The future of transportation: at the crossroads of ridesharing, multimodality and collaboration
Insights from research at HEC Lausanne-UNIL - Like most sectors, transportation is going through a period of major upheaval. Economic models and social trends are transforming the way that passengers travel and freight is organised. Through his research, Olivier Gallay, Assistant Professor at HEC Lausanne, is leading us along the route to the transportation of tomorrow.
Professor Gallay, an expert in operations research, uses powerful algorithms to investigate ways to optimize the transportation sector.
In his recent research conducted in collaboration with various industrial partners, he has studied a whole series of real-world practical problems. In one case, a major energy provider in one of the largest countries in Europe, whose 1000 engineers and technicians drive up and down the roads every day to provide support to its customers. In another, a key player in the transportation sector, which plans to launch on the market an integrated freight-as-a-service distribution solution, combining drones and vans, with optimal planning of itineraries.
What solutions and prototypes did Professor Gallay bring to light to optimize these transportation networks? And what approach would enable reductions in costs, numbers of vehicles on the road and distances covered, as well as impact on the environment?
A knotty problem, expertly assessed and resolved by Professor Gallay, as explained in the interview which has just been published on the HECimpact.ch research blog.
Get to know more about:
- Prof. Olivier Gallay: Olivier Gallay is Assistant Professor at the Department of Operations at HEC Lausanne, University of Lausanne. His research focuses on operations research and on the optimization of complex systems, with a special emphasis on transportation, sustainable logistics, and supply chain management. In particular, he works with various academical and industrial partners on the development of new optimization algorithms for the operational management of multi-modal transportation networks.
- The Department of Operations: The Department of Operations works to optimize workflows, such as reducing costs and production times. Its members conduct research on topics such as supply and production chain management and processes, decision analysis, and queuing theories.
par HEC Communication