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January 16th, 2012
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Thematic sessions

 

 
SESSION 1: Sustainable Logistics and Supply Chains
 
Amin Chaabane, Professor, École de technologie supérieure, Montréal (Qc.), Canada
Lionel Amodeo, Professor, Université de Technologie de Troyes, France
Marc Paquet, Professor, École de technologie supérieure, Montréal (Qc.), Canada
 
There is a broad consensus that the interaction between sustainability and supply chains is the critical next step from recent examinations of logistics operations and sustainability. Indeed, firms should not only be managed efficiently, but also behave in a sustainable way, that means (according to the Triple Bottom Line framework) taking into account also social and environmental issues into performance evaluation.
 
While important contributions have been made in relation to environmental operations and policy, strategy, finance, product design, supplier relations and post-consumer product management it is critical to move forward to the systemic issues that exist at the intersection of sustainability, environmental management and supply chains.
 
The aim of this session is to provide an international forum to investigate and exchange novel ideas and disseminate knowledge covering this broad and emerging area. Contributions aimed at favoring the emergence of theoretical frameworks capable of synthesizing the existing body of knowledge in the discipline are more than welcome, as well as papers presenting strategic or operational problem-solving applications based on a rigorous methodology (optimization, simulation, etc.). The contributions should highlight the difference introduced in the supply chain by taking into account its sustainability and possible trade-off with the usual evaluation criteria. This special session looks for contributions in sustainable logistics and supply chain management concerning but not limited to:
  • Logistics and Sustainable/Green Supply Chain;
  • Sustainable Supply chain design;
  • Reverse logistics;
  • Transportation and transportation network design;
  • Sustainable supply chain strategic planning and operational models;
  • Sustainable logistics network configurations and resource allocation strategies;
  • Sustainable/green supply chain practical cases, issues and solutions;
  • Sustainable/green supply chain performance evaluation;
  • Carbon management and sustainable supply chain;
  • Information technology and sustainability.
 

 
SESSION 2: Optimization of production and assembly lines design
 
Hicham CHEHADE, Assistant professor, University of Technology of Troyes, France
Lionel Amodeo, Professor, University of Technology of Troyes, France
Farouk YALAOUI, Professor, University of Technology of Troyes, France
 
This session presents the latest developments in the optimization of production and assembly lines design. Indeed, nowadays, lines design must take in consideration different objectives and constraints related to costs and performances. This could be valid on the different sub-problems of lines design such as line balancing, equipment selection, buffers sizing, physical layout or others.
 
The objective of this session is therefore to present the latest contributions in the field of lines design optimization. This optimization could be based on different kinds of techniques and methods: simulation based optimization techniques, exact methods (branch and bound, two phase method …), heuristics, metaheuristics (genetic algorithms, ant colony optimization, particle swarm optimization …). They could be also based on either on a single objective or on multi objective optimization.
 
Topics
  • Lines design:
    • Buffers sizing
    • Equipment selection
    • Line balancing
    • Physical layout
  • Optimization methods:
    • Exact methods
    • Heuristics
    • Metaheuristics
    • Multiobjective optimization methods
 

 
SESSION 3: Change is the essence of our times
 
Dr. Kurt Weiss Veränderer
 
Not linear change but exponential change as exemplified by Moore’s Law telling us that the efficiency and effectiveness of computers has been doubling every 2 years since 1965 (i.e. by factor of 107). Things do not only get faster (as they always did), they get faster faster. Our session will be dedicated to selected aspects of these IT driven changes in business, society, learning, and the state and the lessons to be learned if we want to meet the ensuing challenges. Nothing gets old as fast as the future. And it will happen even without you.
 
Key words
  • Dealing with complexity
  • Process innovation
  • People and change
  • Learning is survival
  • IT is here to stay
 

 
SESSION 4: Managing disruptions in sustainable supply chains
 
Jairo R. Montoya Torres, Universidad de La Sabana, Chia, Colombia
Luisa Huaccho Huatuco, Leeds University Business School, UK
Didier Anciaux, Université Paul Verlaine Metz, France
Daniel Roy, Ecole Nationale d’Ingénieurs de Metz, France
 
In today’s economic context, supply chains are prone to high levels of turbulence and uncertainty since the customer order fulfillment process is no longer controlled by a single, integrated organization, but by a number of decentralized and independent firms very often located all around the world that collaborate together. This has contributed to enhanced risks and vulnerabilities (i.e. disruptions) in the supply chain. These disruptions come in a variety of forms: technological, natural disaster, terrorism, etc. On the other hand, together with the international community’s increased attention on environmental impact of production and service operations, consumer behavior has begun to change: consumers have started to assess the environmental impacts of the products and services they buy. Hence, an important way of progress for industrial organization is to adopt socially responsible and green supply networks. Under this context, logistics and supply chain management under sustainability constraints can be understood as a decision-making process in which social, environmental and economic goals have to be achieved simultaneously.
 
The purpose of this session is to advance knowledge and management practice on supply chain approaches to managing sustainability and responding to natural disruption. The discussion will be focused on strategic, tactical and operational decision-making. Topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Green supply chains: modeling and performance metrics
  • Social impact of logistics decisions: modeling and performance metrics
  • Integrated modeling of social, environmental and economic metrics for logistics and operations management
  • Modeling of sustainable issues in globalized supply chain management
  • Management of disruptions in supply chains
  • Re-location decisions due to major disruptions
  • Integrated analysis of sustainable SC performance under major disruptions
  • Applications on services and manufacturing
  • Case studies
 

 
SESSION 5: Inter-firm Collaborations for logistics
 
Nadia Lehoux, Université Laval, Québec, Canada
Bernard Penz, INP, Grenoble, France
 
Companies try to collaborate even more with their suppliers, distributors and customers to better share products and information as well as react to uncertainties of the business environment. In particular, by establishing contracts to ensure a certain volume to order, by sharing some logistics costs, by fixing a price including a minimum profit margin, or by sharing ideas in an open innovation process, partners can better share risks while improving the whole value chain benefits.
 
In this thematic session, researchers are invited to present their work related to inter-firm collaborations, with an emphasis on the mechanisms and collaborative approaches adopted by the companies to better respond to customers’ needs.
 
Key words
Inter-firm collaborations incentives, contracts, coordination mechanisms, costs sharing, risks sharing, open innovation, logistics strategies.
 

 
SESSION 6: SME networks management
 
Pierre FENIES, CRCGM, EA 3848, Auvergne University, France
Samuel LAGRANGE, CRCGM, EA 3848, Auvergne University, France
Norbert LEBRUMENT CRCGM, EA 3848, Auvergne University, France
 
During the last years, the attention on SME networks has been continuously increased. Especially in the production business, SME more and more organize SME networks in order to extend their production capabilities. While a lot of potentials have been tapped by sharing production resources and knowledge, or by collaborative purchasing, the current achievements should not deceive the idle lying potentials within SME networks.
 
But… conflict exists over how supply chain management (SCM) affects small- and medium-sized enterprises. On one hand, SCM can provide quality, cost, customer service, leverage and even risk reduction benefits for the SME. On the other hand, SCM exposes the SME to greater management and control hazards while reducing its private differentiation advantages.
 
The special session will provide a forum to exchange novel ideas and disseminate knowledge covering the broad area of evaluation, selection, planning scheduling and control of SME’s network.
 
Experts and professionals from academia, industry and the public sector are invited to submit papers on their recent research and professional experience on the subject. High quality papers reporting on relevant reviews of existing literature, theoretical studies, case studies, interdisciplinary research are all very welcome.
 
The appropriate themes for consideration include but are not limited to:
  • ERP integration in SME
  • SME practices in logistic fields
  • Knowledge management and SME
  • Distribution network management and SME
  • Competitive intelligence, SME and operations
  • Information sharing in SME networks
  • Production Planning and scheduling for SME network
  • Project Management
 

 
SESSION 7: Management and relationships with logistics service providers
 
Torben TAMBO, Professor, Aarhus University, Business and Social Sciences, AU Herning
 
Logistics service providers (LSP) are providing services establishing most of our local and global supply chains by providing transportation, warehousing, packaging services, freight brokering, rental, customs processing, and many other services.
 
Cost of LSP, maintenance of relationships, and business process integration are critical aspects of modern supply chains, where LSP’s both are important in the desired service deliveries to markets and customers, but also – in many cases – the first place to look for improvement in logistical and economic efficiency.
 
LSP relationships are typically long term even when cycles of the market are shorter. LSPs build up thight networks of relationships inside the buying / manufacturing / selling organization over time, and also acquire deeper and deeper insight into supplier, product or customer requirements. Cost of shifting suppliers might thus increase over time. Selection of LSPs is in some companies regularly scheduled by making tenders e.g. every 3. year or under other well-defined criterias. Other organisations work over years with their LSPs until a point of attrition is met, where a process of looking for new LSPs in initiated; this point can come from unwillingness to change, change of management, change in markets, insourcing, structural industry changes, etc.
 
IT/IS is in all cases a critical part of the LSP relationship with data integration, business process integration, master data consolidation, transition projects, the extended enterprise information system, realtime/ offline / tracking issues, transparency, and others.
 

 
SESSION 8: Physical Internet Initiative
 
Russell D. MELLER, Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Arkansas
Eric BALLOT, Professor, Mines Paris Tech
Benoit MONTREUIL, Professor, Laval University, Quebec
 
The way physical objects are currently transported, handled, stored, supplied, realized and used is neither efficient nor sustainable. Economically, it corresponds to 8-20% of the GDP of most countries and this load grows faster than world trade. Environmentally, it is amongst the largest polluters, energy consumers and greenhouse gas emissions, and this gets ever worse as most nations’ goals are for radical improvements. Socially, on one side it results in lack of fast, easy and cheap accessibility and mobility of goods for the world’s population, and the other side it results in precarious logistics working conditions and public health issues.
 
The Physical Internet has been introduced as a paradigm-breaking vision enabling to meet this global logistics efficiency and sustainability challenge (www.physicalinternetinitiative.org). It exploits the Digital Internet metaphor to re-imagine the world’s logistics. It is an open global logistics system founded on physical, digital and operational interconnectivity enabled through encapsulation, protocols and interfaces. It enables the advent of an open, global, efficient and sustainable Logistics Web comprised of four constituents: a Mobility Web for moving physical objects across modes and means, a Distribution Web for deploying physical objects across wide territories, a Realization Web for making, assembling, finishing, personalizing, retrofitting, etc., physical objects near to point of use, the latter two combining to create a Supply Web. Encapsulation of physical objects is achieved through world standard, modular, green and smart containers.
 
This special session welcomes scientific papers related to any facets of the Physical Internet, Interconnected Logistics and Supply Networks.
  • Papers may address issues, assess impact, propose principles, models and methods, explore concepts and design.
  • They may be strategic, design or operations driven.
  • They may rely on a variety of methodologies (optimization, simulation, ontology, etc.).
  • They may focus on a narrow yet important aspect, such as the Design Physical Internet Containers, facilities, vehicles and handling/storage systems, or Distributed Routing through a Mobility Web.
  • They may tackle much broader aspects such as Physical Internet hub Network Design, Dynamic Supply Network Design and Product Deployment through a Supply Web, Logistics Interoperability, or Physical Internet Enabled and Enabling Business Model Innovation.
  • Works that have started without even knowing about the Physical Internet vision but that fit nicely within its umbrella are most welcome.
 
Key words
Physical Internet, Interconnected Logistics, Logistics Web, Supply Web, Distribution Web, Realization Web, Mobility Web, Distributed Production, Sustainable Logistics, Sustainable Supply Chain, Supply Networks, Modular Container, Inter/Multi/SynchroModal Transport, Logistics hubs, Logistics platforms, Logistics Interoperability
 

 
SESSION 9: Quantified Creativity to Reduce Uncertainty
 
Nico VANDAELE, Professor, KULeuven, Belgium
Catherine DECOUTTERE, KULeuven, Kortrijk, Belgium
 
In this thematic session we want to embed quantitative analysis into the area of R&D portfolio decision making. More specifically we expand on the following lines:
  • How is the portfolio problem structured?
  • How does it unfold with respect to constraints?
  • How do we measure the 'qualia'?
Structure of the session:
  • 1. The essence of comparing apples and pears within R&D portfolio management.
  • 2. Measuring the Qualia of an R&D portfolio: experiences from industrial practice.
  • 3. Open debate and reflections.
 
Key words
  • Strategic portfolio management
  • Multi criteria decision support
  • Group decision making
  • Human related uncertainty
 

 
SESSION 10: Hospital supply chain
 
Dr. Stefan CREEMERS, IESEG, Lille, France
Dr. Christine DI MARTINELLY IESEG, Lille France
 
Healthcare organizations are facing new challenges such as the aging population, the rise of healthcare costs and the rapid progress of medical technologies. At the same time, governments are tightening the budget dedicated to healthcare expenditures. As such, hospitals need to cut down their expenses while improving the quality of care.
 
Various studies have shown that supply chain activities can amount for up to 40% of the hospital budget. In the current context, the supply chain of the hospital might be seen as a way to enhance efficiency and to reduce costs.
 
This thematic session aims to present the state-of-the-art in OR and decision support systems applied to the hospital supply chain. What are the techniques and tools that can be applied? Which adaptations are required to fit a hospital setting? How did your research contribute at making the hospital supply chain more efficient?
 
We invite scientists, researchers and practitioners to share their views and to present their current research results in the area of healthcare modeling, simulation and optimization.
 
Key words
  • Healthcare system modeling, simulation and management.
  • Healthcare system optimization and healthcare decision modeling.
  • Operating theater modeling and management.
  • Emergency care modeling and management.
  • Hospital logistics modeling and management.
 

 
SESSION 11: Military Logistics Applications
 
Dr Ahmed GHANMI, DRDC CORA, DND Canada
 
The goal of this special session is to highlight application of operational research in military logistics, by gathering researchers and practitioners and exchanging-experiences, research results and ideas. The session topics cover logistics, supply chain and distribution modeling and analysis related to military issues. State-of-the-art theoretical results, applications and software solutions are expected. Contributions welcome, include but are not restricted to:
  • Computational intelligence applied to logistics
  • Supply chain modeling and simulation
  • Logistics transportation modeling and optimization
  • Power projection and pre-positioning solutions
  • Logistics support concepts of operations development
  • Logistics planning and analysis tools
  • Advanced logistics technology
  • Modeling methods, architectures and standards in logistics
  • Logistics C4I system development
  • Logistics systems and supply chain performance measurement.
 

 
SESSION 12: Exploring the Operations-Finance interfaces with risk management
 
Mohamed AROURI, Tunisia /France
Pierre FENIES, France
 
The theme of this session is “Exploring the Operations-Finance interfaces with risk management”. The changing nature of the Supply Chain Management field, which has seen a shift away from the traditional manufacturing-centric view of operations, needs to take into account a financial view of performance in supply chain evaluation. Coordinating financial management across the supply chain is a potential tool to align and improve the financial performance of collaborating firms.
 
The main goal of this session is to investigate how firm financial management techniques may be used to improve overall supply chain profitability and performance. This session would like to be a bridge between: (i) synergetic application of ideas, methods, and tools from Finance, Operations, and Risk Management to business problems, and (ii) development of new interdisciplinary solutions and insights to help managers of global enterprises with complex decisions.
 
Experts and professionals from academia, industry and the public sector are invited to submit papers on their recent research and professional experience on the subject. High quality papers reporting on relevant reviews of existing literature, theoretical studies, cases studies, interdisciplinary researches are especially welcome. The appropriate themes for consideration include but are not limited to:
  • The role of financial institutions and financial markets in operations and supply chain management;
  • Joint operational and financial decisions of the firms in a supply chain management way;
  • Operational and financial risks: identification, measurement, pricing, and management;
  • Integrated approaches to operational and financial risk management;
  • Supply chain management, game theory, incentives, asymmetric information in operational and financial risk management;
  • Applications of financial engineering, mathematical and computational finance in operations;
  • Applications of real options in operations;
  • Corporate social responsibilities in supply chain operations;
  • Econometric methods for financial and operational risk management;
  • Empirical studies on operational risk management, and integration of financial and operational decisions.
 

 
SESSION 13: Project Planning and Control
 
Prof. Salah E. ELMAGHRABY, North Carolina, USA
 
This session is devoted to research/applications in the field of project selection, planning, management, and dynamic control over the progress of a project until its successful completion, in all its facets: personnel, equipment, materiel, organization, finance, and legal, together with spatial and environmental considerations.
 
Practical examples of successful and unique applications in specialized sectors such as construction, transportation, and manufacturing as well as tutorials/treatments of nascent areas of interest such as “Linear Projects” and “Value Added” are especially welcome.
 
Also welcome are theoretical treatments dealing with modeling and analysis of uncertainty, the redeployment of resources to meet changing specifications, and the structuring of quality control throughout the project’s life.
 
KEY WORDS: project selection, activity scheduling, coping with uncertainty, financial considerations.
 

 
SESSION 14: Robust supply chain management
 
Prof. Masoumeh KAZEMI ZANJANI, Concordia University
 
Production and manufacturing systems deal with different sources of uncertainties in their supply chains, such as uncertain quality, volume and timing of supply, random and fluctuating demand, random equipment failures, etc. Such disruptions make the supply chain design and planning more complicated. Not only traditional forward supply chains are facing with uncertainty, but also reverse supply chains, focusing on the recovery of end-of- life (EOL) products, are dealing with multiple random quality levels as well as random timing of used products supply, as well as random demand for recycled/remanufactured items.
 
Traditional deterministic supply chain planning tools, such as deterministic optimization models, are not promising in terms of the robustness of the proposed plans in the presence of future uncertain events. On the other hand, in order to stay competitive in international markets, manufacturers should be able to promise a robust service level to their customers in terms of quality, timing, and price of products. Moreover, stringent environmental regulations are forcing companies to move toward more efficient utilization of resources. As a consequence, developing new tools for robust planning in supply chains, in both strategic and tactical level, is essential for many industries to survive under current competitive markets and uncertain economic circumstances.
 
The goal of this thematic session is to invite researchers to present their contributions in robust strategic and tactical planning tools in both forward and reverse supply chains. This special session looks for contributions concerning, but not limited to:
  • Supply chain (SC) design under uncertainty
  • Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) under uncertainty
  • Production planning in SCs under uncertainty
  • Capacity planning in SCs under uncertainty
  • Logistics planning under uncertainty
 

 
SESSION 15: The future supply chain: Beyond out-of-the-box thinking
 
Yan CIMON, CIRRELT, Université Laval
Diane POULIN, CIRRELT, Université Laval
 
As the world economy is teetering on the edge of chaos, rising fuel costs, economic and political uncertainty, increased border security and the rise of emerging economies are only a few of the global pressures that supply chain managers and logisticians need to contend with. These mean a major reconfiguration of global business activities is taking place. Another implication is a gradual, but major, reshuffling of value-creation patterns that affect all firms, from multinationals to SMEs.
 
These lead to obvious questions from the supply chain and logistics perspective:
  • What are the implications for firms?
  • What should researchers do?
  • What can policymakers do?
 
We are looking for multidisciplinary contributions outside the scope of regular transportation, logistics and supply chain management research. Papers from strategic, economic, and managerial perspectives are welcome, as are multi-method approaches (multiple case studies, multivariate methods, Delphi, etc.). These papers should make a clear contribution to – and beyond – the fields of supply chain management and logistics (broadly defined) and be accessible to audiences that are not traditionally drawn to the mainstream research topics of these fields. Possible subtopics could link supply chains, logistics and real-world phenomena of importance to business leaders, policymakers and academics alike:
  • Cross-border integration and international value chain configuration;
  • Challenges associated with aligning information systems and business models in the extended supply chain;
  • Transportation, policies and logistical implications;
  • Agent-based simulation and security issues;
  • Operations strategy and the multinational firm;
  • Product and value chain design;
  • Policy issues behind “creative logistics”;
  • User-centric and decision-making perspectives in supply chains;
  • Geography, risk management and logistical flows;
  • Economic crisis issues and the future of manufacturing;
  • BRIC countries, energy and global supply chains;
  • Etc.
 

 
SESSION 16: Supply Chain Analytics
 
Jesus A. JIMENEZ, Ingram School of Engineering,Texas State University
Francis A. MENDEZ Mediavilla, Department of Computer Information Systems & Quantitative Methods McCoy College,Texas State University
 
This session will make contributions to the ILS 2012 Conference thematic and objectives on “Creative Logistics on an Uncertain World”. More specifically, the papers presented in this session will show the applications of computer simulation and probability management, two important business analytics tools, to characterize uncertainty and conduct data-driven risk analysis to solve critical industry-motivated supply chain problems.
 

 
SESSION 17: Suppliers Performance Metrics and Sustainability
 
Dr. Cecilia TEMPONI, Texas State University
 
This session should compile papers related to key performance indicators (KPI) and its relevance to assess supplier’s performance, best practices and concerns. These topics may be from the perspective of the suppliers and/or of the enterprise. Papers in the framework of theory development, empirically based, best practices, and cases are all suitable for this thematic session.
 

 
SESSION 18: SCM in Crisis Situations
 
Dr. Matthieu LAURAS, Toulouse University – Mines Albi
Prof. Jacques LAMOTHE, Toulouse University – Mines Albi
Dr. Aurélie CHARLES, Lyon University – DISP
 
In the past years, there has been a sharp increase in the number of natural disasters and economical crises, and indications suggest that this trend will continue. The supply chains are of course fully impacted by these phenomena. Research works on supply chains exposed to disaster and crisis situations are rapidly expanding. Obviously, the management of supply chain during various crises such as natural disaster, economical crisis or any other disturbing element, which affects the basic structures of the system is a new challenging area that requires specific approaches and techniques. The purpose of this session is to review the current practices and research trends in managing supply chains in situations of strong pressure and high uncertainty. Both theoretical works and case studies are accepted.
 
Keywords: SCM for crisis, Disaster relief operations, Humanitarian SC, Emergency logistics, Resilience, Agility
 

 
SESSION 19: Fuzzy logic applications in supply chain management
 
Prof. Lyes BENYOUCEF, Faculté de Saint Jerôme, Marseille, France
 
The global economy and the recent developments in technologies have significantly modified the business organization of enterprises and the way that they do business. A new form of organization called ‘Supply Chain Network’ turn to appear and quickly adopted by most leading enterprises. It is noticed that “competition in the future will not be between individual organizations but between competing supply chains”. Thus, business opportunities are captured by groups of enterprises in the same supply chain network. The main reason for this change is the global competition that forces enterprises to focus on their core competences (i.e., to do what you do the best and let others do the rest).
 
Fuzzy sets proved successful in various fields of engineering and management to formalize human reasoning patterns, and to develop high-performance expert systems in contexts where data are affected by uncertainty and/or vagueness. This special session will provide a forum to investigate, exchange novel ideas and disseminate knowledge covering the broad area of fuzzy logic applications in supply chain management. Experts and professionals from academia, industry, and the public sector are invited to submit papers on their recent research and professional experience on the subject. High quality papers reporting on relevant reviews of existing literature, theoretical studies, case studies, interdisciplinary research are all very welcome.
 
Keywords: Fuzzy logic, supply chain, logistics, inventory, selection problems
 

 
SESSION 20: Strategic and operational carrier selection in transportation auctions
 
Adnène Hajji, Université Laval, Québec, Canada
Sehl Mellouli, Université Laval, Québec, Canada
Monia Rekik, Université Laval, Québec, Canada
 
Companies often rely on external parties for outsourcing their transportation services to focus on their niche, reduce management costs and increase sales.Reverse combinatorial auctions are one of the most widely used practices in North America to acquire transport services. In this context, two main decision problems inherent to the design of transportation auctions must be addressed: (1) the problem of bid construction faced by carriers (the transportation asset owners), and (2) the problem of determining the winning carriers to be solved by shippers (the service askers). Auctions may be used at a strategic level to select for-hire contract carriers or at an operational level in spot markets. The objective of this session is to present the latest contributions in the field of bids construction and carriers selection in transportation auctions at both the strategic and the operational levels.
 

 
SESSION 21: Reconfigurable Manufacturing Systems: design and Operational strategies
 
Adnène Hajji, Université Laval, Québec, Canada
Ali Gharbi, École de technologie supérieure, Montréal, Canada
Jean-Pierre Kenné, École de technologie supérieure, Montréal, Canada
 
Driven by a constantly evolving market dynamics and global competition, the reality of manufacturing firms has experienced a major shift during the past 20 years.
 
To remain competitive, manufacturing companies have to follow this trend and use systems that enable the achievement of three objectives: produce at lower costs, ensure a good quality and possess the capacity to be responsive to market fluctuations and to react to unforeseen events. Reconfigurable manufacturing systems (RMS) are considered as a new class of manufacturing systems, one of the most effective paradigms to address many of the manufacturing requirements compared to traditional systems (i.e. systems: dedicated, flexible, adjustable). A reconfigurable manufacturing system is a system designed to change its configuration (or structure) rapidly to adjust production capacity based on fluctuations in market demand and unforeseen events.
 
Being aware of this new reality and the arising needs, the objective of this session is to present the latest contributions in the field of RMS design and modelling. Authors are invited to submit research contributions and case studies that address these issues from an operational point of view.
 

 
SESSION 22: Value chain management in natural resources
 
Mikael Rönnqvist, Professor, Norwegian School of Economics, Bergen, Norway
Sophie D’Amours, Professor, Université laval, Québec (Qc) , Canada
 
One of the key challenges today resides in managing a sustainable usage of the resources as well as of their transformation and distribution into goods and services with both low environmental impact and high positive social and economic impacts. There are several areas belonging to natural resources and the main are forests, minerals, energy (fossil fuels and renewable such as wind, biomass, solar, hydroelectricity), water, agriculture, and animals. There are some important characteristics which are common for all (or a majority) of the areas. The underlying value chain for each area is divergent i.e. they start with few raw materials and as these are refined through the value chain the number of products and services increases. These areas are also important for their social impact, energy production/consumption and the environment. There are many stakeholders and decision makers in the natural resources value chains, which often are decoupled, and several objectives are driving the planning processes. Optimizing this set of integrated values which often are opposite (in terms on how they drive the decisions) is a complex task because many of the natural resources and business investments will have long range and uncertain impacts in terms of the availability of the resources as well as the industrial capacities, all affecting the value creation. This raises the need for sustainable, robust and integrated long-term and short-term planning.
 
Keywords: Value chain management, uncertainty, forestry, mining, petroleum, divergent
 

 
SESSION 23: Strategic Management of Inventory at the Enterprise Level
 
James A. Rappold, Supply Chain Sciences, Inc.
Keenan D. Yoho, The Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey
 
This session will consist of papers whose primary focus is on the strategic management of inventory at the enterprise level. We encourage the submission of work that addresses inventory management or control with specific attention to the strategic posture of the firm as well as those contributions that advance understanding of effectively utilizing transportation and inventory to meet strategic goals.
 
Keywords: Inventory, distribution, enterprise management, sales and operations planning, stocking decisions
 

 
SESSION 24: Innovations in APS (Advanced Planning and Scheduling) Systems
 
Luis Antonio De Santa-Eulalia, Professor, Téluq – Université du Québec à Montréal, Québec, Canada
André Thomas, Professor, École Nationale Supérieure des Technologies et Industries du Bois, Épinal, France
Jean-Marc Frayret, Professor, École Polytechnique de Montréal, Montréal, Canada
UdayVenkatadri, Professor, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada
 
APS are computer-supported planning systems that put forward various functions of Supply Chain Management, including procurement, production, distribution and sales, at the strategic, tactical and operational levels. These systems stand for a quantitative model-driven perspective on the use of Information Technology in supporting Supply Chain Management, for exploiting advanced analysis and supply chain optimization methods.
 
On the other hand, concepts issued from Ambient Intelligence have been applied in various fields through years giving rise to researches related to intelligent products or distributed decision making. In fact, intelligent resources and products, capable of interacting with their environment are now a common reality, thanks to the rapid development of embedded technologies (e.g RFID, smart cards, sensor networks…). In this context, product-driven control (PDC) is a way to change the hierarchical integrated vision of physical control for a more interoperable/intelligent one by dealing with products whose information content is permanently bound to their material content and which are able to influence decisions. Relevant architectures may be for example holonic (HMS, from the IMS), multi-agent based (MAS) or bio-inspired. All these solutions offer decentralized, flexible, open and easy-to-use solutions compared to centralized monolithic systems to react to events, but they suffer from myopic behavior. New solutions, called “hybrid”, try to mix centralized (APS) and decentralized approaches (PDC) to obtain a consensual solution, combining the best of both.
 
Despite many advances in this Supply Chain Hybrid control domain, there are some profound changes taking place in the key supply chain technology. Some fundamental trends are related to, for example, the need to better deal with risk (robustness), agility, responsiveness and focus on multi-tier relationships. They can be divided basically into two major trends: first, trying to expand from an internal to an external supply chain point-of-view, in which relationships with partners and collaborations are considered to a greater extent; and second, paying more attention to the stochastic behavior of the supply chain, managing risks and responding adequately to them.
 
The aim of this session is to provide an international environment to investigate, to exchange and to disseminate novel ideas and knowledge covering this developing area. Contributions in this area can be related, but not restricted to:
  • Development of novel planning and scheduling engines using new optimization technologies;
  • Innovative system architectures considering the distributed nature of the entire supply chain;
  • New technologies to capture the complexity of the supply chain behavior, such as the ones from the Artificial Intelligence domain;
  • Creation of methodological and conceptual frameworks for modeling, developing and implementing advanced planning and scheduling systems;
  • Novel trends in APS/PDC hybrid systems that deliver superior values in the context of complex supply chains;
  • Coupling of discrete-event and or/agent-based simulations with traditional APS systems;
  • Real-case studies depicting implementation experiences;
  • Systematic comparisons of existing systems in the market;
  • Simulation, performance evaluation of intelligent complex systems;
  • Synchronization, coordination and consistency between decision models and information models for control;
  • And so forth.