5th INFORMS Transportation Science and Logistics Society Workshop

Analytics and Automation in Logistics

INFORMS Transportation Science and Logistics Society

About our Theme

Supply chains increasingly produce and encounter large amounts of data that contains valuable information. Concurrently, the modern demands on a logistics enterprise require performance at high speed and low latency. The convergence of these two trends imply that supply chains must translate incoming data into decisions and actions at ever faster rates -- in real-time and automatically in a variety of applications. These emerging concerns mean that the intelligent, efficient deployment of data analytics for automated decisions is not just an enabling technology, but rather a new decision paradigm whose ramifications will shape the design and management of modern logistics.

This theme encompasses a variety of applications, including (but not limited to) urban logistics, dynamic and real-time routing, e-commerce, next- and same-day delivery, modular production, make-to-order production, and automated storage and retrieval. We welcome extended abstract submissions in these and other areas under the TSL umbrella.

Industry Panel

Workshop and panel theme: Analytics and Automation in Logistics


  • Date - 20 June 2016
  • Time - 5:00pm-6:00pm
  • Place - Georgia Tech Campus, ISyE Main Building, Room 228


  • Introduction of panelists
  • Each panelist to spend 5-7 minutes identifying and discussing trends and challenges on or related to the workshop theme
  • Discussion among the panelists based on introductory remarks
  • Comments/questions from the audience in the last 15-20 minutes of the panel


Mike Kilgore, President and CEO of Chainalytics

Mike is founder, President, and CEO at Chainalytics. He founded the company in 2001 and has grown the Chainalytics global footprint to 9 offices strategically located around the world to support a multi-national client base. Prior to Chainalytics, he held executive roles at InterTrans Logistics Solutions (acquired by i2 Technologies) as vice president of planning and marketing and served as vice president of marketing at daly.commerce, a provider of supply chain execution software subsequently acquired by Infor.  Mike holds a Bachelor of Science in Transportation/Physical Distribution from Auburn University and a Master of Science in Business Logistics from The Pennsylvania State University. 

  • Trends: what tools are being adopted most rapidly
  • Talent gap: job growth/shrinkage centered on repetitive tasks => continued adoption of automation
  • Issues surrounding capital investment and automation
  • Trends: human assist robots or co-bots

Bill Nulty, President and CEO of Scientific Logistics
Recognized as one of the foremost authorities on software solutions for supply chain and logistics optimization, Bill is founder, President, and CEO of Scientific Logistics. Bill has helped hundreds of firms in areas ranging from supply chain design and strategy to transportation planning and scheduling to real-time logistics optimization, and has designed market-leading logistics decision support systems in use worldwide. Bill received a B.S. degree from the University of Florida and a M.S. and Ph.D. in industrial engineering with a computer science minor from Georgia Tech.

  • Current best practices in automated operational planning tools and analytics. 
  • Next generation analytics and next generation methodologies to support next generation analytics.
  • How to monetize data and determine ROI (value proposition, shareholder value) in building a business case for systems that are data intensive. 
  • Next generation challenges in urban logistics, congestion data, and historic customer data.

John Petrino, Director of Business Development for the Georgia Ports Authority
John started his career in international logistics with United States Lines in 1984. 
In 1988, he began an 18-year career with Maersk Line in numerous management positions throughout the US in sales, line management, and operations.  He joined the Georgia Ports Authority as General Manager of Trade Development in 2006, reporting to the Director of Trade Development, with responsibility for carrier and cargo sales and overseeing the US domestic and international sales staff.   In April 2010, he was named Director of Business Development, reporting to the Chief Commercial Officer, with responsibility for Marketing and Business Development, Economic and Industrial Development, and the Client Relations Center.   John is a member of the Propeller Club of Savannah, and serves on the Board of Directors of World Trade Center Savannah.  He is also on the Steering Committee for the Georgia Logistics Summit, and is past Program Chair for the Georgia Foreign Trade conference.  A native of New Jersey, John graduated from Rutgers University.  He currently resides in Richmond Hill, Georgia.

  • Provide context to the discussion of technology insertion into an organization
  • The Savannah Port perspective and economic development for the State and region
  • Union issues – the importance of the management/union relationship and how technology insertion or any management/HR policy change must take this relationship into account
  • Impact on jobs due to technology insertion or any management/HR policy change

Chip White

The workshop will be moderated by Chelsea "Chip" White.