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Research Interests

In Professor Smilowitz’s research, she considers the opportunities and challenges of introducing operational flexibility into logistics systems. With more flexibility, it is possible to significantly improve system efficiency (greater utilization of employees and equipment, reduction in empty miles traveled, etc.). At the same time, increasing flexibility expands the set of operational choices (possible vehicle routes, load assignments, etc.) which complicates already difficult routing and scheduling problems. Often analysis of these complex freight transportation systems requires approximations and simplifications in modeling and solution methods to obtain solutions with acceptable computational effort (i.e. computer time and memory).

Education/Academic qualification

Civil and Environmental Engineering, PhD, University of California, Berkeley

… → 2001

Civil and Environmental Engineering, MS, University of California, Berkeley

… → 1998

Civil Engineering and Operations Research, BSE, Princeton University

… → 1995

Research interests

  • Inventory and routing problems in food distribution
  • Last mile distribution in humanitarian relief
  • Logistics
  • Multi-resource routing problems
  • Period vehicle routing problem with service choice
  • Transportation operations

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