An agent-based simulation framework to evaluate urban logistics schemes

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Inefficient urban freight transport has a negative impact on both livability in cities and profit margins in the supply chain. Urban logistics schemes, consisting of governmental policies and company initiatives, attempt to address these problems. However, successful schemes are difficult to realize due to the divergent objectives of the agents involved in urban logistics. Traditional optimization techniques fall short when evaluating schemes, as they do not capture the required change in behavior of autonomous agents. To properly evaluate schemes, we develop an agent-based simulation framework that assesses the interaction between five types of autonomous agents. Compared to existing studies in this field, we contribute by (i) explicitly including company-driven initiatives, and (ii) adopting a supply chain-wide perspective. We illustrate the working of our framework by testing a number of schemes on a virtual network.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputational Logistics
Subtitle of host publication7th International Conference, ICCL 2016, Lisbon, Portugal, September 7-9, 2016, Proceedings
EditorsAna Paias, Mario Ruthmair, Stefan Voß
Place of PublicationCham
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-44896-1
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-44896-1
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sep 2016
Event7th International Conference on Computational Logistics, ICCL 2016 - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 7 Sep 20169 Sep 2016
Conference number: 7

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference7th International Conference on Computational Logistics, ICCL 2016
Abbreviated titleICCL


  • IR-101809
  • METIS-318327


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