Tuesday, February 16, 2016

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



Applied Simulation and Optimization Vol. 2:
In Logistics and Industrial, and Aeronautical Practice

Springer Handbook

Miguel Mujica, Idalia Flores, and Daniel Guimarans (Eds.)


Upcoming Deadline: 31st March 2016 - intention to prepare a manuscript

Contact us: m.mujica.mota@hva.nl, idalia@unam.mx, d.guimarans.serrano@hva.nl

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'

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
+ Use of Big Data in SIM-OPT

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

Schedule & Deadlines

- 31st March 2016
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)

- 28th May 2016
1st manuscript version (also authors who did not notify us their intention to
contribute are invited to submit)

- 1st July 2016
Review comments for 1st manuscript version and notification of acceptance

- 8th November 2016
Submission of the 2nd version of accepted book chapters

- 31st November 2016
Feedback from the editors if all criteria are met (e.g. page count, correct
template, review comments addressed, appropriate English language, etc.)

- 15th January 2017
Final manuscripts to be sent to Springer. Thereafter manuscripts cannot be
updated (strict deadline)

Manuscript Preparation

- Please prepare your manuscript according the following guidelines:

- 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
+ 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 - m.mujica.mota@hva.nl
Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands

Dr. Idalia Flores de la Mota - idalia@unam.mx
National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico

Dr. Daniel Guimarans - d.guimarans.serrano@hva.nl
Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands

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