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Full Professor at Industrial Engineering and Management, FEUP. Member of the Board at INESC TEC Technology and Science. Co-founder of LTPlabs (spin-off of INESC TEC and FEUP). Member of the board of Trustees ("conselho de curadores") of Fundação Belmiro de Azevedo

His main area of activity is Management Science/Operations Research. He develops and applies advanced analytical models and methods to help make better decisions, solving managerial problems in various domains (manufacturing, health, retail and mobility), with a special focus on Operations Management.

Degree in Management and Industrial Engineering (5 years degree), FEUP. PhD in Industrial Engineering and Management, UP. Former researcher at Operations Research Center of Massachusetts Institute of Technology – MIT/ORC. Certified Analytics Professional from The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences.

Former Vice-Academic Director of IBM Center for Advanced Studies Portugal (IBM-CAS). Co-founder of start-up Adjust Consulting (that was acquired by Glintt HealthCare).

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Publications

2019

Consistent Consolidation Strategies in Grocery Retail Distribution

Authors
Martins, S; Amorim, P; Almada Lobo, B;

Publication
Springer Proceedings in Mathematics and Statistics

Abstract
In the food retail sector, maintaining the food quality across the supply chain is of vital importance. The quality of the products is dependent on its storage and transportation conditions and this peculiarity increases the supply chain complexity relatively to other types of retailers. Actually, in this industry there are three types of food supply chains: frozen, chilled and ambient. Moreover, food retailers run different store formats, of different sizes, assortments and sales volume. In this study we research the trade-off between consolidating a range of products in order to perform direct deliveries to the stores versus performing separate delivery routes for products with different transportation requirements. A new consistency dimension is proposed regarding the periodicity that a consolidation strategy is implemented. The aim of this paper is to define a consolidation strategy for the delivery mode planning that allows to smooth the complexity of grocery retail operations. A three-step approach is proposed to tackle a real size problem in a case-study with a major Portuguese grocery retailer. By changing the consolidation strategy with a complete consistent plan the company could reach annual savings of around 4%. © 2019, Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

2019

Consistent vehicle routing problem with service level agreements: A case study in the pharmaceutical distribution sector

Authors
Campelo, P; Neves Moreira, F; Amorim, P; Almada Lobo, B;

Publication
European Journal of Operational Research

Abstract
In this paper, a mathematical model is developed to tackle a Consistent Vehicle Routing Problem, which considers customers with multiple daily deliveries and different service level agreements such as time windows, and release dates. In order to solve this problem, an instance size reduction algorithm and a mathematical programming based decomposition approach are developed. This solution approach is benchmarked against a commercial solver. Results indicate that the method solves instances of large size, enabling its application to real-life scenarios. A case study in a pharmaceutical distribution company is analyzed. Consistent routes are planned for several warehouses, comprising hundreds of orders. A simulation model evaluates the performance of the generated route plans. Significant improvements in terms of the total distance traveled and the total travel times are obtained when compared to the company's current planning process. © 2018 Elsevier B.V.

2019

Product-oriented time window assignment for a multi-compartment vehicle routing problem

Authors
Martins, S; Ostermeier, M; Amorim, P; Huebner, A; Almada Lobo, B;

Publication
European Journal of Operational Research

Abstract

2019

Solving a large multi-product production-Routing problem with delivery time windows

Authors
Neves Moreira, F; Almada Lobo, B; Cordeau, JF; Guimaraes, L; Jans, R;

Publication
Omega

Abstract

2019

Simultaneous lotsizing and scheduling considering secondary resources: a general model, literature review and classification

Authors
Woerbelauer, M; Meyr, H; Almada Lobo, B;

Publication
OR Spectrum

Abstract
Typical simultaneous lotsizing and scheduling models consider the limited capacity of the production system by respecting a maximum time the respective machines or production lines can be available. Further limitations of the production quantities can arise by the scarce availability of, e.g., setup tools, setup operators or raw materials which thus cannot be neglected in optimization models. In the literature on simultaneous lotsizing and scheduling, these production factors are called “secondary resources”. This paper provides a structured overview of the literature on simultaneous lotsizing and scheduling involving secondary resources. The proposed classification yields for the first time a unified view of scarce production factors. The insights about different types of secondary resources help to develop a new model formulation generalizing and extending the currently used approaches that are specific for some settings. Some illustrative examples demonstrate the functional principle and flexibility of this new formulation which can thus be used for a wide range of applications. © 2018, Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature.

Supervised
thesis

2017

Master Production Planning for the Glass Container Industry: Scenario Analysis

Author
Filipe Fernandes Rocha

Institution
UP-FEUP

2017

Optimization of Returnable Packaging Flows Planning

Author
Maria Manuel Pires Afonso dos Santos

Institution
UP-FEUP

2017

Raw Materials Sourcing Optimization in the Tire Industry

Author
Marta Ribeiro Vaz da Silveira

Institution
UP-FEUP

2016

Redução do consumo de vidro nas linhas de enchimento de uma unidade cervejeira

Author
Miguel Ângelo da Silva Duarte

Institution
UP-FEUP

2016

Otimização e Standardização de Procedimentos em Linhas de Enchimento do Barril

Author
Nuno Miguel Moreira de Sousa

Institution
UP-FEUP