Seminar at HEC Liège - Friday, March 23 - Professor Gilbert Laporte

Posted by: Elisabeth Rodriguez Heck

Dear ORBEL members,

It is with great pleasure we inform you that Professor Gilbert Laporte will be awarded the title of “Docteur Honoris Causa” of the University of Liège on Saturday, March 24, 2018.
The award ceremony will take place at the “Amphithéâtres de l’Europe” (Boulevard du Rectorat 1, 4000 Liège) and will start at 10am.

During his visit, he will also give a seminar. The QuantOM research group of HEC Liège kindly invites you to attend his seminar on Friday, March 23, from 2pm to 3pm.

Improving the humanitarian aid network design in East Africa
Gilbert Laporte
Canada Research Chair in Distribution Management
The United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) is a logistics service provider for the United Nations. In its 2014-2017 strategic plan, it targeted the reduction of operational costs on its network. We have analyzed the potential cost benefits of adding a regional distribution center in Kampala, Uganda, to the existing network in order to better respond to humanitarian crises in East Africa. To this end we have used fieldwork, network optimization, simulation and statistical analyses to assess the benefits of prepositioning high-demand non-food items in Kampala and to propose a robust stocking solution. The study is based on an actual case and uses real data. The UNHRD has already implemented the proposed solution for an estimated expected annual cost reduction of 21% with respect to the previous network configuration. This work was done jointly with Émilie Dufour, Julie Paquette and Marie-Ève Rancourt.

The seminar will take place at the main building of HEC Liège, in room 030 (Rue Louvrex, 14, 4000 Liège).

For organization purposes, we ask to confirm your attendance to the seminar by March 16, by sending an e-mail to:

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Best regards,
Elisabeth Rodríguez Heck
PhD Candidate and Teaching Assistant
QuantOM research group
HEC Management School - University of Liège
Rue Louvrex, 14 - Bâtiment N1 (334)
tél.:+32 (0)4 232 7371