Keynote Speakers

28/10/2013: Prof. Teodor Gabriel CRAINIC

School of Management of the Université du Québec à Montreal Canada.

Prof. Teodor Gabriel CRAINICPerspectives on Intermodal Transportation

Intermodal transportation is many things to many people. It is often equated to international, trans-oceanic container movements. As such, it forms the backbone of the world trade, exhibiting significant continuous growth and resulting in modifications to the structure of maritime and land-based transportation systems, as well as in the increase of the volume and value of intermodal traffic moved by each individual mode. Intermodality is also a a major component of innovative and sustainable systems for urban, City Logistics, and inter-urban, the Physical Internet, transportation, as well as of efficient continental and inter-continental logistics chains. Following a brief overview of intermodal transportation, its many facets, main stakeholders, issues, and challenges, particularly in terms of system evaluation and planning of operations, the talk will focus on the planning of services for City Logistics systems and consolidation-based carriers: selecting services and schedules, accounting for the utilization of expensive assets, addressing uncertainty and environmental concerns. We will discuss modelling and algorithmic challenges and identify research perspectives.

Teodor Gabriel Crainic is Professor of Operations Research, Transportation, and Logistics in the School of Management of the Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada. He is also senior scientist at CIRRELT, the Interuniversity Research Center for Enterprise Networks, Logistics and Transportation, and Director of its Intelligent Transportation Systems Laboratory. He received the 2006 Merit Award of the Canadian Operational Research Society and is a member of the Royal Society of Canada. The research interests of Professor Crainic are in network, integer, and combinatorial optimization, meta-heuristics, and parallel computing applied to the planning and management of complex systems, particularly in transportation and logistics. Major contributions targeted methods for national/regional planning, the design, scheduling, and operation management of consolidation-based carriers, intermodal terminal operators, and logistics networks, routing and scheduling, and Intelligent Transportation Systems. 

29/10/2013: Prof. Pierre DEJAX

LUNAM, Ecole des Mines de Nantes, IRCCyN (Nantes, France)

Prof. Pierre DEJAXSustainable supply chains design, planning and optimization : state of art, challenges and opportunities

The growing concern about sustainable development in recent years has led companies as well as scientists to address the corresponding issues and challenges for the design and management of supply chains. There has already been a significant amount of published works in this domaine, both in management and engineering journals. We present a review of the published works related to the design and planning of sustainable supply chain networks, focusing on the utilization of quantitative models and optimization techniques for these problems. After situating our review within the contexts of supply chain design problems and sustainable development concerns, we describe and classify the published works according to the joint consideration of the economic factors and at least one of the environmental or social factors, including works pertaining to reverse logistics. We present the works according to a classification of the modeling approaches used, i.e.deterministic or stochastic models with a single or multiple objectives. Then the main solution techniques are analyzed, with a focus on multi-objective optimization. We also review a variety of real-life applications implementing sustainable supply chain network design problems in different sectors such as biofuels, chemical processes, waste management, steel and aluminum, medical items, white goods, retail, electronics, paper, vehicles, containers. We conclude by mentioning a number of challenges and research directions.

After graduating from the Ecole Centrale of Paris in engineering, Pierre DEJAX obtained a Ph.D. from Cornell University in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering. He has always been working in the area of supply chains and transport systems planning and optimization, initially within French consulting firms, working on a variety of industrial projects. He then joined the faculty of the Ecole Centrale Paris and has since been appointed as a Professor of the Mines Nantes Graduate School of Engineering where he teaches, while conducting research within the school's IRCCyN Joint Research Institute and working on international and industrial applications and projects. As a researcher, expert or consultant, he has conducted or evaluated many innovative projects in logistics and transport in various areas. He has been actively involved with several french or international scientific and professional organizations and received several awards. Among other responsibilities, he is currently president of the scientific council of the French competitivity cluster PASCA -Atlantics supply chain and purchasing cluster-.

29/10/2013: Prof. Thierry Marie GUERRA (University of Valenciennes et du Hainaut-Cambrésis) and Jean-Marc DELION (Director, IRT RAILENIUM), France.

Innovation in Transportation and Mobility: Nord Pas-de-Calais regional initiatives leaded by Valenciennes University

The aim of this plenary talk is to share with the audience our knowledge and advancements in research and innovation in Transportation and Mobility. First part will be devoted to the main regional research projects leaded by the University of Valenciennes and Hainaut Cambresis in partnership with several Universities and Research Centers. Mainly two major structuring projects will be described: the CISIT, International Campus on Safety and Intermodality in Transportation and the IRT RAILENIUM Technological Research Institute for railway infrastructure, equipments and systems. The research topics as well as the academic and industrial partners will be presented. The CISIT research topics cover fundamentals and application to ground transport – railway and automotive – while the IRT Railenium focuses on research and innovation on railway infrastructure. Second part will focus on some scientific projects linked to ground transportation in CISIT. Last part will give the future of innovation and applied researches for IRT RAILENIUM.

Prof. Thierry Marie GUERRAThierry Marie Guerra was born in Mulhouse, France in 1963. He is currently full professor at the University of Valenciennes et du Hainaut-Cambrésis (UVHC), France. He received his Ph.D degree in automatic control from the UVHC in 1991 and the HDR in 1999. He is head of the Laboratory of Industrial and Human Automation, Mechanics and Computer Science (LAMIH CNRS UMR 8201) (95 researchers and staff, 75 PhD students and post-docs). He is vice-chair of the Technical Committee 3.2 "Computational Intelligence in Control" for IFAC (International Federation of Automatic Control), member of the IFAC TC 7.1 "Automotive Control". He is also Area Editor of the international journal Fuzzy Sets & Systems and Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology. His major research fields and topics of interest are, wine, rock, chess, nonlinear control, LPV, quasi-LPV (Takagi-Sugeno) models control and observation, LMI constraints, Non quadratic Lyapunov functions. Applications to powertrain systems (IC engine, electrical motors, hybrid vehicles, fuel cells …).

Jean-Marc DELION (Director, IRT RAILENIUM)Jean-Marc Delion was born in Paris, France in 1960. He is currently executive director of the IRT RAILENIUM Technological Research Institute for railway infrastructure, equipments and systems. Railenium is a public-private partnership embodied by à Foundation for scientific cooperation with 28 members :
- Universities and Research Centers led by the University of Valenciennes and Hainaut Cambresis with partners like IFSTTAR, Lille University and Compiègne University,
- Railway operators and rail infrastructure managers (SNCF, RFF, Eurotunnel),
- 16 companies such asmanufacturers, engineering firms, construction companies (for example Alstom, Systra or Bouygues).
He is a graduate of Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC), EcoleNationaled'Adminsitration (ENA) and Paris Institut d'Etudes Politiques. He was deputy executive director of Réseau Ferré de France from 2007 to 2012. He was previously advisor to the French prime Ministers (Jean-Pierre Raffarin and Dominique de Villepin) for Equipment and Transport. He has also been head of the asset management and investment service provider department of the French financial market authority (AMF) after having served in a number of different positionsat the French Ministry for Finance.

30/10/2013: Prof. Salah Eldin ELMAGHRABY

University Professor Emeritus, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA

Prof. Salah Eldin ELMAGHRABYStochastic activity networks

We shall review the history of "stochastic activity networks" (SANs) since their inception with the PERT model in 1959, and the various embellishments and contributions that have taken place since then in the subject of project planning and control in the presence of uncertainty.  We shall also introduce the new concept of the "Alphorn of Uncertainty" (AoU), with examples of its application, and its use in the financial planning of a project.

Salah E. Elmaghraby earned a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cairo University in 1948, a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Ohio State University in 1955 and a Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1958. He is University Professor Emeritus at the Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at North Carolina State University, where he has been a professor of Operations Research and Industrial Engineering since 1967. Professor Elmaghraby has written four books, among them the seminal production management text The Design of Production Systems (Reinhold, 1966) and the pioneering activity networks textbook Activity Networks (Wiley, 1977). He has edited/co-edited three books, contributed chapters in nine books, and authored/co-authored over 118 published papers in national and international journals. Over the years, Professor Elmaghraby has supervised over 60 doctoral and master's students in the US and abroad. At the age of 85, he still continues his research in the field of project planning and control.