Transport & Logistics


One in every three trucks on the road is empty. More than sixty percent of all other trucks are not full. Moreover, each truck on the road takes up the space of three cars. All these trucks unnecessarily cause congestion, emissions and higher costs.

The TU/e research focuses on developing mathematical models to optimize freight logistics: trucks and ships must be as full as possible, cover as few kilometers as possible and get packages to their destinations as fast as possible. On top of this, emissions must be minimized.

Logistic solutions

At the Smart Logistics Lab work is being done on optimizing existing systems and on creating revolutionary logistics solutions, especially better management and organization of trucks and ships largely through the possibilities generated by internet and ICT.

One of the research projects is Cargo Hitching, which focuses on linking passenger and freight transport, and the role individuals could play in taking and delivering small packages. That will reduce the number of (freight)kilometers and vehicles in towns and cities as well as make the delivery of small packages to remote areas at an affordable price a viable prospect.

The Chair of Tom van Woensel, Freight Transport & Logistics is part of the department of Operations, Planning, Accounting & Control (OPAC) in the Engineering & Innovation Sciences Department.