UQAM - Université du Québec à Montréal
NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Logistics Management

SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM 

The scientific program of the NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Logistics Management includes scientific and methodological development activities, applied research into specific industrial problems, as well as instrumental research focused on developing prototypes and tools for demonstration, evaluation and technology transfer.

This scientific program is structured according to traditional planning and decision-making levels: strategic, tactical and operational. The Chair projects are grouped in four research domains: :

We use the general methodology of Operations Research (OR), which includes the following general steps: problem description and analysis, problem modelling, data acquisition and analysis, algorithm development, numerical experimentation and analysis of the results, and the dissemination of the knowledge, methods and tools generated through this methodology. The OR methods typically used include mixed integer programming, linear and non-linear network optimization, combinatorial optimization and stochastic programming. We develop both exact and meta-heuristic solution methods. Given the size and the complexity of the problems dealt with, parallel computing is also an indispensable tool. The Chair projects incorporate the principles and methods of economic analysis, business management, operations management and information technology. In truth, the synergy generated by these different methods is one of the strengths of the Chair research program.

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Domain I. Design and planning of transportation and logistics systems and services
At the strategic level, system design involves long-term planning related to a given system's physical and operational structure. Tactical planning includes making decisions about service design to insure the efficient use (i.e., allocation and timing) of the existing resources in order to satisfy client demand profitably and with the desired level of service quality :

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Domain II. Management of operations and resources
Domain II projects deal with the problems generally associated with operational planning: allocating, distributing and repositioning resources (e.g., vehicles, traction units, and crews), constructing distribution routes, supervising terminals, and managing perturbations to insure a return to a “normal” operational state as efficiently as possible :

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Domain III. Intelligent transportation systems and E-logistics
Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) sustain the contemporary paradigm of transportation development. In essence, ITS gather and process large quantities of data quickly and efficiently, thus allowing pertinent information to be distributed at the right time and place to system users, potentially providing even guidance instructions. The safe and efficient use of transportation infrastructure and services is one of the primary objectives of ITS, and its impact on goods transport and logistics activities and chains is extremely important. Electronic logistics, or e-logistics, is based on efficient uninterrupted information exchanges that facilitate the integration of partner decision-making procedures within the value chain. Freight ITS and e-logistics have similar objectives, and they use the same information and decision-making technologies. The challenge of the projects in this domain is to develop models and methods for the design, operation and evaluation of ITS and e-logistics :   

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Domain IV. Evaluation and transfer instruments
In this domain, we group together the projects that target the development of methods and tools for validating, evaluating and transferring the models and methods proposed in the other three domains. Based on diverse simulation methodologies, these methods and tools also facilitate demonstrations and training. In addition, projects in this domain also include building prototypes and research concerning the evaluation of an organization's ability to integrate advanced information and decision-making technologies. The objective of all these projects is to facilitate technology transfer :   

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