News: Centre Northern LEADhttp://www.chalmers.se/sv/nyheterNews related to Chalmers University of TechnologyFri, 21 Sep 2018 16:27:18 +0200http://www.chalmers.se/sv/nyheterhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/lead/news/Pages/Northern-LEAD-forskare-i-nationellt-godstransportrad.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/lead/news/Pages/Northern-LEAD-forskare-i-nationellt-godstransportrad.aspxNorthern LEAD-forskare i nationellt godstransportråd<p><b>​Regeringen har beslutat att inrätta ett nationellt godstransportråd. I rådet sitter flera personer med koppling till Northern LEAD, som nu ska stötta regeringen i arbetet med att genomföra godstransportstrategin.</b></p><div>​Uppgiften för det nya nationella godstransportrådet är att bidra till arbetet för effektiva, kapacitetsstarka och hållbara godstransporter, och att ge stöd i genomförandet av godstransportstrategin. </div> <div> </div> <div>Bland ledamöterna finns Northern LEAD-forskaren <a href="/sv/personal/Sidor/per-olof-arnas.aspx">Per-Olof Arnäs</a>, universitetslektor vid Chalmers. </div> <div>– Det är naturligtvis hedrande att bli utsedd till detta viktiga uppdrag. Själva arbetet har ännu inte börjat, men i godstransportstrategin som togs fram tidigare i år syns flera viktiga områden där godstransportrådet kommer att kunna lämna input, säger han.</div> <div> </div> <div>Även Linda Borgenstam, VD på Schenker Consulting och en av ledamöterna i Northern LEAD:s styrgrupp sitter i rådet, liksom Svensk Sjöfarts VD Rikard Engström, som har undervisat och disputerat vid Handelshögskolan i Göteborg. </div> <div> </div> <div><span>Infrastrukturminister Tomas Eneroth<span style="display:inline-block"></span></span> betonar rådets betydelse.</div> <div>– Om Sverige ska klara konkurrenskraften och klimatutmaningen behöver transportsektorn utvecklas och då måste alla berörda parter agera gemensamt för att hitta lösningar. Med godsstrategin som utgångspunkt blir det nationella rådet ett viktigt verktyg för genomförandet, säger Tomas Eneroth i ett pressmeddelande.</div> <div> </div> <div><strong>Text: Ulrika Ernström</strong></div> <div> </div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">FAKTA: Samtliga ledamöter i regeringens godstransportråd:</h4> <div><strong></strong></div> <div><br />Arnäs, Per-Olof, Universitetslektor, Chalmers</div> <div> </div> <div>Arvidsson, Ylva, Chef flygfrakt, Swedavia</div> <div> </div> <div>Axelsson, Svante, Nationell samordnare, Fossilfritt Sverige</div> <div> </div> <div>Boholm, Karolina, Transportdirektör Skogsindustrierna, Styrelseledamot i Näringslivets transportråd</div> <div> </div> <div>Bondemark, Per, Vice VD, SSAB</div> <div> </div> <div>Borgenstam, Linda, VD, Schenker Consulting</div> <div> </div> <div>Dahl, Mattias, VD, Transportföretagen</div> <div> </div> <div>Engström, Richard, VD, Svensk Sjöfart</div> <div> </div> <div>Glasare, Gunilla, Chef Avdelningen för tillväxt och samhällsbyggnad, SKL</div> <div> </div> <div>Gegö, Richard, VD, Sveriges Åkeriföretag</div> <div> </div> <div>Kjellgren, Karolina, Head of Oceania Trade, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics AB</div> <div> </div> <div>Lindqvist, Jenny, Head of Intelligent Transport Systems, Ericsson</div> <div> </div> <div>Nilsson, Marie, Förbundsordförande, IF Metall</div> <div> </div> <div>Nilsson, Ulrika, VD, Piteå Hamn</div> <div> </div> <div>Sundling, Jan, Styrelseordförande, Green Cargo</div> <div> </div> <div>Svanström, Therese, Kanslichef, Unionen</div> <div> </div> <div>Westerberg, Björn, VD, Tågoperatörerna</div> <div> </div> <div>Läs mer om<a href="https://www.regeringen.se/pressmeddelanden/2018/08/nationellt-godstranportrad-inrattas/"> regeringens godstransportråd</a></div> <div>Läs <a href="https://www.regeringen.se/informationsmaterial/2018/06/effektiva-kapacitetsstarka-och-hallbara-godstransporter--en-nationell-godstransportstrategi/">godstransportstrategin</a></div> <div> </div> <div> </div>Thu, 20 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/lead/news/Pages/Northern-LEAD-researchers-awarded-at-EurOMA-and-NOFOMA.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/lead/news/Pages/Northern-LEAD-researchers-awarded-at-EurOMA-and-NOFOMA.aspxNorthern LEAD researchers awarded at EurOMA and NOFOMA<p><b>​Several Northern LEAD researchers received awards for their research within logistics, at the EurOMA and NOFOMA conferences this summer.</b></p>​At the EurOMA conference in Budapest, <strong>Patrik Fager</strong>, Chalmers, was awarded &quot;Highly commended paper&quot; in the Harry Boer award competition. The paper, at which Patrik is the first author, deals with technology and methods for quality assurance in order picking systems.<br />Patrik has performed a comprehensive experiment, showing that efficiency differs significantly between them. This is highly relevant at a time when new technology is massively introduced in warehousing, partly driven by growth and competition among companies in e-commerce.<br />The title of the paper is: Order picking in dense areas – productivity impact of confirmation methods<br /><a href="https://research.chalmers.se/publication/503470">Read the paper here &gt;&gt;</a><br /><br /><strong>Arni Halldórsson, Ceren Altuntas Vural</strong> and <strong>Jessica Wehner</strong>, Chalmers, has received DB Schenker´s award for Best Conference Paper, at the NOFOMA conference.Title: Logistics service triads for household waste: The case of consumers as co-producers of sustainability<a href="https://research.chalmers.se/publication/503653"><br />Read the paper here &gt;&gt;</a><br /><br />Mon, 02 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/lead/news/Pages/New-study-on-the-logistics-consequences-of-the-Gothenburg-port-conflict.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/lead/news/Pages/New-study-on-the-logistics-consequences-of-the-Gothenburg-port-conflict.aspxNew study on the logistics consequences of the Gothenburg port conflict<p><b>​The conflict in APM Terminals in Port of Gothenburg has led to a large reduction in volumes handled in the port. Several Northern LEAD researchers and SSPA will jointly investigate the consequences of the conflict from a national perspective.</b></p><div>​The port conflict in Gothenburg has led to major consequences within the supply chain. Large companies across the country stress the negative implications in terms of increased cost as well as problems of sending and receiving goods on time.</div> <div> </div> <div>Northern LEAD researcher Johan Woxenius, professor at University of Gothenburg (School of Business, Economics and Law), is the project manager of a new study focusing on the consequences of the conflict from a national perspective.</div> <div> </div> <div><div>The purpose is to investigate which actors have been affected, how they have been affected, which measures they have taken and can take to mitigate the consequences, as well as indicate the aggregated logistics effects in terms of altered flows of goods, modal choice, costs and external effects. </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3" style="text-align:center"><span>&quot;For a country so dependant on trade as Sweden, it is paramount that our largest port is efficient and reliable<span>&quot;</span></span></h3> <h6 class="chalmersElement-H6" style="text-align:center">Johan Woxenius</h6> <div> </div></div> <div>The project will not address the labour market conflict itself, rather in an unbiased way address the consequences of the conflict and how problems that have arised have been addressed at different stages. <br /></div> <div>– For a country so dependant on trade as Sweden, it is paramount that our largest port is efficient and reliable, says Johan Woxenius.</div> <div> </div> <div>By investigating the effects and consequences of the issues that occurred in Port of Gothenburg, the researchers aim to obtain a better knowledge that will benefit both authorities and industrial actors. A final report is expected in September 2019.</div> <div> </div> <div>– This time, the container flows through Gothenburg were hampered by the conflict. In the future, the flows might be affected by storms or attacks on information systems. With better knowledge of the effects and preparedness to control the goods, future economical and environmental damage can be limited, says Johan Woxenius.<br /><br /><strong>Text: Ulrika Ernström</strong><br /></div> <div> </div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">FACTS</h4> <div>The project <em>Logistiska konsekvenser av konflikten i Göteborgs containerhamn / Logistics consequences of the Gothenburg container port conflict</em> is financed by The Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket)</div> <div> </div> <div>Participants in the project are Northern LEAD researchers Johan Woxenius, Rickard Bergqvist, Marta Gonzalez-Aregall and Anastasia Christodoulou at University of Gothenburg, as well as Martin Svanberg, Vendela Santén and Sara Rogerson at SSPA.</div>Thu, 07 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/lead/news/Pages/Looking-back-at-2017.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/lead/news/Pages/Looking-back-at-2017.aspxLooking back at 2017<p><b>Since its start in 2006, Northern LEAD has aimed at strengthen the cooperation between Chalmers University of Technology and University of Gothenburg within logistics research. The last year has seen a range of successful activities to further strengthen the strong logistics research cluster in Gothenburg.</b></p><h4 class="chalmersElement-H4" style="text-decoration:underline"><a href="/SiteCollectionDocuments/Teknikens%20ekonomi%20och%20organisation/Northern%20Lead%20årsbok%202017%20MP180531.pdf">​​Read the Northern LEAD Yearbook for 2017 &gt;&gt;</a></h4> <div> Since its start in 2006, Northern LEAD has aimed at strengthen the cooperation between Chalmers University of Technology and University of Gothenburg within logistics research. The last year has seen a range of successful activities to further strengthen the strong logistics research cluster in Gothenburg.   </div> <div> </div> <div>2017 saw the first edition of Northern LEAD Day. This conference brings together Northern LEAD researchers and practitioners in discussing the latest research results from Northern LEAD. This year’s conference discussed themes such as energy efficiency, transport purchasing and slow steaming and we are proud to say that it received much appreciation from the participants. We are looking forward to seeing you all again at Northern LEAD Day 2018! </div> <div> </div> <div>Northern LEAD is also co-organiser of the well-known and successful TREFF-conference (Transporteffektivitetsdagen), gathering well over 200 participants from industry, society and academia to a full day of presentations and discussions. Last year’s TREFF saw interesting presentations from companies such as Procter &amp; Gamble and Ericsson, government representatives and leading logistics researcher from northern LEAD and other universities. Plans are already underway to make TREFF 2018 just as successful! Northern LEAD researchers also participated in many other dissemination activities, for example at the Logistik &amp; Transport convention and in organizing the PLAN research and application conference in Gothenburg. </div> <div> </div> <div>Northern LEAD’s internal monthly newsletter has during 2017 been accompanied with an external newsletter aimed at industry. The newsletter contains news and updates on Northern LEAD research and activities. Sign-up for your own copy of the newsletter on the Northern LEAD webpage (www.northernlead.se). </div> <div> </div> <div>Many important research projects is ongoing and many interesting research results were published during the year, some of which received much attention. Read more about some of these projects in this yearbook. A selection of ongoing projects is listed on the last pages of this yearbook. Do not hesitate to contact us if you would like more information, or are interested in getting involved.</div> <div> </div> <div>In 2018, we continue our work, strengthening the logistics research in Gothenburg. We are looking forward to a close cooperation with researchers, industry and external partners. </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><strong><a href="mailto:jonas.floden@handels.gu.se">Jonas Flodén</a></strong>, Director School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg </div> <div> </div> <div><a href="mailto:mats.johansson@chalmers.se"><strong>Mats Johansson</strong></a>, Vice Director Department of Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers University of Technology</div>Tue, 05 Jun 2018 00:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/lead/news/Pages/Senaste-utvecklingen-inom-transportinkop-diskuterades-pa-valbesokt-Workshop.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/lead/news/Pages/Senaste-utvecklingen-inom-transportinkop-diskuterades-pa-valbesokt-Workshop.aspxSenaste utvecklingen inom transportinköp diskuterades på välbesökt Workshop<p><b>​Omställningen till fossilfria transporter går fortfarande trögt, även om det finns en positiv trend med fler företag som ställer miljökrav vid transportupphandling. I synnerhet finns ett ökat intresse för alternativa drivmedel. Det var en av sakerna som diskuterades på Transportinköpspanelens årliga workshop den 25 april, som samlade över 30 deltagare från näringslivet och akademin för att lyssna till den senaste utvecklingen inom transportinköp.</b></p><div>​Det var fullt hus på Transportinköpspanelens årliga workshop i Chalmersska huset i Göteborg den 25 april. Totalt samlades runt 35 deltagare från 22 olika företag och organisationer för att diskutera och lyssna till talare som delade med sig av sina erfarenheter inom transportinköp. </div> <div> </div> <div>Under dagen presenterades resultat från Transportinköpspanelens enkätstudie av transportinköpande företag, som genomförts vartannat år sedan 2012. En slutsats när det gäller miljö och transporter är att det generellt finns ett försiktigt ökat intresse bland företagen att inkludera miljöaspekterna vid transportinköp genom kravställande vid upphandling. Fler företag är också villiga att betala ett högre pris för transporter som har mindre miljöpåverkan.</div> <div><span><div> </div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4" dir="rtl" style="text-align:center">Generellt finns ett försiktigt ökat intresse bland företagen att inkludera miljöaspekterna vid transportinköp genom kravställande vid upphandling</h4></span></div> <div> </div> <div>Professor Finn Wynstra från Erasmus University visade hur man kan jobba med kontrakt som styrmedel, så kallad ”Performance-based contracting”. Efter genomgång av intressanta exempel på kontrakt genom tiderna, allt från kolonisering av Australien till försäljning av flygplansmotorer, diskuterades prestationsbaserade kontrakt för transportbranschen.</div> <div> </div> <div>Jonas Wilhelmsson från Ericsson pratade om möjligheter som ny teknik kan generera för att skapa effektivare transportlösningar. En slutsats var att digitaliseringen och uppkopplat gods öppnar upp för effektivisering och nya affärsmöjligheter, men ställer ökade krav på djupare samarbete inom försörjningskedjan och ökad delning av information. </div> <div> </div> <div>På eftermiddagen var det Rebecka Bryman och Natalie Gutierrez tur att berätta om hur Volvo Group arbetar med att inkludera miljöaspekter i sina transportinköp. Volvo arbetar bland annat med att se hur transportleverantörsvalet kan styras för att reducera koldioxidutsläppen för transporterna.</div> <div> </div> <div><strong>Text och foto:</strong> Linda Styhre</div>Wed, 23 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/lead/news/Pages/Swedish-transportation-research-conference-2018.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/lead/news/Pages/Swedish-transportation-research-conference-2018.aspxSwedish transportation research conference 2018 - call for abstracts<p><b>​Welcome to the seventh annual Swedish transportation research conference. This year’s conference will be held in Gothenburg October 15-16 in collaboration between University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology.</b></p>​The conference covers all traffic modes and all transport related questions. It welcomes contributions from all disciplines and areas covering analysis, understanding, planning and evaluation of the transportation system. <br /><br /><strong>Example topics</strong><br />•    New technologies and organizational forms impacting on logistics and transport systems<br />•    Supply chain management<br />•    Transport policy and societal planning processes<br />•    Pricing, regulation, policy instruments<br />•    Modeling and simulation of transport and logistics flows and demand<br />•    Procurement, contracts and business models<br />•    Transport and logistics from a service perspective<br />•    Cost-benefit analysis and valuation<br />•    Road user behavior<br />•    Road safety and health<br />•    Sustainability, environment and land use<br />•    Intelligent and automated transport and logistics systems<br />•    Planning of logistics and transport systems<br />•    Terminal and storage management<br /><br /><strong>Objectives</strong><br />•    Create a meeting place for Swedish transportation researchers that provides an overview of Swedish transportation research<br />•    Increase the professional and social interaction between Swedish transportation researchers<br />•    Improve the collaboration and information exchange between the different disciplines and areas in transportation research<br />•    Give professionals from authorities, consultancy companies, etc. the opportunity to take part in the latest findings of Swedish researchers<br />•    Improve the conditions for increased mobility between different institutions in Sweden<br /><br /><strong>Extended abstracts - submit no later than June 15</strong><br />The primary conference language is Swedish but abstracts and presentations may be either in Swedish or English. Please write your extended abstract of two pages in the intended language of presentation and comply with the following document structure: (1) research question and brief overview of the state of the art, including relevant references; (2) method; (3) analysis and results. Research contributions from universities, research institutes, consultancies and authorities are equally welcome.<br />Please submit your abstract at latest on June 15 to johan.woxenius@gu.se. The abstracts are evaluated by the scientific committee by their scientific quality and relevance. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out no later than on August 31.<br /><br />Call for abstracts - svenska:<br /><a href="/en/centres/lead/news/Documents/CfA%20-%20Nationell%20konferens%20i%20transportforskning%202018[1].pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/en/centres/lead/news/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="CfA - Nationell konferens i transportforskning 2018[1].pdf" />CfA - Nationell konferens i transportforskning 2018[1].pdf</a><br />Call for abstracts - English<br /><a href="/en/centres/lead/news/Documents/CfA%20-%20Swedish%20transportation%20research%20conference%202018.pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/en/centres/lead/news/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="CfA - Swedish transportation research conference 2018.pdf" />CfA - Swedish transportation research conference 2018.pdf</a><br /><br /><strong>Scientific committee &amp; planning group</strong><br />Mats Abrahamsson, Linköping University <br />Erik Jenelius, KTH Royal Institute of Technology<br />Margareta Friman, Karlstad University <br />Kajsa Hulthén, Chalmers University of Technology <br />Jan Lundgren, Linköping University <br />Jan-Erik Swärdh, VTI <br />Lena Winslott Hiselius, Lund University <br />Johan Woxenius, University of Gothenburg <br /><br /><strong>Contact &amp; information</strong><br /><a href="https://fek.handels.gu.se/om-institutionen/personal?userId=xwoxjo">Johan Woxenius</a>, johan.woxenius@gu.se (031-786 1453)<br /><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/kajsa-hulthen.aspx">Kajsa Hulthén</a>, kajsa.hulthen@chalmers.se (0739-300300) <br /><br /><a href="https://fek.handels.gu.se/sektioner/ife_och_log/nationell-konferens-i-transportforskning-2018">More information at the conference webpage</a>Tue, 08 May 2018 00:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/lead/news/Pages/Business-innovations-and-new-technology-in-focus-at-Northern-LEAD-Day.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/lead/news/Pages/Business-innovations-and-new-technology-in-focus-at-Northern-LEAD-Day.aspxBusiness innovations and new technology in focus at Northern LEAD Day<p><b>Autonomous vehicles in urban freight transport, more efficient maintenance solutions for heavy vehicles and the first mile problem of waste collection. Those were some of the topics at the Northern LEAD Day 2018, which gathered almost 60 participants – all eager to ask questions and engage in discussions.</b></p><div>​Six researchers from Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg presented their work during the day, which was focused on business innovations and new technology within the field of logistics and supply chain. These themes were also picked up by a panel discussing the feasibility of industrial realization. Hinders and enablers in this respect were discussed in a most engaging way by representatives from various types of organizations.<br /><br /></div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">Business innovations</h4> <div>The first presentation focused on the first mile problem of waste collection logistics and its influences on the quality of household waste. According to Ceren Altuntas Vural the consumer is the new supplier in a circular economy. The consumer plays an important role when it comes to sorting the household waste in fractions so that it can be converted into new material in an effective way.</div> <div> </div> <div>In the area of supply chain finance, Viktor Elliot presented concepts for how forwarders’ knowledge of product location and status facilitates trade and lowers credit risks in the supply chain. Viktor’s experience is that there is much to gain if you can make the international supply chains visible in order to enable more efficient and less risky chains.</div> <div> </div> <div>Klas Hedvall studies how heavy vehicle maintenance solutions can be made more efficient, thereby contributing to an efficient transport system. Some upcoming challenges are for example that new technologies will require new competencies and that there is a shortage of technicians. However, improved connectivity leads to new possibilities within planning of maintenance, and electromobility means fewer moving parts in the vehicle, which may decrease the need of maintenance.</div> <div> </div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">New Technology</h4> <div>Automation of kitting, transport and assembly is in focus in Robin Hansson’s research. Automation is not that common in the field of materials supply systems, partly because of little knowledge on how contextual variables affect the proper choice of automation. The decisions are fairly complex and there are many factors to consider, for example what level of automation is suitable, what type of technology to use and how to organize the interfaces and the management systems.</div> <div> </div> <div>Patrik Jonsson’s research focus how new technology, for example big data and digital product models, can make the supply chain both more efficient and responsive. One of the presented projects is looking closer at digital product fitting in retail supply chains.</div> <div> </div> <div>What are the potential benefits and challenges with autonomous vehicles in urban freight transport? Michael Browne points at potential benefits such as lower costs, increased safety and greater opportunities for time shifting. However, there are also some challenges, for example that both the transports and products are heterogeneous in many ways and physical challenges in the urban environment. <br /><br /><strong>Text and photos:</strong> Malin Tengblad</div> <div> </div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">Speakers at Northern LEAD Day 2018</h4> <div><strong>• Ceren Altuntas Vural:</strong> Consumer is the new supplier! Co-producing sustainable value propositions at the first-mile of waste service systems </div> <div><strong>• Viktor Elliot:</strong> Supply Chain Finance</div> <div><strong>• Klas Hedvall:</strong> Underhållslösningar för fordon i framtida hållbara vägtransporter - utmaningar och möjligheter</div> <div> </div> <span><strong>• <span style="display:inline-block"></span></strong></span><strong>Robin Hanson:</strong> Automation i materialhantering – möjligheter och utmaningar <div><strong>• Patrik Jonsson:</strong> Ny teknologi för effektivitet i supply chain</div> <div><strong>• Michael Browne:</strong> Urban freight transport and autonomous vehicles: Opportunities and challenges </div> <div> </div> <div><strong>Per-Olof Arnäs: </strong>Moderator of the panel discussion on ‘“How can innovations become real in the industry’?” with the panel members Sofie Vennersten (Lindholmen Science Park/Closer), John Wedel (Business Region Göteborg), Andreas Thieme (Care of Carl/Steerlink) and Jon Williamsson (Göteborgs Universitet).</div> <div><br /></div> <div><h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">About Northern LEAD Day</h4> <div>Northern LEAD DayApril 11 2018, was arranged by Northern LEAD logistics research centre – a logistics competence centre formed by University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology in co-operation with Logistics and Transport Society LTS</div></div>Thu, 26 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/lead/news/Pages/Welcome-to-Northern-LEAD-Day-2018.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/lead/news/Pages/Welcome-to-Northern-LEAD-Day-2018.aspxWelcome to Northern LEAD Day 2018<p><b>​Get inspired, listen to the latest research findings within Logistics and Supply Chain, and enjoy the discussions. Welcome to Northern LEAD Day 2018!</b></p>​Following the success of the first Northern LEAD day last year, the second Northern LEAD day will bring presentations of research results from Northern LEAD research and a chance to meet and discuss.<br /><br />​During three hours, researchers from Chalmers and University of Gothenburg will present their research results. There will also be an interesting discussion on a current logistics related topic. Take the opportunity to listen to the latest findings, and meet other people interested in the field.<br /><br /><strong>When:</strong> Wednesday, April 11, 9.00-12.00, with lunch afterwards<br /><strong>Where:</strong> &quot;Volvosalen&quot;, School of Business, Economics and Law at University of Gothenburg (Handelshögskolan), Vasagatan 1<br /><a href="https://handels.gu.se/om_handelshogskolan/kontakta_oss/hitta_ratt">Map of the premises</a><br /><br />The conference and lunch is free of charge. There will be presentations in both English and Swedish<br /><br /><strong style="font-size:18px"><a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe2SVnZO4T-pKHGpMJBT4nQbRbkhPG6tIbjGQi5aJ8qoZyz2g/viewform?c=0&amp;w=1">Register here</a></strong> (no later than April 4)<br /><br /><br /><strong>Program: </strong><br /><br />8.30 Coffee and registration<br />9.00 Welcome<br /><br />BUSINESS INNOVATIONS:<br />•    Ceren Altuntas Vural: Consumer is the new supplier! Co-producing sustainable value propositions at the first-mile of waste service systems (the presentation will be held in English)<br />•    Viktor Elliot: Supply Chain Finance<br />•    Klas Hedvall: Underhållslösningar för fordon i framtida hållbara vägtransporter - utmaningar och möjligheter<br /><br />Panel discussion: Hur kan innovationerna bli verklighet ute i industrin?<br />Moderator, Per-Olof Arnäs<br /><br />10.30 - 11.00 Coffee<br /><br />NEW TECHNOLOGY: <br /><br />•    Robin Hanson: Automation i materialhantering – möjligheter och utmaningar<br />•    Patrik Jonsson: Ny teknologi för effektivitet i supply chain<br />•    Michael Browne: Urban freight transport and autonomous vehicles: Opportunities and challenges (the presentation will be held in English)<br /><br />12.00 Lunch<br /> <br /><strong>Contact:</strong><br />Mats Johansson, Northern LEAD<br />E-mail: mats.johansson@chalmers.se<br />Phone: 031-7721329<br /><br />Jonas Flodén, Northern LEAD<br />E-mail: jonas.floden@handels.gu.se<br />Phone: 031-7865131 <br /><br />John Wedel, LTS<br />E-mail: john.wedel@businessregion.se<br />phone: 031-3676121 <br />Tue, 27 Mar 2018 00:05:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/tme/news/Pages/transport-of-household-waste-focus-for-Renova-grant.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/tme/news/Pages/transport-of-household-waste-focus-for-Renova-grant.aspxTransport of household waste in focus for Renova&#39;s Environmental Grant 2018<p><b>From researching energy efficiency of freight transportation towards the end consumer, Chalmers researcher Jessica Wehner switches her focus to the transportation of household waste away from the point of consumption. She now receives Renova&#39;s Environmental Grant for 2018. &quot;Energy efficiency is as much about behaviours and attitudes as it is about technology,&quot; she says.</b></p><p>Jessica began her PhD studies in a research project called &quot;The Fifth Fuel&quot;, funded by the Swedish Energy Agency. The project is about increasing energy efficiency in freight transportation and logistics, which benefits both environment and economy. In logistics contexts, a term that is often used is &quot;the last mile&quot; - meaning the last leg of transport from retailer to household. The end consumer is recognised as playing a very important role in the process of increasing energy efficiency in the reversed supply chain.<br /><br />&quot;I got the idea of looking at the transportation of goods in an opposite direction,&quot; says Jessica. &quot;To see households as suppliers of waste in a reversed supply chain and the research makes an effort to initiate a new way of thinking towards waste collection .&quot;<br /><br />According to Jessica, energy efficiency is as much about behaviours and attitudes as it is about technology.<br /><br />&quot;I call the transport leg from households &quot;the first mile&quot;. The way in which the waste is collected, how it's sorted and where households leave their waste, is crucial to energy efficiency. Perhaps we need to reconsider today's methods for sorting and collecting&quot;, she says.<br /><br />Jessica conducts her research at Chalmers University of Technology, at the Department of Technology Management and Economics, Division of Service Management and Logistics. She plans to use the grant of 50,000 SEK to establish new collaborations with colleagues working on the same subject, including a colleague at the Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki who works with logistics regarding food waste supply chains. At the moment she is also working on a conference paper together with Chalmers colleagues Árni Halldórsson and Ceren Altuntas Vural.<br /><br />Jessica Wehner received the 2018 Environmental Grant at Renova's Annual Meeting on March 9, 2018.<br /><a href="http://www.chalmers.se/en/Staff/Pages/jessica-wehner.aspx"><br />Read more about Jessica Wehner's research<span style="display:inline-block"></span></a><br /><a href="https://www.renova.se/om-renova/koncernen/vart-miljoarbete/renovas-miljostipendium/">Read more about Renova's Environmental Grant and former fellows (in Swedish)</a><br /><br /></p>Mon, 12 Mar 2018 09:00:00 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/math/news/Pages/Optimal-selection-of-truck-tyres-saves-fuel.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/math/news/Pages/Optimal-selection-of-truck-tyres-saves-fuel.aspxOptimal selection of truck tyres saves fuel<p><b>​The PhD thesis of Zuzana Nedělková concerns the optimal selection of tyres for a variety of vehicle configurations as well as operating environments, analyzed from a mathematical optimization point of view.</b></p><p><img width="300" height="323" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Illustration truck and tyres" src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MV/Nyheter/CoverFigure300x.png" style="margin:5px" />The goal of the project has been to improve the tyre selection at Volvo Group Trucks Technology, through developing a methodology using mathematical optimization. Volvo wants to give recommendations to their truck users of which tyres they should select, in order to save fuel. This is done when the tractive energy required to run the vehicle is reduced. Which tyres are optimal depends on many aspects, such as the environment where the truck will be used, how the load will be distributed, and the model of the truck. This create lots of optimization problems, that needs to be solved almost instantly as the customers should not have to wait for an answer.</p> <p>Zuzana has developed a splitting algorithm for a large number of instances of simulation-based optimization problem with categorical variables of no natural order. A database of strategic vehicle specifications and their usage of the vehicles has been set. In that way a lot of the computation is done beforehand, and when a new customer arrives it is possible to identify the optimal tyres using the solutions in the database.</p> <p>When the algorithm was tested, the results showed that up to 3% of the tractive energy can be saved with the optimal tyres selected when compared to the tyres that are sold with the truck. The methodology can however not be applied immediately. There is a new project on its way to propagate tyre data, the vehicle models need to be developed automatically, and more data is also needed from the tyre suppliers. When these parts are solved, the project is ready to be implemented. </p> <p><img width="250" height="300" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Photo Zuzana Nedelkova" src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MV/Nyheter/ZuzanaNedelkova250x300.jpg" style="margin:5px" />The project was initiated by Volvo Group Trucks Technology and is also funded by the Swedish Energy Agency. The optimization group at the Department of Mathematical Sciences has cooperated with the Department of Mechanical and Maritime Sciences, to develop the vehicle model, the Institute of Technology at the University of Ontario, to develop the tyre model, and Fraunhofer-Chalmers Research Centre Industrial Mathematics, to develop the algorithm models.</p> <p>Zuzana took a master course in optimization at Chalmers in 2010 through the Erasmus programme, and found that she liked the subject a lot. The PhD project she has now completed was announced at the time she finished her master studies, she took a chance, and so it happened that she stayed in Sweden six more years than originally intended. After her dissertation she will however move back to the Czech Republic, where she will work with optimization of electric grids for an electric power distribution company.</p> <p>– This has, overall, been a good experience. A very positive part of it is the Swedish parental leave system, allowing to combine career and family very easily.<br /><br /><em>Zuzana Nedělková will defend her PhD thesis “Optimization of truck tyres selection” on February 22 at 10.15 in the room Pascal, Hörsalsvägen 1. Supervisors are Ann-Brith Strömberg and Peter Lindroth, co-supervisors are Michael Patriksson and Bengt Jacobson.</em><br /><br /><strong>Text and photo</strong>: Setta Aspström<br /><strong>Illustration</strong>: Zuzana Nedělková (cover of the PhD thesis)</p>Tue, 13 Feb 2018 09:10:00 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/lead/news/Pages/Smart-math-modelling-helps-sharpen-the-aerospace-industry.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/lead/news/Pages/Smart-math-modelling-helps-sharpen-the-aerospace-industry.aspxSmart math modelling helps sharpen aerospace industry<p><b>​In two innovative projects, Northern LEAD researchers Michael Patriksson and Ann-Brith Strömberg aim for improved maintenance and better capacity utilization in the aerospace industry. – Few academic studies have focused on this kind of tactical planning, says Patriksson.</b></p><div>​The Vinnova-funded projects started in the beginning of 2018, with SAAB AB and GKN Aerospace as two of the partners. From Chalmers, Northern LEAD researchers Ann-Brith Strömberg and Michael Patriksson at the Department of Mathematical sciences will work with the projects</div> <div> </div> <div>Below, Michael Patriksson describes the work to be done.</div> <div> </div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">Effect based aircraft maintenance planning and operations support</h4> <strong>Funding and duration:</strong> VINNOVA, 180101–201231 <div><strong>Partners:</strong> SAAB AB, Linköping</div> <div> </div> <div>“The project aims to develop and demonstrate methods for the maintenance and logistics of future complete aircraft systems, integrating weapons systems, sensors, spare parts, and other ground-based resources. The mathematical modelling and analysis will concentrate on a systems-of-systems (SoS) perspective, in order to beneficially meet the high demands on fast, flexible, and cost-efficient maintenance systems”.</div> <div> </div> <div>“This project will not only generate improved maintenance principles and practices, but will also build the foundations for a more general mathematical modelling of SoS:s, which will benefit also other projects outside of the concrete application in this project”.</div> <div> </div> <div><strong>What are the main goals?</strong></div> <div>“From a technical perspective we hope to develop and demonstrate new and better methods for the optimization of SoS:s. We further hope that the collaboration between SAAB and Chalmers will yield a strong interdisciplinary team that will be able to perform the necessary research in order to reach the goal of demonstrating the new, integrated system”.</div> <div><br /> <p><img src="/en/departments/tme/PublishingImages/News/Andra%20storlekar%20maxbredd%20250xnågot/AnnBrittoPatrik.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><span style="text-align:center"></span> </p> <h6 class="chalmersElement-H6" style="text-align:center"><span>Ann-Brith Strömberg and Michael Patriksson </span><span style="display:inline-block"></span></h6><p><br /> </p> <p></p> </div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">Tactical resource allocation for efficient capacity utilization</h4> <div><strong>Funding and duration: </strong>VINNOVA, 180101–221231</div> <div><strong>Partners:</strong> GKN Aerospace, Trollhättan; Jönköpings tekniska högskola</div> <div> </div> <div>“Competition in aerospace industry being fierce – with resulting shrinking margins – implies the need to increase the flexibility in the production system, taking into account changes in the volumes and the product mixes, while keeping rigid demands on product assurance. The project will develop tactical resource allocation principles with the aim to maximize resource utilization while ensuring efficient production flows in the long term”.</div> <div> </div> “Few academic studies have focused on this kind of tactical planning, making it difficult to know what data is required, and how planning models and algorithms should be designed. There is therefore a strong need for theory development regarding the design and use of methods and models for this type of capacity planning, which is the purpose of this project”. <br /> <div><strong>What are the main goals?</strong></div> <div><div>“We hope to achieve a significant increase of the utilization of the available resources, while keeping delivery precision”.</div> <div> </div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">MORE INFORMATION</h4> <div> </div> <div><strong>Read more about the researchers:</strong></div> <div><span><a href="/sv/personal/Sidor/ann-brith-stromberg.aspx">Ann-Brith Strömberg </a><span style="display:inline-block"></span></span></div> <div><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/michael-patriksson.aspx"><span>Michael Patriksson <span style="display:inline-block"></span></span></a></div></div> Sun, 28 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/lead/news/Pages/Michael-Browne-talks-freight-logistics-on-University-talk-show.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/lead/news/Pages/Michael-Browne-talks-freight-logistics-on-University-talk-show.aspxMichael Browne talks freight logistics on University talk show<p><b>​Northern LEAD researcher Michael Browne recently talked freight logistics in the quarterly show ”Trade Talks”, done for the California State University (CSU) media and web network.</b></p>​In the show, Michael Browne, professor of Logistics and Urban Freight Transport at the University of Gothenburg, is interviewed by Dr. Thomas O'Brien, executive Director of the Center for Trade and Transportation at California State University Long Beach.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.vref.se/urbanfreight/news/newsurbanfreight/tradetalksfreightlogistics.5.191b515915f686e0c52de689.html">Re<span class="ms-offscreen">December</span><span></span><span class="ms-offscreen"> 2017</span>ad more at the VREF-website<span></span><span style="display:inline-block"></span></a>Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:40:00 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/Transport/news/Pages/Collaboration-between-universities-strengthens-transport-research.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/Transport/news/Pages/Collaboration-between-universities-strengthens-transport-research.aspxCollaboration between universities strengthens transport research<p><b>​Transport and logistics research will benefit from extended collaboration between Chalmers and University of Gothenburg, according to Michael Browne. He is the new profile coordinator of Transport Efficiency and Customer Adapted Logistics within Chalmers Area of Advance Transport.</b></p>​“Research that contributes to transport system improvements to enable efficient and long-term sustainable transport and customer adapted logistics is very important and is something that should be addressed by researchers from different disciplines”, says Michael Browne. <br /><br />With a background from University of Westminster in London, Michael Browne is full professor in logistics and urban freight at University of Gothenburg since 2015. During the past 10-15 years his research has increasingly focused on urban freight and logistics.<br /><br />“Most of my research has considered the interaction between public policies and business decisions”, he says. “I am particularly interested in the way that research can influence public policy and organizational behavior.”<br /><br />As profile coordinator Michael Browne wants to play a part in continuing and extending the collaboration between University of Gothenburg and Chalmers building on the work of Dan Andersson, previous profile coordinator. He points out that there are already many areas where the two universities collaborate very well, and takes autonomous transport as an example of a field where technology, engineering and social sciences benefit from working together.<br /><br />“The transition to future transport provides many challenges and is an opportunity for researchers to work together on providing insights and potential solutions”, he says. “Combining our expertise in fields including psychology, geography, urban form, technology developments and logistics opens many possibilities.” <br /><br />Sinisa Krajnovic, Director of Area of Advance Transport, welcomes the strengthened connection between the universities. <br /><br />“Chalmers and University of Gothenburg need to increase their cooperation in the field of transport in order to meet the interdisciplinary challenges of society and industry. My hope is that Professor Browne will help us to cross borders between two universities and that this will lead to more joint projects and activities.”<br /><br /><em>Text and photo: Emilia Lundgren</em><br /><br />Tue, 28 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/lead/news/Pages/Miljoner-till-forskning-om-sjöfart-och-miljö.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/lead/news/Pages/Miljoner-till-forskning-om-sj%C3%B6fart-och-milj%C3%B6.aspxMiljoner till forskning om sjöfart och miljö<p><b>​Hur kan sjöfartens utsläpp minskas på bästa sätt - utan att kostnaderna far iväg? Det ska en grupp Northern LEAD-forskare titta närmare på i ett nytt sexmiljonerprojekt tillsammans med VTI, statens väg- och transportforskningsinstitut.</b></p>​Sjöfartens utsläpp av koldioxid och luftföroreningar som svaveldioxid, kväveoxider och partiklar påverkar människors hälsa och miljön. Även moderna fartygsmotorer orsakar vanligtvis större utsläpp av luftföroreningar per effektuttag än lastbilsmotorer.<br /><br />I ett nytt projekt har en forskargrupp från VTI (Statens väg- och transportforskningsinstitut) och Northern LEAD-forskare från Göteborgs universitet fått 6,4 miljoner kronor för att analysera vilka styrmedel och åtgärder som är mest kostnadseffektiva för att minska sjöfartens utsläpp.<br /><br />Enligt ett pressmeddelande från VTI är det nödvändigt att utveckla nya och befintliga styrmedel, eftersom man inte kan förvänta sig att sjöfartsnäringen frivilligt kommer att göra det som krävs för att nå miljökvalitetsmålen. Tidigare studier har inte analyserat vilka styrmedel och åtgärder som på ett kostnadseffektivt sätt kan minska sjöfartens samtliga typer av luftföroreningar, inklusive koldioxid. I detta projekt ska forskarna studera både åtgärder som fartygsägare- eller operatörer genomför på grund av att styrmedel införs eller förändras, och åtgärder som de gör på eget initiativ.<br /><br />Från Handelshögskolan medverkar professor Kevin Cullinane, postdoc Marta Gonzalez-Aregall och postdoc Anastasia Christodoulou, samtliga verksamma på Företagsekonomiska institutionen och kopplade till forskningscentrat Northern LEAD.<br /><br />Projektet heter &quot;Morötter och piskor inom sjöfarten för att uppnå miljökvalitetsmål” finansieras till hälften av Trafikverket och till hälften av Vinnova, med totalt 6,4 miljoner kronor. Projektet ska vara klart till slutet av 2019.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.mynewsdesk.com/se/vti/pressreleases/miljoner-till-forskning-om-sjoefart-och-miljoe-2272409">Läs pressmeddelandet från VTI</a>Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:05:00 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/lead/news/Pages/Northern-LEAD-researchers-provide-new-insights-at-the-Transport-and-Logistics-fair.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/lead/news/Pages/Northern-LEAD-researchers-provide-new-insights-at-the-Transport-and-Logistics-fair.aspxNorthern LEAD researchers provide new insights at the Transport and Logistics fair<p><b>​Several Northern LEAD researchers will contribute to the program when the leading Nordic conference for the logistics and transport sector, Logistics and Transport fair, will be held in November. One of the participants is professor Michael Browne, who will share his knowledge on the challenges of city logistics and urban mobility.</b></p><div>​Professor Michael Browne, University of Gothenburg, is committed to engaging practitioners and policy-makers with the research community to focus on all aspects of logistics that impact on future patterns of urban goo<span><span><span></span></span></span>ds t<span><span></span></span>ransport and logistics. </div> <div> </div> <div>At the Logistics and Transport fair, held in Gothenburg on November 7-8, he will speak at the seminar “City logistics<span></span> &amp; urban mobility”.<br /></div> <div> <strong></strong><strong></strong></div> <div><strong>Why is this area so interesting?</strong></div> <div><div>– The whole field of city logistics is really growing and changing a lot at the moment. New technologies and business models have raised a lot of awareness about the complications and challenges we face in making cities more liveable and at the same time being efficient. Discussing logistics and personal mobility together is a great opportunity for us to try and find new ways to work together across different disciplines and ways of approaching problems.</div>   <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4" style="text-align:center"><span>&quot;To be effective we need to use the research we already have but also to extend it and make it relevant for people and organisations that are not really deeply involved in urban logistics&quot;<span></span></span></h4> <h6 class="chalmersElement-H6" style="text-align:center">Michael Browne, professor</h6></div> <div> </div> <div><strong>What will you emphasize during the seminar?</strong></div> <div>– I plan to emphasize that we really need to take actions now if we want to solve problems in the future. To be effective we need to use the research we already have but also to extend it and make it relevant for people and organisations that are not really deeply involved in urban logistics. That means changing our perspective and making the relevance of our research on freight transport clearer for planners and designers.</div> <div> </div> <div><strong>What insights or new knowledge do you hope the audience will get from the seminar?</strong></div> <div>– I hope that the audience will feel that there are new opportunities to increase the interaction between research, policy and business. I also hope that they will see that there are ways that everyone can contribute to this by being both an expert in their own field and at the same time increasing their interaction with those working outside their ‘world’.</div> <div> </div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">Northern LEAD researchers at the Logistics and Transport fair</h4> <div> </div> <div><a href="http://bit.ly/2yxepdU">Michael Browne</a>, professor in Industrial and Financial Management and Logistics at University of Gothenburg.</div> <div><em>“City logistics &amp; urban mobility”</em></div> <div> </div> <div><a href="/en/staff/Pages/patrik-jonsson.aspx">Patrik Jonsson</a>, professor in Operations &amp; Supply Chain Management at Chalmers</div> <div><em>”Sales and operations planning, inventory control - the key to profitability”</em></div> <div> </div> <div><a href="/en/staff/Pages/lars-medbo.aspx">Lars Medbo</a>, Associate Professor at Chalmers, <a href="/en/staff/Pages/Patrik-Fager.aspx">Patrik Fager</a>, doctoral student at Chalmers</div> <div><em>&quot;Materials handling in a digital world – e-commerce forces new solutions&quot;</em><br /><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/search/Pages/default.aspx?q=per-olof+arn%C3%A4s">Per-Olof Arnäs,</a> senior lecturer at Chalmers</div> <div><em>&quot;Transportation and innovation – Logistics outside the box&quot;</em></div> <div>(moderator at the start-up scene)</div>Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:05:00 +0200