Service Analytics Research Group

Collaborative transport of passengers and freight

The increasing volume of deliveries to small businesses and consumers contributes to increasing congestion and environmental pollution particularly in urban areas. Combining passenger and freight transportation could be a solution to efficiently allocate resources and reduce traffic.

However, most customers have high expectations on the speed and punctuality of deliveries, and multiple planning decisions on an operative, tactical and strategic level are required. Prescriptive analytics can help to find the best planning solutions for a variety of complex transport situations. However, a single optimisation model can hardly take every planning aspect into account.  

The project aims to develop a simulation tool that can evaluate the interplay of different optimisation problems and highlight bottlenecks in given settings. Furthermore, it aims to extend existing planning approaches to find more holistic and approachable solutions.

Schematische Darstellung des Transportnetzes

Schematic representation of the transportation network.
Within an infrastructure for public transport (e.g., a tram network), the cargo transport starts at a central distribution centre (CDC). Subsequently, the freight is carried to selected stations, from where a further transport to the final customer is possible. 

For more information, please contact Lena Hörsting


Relevant publications: 

  • Cleophas C, Cottrill C, Ehmke JF, Tierney K, 2019, Collaborative urban transportation: Recent advances in theory and practice. European Journal of Operational Research 273(3):801-816.