Fleet Management and Logistics

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Teodor G. Crainic, Gilbert Laporte
Springer US, Jun 30, 1998 - Business & Economics - 251 pages
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TEODOR GABRIEL CRAINIC, DIRECTOR The Centre for Research on Transportation (C.R.T.) was founded in 1971 by the Universite de Montreal. From 1988 on, it is jointly managed by the Universite de Montreal and its affiliated schools, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales and Ecole Poly technique. Professors, students and researchers from many institutions in the Montreal area join forces at the C.R.T. to analyze transportation, logistics and telecommunication systems from a multidisciplinary perspective. The C.R.T. pursues three major, complementary objectives: training of high-level specialists; the advancement of knowledge and technology; the transfer of technology towards industry and the public sector. Its main field of expertise is the develop ment of quantitative and computer-based models and methods for the analysis of urban, regional and intercity transportation networks, as well as telecommunication systems. This applies to the study of passenger and commodity flows, as well as to the socioeconomic aspects of transportation: policy, regulation, economics. The twenty-fifth anniversary of the C.R.T. offered the opportunity to evaluate past accomplishments and to identify future trends and challenges. Five colloquia were thus organized on major research and application themes that also reflected our main research areas. They gathered together internationally renowned researchers who linked recent scientific and technological advances to modeling and methodological challenges waiting to be tackled, particularly concerning new problems and applica tions, and the increasingly widespread use of new technologies.

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Gianpaolo Ghiani is Associate Professor of Operations Research at the University of Lecce, Italy. His main research interests lie in the field of combinatorial optimization, particularly in vehicle routing, location and layout problems. He has published in a variety of journals, including "Mathematical Programming, Operations Research Letters, Networks Transportation Science, Optimization Methods and Software, Computers and Operations Research, International Transactions in Operational research, European Journal of Operational Research, Journal of the Operational Research Society, Parallel Computing and Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing Systems." His doctoral thesis was awarded the Transportation Science Dissertation Award from INFORMS in 1998. He is an editorial board member of "Computers & Operations Research."

Gilbert Laporte obtained his PhD in Operations Research at the London School of Economics in 1975. He is Professor of Operations Research at HEC Montreal, Director of the Canada Research Chair in Distribution Management, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta. He is also a member of GERAD, of the Centre for Research on Transportation (serving as director from 1987 to 1991), and Fellow of the Center for Management of Operations and Logistics, University of Texas at Austin. He has authored or coauthored several books, as well as more then 225 scientific articles in combinatorial optimization, mostly in the areas of vehicle routing, location, districting and timetabling. He is the current editor of "Computers and Operations Research" and served as editor of "Transportation Science" from 1995 to 2002. He has received many scientific awards including the PergamonPrize (United Kingdom), the Merit Award of the Canadian Operational Research Society, the CORS Practice Prize on two occasions, the Jacques-Rousseau Prize for Interdisciplinary, as well as the President's medal of the Operational Research Society (United Kingdom). In 1998 he became a member of the Royal Society of Canada.

Roberto Musmanno is Professor of Operations Research at the University of Calabria, Italy. His major research interests lie in logistics, network optimization and parallel computing. He has published n a variety of journals, including "Operations Research, Transportation Science, Computational Optimization and Applications, Optimization Methods & Software, Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications, Optimization and Parallel Computing." He is also a member of the Scientific Committee of the Italian Center of Excellence of High Performance Computing, and an editorial board member of "Computers & Operations Research.