JULY 6th to 8th , 2015
LATEST RESULTS FROM RESEARCH, SOLUTIONS AND A ROADMAP TOWARDS GLOBAL LOGISTICS INTERCONNECTIVITY
- About the conference
- Keynote speakers
- Call for papers & contributions
- Conference committee
- The Physical Internet
- Location & venue
The Physical Internet is gaining a lot of audience with the article that appeared on Science magazine in June 2014 and the relevant book published in August 2014. This Second Physical Internet conference will be held in Paris, France, following the first IPIC conference which was held last year in Québec.
The conference will be also a joint event with the conclusion of a major European project “Modulushca” with 14 partners. In addition, at least six other PI projects from France, Canada, and Hong-Kong will present their latest results. The conference will be the time to meet the highly dynamic environment of European projects, share views and market perspectives, discuss problems to solve and build consistency across continents.
Keynotes from key stakeholders of supply chains (manufacturers, retailers, 3PL and academics) will stimulate the discussions in several workshop sessions focusing on subjects such as norms and the handling of boxes vs. pallets. New business models, enabling technologies and experimentations already underway will be presented, making this meeting a unique opportunity to learn, network and discuss the latest results and challenges about interconnected logistics. And, because logistics is global, participants will be from all over the world including researchers, industrial and international institution members, local authorities and standardization committees.
The Physical Internet (PI) is an open global logistics system founded on physical, digital and operational interconnectivity through encapsulation, interfaces and protocols. The aim of this call, not limited to PI itself, is to provide a forum for researchers and practitioners to review the state-of-the-art technologies and to identify critical issues and challenges for future research and development in the broadest field of Physical Internet and related field of interconnection and interoperability of logistics networks.
The goal of IPIC 2015 is to provide an open forum for researchers and practitioners to introduce leading edge concepts and methodologies; to review the state-of-the-art technologies and latest projects, and to identify critical issues and challenges for future research, innovation and implementation, in the field of Physical Internet encompassing the interconnection and interoperability of smart logistics networks, transportation systems and supply chains. Research papers, applications focused papers, case studies and white papers are encouraged and will be evaluated according to the category.
Organizers are inviting original contributions related, but not limited, to the following topics:
- Conceptual contribution to the Physical Internet
- Key enabling constituents and technologies of Physical Internet
- Physical Internet modeling and simulation
- Physical Internet applications and case studies
- Physical Internet frameworks and platforms
- Physical Internet implementation issues
- Container design and engineering: standardization and modularization, smart objects
- Smart interconnected inventory deployment and management
- Smart interconnected product realization (production, assembly, personalizing, etc.)
- Technologies for container tracing and asset monitoring through the Physical Internet, such as wireless sensor networks (WSN)
- Negotiation, collaboration and conflict resolution within Physical Internet
- Open interconnected logistics networks performance and impact assessment
- Decision models and supports in the Physical Internet context
- Ubiquitous computing technologies, enterprise decisions and control in the Physical Internet
- Event service and management in decentralized and interconnected logistics networks
English written contributions are invited in three formats: papers, posters and presentation abstracts. Written in English, these are to be included in the conference proceedings to be made openly available on the www.physicalinternetinitiative.org website for maximal exposure. The best papers will be selected for publication in a peer review high-level international journal.
Full Papers, presentations and posters proposal are welcome
Full papers (research, white paper or case study) must respect the format guidelines which are available on the conference website. Full papers should be no more than 16 pages long including figures and references, and clearly indicate the list of authors and their affiliation.
Submissions need to be made on-line via the following URL :
All submitted papers will be evaluated with regards to their suitability for the conference, originality and technical soundness.
Downloadables templates :
Eric Ballot, PSL – MINES ParisTech, France (Chair)
Maximo Martinez, P&G, Belgium (Vice Chair)
Juan Alcaraz, ITENE, Spain (Vice Chair)
Shenle Pan, PSL -MINES ParisTech, France
Antonio Monsalve, ITENE, Spain
Marcel Huschebeck, PTV Group, Germany
Stephanie Brunet, PSL -MINES ParisTech, France
Benoit Montreuil, Georgia Tech, USA
Ioanna Paniara, EPFL, Switzerland
Christos Tsagkalidis, EPFL, Switzerland
Sergio Barbarino, P&G, Belgium
Dirk’t Hooft, Argusi, The Netherlands
Russell Meller, Fortna, USA
Brenda Hambleton, ES3, USA
Marcel Huschebeck, PTV Group, Germany
John Riley, Chep, United Kingdom
Stephane Cren, GS1, France
Xavier Perraudin, 4S Network, France
Maximo Martinez Avila, P&G, Belgium
Juan Alcazar, ITENE, , Spain
Dario Biggi, Poste Italiane, Italia
Albert Ernst, Jan de Rijk, The Netherlands
Nick Gazzard, Incept, United Kingdom
Rémy Glardon, EPFL, Switzerland (Chair)
Eric Ballot, PSL – Mines ParisTech, France (Vice Chair)
Benoit Montreuil, Georgia Tech, USA (Vice Chair)
Yves Sallez, Université Valenciennes, France
Dimitris Kiritsis, EPFL, Switzerland
Jacques Reanud, Université Laval, Canada
Marie-Eve Rancourt, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada
Jean-Marc Frayret, Polytechnique Montréal Canada
Yan Cimon, Université Laval, Canada
Fayez Boctor, Université Laval, Canada
Nicolas Zufferey, Université Laval, Canada
Philippe Wieser, EPFL, Switzerland
Léandro Coelho, EPFL, Switzerland
Adnène Hajji, Université Laval, Canada
Mir-Abolfazl Mostafav, Université Laval, Canada
Monia Rekik, Université Laval, Canada
Shenle Pan, PSL – Mines ParisTech, France
Christian Landschuetzer, TU Gratz, Austria
Phil Kaminsky, UC Berkeley, USA
Damien Trentesaux, Université Valenciennes, France
Jeff Smith, Auburn University USA
William Ferrel, Clemson University, USA
Kevin Gue, University of Louisville, USA
George Huang, The university of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Walid Klibi, Kedge Business School, France
Olivier Labarthe, Université Bordeaux, France
Ming Dong, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Driss Hakimi, Université Laval, Canada
Iris F.A., Vis, U. Groningen, The Netherlands
KJ Roodbergen, U. Groningen, The Netherland
Today’s logistics performance is limited in pursuing two antagonist goals within the current organisation of supply chains. The first goal seeks small high-frequency shipments in a just-in-time philosophy form door to door while the second goal seeks better environmental performance by best use of transportation means, notably heavier yet cleaner means. Mostly dedicated logistics services and independent supply networks induce the fragmentation of logistics flows and thus the difficulty to overcome this antagonism. Increasing the collaboration between supply chains or networks is a way to exploit synergies between them and to then jointly improve their logistics performance, notably of the transportation activities. However, even if pooling and horizontal collaboration are known concepts, only a few implementations are operational and there is no sign of widespread generalisation. Hence the interconnection of independent logistic networks is a new way to enable a better performance, while dealing with independent logistics organisations.
This new organisation is based on the universal interconnection of logistics services, namely a Physical Internet (or PI) where goods travel in modular containers for the sake of interconnection in open networks. It was first proposed by Pr. B. Montreuil and developed with Pr. E. Ballot and Pr. R. D. Meller. The PI offers a new way to look at the consolidation problem, indeed at logistics at large. This approach aims to universally interconnect logistic networks as the Internet did with computer networks. It can be seen as a generalisation of pooling where coordination complexity is addressed by standardisation and protocols. The concept involves generalising the use of modular containers in inland logistics to give to shippers a private space in open networks and routing them like ‘packets’ as done with information in the Digital Internet, yet in a manner adapted to the needs of logistics that has to harness the distinct characteristics of information and goods flow. As a first consequence, the PI does not deal with goods of various shapes, sizes and materials. But rather it will use a set of smart and secured containers, namely PI-containers, with modular dimensions and standardised interfaces for handling and communication. This allows using all kinds of logistics services as long as they accept them. Instead of current supply networks, interconnecting different existing networks can develop a global meshed network with plenty of storage facilities available for every shipper. Such a network will be not only more efficient and sustainable but is also much more resilient and an opportunity to develop new services especially to reach consumers.
After several national projects that demonstrated the stakes, the EU FP7 Modulushca project and its Canadian mirror are contributions toward its development and experimentation at an international level. However this ambitious vision will require more research and development to make it append.
More about PI…
The Physical Internet eBook
Don’t miss the conference – Limited registration number
You must register in advance to be part of the program. The maximum number of participants is 300 and could not be extended. Therefore we encourage all participants to register as early as possible. All contributors are requested to register and pay the registration fees before May 15, 2015 (Registrants that require a visa should register as early as possible to allow for sufficient time to process the visa application).
Registration fees were kept as lower as possible thanks to our sponsors and our non-profit policy. However some discount codes are given to sponsors members and recognized important contributors. Check with your European project coordinator or the conference secretary if you need further details.
All registrations have to be done by returning the following form to : firstname.lastname@example.org
In parallel the payment will be received by bank transfer to the bank account indicated in the form. Check the form for the details.
Full conference registration
At this stage registrations are open for the whole conference only and we strongly encourage participant to book for the 3 days. The full conference registration allows you to participate to the gala dinner and comes with a discount compared to the daily rate.
Registration fees include all access to all conference sessions; conference material, Modulushca closing event, BestFact ceremony, gala dinner, Lunches and Coffee Breaks.
One day conference registration
In may 15th the conference will be open for the remaining available participants.
Registration fees include all access to all conference sessions of the day; conference material, Lunch and Coffee Breaks.