Jakob Puchinger

Professor in Supply Chain Management and Logistics at EM Normandie Business School

Affiliate Professor at the Industrial Engineering Laboratory  of CentraleSupélec - Université Paris Saclay, member of the Risk Reliability Resilience (R3) Research Group

Co-director of the Future Cities Lab at Centrale Pékin and CentraleSupélec

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Jakob Puchinger is a professor of Supply Chain Management and Logistics at EM Normandie since 2022. Besides, he is an affiliate professor at the Laboratoire Génie Industriel at CentraleSupélec, Université Paris-Saclay, and the co-director of the Future Cities Lab with Centrale Pékin. In 2006, Jakob Puchinger earned his doctoral degree from TU Wien. His thesis focused on combining metaheuristics and integer programming to solve cutting and packing problems. After that, he joined the NICTA Research Centre at the University of Melbourne in 2006, where he worked on the hybridization of constraint programming and mathematical programming techniques. In 2008, he joined the Austrian Institute of Technology and became the head of the business unit Dynamic Transportation Systems in 2014. In 2015, Jakob Puchinger became the Anthropolis Chair Holder and professor at IRT SystemX and CentraleSupélec, Université Paris-Saclay until September 2022. He was also responsible for the research axis scientific computing and optimization at IRT SystemX. His primary research interests include logistics, urban mobility, disruptive technologies, and optimizing underlying transport systems.

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Research Topics

Mobility and Urban Futures

The future of cities heavily relies on developing their transportation systems, particularly in terms of people's mobility. I focus on comprehending the urban environment on various scales through data analysis, simulation, and optimization.

I have recently co-authored a book on this topic titled "Sustainable Urban Mobility Futures" in collaboration with Tjark Gall, Flore Vallet, Laura Mariana Reyes Madrigal, Sebastian Hörl, Adam Abdin, and Tarek, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2023.

Currently, my interest is geared toward exploring the interplay between electric autonomous vehicles and the power grid.

Optimization Methods

Difficult optimization problems are common in many practical fields and require sophisticated methods to solve them. There are various approaches to solving such problems, including mathematical optimization, local search (such as metaheuristics), and artificial intelligence.

My research primarily focuses on hybrid optimization methods that combine model decomposition techniques (such as Bender's decomposition or Dantzig Wolfe decomposition) with metaheuristics. 

Recently, I have been exploring methods for solving stochastic and dynamic optimization problems

Sustainable Urban Logistics

Urban logistics, and particularly last-mile deliveries, is a prominent area of research for me. I focus on developing innovative solutions for optimization problems related to electric vehicle routing, multi-echelon deliveries using robotic vehicles, as well as active mobility modes. The primary objective of my work is to reduce the environmental impact of delivery systems.

I am also interested in studying the interaction of urban deliveries with public transit, on-demand transport, and the sharing economy. This area poses challenging questions in terms of vehicle and activity synchronization.

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