Smart Mobility and Logistics Lab
SML Lab aims at facilitating and stimulating collaboration among faculty, students, and practitioners to foster continuous learning and translating knowledge into innovative solutions for making transport and logistics more efficient, smarter, greener, and safer.

Transport and logistics planning is extremely important in particular for Turkey. Current development plans highlight the need for modern and reliable transportation systems, and aim at transforming Turkey to a global logistic hub, both for materials and energy flows, at the crossroads of three continents. Moreover, the traffic volume in all sorts of transport modes has increased rapidly, particularly in metropolitan areas like Istanbul. There have been a lot of investments to improve the infrastructure. Thus, the efficient use and planning of the resources is an important and challenging task. Moreover, developing effective plans is essentially a national priority due to the high likelihood of serious natural disasters.

Smart Mobility and Logistics Lab (SML) in Sabancı University focuses on transport logistics and mobility planning including urban transport, first-mile, long-distance and last-mile pickup/delivery operations, humanitarian logistics, electro-mobility, and sustainable logistics chains. SML team is equipped with extensive domain knowledge in logistics and transportation research and experienced in addressing multifaceted problems through systematic modeling approaches and effective solution methods using operations research tools and techniques. The Lab conducts research projects particularly on urban mobility, humanitarian logistics, and sustainable transport planning with a special emphasis on route optimization, electrification of logistics vehicles, battery performance analysis.

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Research Team

Merve Keskin

PhD Candidate

Sina Rastani

PhD Candidate

Ece Naz Duman

PhD Candidate

Amin Ahmadi Digehsara

PhD Student

Umut Can Çakmak

PhD Student

Nozir Shokirov

PhD Student

Neda Tanoumand

PhD Student

Funding available for outstanding MSc and PhD students

Graduates

  • Karadeniz-Alver, Özlem, MSc. 2018 (PhD Student, Istanbul Tecnical University)
  • Mutlu, Aysun MSc. 2018 (PhD Student, McGill University)
  • Çakmak, Umut Can, MSc. 2017 (PhD Student, Erasmus University Rotterdam)
  • Shokirov, Nozir, MSc. 2017 (PhD Student, Sabancı University)
  • Tanoumand, Neda, MSc. 2017 (PhD Student, Sabancı University)
  • Elçi, Özgün, MSc. 2016 (PhD Student, Carnegie Mellon University)

Projects

Publıcatıons

Journal Articles
  • Bakis O, Inci E, Senturk RO (2018) Unbundling curbside parking costs from housing prices. Journal of Economic Geography. [Online]
  • Elçi Ö, Noyan N (2018) A chance-constrained two-stage stochastic programming model for humanitarian relief network design. Transportation Research Part B: Methodological 108:55–83. [Online]
  • Elçi Ö, Noyan N, Bülbül K (2018) Chance-constrained stochastic programming under variable reliability levels with an application to humanitarian relief network design. Computers and Operations Research 96:91–107. [Online]
  • Inci E, Lindsey R, Oz G (2018) Parking fees and retail prices. Journal of Transport Economics and Policy 52(3):298–321. [Online]
  • Keskin M, Çatay B (2018) A matheuristic method for the electric vehicle routing problem with time windows and fast chargers. Computers and Operations Research 100:172–188. [Online]
  • Noyan N, Kahvecioğlu G (2018) Stochastic last mile relief network design with resource reallocation. OR Spectrum 40(1):187–231. [Online]
  • Altekin FT, Aylı E Şahin G (2017) After-sales services network design of a household appliances manufacturer. Journal of the Operational Research Society 68(9):1056–1067. [Online]
  • Feyzioglu O, Noyan N (2017) Risk-averse toll pricing in a stochastic transportation network. European Journal of Industrial Engineering 11(2):133–167. [Online]
  • Inci E, van Ommeren J, Kobus M (2017) The external cruising costs of parking. Journal of Economic Geographyg 17(6):1301–1323. [Online]
  • Yüksel T, Litster S, Viswanathan V, Jeremy J (2017) Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle LiFePO4 battery life implications of thermal management, driving conditions, and regional climate. Journal of Power Sources 338:49–64. [Online]
  • Emeç U, Çatay B, Bozkaya B (2016) An adaptive large neighborhood search for an e-grocery delivery routing problem. Computers and Operations Research 69:109–125. [Online]
  • Ersoy FY, Hasker K, Inci E (2016) Parking as a loss leader at shopping malls. Transportation Research Part B: Methodological 91:98–112 [Online]
  • Keskin M, Çatay B (2016) Partial recharge strategies for the electric routing problem with time windows. Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies 65:111–127. [Online]
  • Noyan N, Balçık B, Atakan S (2016) A stochastic optimization model for designing last mile relief. Transportation Science 50(3):1092–1113. [Online]
  • Çakmak UC, Apaydın MS, Çatay B (2018) Traffic speed prediction with neural networks. In: Operations Research Proceedings 2017: Selected Papers of the Annual International Conference of the German Operations Research Society, Springer:737–743; [Online]
  • Çatay B, Keskin M (2017) The impact of quick charging stations on the route planning of electric vehicles. In: Proc. of the 22nd IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communications ( ISCC 2017), Heraklion, Crete, Greece. [Online]
  • Ermiş G, Çatay B (2017) Accelerating local search algorithms for the travelling salesman problem through the effective use of GPU. In: HB Celikoglu (eds.) 19th EURO Working Group on Transportation Meeting ( EWGT 2016), Transportation Research Procedia 22:409–418. [Online]
  • Kayikci Y, Çatay B (2017) A revenue-based slot allocation and pricing framework for multimodal transport networks. In: KS Pawar et al. (eds.) Proc. of the 22nd International Symposium on Logistics ( ISL 2017), Ljubljana, Slovenia:672–679.
  • Kleiner F, Beermann M, Çatay B, Beers E, Davies H, Lim OT (2017) Current status of the electrification of transport logistic vehicles-early niche markets and commercialization opportunities. In: Proc. of the 2017 European Battery, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Congress ( EEVC 2017), Geneva, Switzerland
  • Mutlu A, Kayikci Y, Çatay B (2017) Planning multimodal freight transport operations: A literature review. In: KS Pawar et al. (eds.) Proc. of the 22nd International Symposium on Logistics ( ISL 2017), Ljubljana, Slovenia:553–560.
  • Keskin M, Çatay B (2015) The electric vehicle routing problem: Outlook and recharging strategies. In: U Aydın et al. (eds.), Proc. of the 13th International Logistics and Supply Chain Congress, Izmir, Turkey:828–838.
  • Kleiner F, Özdemir ED, Schmid SA, Beermann M, Çatay B, Moran B, Lim OT, Friedrich HE (2015) Electrification of transport logistic vehicles: A techno-economic assessment of battery and fuel cell electric transporter. Proc. of the 28th International Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exhibition ( EVS28), Goyang, South Korea.
  • Özdemir ED, Kleiner F, Beermann M, Çatay B, Beers E, Moran B, Lim OT, Schmid SA (2015) Status and trends for electrified transport logistic vehicles. In: Proc. of the 2015 European Battery, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Congress ( EEVC 2015), Brussels, Belgium.
  • Shi W, Weise T, Chiong R, Çatay B (2015) Hybrid PACO with enhanced pheromone initialization for solving the vehicle routing problem with time windows. In: Proc. of the 2015 IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence ( SSCI 2015), Cape Town, South Africa:1735–1742. [Online]
  • Tozlu B, Daldal R, Ünlüyurt T, Çatay B (2015) Crew constrained home care routing problem with time windows. In: Proc. of the 2015 IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence ( SSCI 2015), Cape Town, South Africa: 1751-1757. [Online]
  • Yıldırım UM, Çatay B (2015) An ant colony-based matheuristic approach for solving a class of vehicle routing problems. In: F Corman et al. (eds.), Computational Logistics: 6th International Conference ( ICCL 2015), Lecture Notes in Computer Science 9335:105–119. [Online]

Theses / Dissertations

MSc THESES
  • Karadeniz-Alver, Özlem (2018) A multi-criteria reverse logistics network design for waste electrical and electronic equipment (Supervisors: B. Çatay, B. Ayvaz)
  • Mutlu, Aysun (2018) Revenue-driven dynamic pricing and operational planning in multimodal freight transportation (Supervisors: B. Çatay, Y. Kayıkçı)
  • Çakmak, Umut Can (2017) Traffic speed prediction with neural networks (Supervisor: B. Çatay)
  • Shokirov, Nozir (2017) A variable neigborhood search approach for solving the crew constrained home care routing problem (Supervisors: B. Çatay, T. Ünlüyurt)
  • Tanoumand, Neda (2017) A branch-and-price algorithm for resource constrained vehicle routing problem with time windows (Supervisor: T. Ünlüyurt)
  • Elçi, Özgün (2016) Chance-constrained stochastic programming models for humanitarian relief network design (Supervisors: N. Noyan Bülbül, K. Bülbül)
PhD DISSERTATIONS
  • Keskin, Merve (in progress) Recharge strategies for the electric vehicle routing problem with time windows in deterministic and stochastic environments (Supervisor: B. Çatay)
  • Rastani, Sina (in progress) Route planning of electric freight vehicles by considering internal and environmental conditions (Supervisor: B. Çatay)
  • Duman, Ece Naz (in progress) Exact methods for the electric vehicle routing problems (Supervisors: B. Çatay, D. Taş Küten)
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