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The aim of the course is to introduce to the problems and to the mathematical models related to internal and external logistics of production and distribution systems.

Prof. Paolo Detti
Paolo Detti's homepage.

Coordination problems in supply chains. Structures of the logistic networks.
Management problems in material flows. Minimum cost network flows:
- Structure of the optimal solutions.
- The network simplex.
Strategic problems. Plant Location:
- ILP formulations.
- Methods for Lower Bounds computation.
- Heuristics for the computation of feasible solutions.
Inventory and production management:
- EOQ and its variants.
- The lot sizing problem with and without backlogging.
Distribution problems. Vehicle routing:
- Problem definition and variants.
- ILP formulations.
- Heuristic algorithms.
- Case studies.

The examination has a written and an oral part. The written part consists of modeling and numerical exercises on logistics problems introduced during the course. The oral part is devoted to verify the knowledge of the theoretical foundations of the models and the solution methods of the addressed logistics problems. At the end of the course, before the official date of the first exam, a preliminary written test can be performed with numerical exercises and theoretical questions. A good performance in the test allows to perform an examination without the written part and with a reduced oral exam.

Date of the Preliminary written test

Exams' results

Receiving hours
By appointment, sending e-mail to:

Texts and material
- Ravindra K. Ahuja, Thomas L. Magnanti, James B. Orlin, Network Flows: Theory, Algorithms, and Applications, Prentice Hall, 1993.
- Slides of Lectures (available during the course).
- Scientific papers (available during the course).

Suggested text:
- Brandimarte, P., Zotteri, G, Introduction to Distribution Logistics, Wiley, 2007.

Slides of Lectures (available during the course):
Solving a Minimum Cost Flow problem by Excel
Plant Location 1

Texts of previous exams (in Italian):
Testo della prova in itinere del 15 giugno 2010
Appello del 28 luglio 2010
Testo della prova in itinere del 9 giugno 2011
Appello del 21 giugno 2011
Appello del 13 settembre 2011
Testo della prova in itinere del 31 maggio 2012
Appello del 28 giugno 2012
Appello del 13 luglio 2012
Testo della prova in itinere del 12 giugno 2013
Appello del 27 giugno 2013
Testo della prova in itinere del 13 maggio 2014
Appello del 27 giugno 2013
Testo della prova in itinere del 26 maggio 2015
Testo della prova in itinere del 25 maggio 2016