In Finland alone, the cost of logistics is around 17% of the gross national product, meaning €26.4 billion per year. Considering the volume of today's logistics operations, it is clearly one of the most important sectors in the economy.
Computational logistics uses mathematical modeling to solve logistic optimization problems. The resulting outcomes assist in decision making, can simulate effects of decisions, and help in operations analyses and to evaluate their effectiveness. Reports from the literature indicate that optimization can result in savings up to 25% in operations costs in transportation, warehousing, production, and scheduling.
Our research group on computational logistics at the Agora Center of the University of Jyväskylä works on various fronts to advance operations research and its applications in industry and the public sector. Our research includes the design of production-distribution networks and the optimization of distribution routes.