Routing in the Physical Internet Framework, Algorithms and Research Perspectives

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Routing in the Physical Internet  Framework, Algorithms and Research Perspectives

An overview of research being conducted by Dr. Eric Ballot, Professor and Physical Internet Chair (Département Economie, Management, Société), Mines Paristech, as part of the Georgia Tech Physical Internet Center seminar series (

The Physical Internet (PI) opens many more options to deliver goods to the end destination, thanks to interconnected services. To exploit such opportunities, routing algorithms must be developed at different levels to make the PI work. In this lecture, the levels will be defined and results obtained will be compared to traditional dedicated solutions. Two main point of views will be distinguished: the shipper (how to specify routing request) and the services provider (how to publish services and make agreements). The main PI principles will be presented as well as their impacts on algorithms, data requirements and performance. Initial results show the potential, but also uncover many research opportunities for services providers to develop new services and shippers to operate their supply chain with the PI.​

Graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan, 1988-1993, Agrégation 1991, Master from Panthéon-Sorbonne university 1993, PhD from Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan (Mechanical Engineering) 1995 and Habilitation à Diriger des Recherche Institut Polytechnique Grenoble 2009.

Research areas: Simulation and optimization of industrial and logistic operations, Models for sustainable supply chain and logistic, Physical Internet, Theory and models for utility, choice and inventory management in supply networks.

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