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A growing demand of optimization techniques and decision support systems is observed in the maritime industry since many years. Based on advances in information and equipment technologies, maritime shipping, cargo handling and hinterland transportation yield complex logistics processes that have to be managed in increasingly competitive environments. Aim of this EURO summer institute (ESI) is to bring together young researchers with academic experts from operations research, logistics and the maritime business. Every participant will present an own research paper which is intensively discussed within a workshop, for example on ship routing, terminal design, and seaside or yard operations management in container terminals. Next to focused workshops, tutorial lectures on selected topics and invited surveys on recent and future developments in the maritime sector complete the scientific program. With its orientation, the ESI offers a unique opportunity for young researchers in the field to share experience with colleagues from all over Europe and to enter the scientific community.
Participation is limited to a group of about 20 early stage researchers, who are either PhD students or who have less than two years research experience since completing a PhD. They must have significant experience in maritime logistics and be author of at least one unpublished, high-quality paper. Persons who are interested to attend the ESI can apply for participation with an unpublished paper, a curriculum vitae and a list of publications at their national OR society. The national societies are entitled to nominate up to three applicants, from which the scientific committee selects the group of participants. Participation and accommodation is free for selected persons. The cost of the ESI is jointly met by EURO and other organizations with the exception of traveling cost, which are usually met by the delegating national OR societies. A list of the european OR societies can be found at http://www.euro-online.org/display.php?pageid=440&
All participants are invited to present and discuss a research paper within one of the integrated workshops. Selected papers presented at the ESI will be considered for publication in a special issue of OR Spectrum on “maritime logistics”.
Invited lectures and surveys will be given at the ESI by
The summer institute will be held at the youth hostel Bremen, which offers modern conference facilities and a metropolitan ambiance coupled with a maritime atmosphere. The venue is located at the river Weser in the immediate vicinity of the historical center of Bremen. The city of Bremen is located in the northern part of Germany quite close to the North Sea. It is one of Germany's leading logistic regions and home to a large seaport, numerous freight centers and international trade, transport and industrial companies.
The city of Bremen offers many opportunities for sightseeing trips, e.g. to the historical city center, the home of the Bremen Town Musicians, to Germany's oldest artificial harbor in Vegesack, and many other cultural and industrial sites. Moreover, excursions are projected to the surrounding of Bremen, including trips to Bremerhaven with its large automotive hub, to the famous art village in Worpswede, and to Hamburg, Germany's second largest metropolis, visiting, among other things, the fully automated Container Terminal in Altenwerder.
Several Airlines (e.g. Lufthansa and Ryan Air) offer regular flights at moderate prices from many places in Europe to the airports of Bremen and Hamburg. Within Germany, Bremen is reached most comfortably by rail. For further information see http://www.bahn.de. The participants of the ESI stay at the youth hostel Bremen or at the guest house of the University of Bremen. More information regarding accommodation provide the websites http://www.bremen.jugendherbergen-nordwesten.de/ and http://www.gaestehaus.uni-bremen.de/ght.html
Carlos Pestana Barros (Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal), Christian Bierwirth (University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany), Marielle Christiansen (Norwegian Technical University Trondheim, Norway), Kevin Cullinane (Edinburgh Napier University, UK), Rommert Dekker (Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands), Michel Gendreau (CIRRELT Montreal, Canada), Hans-Otto Günther (Technical University of Berlin, Germany), Hans-Dietrich Haasis (ISL Bremen, Germany), Kap Hwan Kim (Busan National University, South Korea), Herbert Kopfer (University of Bremen, Germany), Frank Meisel (University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany), Luigi Moccia (ICAR-CNR, Italy), Theo Notteboom (University of Antwerp, Belgium), Mikhail Postan (Maritime University Odessa, Ukraine), Harilaos Psaraftis (National Technical University of Athens, Greece), Alexander Smirnov (SPIIRAS, St. Petersburg, Russia), Ulla Tapaninen (University of Turku, Finland), Albert Veenstra (Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands), Iris Vis (University of Groningen, Netherlands), Stefan Voß (University of Hamburg, Germany).
The ESI is jointly organized by the Universities of Bremen and Halle-Wittenberg, represented by Christian Bierwirth (Halle), Hans-Dietrich Haasis (Bremen), Herbert Kopfer (Bremen), and Frank Meisel (Halle).
Deadline for application at the national OR societies: October 1st, 2011
Deadline for nomination of participants (by the national OR societies): December 1st, 2011
Decision on participation: February 1st, 2012
ESI 2012: June 3-15, 2012
Prof. Dr. Christian Bierwirth (chair of the ESI 2012)
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