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NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Logistics Management
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Project 204. Resource allocation and dynamic network management

Principal researchers : T.G. CRAINIC, J.M. BOURJOLLY
Collaborators : T. BEKTA, I. BILEGAN, M. DI FRANCESCO, M. GENDREAU, P. ZUDDAS
Postdoctoral fellows : M. CHOUMAN

The allocation and management of resources — vehicles and personnel — are a major part of operational planning for transportation and logistics systems. We are primarily interested in transportation systems with consolidation: LTL trucking, railways, maritime navigation lines, and container transport, for example. Such problems consist of allocating resources, for which the temporal and spatial availability is known or predicted, to tasks that must be executed in the relatively near future and for which these resources must be moved. For the fleet management problem, for example, this means repositioning the empty vehicles to meet the demand for the following operational periods. The problem is thus dynamic, in that the characteristics of the studied system and resources vary over time. The problem is also generally stochastic since a certain number of system attributes are uncertain (e.g., demand volume, transportation time, handling time in the terminal). Such problems represent an important research challenge both in terms of modelling the system and its attributes and of developing efficient solution methods.

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