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The University of Southampton
CORMSIS Centre for Operational Research, Management Sciences and Information Systems

CORMSIS Seminar - Logistics Service Network Design for Humanitarian Response in East Africa Event

16:00 - 17:00
3 November 2016
Room 3041 Building 2, Southampton Business School

For more information regarding this event, please email Dr Yuan Huang at .

Event details

Abstract of the talk: The United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) is an important humanitarian logistics service provider that manages a network of depots. This research project aims to analyze the potential benefits of adding a regional distribution center in Kampala, Uganda, to its existing network. To this end, we used fieldwork, simulation, optimization and statistical analyses to assess the costs of prepositioning relief items in Kampala and to propose a robust stocking solution. The UNHRD has already started to implement the solution proposed in this study, which should result in a mean cost reduction of around 21%.  This is joint work with Émilie Dufour, Julie Paquette and Marie-Ève Rancourt.

Speaker information

Professor Gilbert Laporte ,HEC Montréal, Canada ,Bio: Gilbert Laporte obtained his Ph.D. in Operations Research at the London School of Economics in 1975. He is professor of Operations Research at HEC Montréal, Canada Research Chair in Distribution Management, adjunct Professor at Molde University College, Bilkent University and the University of Alberta, visiting professor at the University of Southampton, guest professor at the University of Science and Technology of China, and distinguished professor at the Eindhoven University of Technology. He is also a member of the Interuniversity Research Centre on Enterprise Networks, Logistics and Transportation (CIRRELT) and founding member of the Group for Research in Decision Analysis (GERAD). He has been Editor of Transportation Science, Computers & Operations Research and INFOR. He has authored or coauthored 19 books, as well as more than 500 scientific articles in combinatorial optimization, mostly in the areas of vehicle routing, location and timetabling. Gilbert Laporte has received many scientific awards, both nationally and internationally.

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