Dies Academicus 2019 - Professor Maria Grazia Speranza : Operations research for sustainability in transportation and logistics

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14.11.2019 17:15

Information and communication technologies (ICT) nowadays enable users to access, store, transmit, and manipulate information. ICT are changing institutions, companies, the society itself. At the same time, the society is becoming increasingly sensitive to environmental issues and to sustainable solutions. These two mega-trends are driving research in transportation and logistics.
Decisional problems in transportation and logistics have been studied for decades by operational researchers. The most recent technological developments and the environmental concerns have created new research challenges and opportunities. Given the availability of huge amounts of data and the complexity of the problems, models and algorithms are even more vital than in the past.
In this talk recent research directions in the field of freight and people transportation will be discussed. A major direction aims at reducing the number of traveling vehicles and the overall distance traveled. This direction includes the study of integrated problems and of other problems coming from collaborative initiatives. Another direction concerns the coordination of the routes followed by traveling vehicles aimed at avoiding congestion. Integration, collaboration and coordination are enabled by ICT and favor a more efficient use of underused resources, such as cars, trucks, roads, with a positive impact on the environment.
14.11.2019 17:15
Standort PER 21 / Raum G140
Bd de Pérolles 90, 1700 Fribourg
Faculté des Sciences Economiques et Sociales et du Management
Prof. Bernard Ries
Vortragende / Mitwirkende
Professor Maria Grazia Speranza, Dr. h.c. de la Faculté des sciences économiques et sociales et du management

Maria Grazia Speranza is Full Professor of Operations Research at the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Brescia (Italy) and currently serves as Vice Rector.
After completing her Advanced Diploma in Applied Mathematics at the University of Milan in 1983, she immediately became Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Sciences at the same University. She then moved first to the University of Udine and finally to the University of Brescia, where she was promoted Full Professor in 1994. She was also Visiting Professor at London School of Economics during 2 years.
She is author or co-author of more than 200 papers, published in high-ranked journals and she is associate editor of 15 international journals. Moreover, she initiated and is co-editor of the series “EURO Advanced Tutorials in Operational Research“. She has been plenary speaker at several international conferences all around the world.
Furthermore, Maria Grazia Speranza is very active in the promotion of Operations Research (OR), as she was president of EURO, the Association of the European OR Societies (2011-2012) and she is currently president of IFORS, the International Federation of the OR Societies (2019-2021).