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Research group Logistics

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TETRA Transport met PIT


Upcomming IT-driven market developments in the Flemish transport sector (e.g., e-CMR, real-time delivery information) force transport companies to revise their processes . The impact of these market developments is substantial, but facing these innovations is difficult, especially in small companies. This TETRA project, coordinated by the PXL and Hasselt University, aims to design a methology in order to support small- and medium-sized transport companies to analyse and revise their processes independently. The methodology will enable these companies to rethink their business processes to respond to future innovations.

FWO PhD grant strategic basic research Tomas Ambra


Tomas Ambra is currently an FWO-supported research associate at MOBI – Mobility, Logistics and Automotive technology (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) and the research group Logistics at Hasselt University. His joint PhD research, supervised by Prof. dr. Cathy Macharis and Prof. dr. An Caris, is situated in the field of sustainable logistics, with the main focus on synchromodal transport. He is developing the SYnchronization Model for Belgian Inland Transport (SYMBIT) which is a computational model that combines features of geographic information systems, agent-based modelling and discrete event simulations.

Francqui Chair Prof. dr. René B.M. de Koster


Laureate of the Belgian Francqui Chair 2018, professor of Logistics and Operations Management at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. Prof. dr. De Koster is an international expert in the domain of warehouse optimization and incorporating human factors in operations management. During the lectures, Prof. dr. De Koster discusses recent developments in this research domain and formulate relevant research opportunities.

Sprint project SKF Logistics Services


The delivery products to e-commerce customers forces SKF Logistics Services to enlarge the existing warehouse and rigorously revise their operations. This applied research project focuses on how to plan order picking operations in narrow-aisle order picking systems and how to integrate manual and automated order picking systems.

Smart Logistics Limburg


In the context of SALK (Strategisch Actieplan voor Limburg in het Kwadraat), business case logistics and mobility, LPL (Logistiek Platform Limburg), PXL (Logistics Intelligence Center) and Hasselt University (Transportation Research Institute and Research group Logistics) joined forces to stimulate innovation in the logistical sector in Limburg. Existing knowledge and expertise in the institutions are shared and scientific technological support is offered to logistical and transportation companies in Limburg to exchange know how between research insitutions and companies, in this way stimulating the regional innovation.

Combinatorial Optimization: Metaheuristics and EXact methods (COMEX)


The IUAP project 'COMEX' (Combinatorial Optimization: Metaheuristics and EXact methods) brings together the Belgian expertise on combinatorial optimization (ULB, UCL, HEC Liège, KULeuven, UA and UHasselt). The COMEX project aims to increase collaboration between the teams, generate research contributions and breakthroughs and create the largest excellence pole in combinatorial optimization in Belgium.

FWO PhD fellowship Yves Molenbruch


Due to demographic evolutions and developments in the healthcare sector, transport tailored to the needs of people with reduced mobility has become indispensable in today’s society. Dial-a-ride services provide demand-dependent door-to-door transport to this target group, where multiple users may simultaneously be combined into the same vehicle. Hence, providers face a complicated routing problem in their operational activities. This project focuses on developing metaheuristic routing algorithms and corresponding scheduling procedures that allow providers to balance their operational efficiency against the service quality offered to users (i.e., respecting their time preferences and limiting their ride times).

FWO PhD fellowship Lotte Verdonck


Following the research gap on the operational decisions and consequences of horizontal cooperation and its growing relevance in practice, the purpose of this PhD fellowship is to study horizontal logistics cooperation in depth on a strategic and operational level. Special attention is paid to the impact of partner selection and cost allocation decisions on collaborative performance and stability.