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Maria Antónia Carravilla @ FEUP

Maria Antónia Carravilla is a teacher at Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto (FEUP) since 1985, visiting professor at Universidade de São Paulo (USP), teacher at Porto Business School in the Executive and Magellan MBA's, and a researcher at INESC-TEC since 1990.

Maria Antónia is the Director of the Doctoral Program in Engineering and Industrial Management (PRODEGI @ FEUP) since 2016.

Maria Antónia Carravilla has been responsible for several R&D contracts with industry, services and public administration. These contracts resulted in reports and decision support systems that proved to be very useful tools for these organizations, leading to long-lasting collaborations with FEUP. The pure research contracts were mainly founded by FCT and are mainly related with the application of constraint programming to the resolution of nesting problems. The R&D contracts and the research contracts were the basis for the theses of several PhD students.

Maria Antónia Carravilla has been a member of the Executive Committee of FEUP for 9 years as Pro-Dean for management and control. She was the Director of the Financial Services and head of the Management Office of FEUP for 7 years. She has been responsible for the Jupiter Project that managed the move of FEUP to the new premises in 2000. She has also been responsible for the projects that resulted in the implementation in FEUP of workflows related with the Financial Services. Within the management office of FEUP she led studies related with indicators for higher education institutions and supervised a masters thesis on sustainability indicators for higher education institutions.

As a teacher at FEUP, Maria Antónia Carravilla has been responsible for several courses related with Operations Research, Operations Management and Logistics that were taught at the BSc, MSc and PhD levels. She has supervised MSc students whose theses were developed in academia as well as in industry.

Maria Antónia Carravilla received in 2009, the first time it has been awarded, FEUP’s Award for Pedagogical Excellence that aims to award the best teacher of FEUP for the past 5 years.

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2021

Retail shelf space planning problems: A comprehensive review and classification framework

Authors
Bianchi Aguiar, T; Hubner, A; Carravilla, MA; Oliveira, JF;

Publication
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF OPERATIONAL RESEARCH

Abstract
The retail shelf space planning problem has long been addressed by Marketing and Operations Research (OR) professionals and researchers, with the first empirical studies tracing back to the 1960s and the first modelling approaches back to the 1970s. Due to this long history, this field presents a wide range of different mathematical modelling approaches that deal with the decisions surrounding a set of products and not only define their space assignment and related quantity, but also their vertical and horizontal positioning within a retail shelf. These decisions affect customer demand, namely in the form of space- and position-dependent demand and replenishment requirements. Current literature provides either more comprehensive decision models with a wide range of demand effects but limited practical applicability, or more simplistic model formulations with greater practical application but limited consideration of the associated demand. Despite the recent progress seen in this research area, no work has yet systematised published research with a clear focus on shelf space planning. As a result, there is neither any up-to-date structured literature nor a unique model approach, and no benchmark sets are available. This paper provides a description and a state-of-the-art literature review of this problem, focusing on optimisation models. Based on this review, a classification framework is proposed to systematise the research into a set of sub-problems, followed by a unified approach with a univocal notation of model classes. Future lines of research point to the most promising open questions in this field.

2021

Carsharing: A review of academic literature and business practices toward an integrated decision-support framework

Authors
Golalikhani, M; Oliveira, BB; Carravilla, MA; Oliveira, JF; Antunes, AP;

Publication
Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review

Abstract
Designing a viable carsharing system in a competitive environment is challenging and often dependent on a myriad of decisions. This paper establishes and presents an integrated conceptual decision-support framework for carsharing systems, encompassing critical decisions that should be made by carsharing organizations and users. To identify the main decisions in a carsharing system, and the inputs and interactions among them, it is crucial to obtain a comprehensive understanding of the current state of the literature as well as the business practices and context. To this aim, a holistic and in-depth literature review is conducted to structure distinct streams of literature and their main findings. Then, we describe some of the key decisions and business practices that are often oversimplified in the literature. Finally, we propose a conceptual decision-support framework that systematizes the interactions between the usually isolated problems in the academic literature and business practices, integrating the perspectives of carsharing organizations and of their users. From the proposed framework, we identify relevant research gaps and ways to bridge them in the future, toward more realistic and applicable research. © 2021 Elsevier Ltd

2021

Understanding carsharing: A review of managerial practices towards relevant research insights

Authors
Golalikhani, M; Oliveira, BB; Carravilla, MA; Oliveira, JF; Pisinger, D;

Publication
Research in Transportation Business & Management

Abstract

2020

Tactical sales and operations planning: A holistic framework and a literature review of decision-making models

Authors
Pereira, DF; Oliveira, JF; Carravilla, MA;

Publication
International Journal of Production Economics

Abstract
Tactical Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) has emerged as an extension of the aggregate production planning, integrating mid-term decisions from procurement, production, distribution, and sales in a single plan. Despite the growing interest in the subject, past synthesizing research has focused more on the qualitative and procedural aspects of the topic rather than on modeling approaches to the problem. This paper conducts a review of the existing decision-making, i.e., optimization, models supporting S&OP. A holistic framework comprising the decisions involved in this planning activity is presented. The reviewed literature is arranged within the framework and grouped around different streams of literature which have been extending the aggregate production planning. Afterwards, the papers are classified according to the modeling approaches employed by past researchers. Finally, based on the characterization of the level of integration of different business functions provided by existing models, the review demonstrates that there are no synthesizing models characterizing the overall S&OP problem and that, even in the more comprehensive approaches, there is potential to include additional decisions that would be the basis for more sophisticated and proactive S&OP programs. We do expect this paper contributes to set the ground for more oriented and structured research in the field. © 2020 Elsevier B.V.

2020

Irregular packing problems: A review of mathematical models

Authors
Leao, AAS; Toledo, FMB; Oliveira, JF; Carravilla, MA; Alvarez Valdes, R;

Publication
European Journal of Operational Research

Abstract
Irregular packing problems (also known as nesting problems)belong to the more general class of cutting and packing problems and consist of allocating a set of irregular and regular pieces to larger rectangular or irregular containers, while minimizing the waste of material or space. These problems combine the combinatorial hardness of cutting and packing problems with the computational difficulty of enforcing the geometric non-overlap and containment constraints. Unsurprisingly, nesting problems have been addressed, both in the scientific literature and in real-world applications, by means of heuristic and metaheuristic techniques. However, more recently a variety of mathematical models has been proposed for nesting problems. These models can be used either to provide optimal solutions for nesting problems or as the basis of heuristic approaches based on them (e.g. matheuristics). In both cases, better solutions are sought, with the natural economic and environmental positive impact. Different modeling options are proposed in the literature. We review these mathematical models under a common notation framework, allowing differences and similarities among them to be highlighted. Some insights on weaknesses and strengths are also provided. By building this structured review of mathematical models for nesting problems, research opportunities in the field are proposed. © 2019 Elsevier B.V.

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2020

An integrated decision-support framework towards incorporating practical pricing decisions into carsharing systems

Author
Masoud Golalikhani

Institution
INESCTEC

2020

Sistema de apoio à decisão para planeamento de júris de mestrados

Author
Miguel Martingo Barbosa

Institution
UP-FEUP

2020

Tactical sales Operations Planning: quantitative decision-making approaches for integrated planning

Author
Daniel Filipe Conceição Pereira

Institution
UP-FEUP

2020

Crane-operated warehouses and e-commerce deliveries: models and algorithms for theory and practice

Author
Sam Heshmati

Institution
UP-FEUP

2020

Business Intelligence aplicada à Gestão do Programa de Sapadores Florestais

Author
Miguel Leal Ferreira de Sousa Freire

Institution
UP-FEUP