Keynote Speakers

Keynote speech 1

Multiple criteria sustainability optimisation of logistics processes and supply chains

Professor Dylan Jones
Professor of  Department of Mathematics 
Founding Director of the Centre of Operational Research and Logistics (CORL)
University of Portsmouth, UK



This seminar will detail the state-of-the-art of the application of multiple criteria optimisation techniques within the field of logistics and supply chain management. It will focus on the multiple criteria which are inherent to the field of sustainability measurement and enhancement. An overview of multiple criteria decision analysis (MCDA) techniques will be presented, together with their current and potential usage in sustainable logistics and supply chain management. Case studies from the author’s work on port location optimisation, sustainability and connectedness as well as renewable energy logistics and supply chain optimisation will be presented. The modelling of the trade-offs between economic, environmental, technical and social sustainability criteria will be discussed. A methodology which provides the logistics stakeholders with an overview of the available range of potential solutions will be presented. Finally, conclusions as to the future development and usage of multiple criteria techniques in the sustainable logistics and supply chain field will be drawn.

Brief Bio

Dr Dylan Jones is a Professor of Operational Research based in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Portsmouth, UK, where he is the Founding Director of the Centre of Operational Research and Logistics (CORL). Prof Jones’s main topic of research is the use of analytical methodologies to model and solve problems with multiple conflicting objectives. He has published over 50 scientific articles on this topic and a keynote book on goal programming. He has worked on multiple European Union funded research projects, providing Operations Research expertise in the fields of sustainable logistics and manufacturing, maritime and sea-border security, Arctic logistics, renewable energy supply chains and healthcare.  His work has also been funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Royal Society, Operational Research Society and Technology Strategy Board. Prof Jones has many international research collaborations but has particular links to Universities in Spain and Brazil.


Keynote speech 2

Newsvendor: You have More Time than Before

Yale T. Herer
Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management Technion - Israel Institute of Technology



The world is being transformed by technology. The Newsvendor Problem, one of the cornerstones of Supply Chain Management (inventory management really), is no exception. Though there are many ways that technology is affecting the Newsvendor Problem, we will concentrate on explore two such ways, inventory accuracy and slowing down time. Though we will mention the new technologies, our talk will focus on new newsvendor type models that have come about due to the new technology. In particular,  we will examine our new newsvendor models and associated case studies.



Yale T. Herer, B.S. (1986), M.S. (1990), Ph.D. (1990), Cornell University, Department of Operations Research and Industrial Engineering. Yale is currently an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. Yale joined the Technion in 1990 immediately after the completion of his graduate studies. In 1997 Yale moved to the Department of Industrial Engineering at Tel-Aviv University and in 2001 he returned to the Technion and has been there ever since. Yale has been visiting professor/ researcher in several institutions such as Northwestern University in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, INSEAD in the Technology and Operations Management Area, Georgia Institute of Technology, Cornell University’s Department of Operations Research and Industrial Engineering.  He has worked for several industrial concerns, both as a consultant and as an advisor to project groups. Yale is a member of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS) and the Operations Research Society of Israel (ORSIS). He currently serves as vice president of ORSIS. He also serves as an Associate Editor for Naval Research Logistics and has served on the editorial staff of IIE Transactions and {Operations Research Letters. Yale has successfully planned and executed three conferences. In 2006 he chaired the national conference for ORSIS. In 2010 he chaired the annual conference for the Manufacturing and Service Operations Management Society (MSOM) of INFORMS. MSOM is the largest subdivision of INFORMS. Recently Yale co-chaired an POMS Israel 2017.

Yale's research interest can be broadly defined as covering Production Planning and Control. More recently Yale has focused his research on the area of Supply Chain Management, especially when integrated with transshipments or other responsive operational activities. Yale has won various prizes including a 1996 IIE Transactions Best Paper Award, the 2002 Mitchner Award in Quality Sciences and Quality Management, a 2008 IBM Faculty Award, and INFORM's 2013 Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice.