Areas of Focus
Below, find a listing of the major activities that SCL is involved in.
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Researchers develop innovative new business and operational strategies for the design, synchronization, and optimization of global supply chains. These strategies typically involve integrating people, processes, and technologies to achieve supply chain objectives while providing supply chain leadership and control. Attention is also directed to strategies to achieve competitive advantage.
Variabilities and uncertainties facing global freight transportation systems are key interests for experts developing concepts and tools to optimize freight movements. Researchers work to create new tools and techniques for improving operational productivity and resiliency of various freight systems, such as air freight, sea cargo, rail freight, and trucking. They also explore methods for enhancing efficiency at critical intermodal interface points, such as seaports, railroad yards, and trucking terminals.
The Supply Chain & Logistics Institute is the world leader in the application of scientific engineering principles to warehousing and distribution. Researchers are involved in the location and design of distribution centers, including layout, slotting, order picking, cubing, and facility benchmarking.
The Physical Internet Center provides worldwide scientific leadership in the development and implementation of the Physical Internet concept while positioning the Physical Internet Center as the primary resource for related education and innovation.
Analysis and design for highly capitalized factories are at the heart of the research activities in manufacturing logistics. Areas of particular expertise include virtual prototyping of manufacturing and assembly systems, multidisciplinary system modeling, and the design of workflow concepts and tools.
These problems range from scheduling machines in a factory to an airline assigning thousands of pilots to flights to major league baseball creating schedules of 162 games for each of 30 teams. All of these problems have complex constraints and many variables. The resource scheduling center employs faculty and PhD student expertise to develop models and algorithms to solve such problems.
Research at PAIS focuses on developing methodologies and algorithms aimed at advancing predictive analytics and decision-making under uncertainty in applications spanning traditional manufacturing, service, and energy sectors to unique and unconventional application domains, such as space services and deep space exploration.
The growing importance of China as a major economic player has created many new business opportunities and challenges. This research is focused on finding ways to take advantage of those opportunities by developing a practical, working knowledge of China's transportation and logistics infrastructure as well as its warehousing and distribution practices. In addition, researchers explore the factors affecting long-haul road transportation in the country, as well as the role of micro wholesalers and distributors in last-mile delivery there.
An initiative to improve humanitarian logistics (including short or long-term, man-made or natural disasters, global and public health, and long-term development needs) and ultimately the human condition by system transformations through education, outreach, projects and research.
SCL offers an extensive curriculum of open-enrollment professional education courses focused around logistics, transportation, warehousing, and supply chain management. Courses may be taken individually or as part of a multi-course certificate program.
Typically for larger groups, SCL can develop and deliver courses at your designated location that focus on your specific needs and interests.
The Georgia Institute of Technology offers a wide range of supply chain, operations management, logistics, and related degree programs in the United States. Students may pursue degrees at the Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, Professional Masters, and PhD levels. Programs are offered in full-residential, partial residential, and fully online formats.
Membership in one of our programs (Supply Chain Innovation Network, Supply Chain & Logistics Research & Innovation Partner, SCL Strategic Partner) offers access to various benefits associated with SCL's activities depending on company interests and need. Learn more about our possible SCL partnership opportunities.
SCL has a presence the Georgia Tech-Savannah campus to support workforce development courses, online training, supply chain short courses and executive seminars. Additionally, our Savannah office serves as a mechanism for dialoguing with local businesses regarding challenges that can be addressed as student group projects or research engagements.
The Georgia Tech Supply Chain & Logistics Institute is developing a unique research and education center in Panama focused on logistics and trade. The strategic goals for the center are to increase Panama's logistics performance and to aid in developing the logistics and trade capabilities that will enable Panama to become "The" trade hub for the Americas.
The Logistics Institute - Asia Pacific is collaboration between the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) for research and education programs in global logistics. This collaboration provides joint logistics expertise which caters to the logistics needs of the industries across the world today focusing on global logistics, information technology, industrial engineering and supply chain management.