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SCL IRC Seminar Series


The Supply Chain and Logistics Institute hosts a series of monthly seminars open to interested SCL faculty, students and corporate partners as well as the general public. If you are interested in attending any of the sessions, please review the below information and register online.

All sessions take place on the main Georgia Tech campus in Atlanta, but occasionally the sessions will be at different locations (please review the session description for location details).

The cost to attend is $25 per session which includes a boxed lunch*. Attendance to the sessions is complimentary for SCL corporate partners, SCL Industry Advisory Board members, SCL affiliated faculty and students, and students enrolled in the Masters in Supply Chain Engineering program.

*To take advantage of the included lunch, you must register by the noted deadlines. If you have any questions, please email



Click here to jump to past seminars with links to available recordings

Upcoming Sessions

August 28, 2019 | 12-1:30pm (Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute, 1st floor auditorium (813 Ferst Drive, N.W. Atlanta, GA 30332-0560))

Quantitative Methods in Health and Humanitarian Systems

There are numerous opportunities in utilizing quantitative methods in health and humanitarian systems. There are often limited resources and multiple stakeholders in these settings, and efficient and effective decision-making is important for resource utilization as well as improved outcomes for individuals or populations. We will discuss a few examples of the applications of quantitative methods in health and humanitarian systems, such as pre-positioning inventory for disaster preparedness, post-disaster debris management, intervention strategies and resource allocation for disease management, and allocation of healthcare workers to geographic areas.

September 25, 2019 | 12-1:30pm (Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute, 1st floor auditorium (813 Ferst Drive, N.W. Atlanta, GA 30332-0560))

Collaboration in Supply Chains that use Shared Infrastructure: the Case of a Coal Export Supply Chain

The Hunter River region on Australia’s east coast is home to the world’s largest coal export operation. More tons of coal are exported each year from the port of Newcastle, at the mouth of the Hunter River, than from any other port in the world. Coal exported is mined by more than 10 competing producers operating upward of 40 mines, but uses shared infrastructure to reach the port, be blended into final products held in stockyards and loaded onto vessels at berth. The shared infrastructure, which consists of rail lines, trains, stockyards, stockpile stacking and reclaiming machinery, berths, vessel loading machinery, the river channel and tug boats, is owned and/or operated by several different organizations. All of these organizations must coordinate their activities so as to deliver coal in an effective and efficient way. In this talk, we will discuss how collaboration between the many stakeholders has been shaped and evolved, how collaboration has been essential to the delivery of productivity gains in this complex logistics system, and will touch on the critical role analytics and the tools of operations research have played.

October 23, 2019 | 12-1:30pm (TBD (Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute, 1st floor auditorium OR ISyE Main Bldg, 2nd floor atrium))

Bringing Intelligent Supply Chain to Life: Practical Paths on Azure

Dr. Keith Duggar, Principal Industry Technology Strategist at Microsoft, is a Georgia Tech and MIT alum who works with enterprise manufacturing companies to envision, architect, and execute digital transformation including all technological aspects of Connected Intelligent Enterprise. He brings 20+ Years of Quantitative Data Analytics, Machine Learning, and Applied Math experience and 10+ Years of High Performance Low Latency Decentralized Computing, Data Modeling, Data System Design, and Data Strategy experience.

Though building a Connected Intelligent Supply Chain can seem daunting, we say Think Big, Start Small, Move Fast. To that end, the Microsoft Azure ecosystem provides platforms, products, and services to accelerate incremental building of hybrid solutions no matter the scale. From Industrial IoT to Blockchain to Modern Workplace to Business Intelligence and Visualization to Augmented Reality, Microsoft spans the entire breadth and depth of digital transformation. Finally, layering AI into these solutions to further drive insight, safety, and value has never been easier than it is today on Azure with Cognitive Services and Azure Machine Learning.

November 13, 2019 | 12-1:30pm (TBD (Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute, 1st floor auditorium OR ISyE Main Bldg, 2nd floor atrium))

Digital Transformation of Last-Mile Delivery

Last-mile delivery (i.e., the delivery of merchandise to a store or end user), is a prime target for digital transformation.  It is the most expensive and fastest growing leg of the supply chain and often the most critical to customer satisfaction.  Unfortunately, it is also the most complex leg of the supply chain.  We will discuss the delivery characteristics and trends that make digital transformation a necessity.  We will also discuss the five stages of digital transformation necessary to optimize delivery systems: 1. Data digitization; 2. Business intelligence; 3. Predictive analytics; 4. Automated delivery planning; and Adaptive management.  Finally, we will examine the advances in technology that enable transformation of last-mile delivery.

January 15, 2020 | 12-1:30pm (TBD (Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute, 1st floor auditorium OR ISyE Main Bldg, 2nd floor atrium))

The Local Character of Urban Air Mobility: Opportunities and Challenges

Urban air mobility (UAM) with electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft is emerging as a promising aviation market for both cargo delivery and passenger travel. The rise of UAM is being driven by the convergence of two technologies: autonomy and electric aircraft propulsion. Although promising, these technologies place limits on the discovery of viable markets, the timeline of introduction, and the design of operational paradigms. In particular, electric propulsion—when achieved with battery energy storage—is highly constraining in terms of aircraft payload, range, and speed performance and in terms of operational tempo and ground infrastructure. This talk will discuss recent work in modeling aircraft performance and operations for UAM and will highlight the challenges and opportunities in particular urban markets.

February 12, 2020 | 12-1:30pm (TBD (Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute, 1st floor auditorium OR ISyE Main Bldg, 2nd floor atrium))

Delivery in the Age of the Shared Economy

The success of on-demand platforms to obtain a ride, e.g., Uber and Lyft, which rely on crowd-sourced transportation capacity, has radically changed the view on the potential and benefits of crowd-sourced transportation and delivery. Many retail stores, for example, are examining the pros and cons of introducing crowd-sourced delivery in their omni-channel strategies. We discuss recent trends in this rapidly evolving area, and highlight challenges and opportunities.

March 11, 2020 | 12-1:30pm (TBD (Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute, 1st floor auditorium OR ISyE Main Bldg, 2nd floor atrium))

Unstructured Manufacturing

Robotic systems have been very successful in performing tasks where the inputs are well defined and known in advance. Automotive and electronic manufacturing are the classic success stories where robotic systems have demonstrated incredible value for the industry. In unstructured manufacturing, the inputs of the system can vary significantly, but the outputs of the system are defined. Food and agriculture production are examples of this type of unstructured manufacturing problem, but traditional manufacturing is also moving in this direction as robotics move beyond welding and painting. This presentation will give examples of systems that integrate advanced perception and control technologies into robotic systems to perform complex tasks like cutting, grasping, and manipulation of objects in an unstructured environment.

April 15, 2020 | 12-1:30pm (TBD (Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute, 1st floor auditorium OR ISyE Main Bldg, 2nd floor atrium))

Interpreting GPS Generated By Logistics Operations

The commercial world uses GPS mostly to track and monitor vehicles, but there is much more information embedded with GPS readings. However, it is not always simple to extract, because of inaccuracy of GPS. This can be largely overcome by combining knowledge of logistics operations with specialized algorithms. We will discuss the issues and illustrate with examples of measuring work-content for the United States Postal Service, some public transit systems, and for various container ports.

Past Sessions (reverse chronological order)

April 23, 2019 (ISyE Main Building, 2nd Floor Atrium)

An AI Framework Used in Crisis Management and Decision Making

Frederick Benaben, Professor - IMT Mines Albi - Industrial Engineering Research Center - FRANCE

April 10, 2019 (Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute: 1st floor Auditorium)

From Smart Machines to Smart Supply Chains: Some Missing Pieces

March 13, 2019 (Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute: 1st floor Auditorium)

Launched by Disruption

Alan Amling, Vice President Corporate Strategy, UPS

February 13, 2019 (Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute: 1st floor Auditorium)

Georgia's Ports - What's Next?

Cliff Pyron, Chief Commercial Officer, Georgia Ports Authority

January 16, 2019 (ISyE Main Building, 2nd Floor Atrium)

Rethinking the Warehouse: Urban Space and Economy in an Age of Smart Logistics

November 14, 2018 (ISyE Main 2nd Floor Atrium)

Scalable On-Demand Mobility Services

October 24, 2018 (Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute: 1st floor Auditorium)

Operational and Tactical Analysis of Same-Day Delivery Distribution Systems

September 26, 2018 (Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute: 1st floor Auditorium)

Supply Chain Innovation Showcase

Amari Ruff, CEO of Sudu / Paul Noble, Founder and CEO of Autit

August 29, 2018 (Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute: 1st floor Auditorium)

Smart GT: Achieving Smart Communities Development at Georgia Tech

April 6, 2018 (ISyE Main Building, Executive Education Room 228)

Routing in the Physical Internet: Framework, Algorithms and Research Perspectives (A PIC/SCL seminar)

April 4, 2018 (ISyE Groseclose Building, Physical Internet Laboratory, 1st floor)

The Design and Operation of On-Demand Distribution Systems (A PIC/SCL seminar)

February 20, 2018 (Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute (GTMI))

Applications of Machine Learning in the Supply Chain

January 24, 2018 (Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute (GTMI))

Applications of IOT Technology in the Supply Chain

January 22, 2018 (ISyE Main Building, Executive Classroom 226)

Recent Developments in Modeling City Logistics in Melbourne (A PIC/SCL seminar)

November 15, 2017 (Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute (GTMI))

The New Frontier of Data-Driven Price Optimization

October 25, 2017 (President's Suite A&B Bill Moore Student Success Center)

Additive Supply Chains

September 20, 2017 (Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute (1st floor auditorium))

Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Supply Chain

August 23, 2017 (Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute (1st floor auditorium))

Applications of Simulation in Supply Chain Facility Analysis and Design

April 26, 2017 (GTMI: 1st floor Auditorium)

Issues and Opportunities in Last Mile Logistics

March 29, 2017 (GTMI: 1st floor Auditorium)

Predictive Analytics in the Supply Chain

February 22, 2017 (GTMI: 1st floor Auditorium)

The Physical Internet Concept

January 25, 2017 (Georgia Tech Global Learning Center, Room 233)

Supply Chain Sustainability

December 7, 2016 (ISyE/Groseclose, Room 402)

Automation in the Supply Chain

November 9, 2016 (Student Center Commons: Piedmont Room)

Energy and Emissions Modeling

October 19, 2016 (ISyE/Groseclose, room 402)

Impacts of eCommerce and Service Expectations on Transportation

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Georgia Tech Supply Chain and
Logistics Institute
H. Milton Stewart School of
Industrial & Systems Engineering
765 Ferst Drive, NW, Suite 228
Atlanta, GA 30332
Phone: 404.894.2343