Our research in the area of logistics focuses on mathematical modeling and optimization of decision problems involving the movement of goods throughout distribution systems.  This movement of goods typically involves freight transportation decisions, and the associated decision models incorporate the cost structures found in freight movement.  While the goal of these decision models is often to achieve efficient operations for a particular organization or supply chain, we are also interested in problems that characterize the aggregate impacts of the freight transportation decisions of multiple decision makers on highway, rail, air, and waterway infrastructure.  We are also interested in methods for characterizing how infrastructure translates to freight movement capacity, and the link between this capacity and economic performance.

Example Projects

  • Customer Service Measurement and Last Mile Schedule Planning at CSX (August 2012 – December 2013, PI: J. Geunes; Funded by CSX Transportation)
  • Improving Transit Operations for Crowley Maritime (August 2012 – December 2013, PI: J. Geunes; Funded by Crowley Maritime)


Elif Akcali

Associate Professor Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering