About Us

At the Megacities Logistics Lab, we focus on solving real world problems using state of the art techniques that provide ROI to our partners by using data-centric and data-driven solutions to empower complex operational, tactical, and strategic decision making in the urban logistics environment. 

Our Work

At the Megacity Logistics Lab, we address these challenges by bringing together business, logistics, and urban planning perspectives to develop appropriate technologies, infrastructures, and policies for sustainable urban logistics operations.

Our work aims to promote new urban delivery models, from unattended home delivery solutions to smart locker systems, to click & collect services, to drone delivery. We are pushing the limits of existing logistics network designs as future city logistics networks need to support omni-channel retail models, smaller store formats, increased intensity of deliveries, coordinate multiple transshipment points, engage a wider range of vehicle technologies – including electric and autonomous vehicles – and support complex inventory balancing and deployment strategies.

The Challenges of Urban Logistics

Logistics is a quality of life enabler. It provides for the delivery of goods and services to city dwellers and allows them to enjoy and benefit from the urban environment. Yet, urban logistics comes with its fair share of challenges and the emerging urban context has increased network complexity in three main ways.

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Urban growth occuring in Asia and Africa by 2050

Challenge 1: Demand Growth

Humanity is in the midst of the greatest migration of all times, that from rural to urban. The UN expects 70% of world population to live in cities by 2050 and most of the growth is to come from emerging markets and new global economic hot stops. This growth is to lead to business opportunities and potential market openings, but demand growth will put additional stress on current and future transportation networks.

Challenge 2: Evolving Consumer Expectations

The increased penetration of electronics has triggered a boom in the amount of direct shipments from manufacturers and retailers to individual consumers and is leading to the I-want-it-now economy. These direct deliveries exert increased pressure on existing last-mile transportation networks, leading to fragmentation and increased complexity of operations and requiring greater coordination between stakeholders to reach desired service levels (such as 60-minute delivery). 

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e-Commerce growth in 2017

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Supply Chain cost associate with last-mile

Challenge 3: Policy Strictness

Increasingly stringent regulations to curb air and noise pollution are leading cities to reduce road access and parking spaces in favor of active and public transportation infrastructure. These policies disproportionally impact logistics operations that need to balance compliance while providing for their expected growth and increasingly rigorous customer expectations.

Our Team

We are a group of researchers dedicated to solving the challenges of last-mile distribution in an urbanized world.

MATTHIAS WINKENBACH

MATTHIAS WINKENBACH

Director

Dr. Matthias Winkenbach is a Research Associate at the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics and the Director of the MIT Megacity Logistics Lab and the MIT Visual Analytics Lab. 

MILENA JANJEVIC

MILENA JANJEVIC

Research Scientist

Milena Janjevic is a Research Scientists at the Megacity Logistics Lab. Milena has extensive experience in modeling and designing supply chain distribution networks.

MICHELE SIMONI

MICHELE SIMONI

Post Doctoral Associate

Dr. Michele Simoni is a postdoctoral associate at the Megacity Logistics Lab. Michele’s main research activity is currently focused on modeling and optimization of advanced solutions for last-mile freight distribution based on the most recent communication and automation technologies.

JONAS LEHMANN

JONAS LEHMANN

PhD Candidate | Research Assistant

Jonas Lehmann is a Ph.D. student at CTL through MIT’s Civil and Environmental Engineering department. He is a graduate Research Assistant at CTL’s Megacity Logistics Lab, and his research focuses on quantitative modeling to improve urban and last-mile logistics.

ANDRÉ C. SNOECK

ANDRÉ C. SNOECK

PhD Candidate | Research Assistant

André Snoeck is a research assistant at the Megacity Logistics Lab and a Ph.D. student in the Interdepartmental Program of Transportation. His research focuses on the multi-tier distribution network design in the context of last-mile delivery and urban freight transportation.

MATTHIEU CREPY

MATTHIEU CREPY

Masters Candidate | Research Assistant

Matthieu Crepy is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Transportation and is a graduate research assistant at the Megacities Logistics Lab. His primary research interests are urban supply chain, last-mile delivery, and public transit, in no order of preference. 

FARRI T. GABA

FARRI T. GABA

Masters Candidate | Research Assistant

Farri Gaba is a Research Assistant at the Megacity Logistics Lab (MLL) at the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics (CTL). He is also pursuing his Master of Science in Technology and Policy at the MIT Institute of Data, Systems and Society (IDSS). 

JULIE POULLET

JULIE POULLET

Masters Candidate | Research Assistant

Julie is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Operations Research and is a graduate research assistant at the Megacity Logistics Lab. Her research focuses on multi-tier delivery method in the context of last-mile delivery and urban freight transportation. 

Current Research Collaborators

FELIX BERGMANN

PhD Candidate | ETH Zurich, Switzerland

ALEXANDER HESS

PhD Candidate | WHU Germany

ARIANNA SEGHEZZI

PhD Candidate | Politecnico Milano, Italy

RITA MARIA DIFRANCESCO

Visiting Professor | EADA, Spain

Hugo Yoshizaki

Visiting Professor | USP, Brazil

Former Students & Researchers 

XAVIER LAVENIR

Former Masters Candidate

MAGGIE WILSON

Former Masters Candidate

DANIEL MERCHAN

Former PhD Candidate

ROEL POST

Former Masters Candidate

MOHAMMAD MOSHREF-JAVADI

Former Post-doctoral Associate

ESTEBAN MASCARINO

Former Masters Candidate

ISABELLE VAN SCHILT

Former Masters Candidate