Transportation Science & Logistics Society


Below is a recap of items from the TSL Business meeting at the INFORMS 2015 Annual meeting in Philadelphia.

TSL Dissertation Prize

Alexandre Jacquillat
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Advisor: Amadeo Odoni 

Integrated Allocation and Utilization of Airport Capacity to Mitigate Air Traffic Congestion 

Alexandre is also the winner of the INFORMS Dantzig Dissertation Prize.


Best Paper 

“From Single Commodity to Multiattribute Models for Locomotive Optimization: A Comparison of Optimal Integer Programming and Approximate Dynamic Programming” 

Belgacem Bouzaiene-Ayari
Princeton University

Clark Cheng, Sourav Das, and Ricardo Fiorillo
Norfolk Southern

Warren B. Powell
Princeton University 

The paper will appear in Transportation Science.


Robert Herman Lifetime Achievement Award 

Michel Gendreau
École Polytechnique de Montréal



TSL is pleased to announce that another of its members has been named an INFORMS Fellow. Congratulations to 

Pitu Mirchandani
Arizona State University


TSL Keynote 

At this year’s Annual Meeting, TSL also held its first ever keynote:

Michel Gendreau
École Polytechnique de Montréal 

“Stochastic Vehicle Routing: An Overview and Some Research Directions” 

Thank you again to Michel for his excellent presentation. We look forward to continuing the Keynote at future Annual Meetings.


TSL Conference 

We announced the first ever TSL conference! 

Loyola University Chicago

Local Host: Maciek Nowak 

Organizing Committee: Pitu Mirchandani, Chair
Mike Ball
Maciek Nowak
Warren Powell
Barry Thomas 

More conference details will follow shortly.


TSL Workshop 

"Analytics and Automation in Logistics"
June 19 – 22, 2016
Atlanta, GA, USA 

Organizing Committee: Alan Erera, Sebastian Pokutta, Alejandro Toriello 

Advisory Members: Martin Savelsbergh, Chip White

TSL Elections

Our 2015 TSL Elections ended just in time for the start of the Annual Meeting. Thank you to all of you who took the time to vote in our recent election and to those who were willing to run. Without the continued commitment of such volunteers, TSL cannot function. The results of the election are as follows:


Vice President/President Elect       Karen Smilowitz, Northwestern University
Communications Chair                   Mike Hewitt, Loyola University Chicago

Special Interest Groups

Facility Logistics Vice Chair            Pratik Parikh, Wright State University
Freight Logistics Vice Chair            Justin Goodson, St. Louis University
ITS Vice Chair                                 Alireza Khani, University of Minnesota
Urban Transport Chair                    Song Gao, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Urban Transport Vice Chair            Joe Chow, NYU

International Liaisons

Europe                                            Harilaos Psaraftis, Technical University of Denmark
Americas                                         Andres Medaglia, Universidad de los Andes
Asia, Australia, and New Zealand   Lei Zhao, Tsinghua University

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Upcoming Events

INFORMS Annual Meeting

Cluster chair: Irina Dolinskaya

The TSL Business meeting will occur on Monday, 11/10 from 6:15-7:15 in the Hilton Continental 4, BR Level

The TSL Prize session will occur in session TC21 on Tuesday, 11/11 from 1:30-3:00 in the Hilton Union Square 1

Key Contacts

Mike Hewitt
Loyola University Chicago

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