Iris Vis - Logistics innovations in the context of the Physical Internet

Abstract: The Physical Internet (PI) can be described as a new logistics paradigm in which logistics networks are fully open and connected and where concepts related to the sharing economy play an important role. This vision will be further introduced in more detail in this presentation. Current practical implementations that might serve as potential building blocks to its realisation will be shown. Latest scientific insights from several projects performed together with partners from industry, non-profit organisations and government will be shared. Next to that, new interdisciplinary research ideas will be presented. The potential of PI concepts will be discussed with the audience.

Biography: Iris Vis

Iris Vis is Dean of Industry Relations at the University of Groningen. In this function she is at a university level responsible for initiating and maintaining sustainable cooperation of the university with businesses, governmental and non-profit organizations. She is also a professor of industrial engineering at the Faculty of Economics and Business. Iris Vis has a Master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Leiden and received her PhD at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Before joining the University of Groningen, she was an associate professor at the VU University Amsterdam. She was a visiting researcher at CIRRELT (Montreal / Quebec City, Canada), Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, USA) and Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, USA).

Iris Vis has performed numerous projects in cooperation with companies, resulting in a blend of rigorous academic work with practical applicability. She is currently Associate Editor of OR Spectrum. Iris Vis currently acts as a project leader in the NWO project “Towards virtual ports in a physical internet”. In the past years she acted as project leader in the Dinalog (Dutch Institute for Advanced Logistics) project “Design of LNG networks”, and as a work package leader in three other projects.