CAVE Lab Visualization of Supply Chain Dynamics

In this proposed research project, the research team aims to evaluate and compare the performance of different operational setups for highly responsive urban logistics services based on a number of economic, social, and environmental metrics. Specifically, the team aims to assess the impact of increasing levels of flexibility in the physical design of urban last-mile transportation systems that are enabled by technological advances in the realm of Industry 4.0 and that are becoming increasingly relevant in light of rapidly rising customer expectations in the context of e-commerce and on-demand consumerism. The main focus of the analysis will lie on the implications of varying levels of flexibility of companies to dynamically activate, de-active, and physically re-locate local distribution operations (so-called satellite operations) within a city. Combining state-of-the-art exact and approximate methods of mathematical optimization with large-scale simulations of last-mile transportation activities and their impact on urban traffic flows, the team aims to provide a set of analytically rigorous, scalable, and easily transferrable methods and tools to guide private- and public-sector decision and policy making and to derive generalizable policy recommendations to effectively mitigate the negative externalities of increasingly complex and fragmented last-mile transportation and logistics operations in growing and increasingly dense urban centers.


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  • Status: Active
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    New England University Transportation Center

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    77 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 40-279
    Cambridge, MA  United States  01239
  • Project Managers:

    Coughlin, Joseph

  • Performing Organizations:

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    77 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02139
  • Principal Investigators:

    Winkenback, Matthias

  • Start Date: 20180901
  • Expected Completion Date: 20190630
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01707730
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: New England University Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Jun 10 2019 1:13PM