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Research project

Reducing logistics related energy demand through shared human and autonomous interventions over the last mile


Lead researcher

Professor Tom Cherrett

Head of Department

Research interests

  • Understanding and improving the distribution of goods and the management of freight vehicles in urban areas, including the supply of goods to hospitals and the use of consolidation centres; 
  • How optimisation techniques can be used to improve system efficiency and in what ways Intelligent Transport Systems (smart tagging of assets and the use of smartphones) can improve operating efficiency; 
  • Approaches to more effectively collect and manage the movement of waste in terms of both household domestic waste collection strategies, Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) management and joint domestic/commercial waste collection strategies. He has worked on a number of research projects in these specific areas: (Department for Transport grant PPAD 9/142/034, ‘Optimising vehicles undertaking waste collections' GR/S79626/01, SUE project 55 ‘Transport and Logistics'; EP/D043328/1, ‘Green Logistics'.
Other researchers

Professor James Scanlan

Professor of Design

Collaborating research institutes, centres and groups

Research outputs

Wanqing Zhu,
Paul Royall,
Ans-Mari Bester,
& Robert Lucas
, 2023 , PLoS ONE , 18 (1 January)
Type: article
Angela Smith,
Aliaksei Pilko,
Janet Dickinson,
& Laila Ait Bihi Ouali
, 2022 , PLoS ONE , 17 (12 December)
Type: article
Aliaksei Pilko,
Janet Dickinson,
Angela Smith,
& Greg Marsden
, 2022 , Journal of Air Transport Management , 102
Type: article
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