Since the dawn of the new millennium, the internet-coupled growth of trade has amplified the global demand over freight transport. E-commerce, high-tech warehousing, just-in-timeproduction system etc. have augmented the vitality of urban freight transport. While the relevance of freight transport is evident from the fact that it accounts to 40% of Indian logistics costs, there is increasing societal pressure to abate the adverse impacts of freight activity.Planning is hence inevitable on short-term operations, medium-term tactics, and long-term strategies.Here, the different stakeholders in freight transport need to shake hands; the Transportation Systems Engineering group of IIT Bombay and the VREF’s Center of Excellence for Sustainable Urban Freight Systems, RPI initiate this workshop with that vision.

Mumbai is one of the best Indian spots to house such an initiative.Mumbai port has experienced a significant growth in freight volume movement—from 26.71 million tons to 56.17 million tons—in the last decade, with obvious impacts on the Mumbai urban freight transport. At the same time, the municipal octroiposts at roads across Greater Bombay limits have seen a revenue increase from Rs. 1,420 crores to Rs. 2,920 crores.It is important now more than ever before, for decision makers of various sectors, truckers, port freight operators, urban freight companies etc. to indulge in a discussion with academia, and acquire the state-of-the-art in a global perspective.

Program Overview

Program session titles include:
  • Urban Freight Systems – Needs and Issues
  • Public Sector Policies and Strategies
  • International Experience and Case Studies on City Logistics and Urban Freight
  • Freight Systems Modelling and Technological Solutions
  • Panel Discussion on Way Forward for Freight System Research in India

The speakers are world renowned experts in the above areas. The talks would include practical applications, government policies, decision making, methodologies and technology for freight modelling and optimization, innovative solutions and experiential results.

International Speakers


Dr. José Holguín-Veras

is the William H. Hart Professor, and Director of the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations’ (VREF) Center of Excellence on Sustainable Urban Freight Systems at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY. His current research activities focus on three major areas: freight transportation demand modeling,sustainable freight policy, and humanitarian logistics. He is one of the most widely published and cited freight researchers in the world. more>>


Dr. Russell Thompson

is currently an Associate Professor in Transport Engineering in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering at The University Melbourne. He has been active in City Logistics research since 1998. Dr. Thompson works closely with a number of government organizations on urban road freight projects, including the City of Melbourne, Vicroads, Department of Transport and the National Transport Commission. He is involved in local planning as a member of the executive committee of the Melbourne Town and Country Planning Association. more>>


Mr. Jeffrey Wojtowicz

is a senior research engineer at the Center for Infrastructure, Transportation and the Environment (CITE) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is also the Assistant Director of Administration at the VREF Center of Excellence for Sustainable Urban Freight Systems. He has been project manager for research that has resulted in the ITS America “Best of ITS” award in the area of Research and Innovation for a real-time route guidance project and four project of the year awards from ITS-New York.more>>


Ms. Johanna Amaya

is a researcher at the Center for Infrastructure, Transportation, and the Environment and at the VREF Center of Excellence on Sustainable Urban Freight Systems at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) located in Troy, NY. In addition, she serves as Assistant Professor and researcher at Universidad del Norte in Colombia.Her research interests are oriented to the areas of sustainable freight systems, humanitarian logistics, supply chain management, and operations research.more>>


For registration to workshop, download the form, fill it, and send it along with a DD of an appropriate amount to one of the coordinators. Registration fee covers a registration kit, lunch, and tea during the workshop. The registration details are:

Employees of Government/academic organizations Rs. 2000
Employees of private organizations, companies etc. Rs. 4000
Students Rs. 500
Registration Form Download

Send the filled form along with DD in favor of 'IITB UFT2014' to Prof. Gopal R. Patil, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400076.

Final Program

Day Time Topic
Day 1
April 9th, Wednesday
8:30 AM onwards Participant Registration
9:20 AM to 10:10 AM Inaugural Function
10:10 AM to 10:30 AM Tea Break
10:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Session 1 : Urban Freight Systems: Needs, Issues, and Way forward
Chair : Dr. José Holguín-Veras, RPI, NY

  1. Urban Freight System and the Role of Governance (pdf )
    Presenter : Dr. José Holguín-Veras, RPI, NY
  2. Mumbai Metropolitan Development Authority (MMRDA) (pdf )
    Presenter : Mr. Vijayalakshmi
  3. Urban Road Freight Movement in India- Some Issues (pdf )
    Presenter : Prof. Sriraman Siva, Mumbai University

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Lunch
2:00 PM to 3:15 PM

Session 2 : Public Sector Policies and Initiatives
Presenter : Johanna Amaya / Jeff Wojtowicz

  1. Supply related initiatives
  2. Vehicle and traffic related initiatives
  3. Pricing, incentives and taxation initiatives
  4. Logistical Management initiatives
  5. Demand related initiatives
  6. Stakeholder Engagement
  7. Download: (pdf )

3:15 PM to 3:30 PM Tea Break
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Session 3 : International Experience and Case Studies: Part 1
Chair : Prof. K V Krishna Rao, IIT Bombay

  1. The Off-hour delivery project in New York City (pdf )
    Presenter : Dr. José Holguín-Veras, RPI, NY
  2. Freight Trip Generation Study in Chennai, India (pdf )
    Presenter : Dr. Gitakrishnan Ramadurai, IIT Madras
  3. The role of ITS in City Logistics (pdf )
    Presenter : Dr. Russell Thomson, University of Melbourne, Australia

Day 2
April 10th, Thursday
09:20AM to 11:00 AM

Session 4 : Freight Systems Modelling and Technological Solutions: Part 1
Chair : Prof. Narayan Rangaraj

  1. Urban Freight Data Collection (pdf )
    Presenter : Mr. Jeffrey Wojtowicz, RPI, NY
  2. Evaluating City Logistics Schemes and Urban Freight Networks (pdf )
    Presenter : Dr. Russell Thompson, RPI, NY
  3. Management of rolling stock for rail operations - suburban commuter operations and long distance freight operations (pdf )
    Presenter : Dr. Narayan Rangaraj, IIT Bombay
  4. Delivering value to first and last leg connectivity - unlocking the latent inefficiencies in goods movement (pdf )
    Presenter : Dr. K. Raju, Tata Consultancy Services

11:00 AM to 11:15AM Tea Break
11:15AM to 01:00 PM

Session 5 : Freight Systems Modelling and Technological Solutions: Part 2
Chair : Prof. Tom V Mathew, IIT Bombay

  1. Urban Freight Tour Models (pdf )
    Presenter : Dr. José Holguín-Veras, RPI, NY
  2. Urban Freight Networks and Fleet Optimization (pdf )
    Presenter : Dr. Russell Thompson, RPI, NY
  3. Modeling Urban Goods movements for Indian cities (pdf )
    Presenter : Dr. S L Dhingra, IIT Bombay
  4. Vehicle Routing and Scheduling: Developments and Applications in Urban Distributions (pdf )
    Presenter : Dr. Russell Thompson, RPI, NY

01:00 PM to 02:00 PM Lunch Break
02:00 PM to 03:30 PM

Session 6 : International Experience and Case Studies: Part 2
Chair : Prof. S L Dhingra, IIT Bombay

  1. Urban Behavioral Microsimulation (pdf )
    Presenter : Dr. José Holguín-Veras, RPI, NY
  2. Freight flow analysis at Major Ports in India (pdf )
    Presenter : Dr. Gopal R. Patil, IIT Bombay
  3. Planning and Modelling Urban Consolidation Centers (pdf )
    Presenter : Dr. Russell Thompson, UB, Australia

03:30 PM to 04:00 PM Tea Break
04:00 PM to 05:00 PM Valedictory Function



Prof. Gopal R. Patil

Ph No. +91-22-2576-7308

Prof. Tom V. Mathew

Ph No. +91-22-2576 7349

Who Should Attend

The workshop will be ideal for decision makers in both government and private sectors, transportation and logistics researchers, truckers, freight operators at ports and airport, urban freight companies, and businesses that have significant urban goods movement/ delivery.


Victor Menezes Convention Centre (VMCC)
Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
Powai, Mumbai 400076, India

About TSE

The Transportation Systems Engineering Group (TSE) of the Department of Civil Engineering is actively involved in innovative research and expert teaching. The group has a rich history and strives to be the highest-ranked in the country and among the best-rated departments in the world. Since its inception, it has provided technical expertise at the national and local level transport planning activities in India. TSE now takes the initiative of strengthening industry-academia interactions in freight activities of our country, by organizing this workshop on ‘Urban Freight Transport: A Global Perspective’