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Alexandra F. Marques holds a PhD in Forest Engineering and Management of Natural Resources (UTL, 2012), a Master in Operations Research (OR) (UL, 2005) and currently works in research and consultancy in Operations Management. Develops new technologies as well as new OR methods for supporting planning and decision-making, particularly concerning natural resources. Current projects tackle operations scheduling and resources assignment, control/simulation and re-planning; supply chain optimization; decision support systems; collaborative planning and knowledge management. The research developed under an industrial framework, has been applied in many companies and public bodies in Portugal and abroad, including Europac Viana, Portucel Soporcel, Celbi Stora Enso, Instituto da Vinha e do Vinho, Instituto dos Vinhos do Douro e Porto, Direcção Geral das Florestas, Forestis, PT Comunicações, SONAECOM, CP, Alliance Health Care, Adira. Other working countries include Israel, Brazil, Chile and Canada. Currently works as a researcher in the Manufacturing Systems Engineering Unit of INESC PORTO,. Coordinates the project FOCUS: Advances in Forestry Control and Automation Systems in Europe, is responsible for research activities of the project Productech-PTI (New Processes and new innovative technologies for the industry of production technology), co-coordinates the Cost Action FORSYS-Forest Management Decision Support Systems. Participates in several other RTD projects, including MOTIVE-Models for Adaptive forest management, ORCHESTRA-Orchestrating forest-related policy analysis in Europe. Is the author of 25 research publications, including book chapters, articles in international journals and conference proceedings. Is also author or many technical as well as outreach publications.

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2019

Multiple vehicle synchronisation in a full truck-load pickup and delivery problem: a case-study in the biomass supply chain

Authors
Soares, R; Marques, A; Amorim, P; Rasinmaki, J;

Publication
European Journal of Operational Research

Abstract

2019

Assessment and optimization of sustainable forest wood supply chains - A systematic literature review

Authors
Santos, A; Carvalho, A; Barbosa Povoa, AP; Marques, A; Amorim, P;

Publication
FOREST POLICY AND ECONOMICS

Abstract
When it was first introduced, the concept of sustainability in the forestry sector had a narrow focus on sustainable wood production. Since then, this concept has evolved and it now considers now the three sustainability dimensions (economic, environmental and social) of the whole forest wood supply chain. The main objective of this study is then to review assessment and optimization studies that consider the forest wood supply chain and at least one of the sustainability dimensions. To accomplish this goal, a total number of 188 papers, published in English-speaking peer-reviewed journals from 1995 to 2017, were reviewed. These papers have been classified according to the sustainability dimensions explored, the stakeholder's involvement, the modeling approaches applied, the supply chain decision levels treated, the uncertainty inclusion, and case study analyzed. Most of the studies reviewed (84.6%) considered only two sustainability dimensions: economic (31.9%), environmental (13.8%), or a combination of both (38.8%). The first study including the three sustainability dimensions was published in 2005. Most of the studies reviewed (64.9%) focus on the bioenergy industry in Europe and North America, due to the growing interest in using biomass to substitute fossil fuels in energy production. The final part of the paper presents the identified specific features of sustainable forest wood supply chains and discusses a future research agenda in the area.

2019

Exploring the Linkages Between the Internet of Things and Planning and Control Systems in Industrial Applications

Authors
Soares, R; Marques, A; Gomes, R; Guardão, L; Hernández, E; Rebelo, R;

Publication
Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering - Progress in Digital and Physical Manufacturing

Abstract

2019

The vehicle routing problem with backhauls towards a sustainability perspective: a review

Authors
Santos, MJ; Amorim, P; Marques, A; Carvalho, A; Póvoa, A;

Publication
TOP

Abstract
The vehicle routing problem with backhauls (VRPB) allows to integrate inbound and outbound routes, which is an efficient strategy to reduce routing costs and also to reduce the environmental and social impacts of transportation. In this paper, we analyze the VRPB literature with a sustainability perspective, which covers environmental and social objectives, collaborative networks and reverse logistics. First, to better understand and analyze the VRPB literature, all related works are characterized according to a common taxonomy provided for routing problems. This taxonomy is extended to differentiate between economic, environmental and social objectives. After identification of all VRPB papers that include sustainability issues, these are analyzed and discussed in more detail. The analysis reveals that research on VRPBs with sustainability concerns is recent and relatively scarce and the most popular aspects investigated are the minimization of fuel consumption and CO 2 emissions. Future research lines driven by sustainability concerns are suggested for the VRPB as a promoter of green logistics. © 2019, Sociedad de Estadística e Investigación Operativa.

2018

Planning woody biomass supply in hot systems under variable chips energy content

Authors
Marques, A; Rasinmaki, J; Soares, R; Amorim, P;

Publication
Biomass and Bioenergy

Abstract
The growing economic importance of the biomass-for-bioenergy in Europe motivates research on biomass supply chain design and planning. The temporally and geographically fragmented availability of woody biomass makes it particularly relevant to find cost-effective solutions for biomass production, storage and transportation up to the consumption facility. This paper addresses tactical decisions related with optimal allocation of wood chips from forest residues at forest sites to terminals and power plants. The emphasis is on a “hot-system” with synchronized chipping and chips transportation at the roadside. Thus, decisions related with the assignment of chippers to forest sites are also considered. We extend existing studies by considering the impact of the wood chips energy content variation in the logistics planning. This is a key issue in biomass-for-bioenergy supply chains. The higher the moisture content of wood chips, the lower its net caloric value and therefore, a larger amount of chips is needed to meet the contracted demand. We propose a Mixed Integer Programming (MIP) model to solve this problem to optimality. Results of applying the model in a biomass supply chain case in Finland are presented. Results suggest that a 20% improvement in the supplier profit can be obtained with the proposed approach when compared with a baseline situation that relies on empirical estimates for a fixed and known moisture content in the end of an obliged storage age. © 2017

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thesis

2018

Deep Multimodal Learning in Infantile Hemangioma

Author
Ricardo Pereira de Magalhães Cruz

Institution
UP-FEUP

2017

Gestão integrada de operações de recolha e transporte de biomassa

Author
Francisco Areias Ribeiro Ferreira Capa

Institution
UP-FEUP

2016

Planeamento integrado da logística de inbound e outbound

Author
Rúben Gonçalo Pereira Brito

Institution
UP-FEUP