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Prof. Michel Bierlaire Laboratory

Transport and Mobility Laboratory: Research projects

Our Aim
We identify new solutions to transportation problems, on the ground, in the air, or on the sea, transport of people or goods, whatever the mode. We focus on technical solutions, but also on their impact on the system as a whole. We are also interested in the interactions of the transportation systems with the land use, the economy, the environment, etc.

An example of a large scale robust optimization of bulk port operations http://transp-or.epfl.ch/researchProjects.php - top – Ras Al Khaimah, UAE

The primary objective of this research is to develop large scale robust optimization algorithms providing sustainable solutions for bulk port operations accounting for uncertainties and disruptions in operations.

While significant contributions have been made for container terminals, relatively little attention has been directed to the use of operations research methods and techniques to optimize bulk port operations. In this research we aim to develop large scale mathematical models for bulk port operations, with emphasis on integrated planning; furthermore, we plan to include robustness to account for uncertainties in operations. A broader objective of our work is to study how the methodologies developed for bulk ports can be extended to multi-modal transport operations, including other domains such as container ports, airlines and railways, with a view to optimize the usage and operations of existing infrastructure to achieve sustainability in the mobility of goods and people. The devised models and algorithms will be tested and validated in a real-world context using as a case study, the SAQR port in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE.

Principal investigator: Michel Bierlaire
Project managers: Nitish Umang, Ilaria Vacca
Sponsor: EPFL Middle East
Period: January 01, 2011-December 31, 2014
External collaboration: Saqr Port (Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, UAE)

For more information visit our web page Transport and Mobility Laboratory .