Prof. Maria Pia FANTI (IEEE Fellow), Polytechnic of Bari, Italy

Biography: Maria Pia Fanti (IEEE Fellow) received the Laurea degree in electronic engineering from the University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy, in 1983. She was a visiting researcher at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Troy, New York, in 1999. Since 1983, she has been with the Department of Electrical and Information Engineering of the Polytechnic of Bari, Italy, where she is currently a Full Professor of system and control engineering and Chair of the Laboratory of Automation and Control.
Her research interests include discrete-event systems, Petri net, consensus protocols, fault detection, management and modeling of complex systems, such as logistics, production and healthcare systems.
She has published +280 papers and two textbooks on these CFP.
Prof. Fanti is General Chair of the 2019 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics and was General Chair of the 2011 IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering and of the IFAC Workshop on Dependable Control of Discrete Systems 2009. She is Editor of the IEEE Trans. on Automation Science and Engineering and Associate Editor of the IEEE Trans. on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems, member at large of the Board of Governor of the IEEE SMC Society, of the AdCom of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, and Chair of the TC on Automation in Logistics of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society.

Title: New green delivery and logistics strategies
Abstract:
COVID 19 posed new requirements and demands and constraints for delivery and transportation issues during and after the crisis. For instance, mobility restrictions and interpersonal contact limitations forced people to change their habits and modes of operations. The most significant increase is seen in home deliveries with an average jump of about 73% in the metropolitan areas. In logistics field the COVID 19 pandemic has determined the consequent use of autonomous vehicles, drones, light electric vehicles, e-commerce purchase. The talk will present the new approaches for delivery and transportation employing green and autonomous vehicles based also on the new solutions for city infrastructures and management plans. Moreover, the talk will show how automation and management strategies have to propose innovative tools such as dynamic e-routing, load policies, multi/single-brand parcel lockers and boxes, optimisation solutions for reducing empty miles, improving efficiency, and reducing congestion. To this aim, it is necessary the application and contribution of new technologies such as camera-based object tracking, precise location brought by enhanced EU satellite navigation services, application of Artificial Intelligence, digital twins, technologies and cooperative connected and automated mobility solutions to delivery services.