Invited Sessions

Invited sessions consist of 4 - 5 papers of the regular format focusing on targeted subjects and presenting a unifying theme.
An invited session proposal should include:

  • a title,
  • an abstract,
  • the name, affiliation and email of the session proposers,
  • a set of key words and topics,
  • titles, authors of the possible contributions (facultative).

Invited session organizers should send their proposal to:
A code will be assigned to sessions accepted. The invited author should submit their paper using the template of the conference and by using this code. If at least 4 papers are accepted, the session is included in the conference program as an invited session. If an invited session is not accepted, papers submitted to the session which received a positive evaluation in the review process will be included in regular sessions.

Special Session Proposals

Intelligent control in transportation systems: perspective and challenges

Special Session Code



Ludovica Adacher

Federica Pascucci

Università degli Studi Roma Tre – Dipartimento di Ingegneria
Via della Vasca Navale 79
00146 Roma


The application of automatic and intelligent control systems is playing an increasingly important role in our modern society. This special session focuses on the results related to the integration of control systems in the transport domain, exploiting new approaches and methods based on operations research, artificial intelligence and advanced computing techniques.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Innovative control strategies in traffic and transportation problem
  2. Forecasting models in traffic management
  3. Coordination in intelligent transportation systems
  4. Distributed decision making in traffic, transportation and logistics
  5. Electric vehicle and charging networks
  6. Energy efficient transit planning and operations
  7. Sustainable vehicle routing and scheduling
  8. Modeling, simulation and optimization on logistics and transportation systems
  9. Multimodal transportation systems
Distributed control, Logistics, Electric vehicle, Optimization

Logistics services and Operations management

Special Session Code



Prof. Xuping Wang
Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, China
Assoc. Prof. Tao Ning
Dalian Jiaotong University, Dalian, China
Dr. Shuangjiao Fan
Dalian Polytechnic University, Dalian, China


With a fundamental understanding that supply chains continue to operate within an increasingly complex and dynamic set of variables, a flexible, scalable and agile logistics and operations solutions is needed. Logistics services and Operations management focuses on carefully managing the processes to produce and distribute products and services, which included scheduling optimization, evaluations of processes, managing purchases, quality control, storage and so on.
This special session is to serve as an international forum for exchange of information and research concepts, methods, policies and technologies toward ‘Logistics services and Operations management’. It is also designed to increase the management performance and reduce costs for businesses.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Logistics and supply chain operation management
  2. Port logistics management
  3. E-Commerce Logistic Management
  4. Green logistics and supply chain
  5. Agricultural e-commerce Management
  6. Logistics Management based on Internet of Things
  7. Big data and logistics technology
  8. Emergency logistics and emergency management
  9. Hazardous materials transportation
Logistics, Operations management, E-Commerce, Optimization

Logistics Service Providers: Integration and Performance in Sustainable Supply Chains

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Ms. Aicha Aguezzoul
Associate Professor at the Lorraine University, France
Mr. Silvio Pires
Full Professor at the Methodist University of Piracicaba, Brazil


More and more companies outsource their logistics functions to Logistics Service Providers (LSPs) in order mainly to concentrate on their core competencies. These LSPs have become important players in many supply chains and industries because they take part in the cost reduction efforts, in the improvement of the service quality of their customers, as well as in the productivity profits. Thereby, many LSPs have specialised their services through differentiation, with the scope of services encompassing a variety of options ranging from limited services to broad activities, in an attempt to meet the general and specific needs of supply chains and industrial segments. Accordingly, most of the studies conducted on LSPs are empirical in nature.
In this context, this session aims to discuss subjects concerning the logistics outsourcing, the LSPs integration and roles in the supply chains management, and the trends in outsourcing logistics services, particularly in the context of sustainable development.
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit papers dealing with the following topics, but are not limited to:

  1. Logistics outsourcing
  2. Selection and performance evaluation of LSPs
  3. Management of the relationships LSPs/Customers
  4. Modeling, planning and evaluation of the integrated logistics network for LSPs
  5. LSP implementing and/or coordinating sustainable actions in supply chains
  6. Trends in outsourcing logistics services
  7. Case studies and empirical studies of logistics outsourcing
LSPs, Logistics outsourcing, LSPs / Customers relationships, Sustainable Supply Chains

Sustainable Logistics

Special Session Code



Salvatore Digiesi
Politecnico di Bari – Dipartimento di Meccanica, Matematica e Management
Viale Japigia 182
70126 Bari


Logistics plays a key role in modern economy. Freight transport allows production systems or common citizens to receive or send materials or finished goods required by processes as well as by everyday life activities. Passengers transport flows integrate and interact with materials’ flows. Material and people logistics fulfills economy and society expectations.
However, the overall transport sector is the main responsible of negative effects on energy-related CO2 emissions, fatal traffic accidents and congestion. These effects represent ‘external costs’ paid by unaware societies and modern economies.
Sustainable logistics pertains a wide spectrum of scientific and industrial issues. It includes logistics of both industrial and urban systems. Circular economy, urban industrial symbiosis, and urban mobility are example issues belonging to sustainable logistics.
Research programs and strategic actions on sustainable development are focusing on increased efficiency in inbound and outbound industrial logistics (e.g. Industry 4.0) as well as on mobility of goods and people in metropolitan areas (e.g. Smart City programs).
The special session focuses on new approaches, models, and case studies in the field of sustainable logistics.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Green logistics
  2. Reverse logistics
  3. Circular economy
  4. Logistics for industry 4.0
  5. Inbound logistics
  6. Intermodal logistics
  7. Urban mobility
  8. Logistics externalities
  9. Third Countries and Emergency logistics
Sustainable logistics, Industry 4.0, Urban mobility, Externalities of transports

Planning, scheduling, coordination, and allocation of resources in logistics and transportation systems

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Mariagrazia Dotoli
Raffaele Carli
Polytechnic of Bari
Department of Electrical and Information Engineering
200 Via Re David
70125 Bari - Italy


Transportation and logistics systems are becoming ever more complex and interdependent. Nevertheless, innovative technologies could be exploited to enable these systems to be more operationally efficient, environmentally sustainable, user friendly, and in a cost effective manner. In particular, the application of automation as well as optimization methods is playing an increasingly predominant role in improving transportation and logistics dynamics, both from infrastructure and service perspective.
The goal of this special section is to provide a forum of interaction between researchers and practitioners in the area of automation and optimization for logistics and transportation systems. We invite original papers with novel contributions in all aspects of planning, scheduling, coordination, and allocation of resources for logistics and transportation systems.
Topics of interest for contributed papers include, but are not limited to:

  1. Advanced transportation (e.g., plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) network optimization
  2. Optimal planning in transportation infrastructures
  3. Robust control and optimization for transportation operations management and scheduling
  4. Communication and automation in logistics
  5. Optimization of logistics processes (e.g., optimal vehicle routing and management)
  6. Stochastic optimization methods for logistics management
  7. Multi-period resource allocation in logistics
  8. Data-driven identification and big data analytics for logistics monitoring.

Application domains may include (but are not limited to) the following:Application domains may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  1. Advanced transportation systems
  2. Smart mobility solutions
  3. Logistics for smart city
  4. Smart urban infrastructures.
Logistics, transportation, resource allocation, resource scheduling, distributed and decentralized optimization.