Sox, with games at Wrigley Field on Monday and Tuesday and at Guaranteed Rate Field (formerly Comiskey) on Wednesday and Thursday.  This is a hot ticket, so expect to pay a premium on StubHub.  Finally, the architectural boat tour on the Chicago River is highly recommended as it provides a great perspective on our beautiful downtown (https://www.architecture.org/experience-caf/tours/detail/chicago-architecture-foundation-river-cruise-aboard-chicagos-first-lady-cruises/).  Please let us know if you need any additional recommendations.


The conference hotel is the Cambria Chicago Magnificent Mile, located just off of Michigan Avenue in the heart of downtown Chicago (https://www.choicehotels.com/illinois/chicago/cambria-hotels/il521).  Our conference block has closed, but you may still be able to make reservations through the hotel.  


The conference will be held on Loyola’s Water Tower Campus, 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. The campus sits in the shadow of the iconic John Hancock Center. Other nearby architectural landmarks are the Tribune Tower, the Wrigley Building, the Trump Tower, and the site of Fort Dearborn, around which the city of Chicago was founded. Holy Name Cathedral and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago are located just south of campus, across Chicago Avenue. Cultural points of interest include the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Newberry Library, and Navy Pier. In addition to the unparalleled shopping on Michigan Avenue, the Water Tower Campus is also within a few minutes’ walk of numerous dining and entertainment options. 

Abstract submission


Abstracts should be 3-5 pages in length.  To ensure all presentations are of the highest quality, abstracts should highlight the main contributions of the research and include outcomes of computational studies, if applicable.

Dates of Interest

  • Abstract submission deadline (extended): 1/5/2017 
  • Notification of acceptance: 3/5/2017
  • Deadline for early registration: 4/15/2017
  • Conference: 7/26/2017-7/29/2017


You may register at https://online.informs.org/informsssa/evtssareg.custid?p_event_id=1215 or by submitting this form via email or mail: Conference Registration Form

All attendees, including session chairs and speakers, must register and pay the registration fee. Each presentation must be accompanied by at least one regular (non-student) registration.  

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be in writing, received no later than July 14, 2017 for a refund less a $50 processing fee. After July 14, 2017 no refunds will be issued.

If you need an official invitation letter for travel or reimbursement purposes, please send your request to Maciek Nowak at mnowak4@luc.edu.

Regular Registration: $425
On-site Registration: $500
Student Registration (does not include conference dinner): $150
Guest Registration (welcome reception and conference dinner): $200

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

The goal is to keep the conference small enough for deep interactions and large enough to accommodate the TSL Society's wide interests.  With this in mind, there may be at most one paper presentation per registered presenter. 

Organizing Committee

Pitu Mirchandani, Chair – Arizona State University
Maciek Nowak, Local Chair – Loyola University Chicago
Mike Ball – University of Maryland
Mike Hewitt – Loyola University Chicago
Warren Powell – Princeton University
Barry Thomas – University of Iowa

Scientific Committee

Nicole Adler

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Niels Agatz

Erasmus University

Hillel Bar-Gera

Ben Gurion University

Rajan Batta

University of Buffalo

Michel Bierlaire

École Polytechnique Fédérale de


Steve Boyles

University of Texas

Ann Campbell

University of Iowa

Marielle Christiansen

Norwegian University of Science and


Jean-Francois Cordeau

HEC Montreal

Francesco Corman

TU Delft

Theo Crainic

Université du Québec à Montréal

Mark Daskin

University of Michigan

Maged Dessouky

University of Southern California

Irina Dolinskaya

National Science Foundation

Jan Ehmke

Free University of Berlin

Alan Erera

Georgia Tech

Ozlem Ergun

Northeastern University

Yueyue Fan

UC Davis

Song Gao

University of Massachusetts

Michel Gendreau

École Polytechnique de Montréal

Bernard Gendron

Université de Montréal

Monica Gentili

University of Louisville

Ricardo Giesen

Pontifical Catholic University Chile

Bruce Golden

University of Maryland

Kevin Gue

University of Louisville

Geir Hasle


Andreas Hegyi

TU Delft

Mark Hickman

University of Queensland

Serge Hoogendoorn

TU Delft

Bogumil Kaminski

Warsaw School of Economics

Natalia Kliewer

Free University of Berlin

Martine Labbe

Université libre de Bruxelles

Gilbert Laporte

HEC Montreal

Janny Leung

Chinese University of Hong Kong

Ronghui Liu

University of Leeds

Hong Lo

Hong Kong University of Science and


Yingyan Lou

Arizona State University

David Lovell

University of Maryland

Guglielmo Lulli

Lancaster University

Hani Mahmassani

Northwestern University

Lavanya Marla

University of Illinois

Dirk Mattfeld

Braunschweig University of Technology

Elise Miller-Hooks

University of Maryland

Juan Carlos Munoz

Pontifical Catholic University Chile

Marco Nie

Northwestern University

Otto Anker Nielsen

Technical University of Denmark

Amedeo Odoni


Carolina Osorio


Yanfeng Ouyang

University of Illinois

Dario Pacciarelli

Roma Tre University

Dario Pacino

Technical University of Denmark

Markos Papageorgiou

Technical University of Crete

Sophie Parragh

University of Vienna

Carlo Prato

University of Queensland

Harilaos Psaraftis

Technical University of Denmark

Martin Savelsbergh

Georgia Tech

Anita Schöbel

University of Göttingen

Karen Smilowitz

Northwestern University

Larry Snyder

Lehigh University

Senay Solak

University of Massachusetts

Grazia Speranza

University of Brescia

Alejandro Toriello

Georgia Tech

Satish Ukkusuri

Purdue University

Halit Uster

Southern Methodist University

Hans Van Lint

TU Delft

Tom Van Woensel

Eindhoven University of Technology

Francesco Viti

University of Luxembourg

Stefan Voss

University of Hamburg

Thomas Vossen

University of Colorado

Stein Wallace

Norwegian School of Economics

S. Travis Waller

University of New South Wales

Chip White

Georgia Tech

Hai Yang

Hong Kong University of Science and


Yafeng Yin

University of Florida

Lei Zhao

Tsinghua University

Xuesong Zhou

Arizona State University