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2014 TSL Workshop on handling uncertainty in planning logistics and transportation systems


Call for Abstracts

2014 TSL Workshop on

Handling uncertainty in planning logistics and transportation systems

Hosted at Loyola University Chicago, 6/30/2014-7/2/2014



Researchers have long recognized the practical importance of incorporating uncertainty into planning models for logistics and transportation systems. Now, with advances in computational tools and techniques for solving such models, more and more researchers are building and solving them. Similarly, the rise of “big data” provides opportunities to better understand and estimate the degree of uncertainty in many transportation problems.

The 2014 TSL Workshop will consist of talks focused on recognizing uncertainty in planning logistics and transportation systems. We believe this workshop will establish the landscape for the state-of-the-art in this research area and guide researchers in their future efforts.

The workshop will include talks related to novel applications as well as innovative and effective solution techniques. In addition, the workshop will feature talks that focus on how uncertainty is modeled and how it impacts the plans organizations should execute. Finally, we also anticipate talks that focus on resiliency issues, including how one integrates them into planning models and processes and how one recovers from undesired events.

We plan to have a special issue of a premiere transportation journal focused on talks presented at the workshop.

Abstract submission:

Abstracts should be no more than two pages in length.


Dates of interest:

·         Abstract submission deadline: 12/15/2013

·         Notification of acceptance: 2/1/2014

·         Deadline for early registration: 4/1/2014

·         Conference: 6/30/2014-7/2/2014


Early Bird Registration (before 4/1/2014): $375
Regular Registration: $425
On-site Registration: $500
Student Registration (does not include welcome reception, boat tour or conference dinner): $150
Guest Registration (welcome reception, boat tour and conference dinner): $200

Non-TSL members add $25 to each registration above.



Theo Crainic – Université du Québec à Montréal and CIRRELT
Mike Hewitt – Loyola University Chicago
Maciek Nowak – Loyola University Chicago


Plenary speakers:

John Birge - Jerry W. and Carol Lee Levin Professor of Operations Management, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Warren Powell – Professor, Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering, Princeton University


Social agenda: In addition to a focused look at uncertainty in transportation, this workshop will provide numerous opportunities to network with colleagues and establish new working relationships. 

A welcome reception overlooking downtown Chicago will start the event on Sunday evening.  On Tuesday, we will end the day a little early to go for a boat tour along the Chicago River, enjoying some spectacular scenery while learning about the renowned Chicago architecture.  After the tour, we will adjourn for dinner at the top of the John Hancock Center, one of the most iconic skyscrapers in the world.




Lunches will be provided on site each day of the conference. 


Lodging: Hotel information will be posted on the workshop website soon. Please check


Venue: Loyola’s Water Tower Campus, Loyola’s is located along Pearson Street, just off North Michigan Avenue, Chicago’s famed “Magnificent Mile. The Water Tower Campus derives its name from the famous Chicago Water Tower, which survived the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. It sits in the shadow of the iconic John Hancock Center. Other nearby architectural landmarks are the Tribune Tower, the Wrigley Building, the Trump Tower, and the site of Fort Dearborn, around which the city was founded. Holy Name Cathedral and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago are located just south of campus, across Chicago Avenue. In addition to the unparalleled shopping on Michigan Avenue, the Water Tower Campus also offers numerous dining and entertainment options. Cultural points of interest include the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Newberry Library, and Navy Pier.


Scientific Committee:

Mike Ball

University of Maryland

Ann Campbell

University of Iowa

Angel Corberan

Universidad de Valencia

Alan Erera

Georgia Tech

Yueyue Fan

UC Davis

Michel Gendreau

Polytechnique Montreal and CIRRELT

Ricardo Giesen

Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

Bruce Golden

University of Maryland

Patrick  Jaillet


Gilbert Laporte

HEC Montreal and CIRRELT

Janny Leung

Chinese University of Hong Kong

Warren Powell

Princeton University

Walter Rei

Université du Québec à Montréal and CIRRELT

Martin Savelsbergh

Newcastle University

Karen Smilowitz

Northwestern University

M. Grazia Speranza

Università degli Studi di Brescia 

Barrett Thomas

University of Iowa

Daniele Vigo

Università di Bologna

Stein Wallace

Norwegian School of Economics

Travis Waller

University of New South Wales