LoDI is a major research center at the University of Louisville (UofL) with a specific aim to develop new models, technologies and decision support systems that will help the private and public sectors cope with the dramatic changes taking place in the logistics and distribution industry. There are several exciting changes taking place in the world of logistics and distribution that make this an opportune time to invest heavily into research in this area. LoDI will focus on the development of advanced models and algorithms to design, operate and manage the systems efficiently and effectively in light of the new realities faced by next generation logistical and distribution systems. LoDI will focus on the following research areas:
- Develop of next generation models and algorithms to design, operate and manage logistical systems efficiently and effectively using continuously generated multivariate data.
- Create Mathematical Models for Logistics and Distribution.
- Design, develop and implement cyberspace network infrastructure and network security protocols to support on-demand collection and dissemination of data to authorized users.
- Develop advanced models to mine the multidimensional data and use it for adaptive, real-time monitoring, control and decision support.
- Explore logistics and distribution of Health Care products and services.
- Develop linkage between supply chain orientation and portability.
- Study the effect of logistics service on customer loyalty.
- Develop integrated logistical and distribution systems that are inexpensive and can sustain operation in hostile environments.
- Study the integration and synergistic advantages achieved by using information from available technologies in logistics and distribution.
- Serve as a repository of state-of-the-art information pertaining to new technologies, their integration as well as applications.
- Initiate development of technology roadmaps, and white papers on the subject, serve as a national think-tank, conduct benchmarking studies of alternative technologies, and pursue leading edge research in collaboration with industry on areas of mutual interest.
In many systems, including logistical systems, the information on which a planning decision is based, is significantly different from the information that exists at the time the decision is executed, thereby severely limiting the value of the original decision. Organizations can use new technologies and the underlying models and decision support systems we will develop, to design effective and efficient supply chains that transfer products seamlessly and smoothly over the entire distribution network, even in the face of fast changing information, and disturbances caused by forces internal or external to the system.
LoDI will develop mechanisms that will be of high value to companies in the private and public sector. LoDI will partner with federal agencies and private corporations in pursuing research projects. These projects will be tailored to meet the needs of the industry in the private and public sectors and advance institute goals.