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Technical Committee on Discrete Event Systems of the IEEE Control Systems Society
Lecture Title “A Survey on Petri Nets Models for Logistics and Transportation Systems: A Focus on Freight Transport”
Speaker: Prof. Mariagrazia Dotoli, Politecnico di Bari, Italy
May 20th at 13:00 UTC (Paris 15:00, New York City 9:00, Beijing 21:00).

Abstract: Logistics and transportation systems are man-made systems that are well suited for modeling in a discrete event system framework and particularly by Petri Nets (PNs), due to their different characteristics: distributed, parallel, deterministic, stochastic, discrete, and continuous. The paper presents a survey on the various Petri nets modeling frameworks proposed in the related literature for logistics and transportation systems, with applications to modeling, simulation, analysis, optimization and control. In particular, we focus on papers dealing with freight transportation and outline and classify the related works conducted using PNs as regards the proposed framework and addressed problems. We also debate the approaches viability, discussing contributions and limitations, and identify future research potentials.


Mariagrazia Dotoli is a Full Professor in Systems and Control Engineering at Politecnico di Bari, Italy. She is the Coordinator of the PhD Program in Industry 4.0 of Politecnico di Bari and University of Bari. She is also deputy Director for Research of the Department of Electrical and Information Engineering at Politecnico di Bari. She has been Vice Rector for Research of Politecnico di Bari and a member elect of the Academic Senate of the same University. After receiving her Master’s degree in Electronic Engineering with honors and the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, both from Politecnico di Bari, she was a visiting scholar at the Paris 6 University (France) and at the Technical University of Denmark. She co-founded a start-up company and worked as scientific expert and consultant for a number of public and private organizations. Prof. Dotoli authored over 200 scientific papers and delivered speeches to several scientific conferences and workshops. She has 25 years of experience in multidisciplinary research in modeling, identification, management, control, automation, optimization, and diagnosis of discrete event industrial systems, manufacturing systems, supply chains, logistics and transportation systems, traffic networks, energy systems, smart cities, epidemic systems, digital industry. Prof. Dotoli served in many roles in the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), the world’s largest technical professional organization for the advancement of technology. She is currently a Senior Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering and an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, and the IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems. She is a member elect of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Systems Man and Cybernetics Society (SMCS). She was the Editor in Chief of the eNewsletter of SMCS for years 2016-2020. She was involved in the scientific organization of numerous international conferences and symposia. She is currently General Chair of the MED2021 29th Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation.

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