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Advanced technologies and tools are available today for enhancing decision-making processes based on empirical evidence. However, many enterprises across Spain and Europe are still far from employing the full potential of such state-of-the-art scientific advances in their day-to-day operational processes. As a result, energies are wasted, opportunities to economize are lost, and citizens end up paying higher bills for services. This Erasmus+ Consortium, SmartTransLog@EU, will focus on specific and critical issues that are in need for improvements across European Logistics & road Transportation (L&T) sectors.

Road transportation is the predominant way of transporting goods in Europe and most parts of the world. Related direct costs have increased significantly since 2000. Moreover, road transportation is intrinsically associated with a good deal of indirect or external costs –congestion, contamination, security and safety-related costs, mobility, delays, etc.– but these are usually left unaccounted, because of the difficulty of quantifying them. As recognized by the Horizon 2020 Framework challenge on Smart, Green and Integrated Transport, if European L&T enterprises want to be competitive in a global economy, they must benefit from efficient methods for real-life and environmentally-aware (green) decision-making.

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To confront these challenges, SmartTransLog@EU will offer world-class international, interdisciplinary, and integrated (WIN3) training to a new generation of MSc/PhD students. Our Consortium aims at delivering a better future for Spanish and EU industries by training the next generation of ‘total’ operational researchers and industrial engineers, capable of solving realistic L&T industrial ‘challenges’ in stochastic and dynamic environments. To achieve this goal, we offer our young students the possibility of completing internationally co-supervised and interdisciplinary MSc and PhD theses based on integrated real-life challenges provided by our academic and industrial partners throughout Europe. To that end, SmartTransLog@EU brings together experts in Operations Research & Analytics applied to L&T from five Spanish universities: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), and Universidad Pública de Navarra (UPNA).

More info: related article by the UOC news press center.

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