Special Issue "IoT and Informatics Applications in Logistics and Intelligent Transportation Systems"

A special issue of Informatics (ISSN 2227-9709).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2017)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Maria Pia Fanti

Polytechnic of Bari, Italy
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Interests: discrete event systems; petri net; consensus algorithms; networked and control systems; management and modelling of logistic systems; automated manufacturing systems; automatic guided vehicle systems; traffic networks; healthcare systems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The specific objectives of the modern Logistics and Transportation Challenges are smart, green, and integrated services to achieve planning, scheduling, and transport systems that are resource-efficient, and climate- and environmentally-friendly, safe and seamless for the benefit of all citizens, the economy and society. In this context, the increasing complexity of such systems of systems and the availability of inexpensive sensors and communication, mobile computing, advanced and real time analytics and cloud services are redefining the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and logistics. Utilization of IoT is redefining asset tracking, inventory and warehouse management in the logistics sector, as well as in manufacturing. In parallel, the automotive industry is undergoing a significant change to provide better road safety and co-operative mobility management while reducing the effect on environment. These ongoing and future activities related to IoT in ITS and logistics pose research, as well as engineering, challenges.

Maria Pia Fanti
Guest Editor

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  • Automatic and intelligent control applications in logistics systems

  • Automation and Informatics for Intelligent Transportation Systems

  • Management information systems in logistics

  • IoT architecture for ITS and logistics applications

  • Upcoming communication technologies for IoT and their application in ITS

  • Advanced analytics and big data for ITS and logistics

  • Security, privacy and trust for ITS and logistics IoT applications

  • Consumer centric design and services for IoT in ITS and logistics

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Open AccessArticle Bus Operations Scheduling Subject to Resource Constraints Using Evolutionary Optimization
Informatics 2018, 5(1), 9; doi:10.3390/informatics5010009
Received: 19 December 2017 / Revised: 28 January 2018 / Accepted: 2 February 2018 / Published: 6 February 2018
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In public transport operations, vehicles tend to bunch together due to the instability of passenger demand and traffic conditions. Fluctuation of the expected waiting times of passengers at bus stops due to bus bunching is perceived as service unreliability and degrades the overall
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In public transport operations, vehicles tend to bunch together due to the instability of passenger demand and traffic conditions. Fluctuation of the expected waiting times of passengers at bus stops due to bus bunching is perceived as service unreliability and degrades the overall quality of service. For assessing the performance of high-frequency bus services, transportation authorities monitor the daily operations via Transit Management Systems (TMS) that collect vehicle positioning information in near real-time. This work explores the potential of using Automated Vehicle Location (AVL) data from the running vehicles for generating bus schedules that improve the service reliability and conform to various regulatory constraints. The computer-aided generation of optimal bus schedules is a tedious task due to the nonlinear and multi-variable nature of the bus scheduling problem. For this reason, this work develops a two-level approach where (i) the regulatory constraints are satisfied and (ii) the waiting times of passengers are optimized with the introduction of an evolutionary algorithm. This work also discusses the experimental results from the implementation of such an approach in a bi-directional bus line operated by a major bus operator in northern Europe. Full article

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