Freight Routing for Efficient, Sustainable and Reliable Travel

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Primary Investigator

Tito Homem-de-Mello
University of Illinois at Chicago
842 W. Taylor Street
Chicago, Illinois 60607


We propose to study freight routing methods that take into consideration issues of efficiency, reliability and sustainability. Efficiency deals with finding paths that minimize travel time; the reliability component addresses the uncertainty in travel times due to unpredicted traffic and disruptions; and the sustainability component takes into account vehicle carbon-dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions when determining the best routes. Another important aspect of the methods we will study is the consideration of risk in the decisions, which is crucial given all the uncertainty involved. The work, which will be conducted in collaboration with co-PI Marco Nie from Northwestern University, builds upon ongoing state-of-the-art research being conducted by the PI and the co-PI on methodology for risk-averse optimization in transportation. We plan to implement and validate the proposed models and algorithms using real traffic data obtained from the Gary-Chicago-Milwaukee (GCM) traveler information system.


The goal of this project is to develop, implement and evaluate novel methods for optimal freight routing, which will allow for more efficient, reliable and sustainable travel by taking into consideration the disruptions and emissions that are an inherent part of road travel.


  1. Data collection
  2. Model development and testing
  3. Validation and implementation

Project Information

  • Duration: 24 months
  • Dates: September 1, 2010 – August 31, 2012
  • Budget: CFIRE: $149,905; Total: $199,575
  • Student Involvement: One graduate student
  • Modal Orientation: Highway
  • Project ID: CFIRE 04-12
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