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

Postdoctoral Associate

Milena is a Postdoctoral associate at MLL and has extensive experience in modeling and designing supply chain distribution networks.

ANDRÉ C. SNOECK

ANDRÉ C. SNOECK

PhD Candidate | Research Assistant

André C. Snoeck is a first-year PhD student at the MIT Department of Civil Engineering and a Research Assistant at MLL. 

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 MLL. 

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 MLL. Her main interests lie in optimization methods for transportation systems.

XAVIER LAVENIR

XAVIER LAVENIR

Masters Candidate | Research Assistant

Xavier is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Technology and Public Policy and is a graduate research assistant at MLL.

MAGGIE WILSON

MAGGIE WILSON

Masters Candidate | Research Assistant

Maggie is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Transportation and is a graduate research assistant at MLL.

MOHAMMAD MOSHREF-JAVADI

MOHAMMAD MOSHREF-JAVADI

Postdoctoral Associate

Mohammad's research focuses on the design and analysis of hybrid delivery systems, such as autonomous vehicles, pedestrian, and bike combined with trucks.

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