Optimization Approaches for the Physical Internet

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With the Physical Internet (PI), a global economic transformation towards a more holistic consideration and collaboration of different agents is promoted. Its goal is the implementation of global sustainable logistics by increasing the utilization of available resources. This should be reached by developing a network in which goods of different organizations are transported, stored and handled. One aspect of the PI is the optimization of the transport procedure. In this paper, potential optimization models for a subset of three key elements of the PI, the containers, movers (all kinds of transportation means), and nodes (all kinds of locations), are presented. Moreover, corresponding algorithmic approaches are proposed. The novel modeling approach of optimization networks (ON) with the objective of finding an overall optimized solution considering the involved interrelated subtasks in a holistic sense is compared to highly reactive solution methods based on rules that are learned offline. With the proposed approaches, interoperability between different (economic) agents and (software) systems is supported. The goal of multidisciplinary collaboration of different participants and their integration into one PI network should be approached.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOn the Move to Meaningful Internet Systems. OTM 2017 Workshops - Confederated International Workshops, EI2N, FBM, ICSP, Meta4eS, OTMA 2017 and ODBASE Posters 2017, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsIoana Ciuciu, Maria-Esther Vidal, Christophe Debruyne, Herve Panetto, Peter Bollen, Robert Meersman, Georg Weichhart
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9783319738048
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventOn the Move Federated Conferences and Workshops, ICSP 2017: Industry Case Studies Program, Rhodes - Rhodes, Greece
Duration: 23 Oct 201727 Oct 2017

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume10697 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


WorkshopOn the Move Federated Conferences and Workshops, ICSP 2017: Industry Case Studies Program, Rhodes


  • Integration
  • Interoperability
  • Optimization network
  • Physical internet
  • Sustainable logistics


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