Call for papers - Special issue

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Call for papers-Special issue

1. International Journal of Production Economics

Digital Twin and Data-driven Optimization for Hyperconnected Physical Internet

On Singles' Day 2019, Alibaba seals $38.4 billion new sales record (TechCrunch 2019). Millions of parcels were handled and delivered within a short time. It is a critical issue to improve by an order of magnitude the economical, environmental and societal efficiency and sustainability of the way physical freight are operated (Qiu, Luo et al. 2015). By analogizing to Internet, Physical Internet (PI) is defined as a hyperconnected global logistics system enabling seamless open asset sharing and flow consolidation through standardized encapsulation, modularization, protocols and interfaces (Mervis 2014; Ballot, Montreuil, and Meller 2014). Several key scientific topics of Physical Internet have already been studied in a growing body of literature (Sternberg and Norrman, 2017; Pan, Ballot, Huang and Montreuil, 2017). Whereas, most of the previous studies are still limited to conceptual model verification. Large-scale industry-wide PI applications and deployments are also very few. It still has many key research questions to discuss, such as what the economic value and feasibility of PI technologies for the large-scale deployment is; and how should we quantitatively evaluate PI platform innovations, with which methods (Joshi and Gupta 2019; Almohri, Chinnam, and Colosimo 2019).
Everything in the future physical world would be replicated in the digital space. Digital Twin (DT) is one of key driving forces for hyperconnected physical internet. DT can project physical assets or processes into the digital world to reflect the whole lifecycle process (e.g., design, production, operation and maintenance) of the corresponding counterpart (Tao and Qi, 2019). For example, based on DT technologies, the large amounts of data that result from online ecommerce and offline fulfilments can be mined, modelled and analysed for data-driven optimization (Ivanov, Dolgui, Das, and Sokolov 2019). We also consider DT technology as a combination of Cyber Physical System, Industry 4.0, the Internet of Things, Big Data analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Advanced tracking and tracing technologies, Wearables, Additive Manufacturing and etc (Kong, Luo, Huang and Yang, 2018).
The successful deployment of hyperconnected physical internet would rely on integrating the objectives of both technology and management. But much of the DT technology and data-driven literature has been largely disjointed without much emphasis on novel scientific contribution. Interdisciplinary researches are also needed to build up new theories that examines the interplay between digital twin and data driven. This special issue addresses this void by specifically encouraging research that provides insight into digital twin and data-driven interface for significant theoretical breakthroughs. The SI accepts scientific contribution based on data-driven methods and rigorous sound theory. We welcome a wide variety of topics spanning multiple industries. We are also looking for papers that will not only address contemporary PI challenges in novel ways, but will serve as exemplars for conducting research in future.
Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
• Digital supply chain twins and Physical Internet
• Economic valuation methods of PI/DT platform innovations
• DT/PI-enabled smart manufacturing
• DT/PI-enabled sustainable supply chain
• DT/PI-enabled hyperconnected and urban logistics
• DT/PI-enabled hyperconnected and omnichannel supply chains
• Economic and statistical contributions that are relevant to Physical Internet
• Data-driven optimization approaches to address practical challenges in Physical Internet
• Impact of DT/PI-enabled visibility, traceability and optimization on industrial economics
• Case study for large-scale industry-wide physical internet deployment
• Application of artificial intelligence, blockchain and big data analytics in Physical Internet
Manuscript preparation and submission
Before submission, authors should carefully read over the journal's "Instructions for Authors". The review process will follow the journal's practice. Papers submitted to the Special Issue will be subjected to normal thorough double-blind review process. Prospective authors should clarify on methodology used in the submitted papers, and submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript via the EES according to the following timetable:
• Close submission of manuscript on 30 November 2020
• Completion of the first-round review on 28 February 2021
• Completion of the second-round review on 31 May 2021

For any queries please contact the Guest Editors (alphabetical order)

Eric Ballot (Professor)
MINES ParisTech, PSL Research University, CGS – Centre de Gestion Scientifique, i3 UMR CNRS 9217, Paris, France. E-mail: eric.ballot@mines-paristech.fr

George Q. Huang (Professor, managing GE)
HKU-ZIRI Lab for Physical Internet, Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. E-mail: gqhuang@hku.hk

Benoit Montreuil (Professor)
Physical Internet Center, H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA. E-mail: benoit.montreuil@isye.gatech.edu

Hao Luo (Associate Professor)
Department of Transportation Economics and Logistics Management, College of Economics Shenzhen University, China. E-mail: luohao@szu.edu.cn

Xiang T.R. Kong (Assistant Professor)
Department of Transportation Economics and Logistics Management, College of Economics Shenzhen University, China. E-mail: kongxtr@szu.edu.cn

https://www.journals.elsevier.com/international-journal-of-production-economics/call-for-papers/digital-twin-and-data-driven-optimization

 

2.  Industrial Management & Data Systems

Towards Large-scale Industry-wide Physical Internet Deployment

Guest Editors: 
Hao Luo
Shenzhen University
luohao@szu.edu.cn
Shenle Pan
MINES ParisTech
shenle.pan@mines-paristech.fr
Xiang T.R. Kong
Shenzhen University
kongxtr@szu.edu.cn

Overview of Special Issue 
Innovations in digital technologies (DT) influence the development of new paradigms, principles, and models in PI. Everything in the future physical world would be replicated in the digital space through advanced techniques, and across various industrial sectors, including aerospace, electric power, automotive, manufacturing, healthcare and medicine, logistics and supply chain, etc (Kong et al. 2018). Moreover, with the rapid development of ecommerce in China and advance of DT technologies, industry has already exploited the low hanging fruits based on the prototype of PI logistics networks. As a typical example, CAINIAO and JD Logistics have dealt with over 400 million parcels based on an open large-scale asset-shared service network in Single Day 2018 (CNBC 2018). The large amounts of data that result from online ecommerce and offline handlings can be mined, modelled and analysed (Xhafa, 2016). It is hence critical to develop interdisciplinary researches that addresses the large-scale industry-wide PI applications and deployments for major original theories building. This Special Issue addresses this void by specifically encouraging research that provides insight into Physical Internet deployment in real-life industrial frontiers.

Indicative List of Anticipated Themes
We welcome submissions to this special issue. Topics covered include (but are not limited to):
• Interplay between innovative digital technologies and physical internet deployment using Internet of Things, Blockchain, Big Data, Industry 4.0, 5G technology and etc.;
• Potentialities and uses of data-driven systems and mechanism to improve Physical Internet performance;
• Impact of Digital Twin-enabled simulation and optimization on Physical Internet deployment;
• Sustainable Physical Internet;
• PI-enabled hyperconnected manufacturing;
• PI-enabled hyperconnected omnichannel supply chain;
• Application of artificial intelligence and machine learning in Physical Internet deployment;
• Economic and statistical contributions that are relevant to Physical Internet deployment;
• Case study of large-scale industry-wide physical internet;

Deadline and Submission Details
The submission deadline for all papers is: 31st October 2020
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