What progress have you made in delivering your key activities (as outlined in your grant application)?

What progress have you made in delivering your key activities (as outlined in your grant application)?

Workpackage (WP) 1: Management (to coordinate other workpackages, control budget, develop long term strategic partnerships):

–      A research network between the three participant universities and industrial partners has been initiated. The website for this research network has been developed (called Logistics research network: Vietnam – UK) and is running live, attracting much attentions from the community: http://ukvn-logistics.org/ (also from http://ukvn-logistics.com/ and http://ukvn-logistics.net/ )

–              Monthly Skype meetings and weekly email discussions have been maintained. Minutes are stored using Social Media (Google Drive) for easy access and promotional purpose.

–              An MOU between project partners LJMU and Mersey Maritime (cluster of near 2000 businesses in maritime logistics) has been signed. This will help establish the link between maritime logistics industry in the UK and Vietnam.

–              An MOU between project partners LJMU and VNU-UET has been drafted and are being processed for presidential signatures.

–              Links with industrial partners have been established. Data from three industrial partners (Greenport, Haiphong, Vietnam; PTSC-Supply-base, Vung Tau, Vietnam; and Port of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK) have been collected and analysed.

–             Three technology products are being produced and will be transferred to the industrial partners.

–              A proposal was approved for further funding from Royal Academy of Engineering, to extend the collaboration in logistics between the UK and Vietnam further. This will extend the network to include external partners such as Le Quy Don Technical University (academic partner), IFT and AECOM.

–              Three proposals were submitted to sustain the partnership with further funding from the EU Horizon 2020. Two have passed the first stage of review.

 

Workpackage 2 (Travels – to exchange research ideas, transfer knowledge with industrial partners):

– VNU-UET and VMU have made frequent visits to the industrial partners Greenport and PTSC-Supply base (PetroVietnam) in Vietnam to collect data and discuss collaboration plans

– LJMU have made frequent visits to the industrial partners Port of Liverpool, AECOM, and MerseyMaritime in the UK to collect data and discuss collaboration plans

– A visit from VNU-UET to LJMU took place in September 2016. The visiting researcher will stay at LJMU for eight months to carry out research and deliver seminars/workshops.

– A visit from LJMU to VNU-UET and VMU took place in October 2015.

– A visit from LJMU to VNU-UET took place in April 2015.

– A vist from VNU-UET to LJMU took place in June 2015.

– A visit from LJMU to VNU-UET has been planned and will start in November 2016. The visiting researcher will stay at VNU-UET for several months to carry out research and deliver a seminar/workshop.

 

 

Workpackage 3 – Survey suitable ICT technologies:

– A research, jointly carried out by LJMU, VNU-UET, and UT-HCMC, has been done to study the use of ICT technologies in maritime logistics industry, with focuses on: (a) automation and intelligent vehicle in ports; (b) stuffing goods into containers; (c) modular load units for logistics; and (d) ICTs for logistics of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) tank container.

The work in (a) has been presented in the world-leading journal Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, volume 60, 2015, pp. 169-188.

The work in (b) has been presented in the European leading conference EvoStar, 2016, Portugal and in the book Lecture Notes in Computer Science, volume 9598, pp. 266-279.

The work in (c) has been presented in a proposal submitted to the EU Horizon 2020 Transport funding programme, which has passed the first stage of review.

The work in (d) has been presented in a proposal submitted to another EU Horizon 2020 Transport funding programme, which has passed the first stage of review.

  • The output of the research has been fed back to the industrial partners to improve their operations.

Workpackage 4 – Improving container-handling performance in ports:

–  Data about container-handling has been / are being collected from the industrial partner ports (Greenport Vietnam, Port of Liverpool and PTSC Supply base (PetroVietnam) )

– Two algorithms are being developed to improve container-handling performance: one is for improving the loading of containers into vessels, and one is for improving the loading of goods into containers.

– A port simulation has also been developed to improve the stacking of containers in the storage areas

– The work in this Workpackage has been published in:

(a) a European leading conference EvoStar, 2016, Portugal and in the book Lecture Notes in Computer Science, volume 9598, pp. 266-279.

(b) a world-leading journal Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, volume 60, 2015, pp. 169-188..

 

Workpackage 5 – Improving port access and/or multimodal transport:

– Data about multimodal transport and port access have been/are being collected from the industrial partner ports  (Greenport Vietnam and Port of Liverpool)

– A simulation of the industrial port is being developed to study the impact of multimodal transport. Link to a simulation video is here: http://tiny.cc/greenport

– One algorithm has been created to optimise the number of transfer vehicles in port to improve performance.

– Another algorithm has been created to optimise the performance in dynamic environments.

– The work in this Workpackage has been published in:

(a) a world-leading journal IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine, volume 11, issue 1, 2016, pp. 55-69.

(b) a world-leading journal IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, volume 20, issue 4, 2016,pp. 590-605.

 

Workpackage 6 (Creating Vietnam first lab on maritime logistics)

– Work has been carried on, steered by the three visits between the two lead partners in April, June and October 2015.

– Infrastructures (office space and computers) have been set up in VNU-UET.

– Work is being carried out to create a course on logistics within the teaching curriculum of VNU-UET.

 

Workpackage 7 (Other disseminatoins):

  • A paper was published in the world-leading journal IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine, volume 11, issue 1, 2016, pp. 55-69 (flagship journal of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, acceptance rate <10%, only accepted research with proven real-world applicaitons). Link: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/7379075/
  • A paper was published in the world-leading journal IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, volume 20, issue 4, 2016,pp. 590-605 (best journal in the field, ranked 1st in Computer Science, Theory & Methods). Link: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/7339694/
  • A paper was published in the world-leading journal Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, volume 60, 2015, pp. 169-188 (ranked 5th in Transportation Science & Technology). Link: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0968090X15003137
  • A paper and a poster was presented in a European leading conference EvoStar, 2016, Portugal http://www.evostar.org/2016/index.php and in the book Lecture Notes in Computer Science, volume 9598, pp. 266-279 http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-319-31153-1_18 . This is a leading conference which attracted delegates from about over 150 different organisations.
  • A paper and a presentation was made at the Logistics Research Network 2016, organised by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. The event include about 100 different talks and speeches from academia and industrial representatives who are interested in logistics research in the UK https://www.ciltuk.org.uk/AboutUs/ProfessionalSectorsForums/Forums/LogisticsResearchNetwork/LRN2016.aspx
  • A banner, a presentation and a number of leaflets about the project were presented and promoted at the Vietnam Higher Education Days, organised by the Ministry of Education and Training, Hanoi and Hochiminh City, March 2016. This event attracted over delegates from over fifty universities across the world, plus hundreds of Vietnamese young researchers. The project team met and discussed with six Vietnam universities and over thirty different young researchers who are interested in logistics research and education. http://ukvn-logistics.org/?p=4226
  • A banner, a presentation and a number of leaflets about the project were presented and promoted at the Industry Showcase day, organised by LJMU in Liverpool, March 2016. This event attracted 45 companies and industrial representatives. http://ukvn-logistics.org/?p=4213
  • An invited speech was presented at the “New Urban Mobility Services: Europe’s Cities and Regions as engines for growth” event within the European Week of Regions and Cities at Brussels, Belgium. This is the biggest European public event of its kind, with about 6,000 participants and 600 speakers from all over Europe and beyond gather together in Brussels. More information can be found here http://ukvn-logistics.org/?p=4685 .
  • A paper and a presentation was made at the Logistics Research Network 2015, organised by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport , 2015. The event include about 100 different talks and speeches from academia and industrial representatives who are interested in logistics research in the UK https://www.ciltuk.org.uk/AboutUs/ProfessionalSectorsForums/Forums/LogisticsResearchNetwork/LRN2015.aspx
  • A paper and a poster was presented in a European leading conference EvoStar, 2015, Portugal http://www.evostar.org/2015/index.php and in the book Lecture Notes in Computer Science, volume 9028, pp. 857-868 http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-319-16549-3_69 . This is a leading conference which attracted delegates from about over 150 different organisations.
  • A banner, a presentation and a number of leaflets about the project were presented and promoted at the Motorways of the Sea conference (largest event of this kind), in 20-21 May 2015 in Liverpool to near 200 participants from 19 EU member states, as well as the USA and Israel. Link: http://ukvn-logistics.org/?p=4220
  • LJMU organised three seminars to present some results of the project to colleagues and industrial partners in Liverpool, June 2015, February 2016 and October 2016. Link: http://ukvn-logistics.org/?p=4551

 

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