Freight Routing for Efficient, Sustainable and Reliable Travel

This project will propose to study freight routing methods that take into consideration issues of efficiency, reliability and sustainability. Efficiency deals with finding paths that minimize travel time; the reliability component addresses the uncertainty in travel times due to unpredicted traffic and disruptions; and the sustainability component takes into account vehicle carbon-dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions when determining the best routes. Another important aspect of the methods we will study is the consideration of risk in the decisions, which is crucial given all the uncertainty involved. The work, which will be conducted in collaboration with co-principal investigator (PI) Marco Nie from Northwestern University, builds upon ongoing state-of-the-art research being conducted by the PI and the co-PI on methodology for risk-averse optimization in transportation. We plan to implement and validate the proposed models and algorithms using real traffic data obtained from the Gary-Chicago-Milwaukee (GCM) traveler information system.

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    • Project Objectives: The goal of this project is to develop, implement and evaluate novel methods for optimal freight routing, which will allow for more efficient, reliable and sustainable travel by taking into consideration the disruptions and emissions that are an inherent part of road travel. Task Descriptions: The project will consist of three phases: 1. Data collection 2. Model development and testing 3. Validation and implementation


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $149905.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    CFIRE 04-12

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE)

    University of Wisconsin, Madison
    1415 Engineering Drive, 2205 Engineering Hall
    Madison, WI  United States  53706
  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Illinois, Chicago

    Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
    842 West Taylor Street
    Chicago, IL  United States  60607
  • Principal Investigators:

    Homem-de-Mello, Tito

  • Start Date: 20100901
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20140831
  • Source Data: RiP Project 26777

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  • Accession Number: 01468168
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE)
  • Contract Numbers: CFIRE 04-12
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 3:46PM