Sunday, October 27, 2013

[DMANET] Call for Book Chapter Proposals: Simulation-Optimization Approaches



Getting into Practice : Simulation-Optimization Approaches
The use of simulation‐optimization approaches in logistics, industrial, and
aeronautical operations
Springer Handbook
Miguel Mujica, Idalia Flores, and Daniel Guimarans (Eds.)

Upcoming Deadline: 1st December 2013 - intention to prepare a manuscript
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Simulation is a well‐known approach that can have different abstraction levels and can integrate different elements of a studied system. It consists in the development of a representation of a system (logistics one, manufacturing, operative, etc.) using modelling formalisms, off‐the‐shelf software programs, or programming languages. It is commonly used at industrial level to obtain a better understanding of the studied system. With the use of the model different experiments may be carried out in order to test different research questions, such as the performance of new configurations, identify bottlenecks in the current system, and inefficiencies that are perceived as an increase in operative costs. Unfortunately, the experiments alone cannot ensure the optimal configurations for the objective pursued (allocation of resources, minimizing operative costs, increase throughput etc.). On the other hand, optimization techniques are very‐well‐accepted techniques which consist in the representation of the problem under study taking into account only the key variables, dependencies, and restrictions of a problem. The main argument against them is that the abstraction process often leaves out of the scope some key elements that participate and affect the performance of a system, giving as a result a potential optimal solution that sometimes results difficult or impossible to implement in the real system.

The book will present techniques, case studies, and methodologies that combine the use of simulation approaches with optimization techniques for facing problems in manufacturing, logistics, or aeronautical problems, which aim at overcoming the shortcomings of both approaches through the combination of them. The book will present detailed techniques and research studies that cope with common industrial problems in several fields, which range from manufacturing to aviation problems, where the common denominator is the combination of simulation's flexibility with optimization techniques' robustness.

The benefit to the reader will be a comprehensive guide to tackle similar problems in industrial environments. The problems presented will serve only as an example, but methodologies used by the scientific community will be of high value in order to cope with complex problems.

Topics of Interest

+ Supply Chain
+ Manufacturing
+ Transportation
+ Aeronautical Operations (Terminal, Side, Services)
+ Facility Location
+ Routing Problems
+ Simulation‐Optimization Methodologies
+ Urban logistics
+ Ports and Sea Transport

We strongly welcome other topic suggestions dealing with convergence of the two approaches into an integrated methodology beyond the topics suggested above.

Schedule & Deadlines

- 1st December 2013
Notification for intending to contribute with a book chapter to help us in planning the review process (authors, preliminary title, and brief abstract of max. 250 words)

- 31st January 2014
1st manuscript version (also authors who did not notify us their intention to contribute are invited to submit)

- 1st March 2014
Review comments for 1st manuscript version and notification of acceptance

- 8th July 2014
Submission of the 2nd version of accepted book chapters

- 30th July 2014
Feedback from the editors if all criteria are met (e.g. page count, correct template, review comments addressed, appropriate English language, etc.)

- 15th September 2014
Final manuscripts to be sent to Springer. Thereafter manuscripts cannot be updated (strict deadline)

Manuscript Preparation

- Please prepare your manuscript according the following guidelines:‐154102‐12‐417900‐0

- Send the following files as one .zip file to one of the editors:
+ Authors short bios (collected in one word file)
+ Picture of each author
+ Original manuscript in word, LaTeX, or any other word processing format
+ PDF version of the manuscript

- Make sure that the following conditions are met for the final version of the chapter:
+ The submissions need proper English language editing. Please ensure that your final submission is proof read and written in proper English language
+ The submissions follow the Springer template
+ Each submission has to be structured according the following 'template':
* Introduction and problem discussion
* Literature state of the art/Literature Review
* Methodology & Approach
* ... other content of the chapter ...
* Viewpoint on Convergence (min. 1/2 page, or add to the Conclusions section)
* Conclusions

Dr. Miguel Mújica Mota, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands.<>
Dr. Idalia Flores de la Mota, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico.<>
Dr. Daniel Guimarans Serrano, National ICT Australia, Australia.<>

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