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Archive: November 2017 (North Western OR Group)

Monday, 20 Nov 2017
Tony Hines

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Green Logistics: Decision Analytics for Sustainable Transportation
Professor Richard Eglese


The environmental effects of transporting goods are of increasing concern to managers and policy makers. The use of fossil fuels, such as petrol and diesel oil, in transport produces air pollutants that can have a toxic effect on people and the environment. However, one of the main drivers for the concern over the environmental effects of freight transport has been the potential effects of the production of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on climate change from the use of carbon-based fuels.

Research into models for transportation and logistics has been active for many years. Much of the modelling has been with the aim of optimising economic objectives or improving measures of customer service. However, in recent years, more research has been undertaken where environmental objectives have also been considered, so that supply chain and other logistic services can be delivered in a more sustainable way.

For the OR analyst, there are many choices to be made about how to model freight transport operations. Can old models be revised with a simple change of objective or are more radical changes needed? We shall examine some of these choices and illustrate the issues with cases studies to show what contribution can be made to environmental and other objectives through the use of decision analytic models. This will include issues raised by the use of new technologies, such as the use of electric or other alternatively powered vehicles.

Professor Richard Eglese

Richard Eglese is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Management Science at Lancaster University Management School.

He was President of the Operational Research Society in the UK in 2010-2011 and is currently a member of its General Council and Chair of its Publications Committee. He is also now President of EURO (The Association of European Operational Research Societies) until the end of 2018.

His research interests include combinatorial optimisation using mathematical programming and heuristic methods. He is concerned with applications to vehicle routing problems, particularly models for time-dependent problems and for problems in Green Logistics where environmental considerations are taken into account to provide more sustainable distribution plans.

Details of recent publications and other information can be found on


“Facets” and challenges in Air Transportation

Guglielmo Lulli



Rapid growth in aviation is placing extra stress on existing air transport infrastructure, both in the air and on the ground (airports). In this talk, I will provide an overview on a number of challenges faced in the Air Transportation System with special emphasis to Air Traffic Management. I will also describe some of the most promising mathematical models recently developed – with their mathematical properties – to deliver a harmonised and efficient ATM system.


Guglielmo Lulli is Senior Lecturer in Network Analytics at Lancaster University. His professional expertise, research and teaching interests focus on deterministic and stochastic optimisation particularly as applied to transportation and logistics operations, air traffic management and energy. He was recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship at M.I.T. and received the 2013 Best Paper in Transportation Science and Logistics Prize of the Transportation and Logistics Society of INFORMS.

Wednesday, 8 Nov 2017
Tony Hines

Prof. Richard Eglese, Lancaster University will be talking about his research in OR and Green Logistics.

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