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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'.
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Other researchers

Professor James Scanlan

Professor of Design
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Collaborating research institutes, centres and groups

Research outputs

Matt Grote, Thomas Cherrett, Andy Oakey, Antonio Martinez-Sykora & Ismail Aydemir, 2023, Future Transportation, 3(1), 169–188
Type: article
Wanqing Zhu, Andy Oakey, Paul Royall, Tim Waters, Thomas Cherrett, Katherine Theobald, Ans-Mari Bester & Robert Lucas, 2023, PLoS ONE, 18(1 January)
Type: article
Andy Oakey, Matthew Grote, Angela Smith, Thomas Cherrett, Aliaksei Pilko, Janet Dickinson & Laila Ait Bihi Ouali, 2022, PLoS ONE, 17(12 December)
Type: article
Andy Oakey, Aliaksei Pilko, Thomas Cherrett & James Scanlan, 2022, Future Transportation
Type: article
Matthew Grote, Aliaksei Pilko, James Scanlan, Thomas Cherrett, Janet Dickinson, Angela Smith, Andy Oakey & Greg Marsden, 2022, Journal of Air Transport Management, 102
Type: article