Call for Contributions



The future of the global freight and logistics industry will be shaped during a 3-day conference at Church House in London starting 9th July. A PhD Colloquium as a pre-conference event is foreseen on the 8th of July.

Improve freight transport and logistics efficiency and sustainability through a connected, interoperable and shared use of logistics networks is a great opportunity. The Physical Internet concept aims to get freight flows and logistics services as accessible and connected as information and services are over internet in both global and last mile. Physical Internet aims at asset sharing and flow consolidation on a massive scale supporting the brutal challenge of freight transport and logistics decarbonization.

Aim of the conference

The 6th Annual International Physical Internet Conference (IPIC) aims to provide an open forum for industry, innovators, researchers, government officials and citizens to introduce leading edge concepts, technology applications and methodologies for future interconnected logistics; to review the state-of-the-art technologies and latest projects, and to identify critical issues and challenges for future Physical Internet induced research, innovation and implementation. Specifically, the conference focuses on insights for implementation steps of the Physical Internet in the different generations and time frames from next year to 2030.

Conference topics

Conference topics include interconnected freight transport, logistics and supply, modularization, handling, vehicles and transhipment technologies, ports and hubs in the PI, last mile & city logistics, omnichannel & e-commerce logistics, systems and technologies for interconnected Logistics: 3D printing, Internet of things, machine learning, augmented reality, big data, artificial intelligence, blockchain, cloud computing, new communication networks enabling interconnected logistics, autonomous logistics operations and systems: autonomous transport, drones, mobile logistics, robotics; manufacturing networks and the PI, business models for open & interconnected logistics, PI Impacts, PI Fundamentals and Constituents, PI Implementation and Governance, PI Modelling and Simulation.

We will soon open the call for contributions to the International Physical Internet Conference (IPIC) 2019 in the following forms:

  • a research paper/poster on, for example, conceptual research, assessment research, case study research, modelling and validation research.
  • a white paper or case study describing an application in practice.
  • a report/poster describing the results of novel applications and technologies or innovative ideas and positions resulting from a project jointly performed by an academic and industry partner

Are you a PhD Student? Then you can also participate in the IPIC Doctoral Colloquium!
On the 8th of July, the second edition of the IPIC Doctoral Colloquium will take place. The Doctoral Colloquium is a one-day event aimed at developing and mentoring PhD students. Doctoral students are warmly invited to submit their work before the submission deadline of April 1. For more information, please go to:

Submissions* must be made on-line via

Please note that you must first register for an EasyChair account to be able to access the above link. First-time users, please visit EasyChair's "How to make a new submission" for an overview of the submission system.

*All submitted papers will be evaluated with regards to their suitability for the conference, originality and technical soundness.

Timetable and Deadlines

  • Contribution abstract submission:                                    
    • 200-word max for poster abstracts
    • 1000-word max for paper abstracts

Opening: January 10, 2019

Closing:   February 15, 2019

  • Abstract acceptance notification:

14 days after submission

  • Paper and poster submission deadline:              

April 15, 2019

  • Poster acceptance notification:

14 days after submission

  • Research paper acceptance notification:

21 days after submission

  • Revised research paper submission deadline:

June 7, 2019

Download the Pre-announcement Call for Contributions

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About IPIC

The IPIC conference series supports the Physical Internet Initiative.

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  • IPIC 2019, The Transport Systems Catapult, 170 Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom, MK9 1BP