Research clusters

In each of the clusters multidisciplinary teams explore logistics and supply chain management issues relating to people, processes and technology.

The Ports and Maritime Logistics Research cluster offers a platform for inter and multidisciplinary disciplinary collaboration to develop and disseminate high quality, cutting-edge research with the overarching objective of creating strong community and industry impact.

The group’s work is framed within, and complements, the broader objectives of the Global Logistics and Supply Chain research capability platform to explore, research and develop innovative solutions for complex global logistics and supply chain challenges.

The group draws upon a rich collective academic and industry expertise, bringing together members with a diverse range and length of experience.

The group, furthermore, maintains an extensive and strong international research and industry network. Some of the key areas of expertise include international trade and transport nodes and corridors, port security, maritime and port logistics skills and workforce development, maritime transport logistics analytics and international freight distribution.

Cluster leader: Associate Professor Victor Gekara

Mobility of people, goods and materials is a vital driver of economic activity globally. Existing infrastructure is increasingly proving to be insufficient to cater for the increasing demand on mobility. Further the transport sector is estimated to account for nearly one-fourth of energy related global CO2 emissions.

There is a need for credible solutions to improve mobility systems and reduce congestions. Smart mobility solutions, that is, connected private transportation, traffic control and optimization and e-Logistics can help to make mobility more sustainable and efficient.

Researchers in the smart mobility cluster investigate the use of information and communication technologies to enable the transformation towards efficient and cleaner mobility systems.

Cluster leader: Professor Alemayehu Molla

Urban freight and retail logistics cluster at RMIT is a growth area. Staff in this sub-cluster has expertise in a range of areas vital to the needs of urban freight logistics and retail operations, encompassing big data analytics, distribution network planning and design, vehicle routing analysis, value stream and business process mapping, stated preference analysis, customer segmentation studies, geo-spatial mapping, locational analysis, resource profiling, and sustainable business practice review, among others.

Some of the noted commercial projects and research studies completed by members in this sub-cluster in recent years include customization of vehicle routing algorithms for laundry pick-up and delivery, out-of-stock management at supermarkets, distribution costs optimization in auto-parts retailing, operations disruptions management at cafés, and service capability expansion of Asian Grocery stores. This sub-cluster has also offered a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Omnichannel Retailing via the FutureLearn platform in March this year.

Cluster leader: Professor Booi Kam

Supply chain sustainability cluster provides expert knowledge in the field of sustainable supply chain and procurement practices and corporate social responsibility.

Researchers have undertaken several projects and training of executives from the multinational companies in the areas of health supply chain, six sigma and lean logistics, strategic outsourcing, and Theory of constraints.

They have provided management consulting services in logistics and supply chain management, six-sigma, demand forecasting, quality management, ISO 14000 and ISO 9000 certification.

Researchers have expertise and capabilities in the areas of: Reverse/Green supply chain logistics and sustainability, Cold chain and Pharmaceutical logistics, Low cost country sourcing, risk and Complexity, Security issues in global supply chains, Theory of constraints, and Quality management, Six-sigma quality & Lean logistics.

Cluster leader: Professor Shams Rahman

The Logistics and Transport Safety and Security research cluster undertakes cutting edge research that focuses on applied multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research that uses information, modelling, simulation and analytics to advance theory and practice in the field.

Topics of interests include transportation and traffic accident analysis and prevention, transport related crimes, evacuation of transport hubs, workplace safety culture, and analysis of logistics and transport safety and security data. We provide theory and evidence based recommendations, decision tools, programs and policies to improve the safety and security of the logistics and transportation system.

Cluster leader: Associate Professor Richard Tay

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