Sustainable Freight Transportation Systems: Challenges and Opportunities

The Urban Freight Platform invites you to a seminar on impacts from freight activities, taking place on 5 September in Gothenburg, Sweden.


Impacts from freight activities are profound and complex. The freight system is a crucial contributor to a vibrant economy and a key determinant to quality of life; however, it is also a major source of congestion, environmental pollution, unwanted noise, and potential safety hazards. Developing measures for an improved and sustainable system requires fully understanding it.

This presentation discusses the complexity of the freight system, with an emphasis on urban areas. Specifically, the discussion builds on the challenges and opportunities that arise when traditional urban freight activity patterns (dominated by business to business transactions) face new trends in logistics and supply chain management operations (e.g., enhanced e-commerce business to consumer and consumer to consumer), as well as the advent and introduction of new technologies (e.g., electrification of delivery vehicles). The presentation includes study results from various research areas including transportation, logistics, economics, and management.

About the speaker

Dr. Miguel Jaller is an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Davis (UC-Davis). He has strong theoretical foundations and practical experience in industrial and transportation engineering, and management. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from Universidad del Norte, Colombia. His M.E. in Transportation Engineering, M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics, and Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His research interests are in the areas of freight transportation, sustainable transportation systems, disaster response logistics, supply chain management, and operations research. His work concentrates on analyzing societal and private impacts from transport and logistics operations or policies, and developing decision making tools to achieve a sustainable transportation system. Dr. Jaller conducts the work as faculty of the Department of Civil, and Environmental Engineering, the Institute of Transport Studies, and the U.S. DOT National Center for Sustainable Transportation (NCST) at UC-Davis.


Event: International Seminar: Sustainable Freight Transportation Systems: Challenges and Opportunities

Date: September 5, 2017 from 13.00 to 14.00

Place: Chalmers University of Technology, Seminar room 2456 (Building 2, Floor 4, Room Korsvägen), Vera-Sandbergs-Allé 8, Gothenburg

Organisators: Urban Freight Platform

Contact: Sönke Behrends

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