Gilbert Laporte Professor Gilbert Laporte

Keynote Presentation : Green Vehicle Routing

In green vehicle routing the aim is to design vehicle routes while trying to minimize polluting emissions. This is done by minimizing fuel consumption which mostly depends, in a non-linear fashion, on speed, load and distance traveled. In this talk I will first describe the speed optimization problem on a fixed route, which was first developed in a maritime transportation context. I will then describe the pollution-routing problem first proposed by Bektas and Laporte in a Transportation Research, Part B article in 2011. Finally, I will provide a brief overview of several projects that were carried out in recent years after the publication of the pollution-routing article. These concern the development of heuristics for several variants of the pollution-routing problem, an application to city logistics, and an emerging line of research on the use of electric vehicles for goods transportation.

 About Prof. Gilbert Laporte

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 Montreal, Canada Research Chair in Distribution Management, and adjunct Professor at Molde University College, the University of Bilkent, the University of Alberta and Universite Laval. He is also a member of the Interuniversity Research Centre on Enterprise Networks, Logistics and Transportation (CIRRELT) and founding member of the Groupe d’etudes et de recherche en analyse des decisions (GERAD). He has authored or coauthored 15 books, as well as more than 350 scientific articles in combinatorial optimization, mostly in the areas of vehicle routing, location and timetabling. He has received many scientific awards including the Pergamon Prize (United Kingdom) in 1987, the 1994 Merit Award of the Canadian Operational Research Society, the CORS Practice Prize on two occasions. In 1999, he obtained the ACFAS Jacques-Rousseau Prize for Interdisciplinarity, and the President’s Medal (Operational Research Society, United Kingdom). In 2001, he was awarded the Pedagogy Prize by HEC Montreal. He has been a member of the Royal Society of Canada since 1998, and Fellow of INFORMS since 2005. In 2007 he received the Innis-Gerin medal from the Royal Society of Canada. In 2009 he was awarded the Gerard-Parizeau Prize, he was inducted as the 42nd Honorary Member of the INFORMS International Omega Rho Society, and he received the Robert M. Herman Lifetime Achievement Award in Transportation Science from the Transportation Science and Logistics Society of INFORMS

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