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The analysis and optimization of warehouse performance

Nov 28, 2023, 10:30 - Nov 30, 2023, 13:00

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Warehouses are essential to the performance of today’s supply-chains. The analysis and optimization of warehouse performance is important to reduce the experienced delay of customers, especially considering the growth in demand fueled by e-commerce. During this three-day workshop various leading experts and young researchers will present their research on the evaluation and optimization of warehouses, using methods, e.g., from combinatorial optimization, queueing theory and machine learning. We plan to discuss both mathematical modeling and analysis, as well as the practical aspect of warehousing design.

The event includes:

  • A tutorial by: René de Koster (Erasmus University),
  • Keynote talks by: Nils Boysen (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena), Kees Jan Roodbergen (University of Groningen) and Debjit Roy (Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad).
  • Talks from industry by: Denis Pogosov (Principal R&D Engineer, Vanderlande), Erik van Wunnik (Global Director Product Development, DSV), Anke Simons (Junior Consultant, CQM)
  • Talks from academia by:  Vinh Dang (Eindhoven University of Technology), Tim Engels (TU/e), Negin Jamili (Erasmus University), Timo Lehmann (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), Thomas De Lombaert (Hasselt University), Bhoomica Nataraja (TU/e), Farzaneh Rajabighamchi (Maastricht University),  Arpan Rijal (University of Groningen), Lin Xie (University of Twente), Yingqian Zhang (TU/e)

Organisers: (all Eindhoven University of Technology):

Jacques Resing – Mathematics & Computer Science

Tim Engels – Mathematics & Computer Science

Ivo Adan – Industrial Engineering

Workshop schedule:

28 November
10:45 - 11:30René de KosterWarehouse Robotics. Insights from Research
11:45 - 12:30René de KosterWarehouse Robotics. Insights from Research
12:30 - 14:00Lunchbreak
14:00 - 14:45Kees Jan RoodbergenAdvances in solving the storage location assignment problem
15:00 - 15:30Lin XieReinforcement learning for picker routing in mixed-shelves warehouses
16:00 - 16:30Yingqian ZhangLearning efficient and fair policies for collaborative human-robot order picking
16:30 - 17:00Bhoomica NatarajaTo Batch or Not to Batch? Optimizing Order Fulfillment using DRL
29 November
09:30 - 10:15Nils BoysenE-commerce warehousing and some new results on picker routing
10:45 - 11:15Tim EngelsStochastic analysis of milk-run systems
11:30 - 12:00Timo LehmannRack optimization for multi-deep robotic compact storage and retrieval systems with class based storage
12:00 - 12:30Farzaneh RajabighamchiGraph reduction for the Steiner Travelling Salesman Problem in a planar grid-graph. An application in order picking in multi-block layout warehouses
12:30 - 14:00Lunchbreak
14:00 - 14:45Denis PogosovTowards optimized bufferization: Retrieval-efficient storage and batch movement in warehouses
15:00 - 15:45Erik van WunnikWhat is the value of a Digital Twin of a warehouse operation?
16:15 - 17:00Anke SimonsThe challenges of smart warehousing in practice
Thursday 30 November09:30 - 10:15Debjit RoyStochastic Models for Integrated Warehousing Systems: Modeling Constructs and Research Opportunities in Order Fulfillment
10:45 – 11:15Negin JamiliCollaboration and Resource Sharing in Warehouses
11:30 - 12:00Vinh DangOrder Release Strategies for a Collaborative Order Picking System
12:00 - 12:30Arpan RijalDynamics between warehouse operations and vehicle routing
12:30 - 13:00Thomas de LombaertFrom centralization to worker autonomy: empowering order pickers in warehouse decisions



A registration fee of 50 Euros will apply:

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Nov 28, 2023, 10:30
Nov 30, 2023, 13:00


Tim Engels (Eindhoven University of Technology)
Jacques Resing (Eindhoven University of Technology)


MF 11-12 (4th floor MetaForum Building, TU/e)

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