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What is VeRoLog

VeRoLog is the Working Group on Vehicle Routing and Logistics Optimization within EURO, the Association of the European Operational Research Societies.

Vehicle Routing optimization is at the core of Logistics and Supply Chain Management as well as people Transportation activities, and is a very active research area in Operations Research that sees an intense contribution from a large number of researchers working in European Universities, Research Centres and Companies.

The purpose of VeRoLog is to constitute an aggregation and reference point for the rich and active research community in order to:

  • favour the development and application of Operations Research models, methods and tools to the field of Vehicle Routing and Logistics.

  • encourage the exchange of information among practitioners, end-users, and researchers in the area of Vehicle Routing and Logistics, stimulating the work on new and important problems with sound scientific methods.

  • actively promote the interest on Vehicle Routing and Logistics in the scientific community by organizing dedicated workshops and conferences as well as contributing to all major ones with sessions and streams, offering specialized schools and seminars, editing special and contributed issues  in the most important scientific journals.

  • facilitate the networking activities that are crucial for the proposition of successful international research and industrial projects.

  • enhance professional opportunities for its members both in the academia and industry.

For any communications concerning the working group use this link

Here you will find the map of the VeRoLog members and the instances constructed with members locations.

 

VeRoLog newsletter deadline for submission of content

The content of the VeRoLog newsletter is selected from the suggestions submitted until the 10th of each month.

VeRoLog Solver Challenge 2016-2017

Dear reader,

 

we would like to inform you on the VeRoLog Solver Challenge 2016-2017. As of now, you can not only defend your honor but also fill your pockets: we are pleased to announce that the all-time-best instances are available from the website (https://verolog.ortec.com). This means that you can submit solutions to any of these instances, and over time we will award small prizes for the best submissions (per instance). This prize consists of a part for the time your solution was the best one, and a part for the final best solution.

Call for mini-symposia: CM3 2017 - Computation and Big Data in Transport

On May 22-24, 2017, the DG Research & Innovation of the European Commission in Brussels will host the second CM3 conference.

The theme of the conference is “Computation and Big Data in Transport – Research solving Societal and Industry Challenges in Automotive, Aeronautics, Logistics, Maritime and Railways”.

See http://congress.cimne.com/CM3-2017/

New Journal: Journal on Vehicle Routing Algorithms

Words from the editor in chief, Marc Sevaux:

Dear VeRoLog members,

Christian Prins and myself are pleased to announce the creation of a new Springer journal: Journal on Vehicle Routing Algorithms (JVRA)

-       first journal 100% dedicated to routing problems at large

-       followed from the very beginning by Journal Citation Reports (Thomson Reuters)

-       covers routing problems in road, rail, maritime or air transportation

-       application in transportation, services, robotics, manufacturing

-       open to new technologies (smart vehicles, electric vehicles etc.)

Journal web site: http://www.springer.com/41604/

Submission link:  https://www.editorialmanager.com/JVRA/

All your contributions are welcome!

Extended deadline for Special Issues in EURO Journal on Transportation and Logistics

The deadline for submitting to one of the two special issues of EURO Journal on Transportation and Logistics

- Advances in Vehicle Routing and Logistics Optimization: exact methods
- Advances in Vehicle Routing and Logistics Optimization: heuristics

that followed VeRolog 2016 in Nantes and EURO 2016 in Poznan has been postponed to November 15, 2016.

The call for papers is available here: https://verolog2016.sciencesconf.org/data/pages/Si_EJTL_VEROLOG_cfp_final_ext.pdf
Submissions are not limited to papers presented at VeRoLog 2016 or Euro 2016.

VeRoLog solver challenge

The problem of the VeRoLog solver challenge is based on a routing challenge faced by a large international herd improvement company. The task at hand is to regularly measure the quality of milk samples at a number of farm locations, the customers. For this, special measuring tools are needed, and those have to be delivered to the customers at their request. After the measurement, the tools have to be picked up again. The planning of these deliveries and pickups will be the challenge for the competition.

The challenge started during the VeRoLog meeting in Nantes (June 2016) and ends at the VeRoLog meeting of 2017. 

Further information: http://verolog.ortec.com

In the meanwhile, the site includes:

- a registration form
- a forum (all questions asked there have been answered)
- a collection of test instances and example solutions
- an online validator for solutions

 

 

 

VeRoLog Doctoral Dissertation Prize 2017

We are pleased to announce the 2017 edition of the VeRoLog Doctoral Dissertation Prize, open to outstanding dissertation succesfully discussed between January 1 and December 31, 2016.

The jury is chaired by Geir Hasle and includes Maria Grazia Speranza and Wout Dullaert.

Please find attached the call for nominations where you can find all the details for the submission and the selection process.

Position as PhD student at the Department of Business Administration at the University of Vienna

The Department of Business Administration at the University of Vienna offers a position as PhD student (30 hours per week contract, wage agreement for Austrian Universities, group B1) for an application oriented research project within the Christian-Doppler laboratory for efficient intermodal transportation. 

All qualified candidates are invited to send their detailed curriculum vitae (ideally together with a support letter) by email to Karl Doerner (karl.doerner@univie.ac.at).

Deadline for submissions: September 24, 2016

Two positions in the DFG-funded project ENS.VRSP

The DFG-funded project ENS.VRSP: Efficient Neighborhood Search in Vehicle Routing and Scheduling offers the following two positions starting January 1st, 2017:

  • 1 research assistant / postdoc (full-time, Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L) at JGU Mainz (Prof. Dr. Stefan Irnich), and
  • 1 research assistant / PhD-level (75%, Entgeltgruppe 13 TV-L) at RWTH Aachen (Prof. Dr. Michael Schneider).

The complete job offers can be found here for the position at JGU Mainz and here for the position at RWTH Aachen.

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