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Keynote speakers

Prof. Warren B. Powell

Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering
Princeton University

Automating Transportation and Logistics in the Digital Age: Past, present and future challenges

Amazon and Uber have shown the way to the digital era in transportation and logistics in the post-2000 era, exploiting the power of the internet and the explosive growth in the use of smart phones.  Less visible is the growth of major freight companies such as UPS, DHL, FedEx, along with major shipping companies such as Maersk and domestic postal services.  Today, there is an explosion of services that require fast delivery of products and services with 2-day, same-day and real-time response. 

Today, we are looking at the possibility of fully-digital transportation operations, where people primarily monitor systems while computers perform all the “thinking” tasks previously performed by people.  We have become accustomed to using statistical models and machine learning to perform inference and prediction.  The next phase will be using computers to make decisions, especially those implemented in an operational setting.

I will talk about the evolution of modern analytics in transportation and logistics, beginning with network models and heuristics in the 1970s and 1980’s, and the emergence of powerful deterministic optimization solvers in the 1980’s and 1990’s.  Throughout this period, transportation companies have had to deal with uncertainty, but only recently have we started to develop the type of general modeling frameworks long enjoyed by deterministic optimization.  I will give the highlights of this framework, and then bring out the challenges that still remain in the path to full automation. 

Prof. Warren B. Powell

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