15th ISIR Summer School – Data Driven Inventory Management and Modelling

August 23-27, 2021 – Luxembourg

FURTHER INFO: https://isir2021.uni.lu

The next ISIR Summer School is planned as a physical event and the Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management at the University of Luxembourg, led by Professor Joachim Arts. The summer school will be held if the pandemic situation allows, confirmation will be announced not later than June 15. The aim of the Summer School is to bring together PhD students and professors with a background in inventory management to discuss and improve their research.

The arrangements of the Summer School will be similar to the traditions we developed over the decades. This means that we hope to have around 50 participants, about half of them PhD students. The participation fee will be about 200 Euros, various accommodation options will be offered after the confirmation.


Industry 4.0, the Internet-of-Things or Smart Industry are only a few nicknames to describe our current digitalized economy, characterized by automation, communicating devices and the increased availability of data and computing power. New methodologies such as advanced data science and machine learning have found their way into various business applications such as self-driving cars, virtual assistants or improved fraud detection. These techniques also have applications to improve inventory management when large amounts of inventory data are available. Where traditional models are based on conventional understanding and calibrated by data, data driven models are based on data and calibrated by the researchers understanding. The impact of these (and other) innovative approaches on inventory management plays a central role in this year’s Summer School.

Key research streams in the Summer School include are (but are not limited to):

· Forecasting for Inventory Management

· Machine Learning for Inventory Management

· Inventory Management for Service Logistics

· Interface between Inventory Management and Transport & Logistics (Synchromodal Transport, Collaborative Shipping, etc.)

· Supply Chain Design and Inventory Management

· Technological and Business Interfaces to Inventory Management

· Inventory Management for Humanitarian Operations

· Supply Chain Risk Management

· Supply Chain Dynamics

· Offshoring, Nearshoring and Dual Sourcing

· Inventory management for perishable goods

· Inventory management for sustainable supply chains


PhD students will have the opportunity to present and discuss their ongoing research with their peers, as well as with senior researchers. For each presentation two participants, one Ph.D. student and one senior researcher, will act as discussants. In addition to the presentations of Ph.D. students, senior researchers will give talks and offer tutorials.

If the COVID situation permits, there will be a number of social activities that combine the useful with the pleasurable. In addition to the discussions on inventory research, you will see inventory management in practice if conditions allow visits to companies.


May 30th, 2021 Preliminary registration (without financial obligation) and abstract submission

June 15th, 2021 Confirmation, whether the Summer School can be organized as planned and announced Each registrant will be notified about the decision and the acceptance of his/her abstract.

June 30, 2021 Final registration with paying the registration fee

July 30, 2021 Submission of complete working papers


Joachim Arts (Joachim.arts@uni.lu)
Benny Mantin (Benny.mantin@uni.lu)
Nicole Perez (Nicole.perez-becker@uni.lu)
Sarah Van der Auweraer (Sarah.VanderAuweraer@uni.lu)
Melvin Drent (Melvin.drent@uni.lu)

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