Every “non-symposium” year ISIR organizes Summer Schools with the objective to bring together junior and senior researchersand to create an atmosphere for intensive discussion on the Ph.D. student?s research topics that fit under the general theme. This is usually accompanied by tutorial overviews on selected topics given by invited scholars of the field.
15th ISIR Summer School
ISIR SUMMER SCHOOL 2021
15th ISIR Summer School – Data Driven Inventory Management and Modelling
August 23-27, 2021 – Luxembourg
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14th ISIR Summer School
ISIR SUMMER SCHOOL 2019
14th ISIR Summer School on: Inventory management in a Digital Era
26-30 August, 2019
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13th ISIR Summer School
13th ISIR Summer School on “Competitive Advantage through Resource Efficiency”
21‐25 August, 2017
WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Wien, Austria
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12th ISIR Summer School
12th ISIR Summer School on “Value-Driven Inventory Management in Logistics and Supply Chains New and
Classical Streams in Inventory Management”
17th‐21st August, 2015
Kuehne Logistics University, Hamburg, Germany
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11th ISIR Summer School
11th ISIR Summer School on Research Trends in Inventory Management and Modeling
Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Neuchatel, Switzerland
August 19-23, 2013
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April 30, 2013: Submission of extended abtstract and senior researchers? application
May 15, 2013: Notification on acceptance
June 15, 2013: Registration deadline
June 30, 2013: Submission of working papers
There are no doubts that inventory research has many intersections with other disciplines that open new research perspectives. Therefore, the idea of this summer school is to bring together researchers from the field of inventory management as well as inventory modeling. This will facilitate research in emerging areas, as for example, innovative inventory control, integrated demand and supply management, sustainable supply chain management, behavioral aspects of inventory management, coordinated decision making, reverse logistics, inventory management in service operations, and humanitarian logistics. The 11th ISIR Summer School is organized by ISIR and Prof. Gerald Reiner (University of Neuchatel, Faculty of Economics and Business).
The objective of the summer school is to provide a place for Ph.D. students to present their research work and to discuss various aspects with fellow students and senior researchers. For each presentation given by a Ph.D. student 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.
A detailed program of the summer school is available through the summer school’s web site (http://www2.unine.ch/isir-summer2013).
Application and Registration
We invite Ph.D. students to apply to participate in the summer school by submitting an extended abstract (about 400?500 words) of their working paper until April 30, 2013. Ph.D. students will be notified about the acceptance of their paper before May 15, 2013. Upon acceptance, Ph.D. students are asked to submit a complete working paper until June 30, 2013.
Senior researchers who would like to give a presentation or act as a discussant are asked to send a note before April 30, 2013. Senior researchers are encouraged to participate together with a Ph.D. student.
Ph.D. students and senior researchers have to register before June 15, 2013. The registration fee for the summer school is 190 EUR and includes lunches, an excursion, the social program and a gala dinner.
Location and Venue
The summer school will be held at the University of Neuchatel (http://www.unine.ch), located in the heart of the city of Neuchatel, Switzerland.
Web site: http://www2.unine.ch/isir-summer2013
10th ISIR Summer School
“Emerging Trends in Inventory Modeling for Service and Manufacturing”
Bogazici University, Industrial Engineering Department
August 22-26, 2011
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9th ISIR Summer School
9th ISIR Summer School
Changing Paradigm for Inventory Management in a Supply Chain Context
The Karol Adamiecki University of Economics
Katowice, Poland – 25 – 29 August, 2009
The ninth ISIR Summer School was organized at the Department of Business Logistics at the Karol Adamiecki Universiy of Economics in Katowice (Poland). The members of the organizing committee were Artur Swierczek (Ph.D.) and Edyta Klosa (M. Sc.), under the supervision of Prof. Danuta Kisperska-Moron.
The general theme of the workshop was: ?Changing Paradigm for Inventory Management in a Supply Chain Context?. The opportunity to participate in the workshop was addressed to a global group of young scientists (especially Ph.D. students) interested in logistics, supply chain management operations and operation research.
There were 20 participants who came from the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Slovenia, Hong Kong, Turkey, Hungary, Italy and Poland. The Ph.D. students presented the concepts of their doctoral dissertations or other research projects during several sessions. After that they answered the questions raised by other participants. The discussion was quite lively and content-related.
The other group of participants were senior researchers who moderated the discussion and conducted the session tracks. They also offered tutorials for the Ph. D. students and shared the practical and research experience pointing at significant problems of contemporary logistics and supply chain management. The senior researchers indicated else the potential dilemmas being ahead of young scientists, starting their academic carriers.
Visits in logistic companies operating in the Silesian region were another part of the workshop. During their visits in a distribution center and a brewery, the participants were able to confront their theoretical knowledge with practical business activities. Everyone also liked a very interesting social program which tightened the relationships between participants. Hopefully it will contribute to establishing the network of young scientists? jointly conducting international research projects, as well as exchanging and sharing their scientific concepts and ideas.
The following papers were presented by the PhD Students:
Soheil Abginehchi: Quality?s role in the sole versus dual-sourcing decisions
Joachim Arts: Efficient optimization of the dual-index policy using Markov Chain approximations
Bisheng Du: Investigating comparative advantages of advanced demand information in presence of heterogeneous demand
Cicekli Ural Gokay, Zalluhoglu Ali Erhan: Smoothing Bullwhip Effects in Supply Chain by Information Systems? Simulation Cases
Yick-Hin Hung: Matching short life-cycle product demand-supply by Trading Super Capacity Futures
Kristel Hoen: A simple and accurate approximation for the order fill rates in lost-sales Assemble-to-Order systems
Michał Jakubiak: Different methods of optimization of production cell in a factory
Daniel Kovacic: Some results on the multistage revers logistics in extended MRP model
Zsolt Matyusz: The Impact of Lean Practices on Inventory Turnover
Lorant Venter: Supply Chain Risk Management Strategies
8th ISIR Summer School
8th ISIR Summer School on
New and Classical Stream in Inventory Management: Advances in Research and Opening Frontiers
Universit? degli Studi di Brescia, Italy, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Meccanica e Industriale, Brescia (Italy)
July 30 – August 3, 2007
The 8th ISIR Summer School, titled ?New and Classical Stream in Inventory Management: Advances in Research and Opening Frontiers?,
was held in Brescia (Italy) starting on July, 30th, to August 3rd, 2007.
The organization, supervised by Lucio Zavanella, was logistically supported by the Faculty of Engineering and obtained financial and logistic support by companies such as CSMT Gestione S.c.a.r.l., Brescia Trasporti, Cybertec, Metal Work and Legno Energia.
The School had the pleasure to welcome 36 participants: professors, researchers and doctoral students from 11 different countries throughout the world.
The School program, introduced on Monday by prof. H. Zijm (ISIR President-elected), scheduled the five-day event including tutorials, paper presentations and discussions, an industrial case and excursions. The appreciated research communications and tutorials marked the School programme: on Monday, Prof. A. Chik?n by the Corvinus University discussed the ?Stocks and Flows in the Supply Chain: a New Role of Inventories?; on Tuesday, Prof. P. Kochel (Chemnitz University) addressed the topic of ?Simulation (Optimization) in Inventory Theory. Wednesday’s tutorial was presented by Prof. J. Wijngaard (University of Groningen), bringing the focus on “Models for Production Planning and Control”. In the following two days, Prof. P. Kelle by Louisiana State University gave a tutorial on “Healthcare Supply Chain Management: Specific Solutions and Challenges” (Thursday) and, finally, Prof. K. Inderfurth from the University of Magdeburg discussed the “Contracting in Supply Chain Management” (Friday). Research focuses were broadened on Monday by the ISIR President, Prof. H. Zijm, University of Twente, who discussed the topic of ‘Inventory Systems’ ‘Design and Modeling’ and, on Thursday, by the challenging speech on ‘Humanitarian Logistics’ presented by Prof. C. Whybark, North Carolina University (Thursday).
Presentations of doctoral students and researchers always led to lively debates accurately coordinated by chairmen. It is worth noting the industrial case study described by Cybertec company and subsequently discussed by the participants.
Aside the lectures, the Summer School participants enjoyed their time in Brescia with two excursions: the first on Thursday to Sirmione, a well known and beautiful city on the Garda Lake, with its historic and naturalistic views, and the second one on Friday to the city of Brescia. The group discovered and tasted the history of the city walking along its streets. The two visits, as well as the entire course, represented an opportunity for people to meet each other and discuss on academic and non academic themes.
The organizers are extremely grateful to the participants for their fundamental contribution to the School success: the event succeeded in knowledge and friendship thanks to them all.
The list of the presentations given at the event, together with the presenting author, is reported below, followed by the list of the participants.
PRESENTATIONS and TUTORIALS
A. Chikán: “Stocks and flows in the supply chain: a new role of inventories”
P. Kelle: “Healthcare supply chain management specifics, solutions and challenges”
P. Köchel: “Simulation (optimization) in inventory theory”
K. Inderfurth: “Contracting in supply chain management”
J. Wijngaard: “Models for production planning and control”
C. Whybark: “Humanitarian Logistics”
H. Zijm: “Introduction to the School and Inventory Systems:
Design and Modeling”
C. Bardaki: A Multiple-Product Joint Shelf Replenishment RFID-enabled Decision Support System for the Retail Industry
M. Bijvank: A retail inventory system with lost sales and a service level criterion
N.C. Buyukkaramikli: Coordinated Replenishment in Two Echelon Inventory Systems with Transportation Capacity
A. Cheaitou: Finite Horizon Dynamic Nostationary Stochastic Inventory Problem with Two Production Modes: Near-Myopic Bounds
S. Dabia: A Stochastic Inventory Policy with Limited Transportation Capacity
L. Gimpl-Heersink: Integrated pricing and inventory control with reference effects
D. Kaiser: Heuristic Parameter Determination for a Periodic Review Base Stock Policy in Dual Sourcing under a Service Level Constraint
O.A. Kilic: Scheduling in two stage food processing systems with intermediate storage
L. Paolini: An analytic approach for performances evaluation of multi-echelon production/inventory systems
C. Pince: An Inventory Model for Systems with Random Deal Orderings and Partial Backordering
M. Pourakbar: A Mathematical Modeling Approach for floating Stock Policy
N. Saccani: Analyzing spare parts classification and inventory decisions. A case study
T. Schultz: Lot sizing within a random yield environment
I. Vliegen: Approximate evaluation of order fill rates for an inventory system of service tools
F. Zammori: A standard contractual form for VMI agreements
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7th ISIR Summer School
7th ISIR Summer School on
Supply Chain Inventory Management
School of Business Administration, University of Mannheim, Germany,
August 14-19, 2005
The seventh ISIR summer school will be hosted by the University of Mannheim, Germany from August 14-19, 2005. The general theme is ?Supply Chain Inventory Management?.
Following the successful format of the previous ISIR summer schools, the objective is to bring together junior and senior researchers and to create an atmosphere for intensive discussion on the Ph.D. student?s research topics that fit under the general theme. This will be accompanied by tutorial overviews on selected topics given by invited scholars of the field.
Prior to the school, junior researchers can apply to participate in the summer school by sending an extended abstract of their research until the end of April and after notification of acceptance a full paper until the end of June 2005. As discussants, one senior and one junior researcher will be assigned to each paper. Senior researchers willing to contribute to the Summer School are kindly requested to contact the organizer as soon as possible. It is intended to have a group of about 20 junior and senior researchers each.
Mannheim is located next to the rivers Rhine and Neckar in the south-east of Germany and can be reached from Frankfurt airport within half an hour by fast train. The Rhine-Neckar area is one of the most attractive industrial regions in Germany. The city of Mannheim is situated close to the beautiful Pfalz region which is a landscape both well-known for its large forest area and for its fine wines. There is also a celebrated touristic attraction, the city of Heidelberg with its unique old castle, within easy reach.
Further information on application and registration details, fees and accommodation, as well as traveling to Mannheim will be provided in the first announcement and in parallel on the summer school?s web-page at www.bwl.uni-mannheim.de/Minner/isir2005.
For any further questions please contact:
Prof. Dr. Stefan Minner
Chair of Logistics, School of Business Administration
University of Mannheim. Schloss, S 233. 68131 Mannheim. Germany
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6th ISIR Summer School
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5th ISIR Summer School
The Fifth ISIR Summer School was hosted by Robert W. Grubbström who received much support from his wife Anne-Marie and his team from Linköping Institute of Technology.
The school was organized in Loftahammar in the Archipelago of Tjust, a lovely resort on the Baltic Sea in the eastern part of Southern Sweden. There were about 30 participants from 12 different countries with a good mix of doctoral students and established academics.
The following presentations were given (in chronological order):
Attila Chikán: Supply chains in the global economy
Peter Köchel: The fleet sizing and allocation problem – the simulation optimization approach
Roger M. Hill: Ordering policies which take account of indivisible units of transfer
Zhiping Wang: Capacity-constrained production-inventory systems – using Laplace transforms and input-output analysis
Sotirios Papachristos: An inventory model with deteriorating items, quantity discount and time dependet partial backlogging
Ekaterina Bulinskaya: Risk ordering and inventory problems
Ioannis Ganas: The single product lot sizing problem with constant parameters and backlogging: exact results, a new solution and all parameter stability regions
Konstantina Skouriv: Replenishment policies for deteriorating items backlogging
Ruth S. Savén: Integration of product/process/functional orientation – a case study
Erik Levén: Modified Croston method with Gamma distribution for inventory control
Marija and Ludvik Bogataj: Compact presentation of distribution lead times
Stanislaw Bylka: Rationality of heuristics for impulse replenishment with continuous demand
Oded Suchard: A new model for the multi-asset selling problem with advertising goods
Robert W. Grubbström: Algorithms for dynamic lot sizing
Hans-Joachim Girlich: Between Paris and Linköping – the application of integral transforms to problems in finance and inventory research
Anders Segerstedt: Inventory location Norrfrys – where to locate storage capacity and freezing capacity of wild berries
Ou Tang: Simulated annealing in lot-sizing problems
Rainer Kleber: Optimal control of a capacitated dynamic product recovery system.
A selection of the papers presented will be published as a Special Issue of the International Journal of Production Economics. In addition to the academic programme there was an extremely rich cultural programme. It started with an interesting visit of the Cultural Museum in Loftahammar with the mayor Holger Egmyr. We enjoyed boating through the Archipelago with a salmon lunch at Grindö made into a ritual by the Master of Ceremonies of the Nobel prize banquets Jan Hartman. We visited modern factories as Wienerbagarn where the works manager Fred Liljedahl presented automated production lines for cakes and pastries, and in an excursion to Västervik?s Slip-Naxos AB where VD Karl Barath discused and illustrated inventory control and product development in the grinding of such diverse products as steel, automotive components, tools and crystal glass. We had plenty of opportunity for close and productive contacts between the young and old participants in Källvik?s region and at the party on the wonderful estate of our host among others.
Bob has done a great job, all participants are pleased and grateful for this ISIR event of 2001. Despite the very high bar he laid the tradition of ISIR Summer School should and will be continued in 2003.
4th ISIR Summer School
Report on the 4th ISIR Summer School
Exeter, UK, August 24-28, 1999
The Fourth ISIR Summer School on Inventory Modelling was hosted by University of Exeter’s School of Mathematical Sciences. The main organiser was Roger Hill but he received much support from the other local organisers David Smith and Matthew Dominey. There were 37 participants from 13 different countries with a good mix of research students and established academics.
The following presentations were given (in alphabetical order):
Osman Alp: Integrated inventory keeping and vehicle dispatching problems
Sven Axsäter: Stochastic lead-times in inventory systems
Marija and Ludvik Bogataj: Differential gains in MRP
Ekaterina Bulinskaya: Randomly perturbed inventory systems and their stability
Stanislaw Bylka: Improving rolling horizon heuristics for dynamic lot-sizing problems
Attila Chikán: 20 years of inventory research – as reflected in the ISIR Symposia
Arun Chindripu: Physiological processes as problems in inventory management: a preliminary report
Matthew Dominey: A dynamic programming approach to an inventory model
Moheb Ghali: Production planning horizon, production smoothing, and convexity of the cost functions
Hans-Joachim Girlich: From Arthur Cayley to Kenneth J Arrow (on the development of modelling sequential decisions under uncertainty)
Barbara Gobsch: Simulation of a combined recycling and production system
Robert Grubbström: An optimal forward dynamic lot-sizing policy for the NPV and average cost cases in continuous time
Connie Křhler Gudum: A netting and a safety stock adjustment procedure to obtain a fixed service level in simulation of inventory systems
Roger Hill: Modelling the behaviour of variable lead times
Peter den Iseger: The use of Laplace transforms in inventory control
Peter Köchel: About the optimisation of Kanban systems
Jeremy Mant: Implementation and operation of inventory management and forecasting systems
Philip Melchiors: The stochastic joint replenishment problem: how to find better order policies
Ulf Nieländer: Simulation optimization of Kan-ban systems using a non-standard genetic algorithm
Nyoman Pujawan: Lot sizing in a two-stage supply chain system
Knut Richter: A new EOQ and waste disposal model
Jan Willem Rustenburg: Spare parts management for technical systems: resupply of spare parts under limited budgets
Haim Shore: Modelling of the lead-time demand distribution based on inverse normalizing transformation
David Smith: The use of dynamic programming in inventory modelling
Tarkan Tan: The impact of in-advance demand information on inventory models
Ou Tang: Researching considerations for production planning using control theory
Ruud Teunter: Economic ordering quantities for inventory systems with reverse logistics
Mike Thomson: Forecasting techniques for large inventories
Erwin van der Laan: An overview of inventory models for joint manufacturing and remanufacturing
Vish’ Viswanathan: Joint replenishment inventory models: a review of applications and algorithms
Ian Walker: An old model that still works
Zhiping Wang: Capacity requirements planning in multi-level, multi-stage production-inventory systems applying the input-output/ Laplace transform approach
Jens Weber: Some aspects of quality management, set up times and lot sizes
A selection of the papers presented were published as a selfcontained volume of proceedings in 2000. There was also a short discussion session on research funding and research collaboration.
Copies can be ordered from:
Professor Roger Hill
School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Exeter.Laver Building, North Park Road
Exeter EX4 4QE, United Kingdom,F: 44 1392 264460, Email: R.M.Hill@ex.ac.uk
Price: GBP 10 for ISIR members, GBP 15 for others
Sponsorship and support for this summer school was provided by
* the Operational Research Society
* the London Mathematical Society (the main UK mathematical society)
* the Institute of Operations Management (IOM, formerly BPICS, the British Production and Inventory Control Society)
Stockton Press (the division of MacMillan Publishing (UK) which publishes, among other titles, the Journal of the Operational Research Society) and the Visitor and Research Funds of University of Exeter’s School of Mathematical Sciences.
In fact three presenters at the school participated as a result of publicity provided by IOM and offered a distinctively practitioner’s view of inventory modelling.
In addition to the academic programme there was a ‘wine and nibbles’ reception, an organised walk through some of the older parts of Exeter including the cathedral and the city wall and a School dinner in the manor house in whose attractively landscaped grounds most of the buildings of the university campus are set.
Finally there was a day excursion which included a refreshing walk around the tors (hills) on Dartmoor (England’s largest national park) and a visit to Saltram House, a preserved National Trust house which was used for much of the location work for the film ‘Sense and Sensibility’. The school seems to have been enjoyed by the participants who had derived something both academically and socially from meeting and discussing ideas with colleagues researching in the same area. If there was a criticism to make it was that the programme was perhaps rather too full to allow sufficient time for a more extended discussion of the work being done by the research students and also that the programme structure had drifted somewhat towards a small conference format. Organisers of future summer schools may wish to consider how best to redress the balance in the programme.
The active participation of a number of senior researchers was greatly appreciated but particular thanks should go to Attila Chikán who found time in his particularly busy schedule to come and participate.
The Summer School has become an important part of ISIR’s activities, alternating as it does with the Budapest Symposium and moving from country to country. Robert Grubbström has kindly agreed to host the next Summer School in Sweden in August 2001 and we wish him every success.