Supply Chain and Logistics Institute Seminar Series

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    Delivery in the Age of the Shared Economy
    ( 2020-02-12) Savelsbergh, Martin W. P.
    The success of on-demand platforms to obtain a ride, e.g., Uber and Lyft, which rely on crowd-sourced transportation capacity, has radically changed the view on the potential and benefits of crowd-sourced transportation and delivery. Many retail stores, for example, are examining the pros and cons of introducing crowd-sourced delivery in their omni-channel strategies. We discuss recent trends in this rapidly evolving area, and highlight challenges and opportunities.
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    The Local Character of Urban Air Mobility: Opportunities and Challenges
    ( 2020-01-15) German, Brian J.
    Urban air mobility (UAM) with electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft is emerging as a promising aviation market for both cargo delivery and passenger travel. The rise of UAM is being driven by the convergence of two technologies: autonomy and electric aircraft propulsion. Although promising, these technologies place limits on the discovery of viable markets, the timeline of introduction, and the design of operational paradigms. In particular, electric propulsion—when achieved with battery energy storage—is highly constraining in terms of aircraft payload, range, and speed performance and in terms of operational tempo and ground infrastructure. This talk will discuss recent work in modeling aircraft performance and operations for UAM and will highlight the challenges and opportunities in particular urban markets.
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    Digital Transformation of Last-Mile Delivery
    ( 2019-11-13) Ratliff, H. Donald
    Last-mile delivery (i.e., the delivery of merchandise to a store or end user), is a prime target for digital transformation. It is the most expensive and fastest growing leg of the supply chain and often the most critical to customer satisfaction. Unfortunately, it is also the most complex leg of the supply chain. We will discuss the delivery characteristics and trends that make digital transformation a necessity. We will also discuss the five stages of digital transformation necessary to optimize delivery systems: 1. Data digitization; 2. Business intelligence; 3. Predictive analytics; 4. Automated delivery planning; and Adaptive management. Finally, we will examine the advances in technology that enable transformation of last-mile delivery.
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    Bringing Intelligent Supply Chain to Life: Practical Paths on Azure
    ( 2019-10-23) Duggar, Keith
    Though building a Connected Intelligent Supply Chain can seem daunting, we say Think Big, Start Small, Move Fast. To that end, the Microsoft Azure ecosystem provides platforms, products, and services to accelerate incremental building of hybrid solutions no matter the scale. From Industrial IoT to Blockchain to Modern Workplace to Business Intelligence and Visualization to Augmented Reality, Microsoft spans the entire breadth and depth of digital transformation. Finally, layering AI into these solutions to further drive insight, safety, and value has never been easier than it is today on Azure with Cognitive Services and Azure Machine Learning.
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    Project Management Profession – its Roots, Growth, and Future
    ( 2019-09-09) Snyder, Jim
    The World of Project Oriented Work – From 1960 to 2019, History of PMI and Georgia Tech's Role, A Celebration of 50 Years, The Changing World of Managing Projects
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    Quantitative Methods in Health and Humanitarian Systems
    ( 2019-08-28) Keskinocak, Pinar
    There are numerous opportunities in utilizing quantitative methods in health and humanitarian systems. There are often limited resources and multiple stakeholders in these settings, and efficient and effective decision-making is important for resource utilization as well as improved outcomes for individuals or populations. We will discuss a few examples of the applications of quantitative methods in health and humanitarian systems, such as pre-positioning inventory for disaster preparedness, post-disaster debris management, intervention strategies and resource allocation for disease management, and allocation of healthcare workers to geographic areas.
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    An AI Framework Used in Crisis Management and Decision Making
    ( 2019-04-23) Benaben, Frederick
    Model-Driven Engineering (MDE) is meant, above other usages mainly in software design, to support the process of system design, especially the transitions and the coherency between models of different levels and different point of views. In the presentation, Dr. Benaben will introduce an original and innovative Artificial Intelligence (AI) framework dedicated to include MDE in AI technologies. An instantiation of this framework on the domain of crisis management will be presented as an illustrative example of providing sentience, agility and resilience in the handling of an instable situation. Then, the usage of this research framework will be extended to provide avenues and perspectives in ways to connect Industrial Engineering and Artificial Intelligence to support (collaborations of) organizations, decision making and management of organizations.
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    From Smart Machines to Smart Supply Chains: Some Missing Pieces
    ( 2019-04-10) McGinnis, Leon F.
    Modern warehouses, factories and supply chains are becoming enormously complex systems. Historically, the design and control of these systems has depended upon evolution and refinement over time to achieve high levels of performance. As a consequence, we do not have the legacy of engineering design that is found in digital circuits, automobiles or airplanes. But that situation is changing, albeit slowly. This talk will describe the changes that are taking place, and what they mean for our research and teaching missions.
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    Launched by Disruption
    ( 2019-03-13) Amling, Alan
    E-commerce, globalization and urbanization, combined with new technologies and business models, are disrupting industry stalwarts. Today, no company is immune from disruption. How should companies respond? Can disruption be a launching pad to a better future? Learn how UPS is staying ahead of disruption and thriving using the example of 3D printing, a game-changing technology that represents both challenge and opportunity for companies around the globe. Lessons learned will be shared.
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    Georgia's Ports - What's Next?
    ( 2019-02-13) Pyron, Clifford
    We will discuss a general global perspective, and then a North America focus on current and future supply chain challenges relative to infrastructure constraints. An overview of omni-channel dynamics in serving related logistics needs will also be covered. Lastly, any China/US trade tariff situations that might still be in play can be discussed.