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This course aims to teach modeling and solution of distribution logistics problems. The course covers mathematical models in designing logistics networks, planning long haul freight transportation, traveling salesperson problem, and vehicle routing problem. In this course, several case studies that link theory to practice are also discussed.
Distribution network design. Single echelon single item and multi-echelon multi-item location problems. Short haul and long haul transportation problems. Traveling sales person and vehicle routing problems, implementation areas.
Upon succesful completion of this course, a student will be able to
1. Design a logistics network specifying the location of main entities with notions of optimality (B5, c)
2. Generate mathematical models to optimize the cost of flows on a distribution network (B5, c)
3. Develop optimal shipment consolidation and dispatching plans (B5, c)
4. Solve traveling salesperson and vehicle routing problems with realistic constraints (B5, c)
5. Interpret and criticize distribution network practices adopted for complex contemporary problems of manufacturing and service systems(B6, h)
6. Recognize the need of and engage in life-long learning (i)