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The Off-hour Delivery project selected as one of the six finalists of the Franz Edelman Award for Achievements in Operations Research and Management Science

The Off Hours Delivery (OHD) Project initiated by researchers from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s VREF Center of Excellence for Sustainable Urban Freight Systems in conjunction with the New York City Department of Transportation is among the six finalists of the prestigious Franz Edelman Award.

The OHD-project was developed in order to create and implement a delivery program in New York City that is both sustainable and business friendly. This project, which began in 2002 to transform urban freight policy by transitioning delivery times to the off-hours of 7pm-6am when New York City streets are less congested, is currently in use by more than 400 establishments and is being implemented internationally.

The implementation of this project benefited from collaborative research conducted with colleagues at New York University and Princeton University. By incorporating a range of operations research and management science techniques, including routing models, traffic simulation, decision theory, and statistical interference, the project has increased safety by reducing the potential for pedestrian-freight vehicle conflicts, decreased “last mile” delivery costs by 35 percent, and reduced vehicle emissions by 50-60 percent.

The Franz Edelman Award is presented annually by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).

The international competition pits 5 to 7 teams from industry, government, healthcare, and the non-profit sectors. The competition takes place at the INFORMS spring practice conference and concludes with the announcement of the winner at a gala dinner at the conference.

Previous winners of the Franz Edelman Award include UPS, IBM, Syngenta, The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Hewlett-Packard, General Motors, among others.

The 2017 Edelman Award will be presented at the INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics and Operations Research in Las Vegas on April 2-4, 2017.

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