Thiagarajar College of engineering hosted an conference for the operations research and supply chain community, from the September 6th to 8th. There were sessions on various topics (categorized as Technical Sessions) apart from KeyNote sessions and invited talks. The schedule that was published had over 66 talks / presentations. The turnout though was not as much. There were in all 32 sessions which actually happened. So, as you can note, the turnout was rather limited.

As for the quality of the papers – I think there is a lot that is left to desire. Some of the papers were more of resume boosters than anything else. Neither their topic any interesting, nor was their presentation. And as cliched as it might sound, the academicia is, I think, still working in silos not willing to check with the real application of their work. And given that this was a conference for supply chain management, one would have assumed there would be more application oriented papers – but that was not the case. Also, the researchers seemed to be hardpressed to find real data and avenues to get that. I’ll write about this in detail in another post.

I will try to summarize the 3 days of the conference in separate posts soon. The organization of the meet though, was excellent. The students and faculty of TCE, did a good job about providing a good platform for presenters. Here is the list of the papers that were presented during the three days, along with the categories they were presented in (the presentations in italics are the keynote presentations). Please let me know if there are any typos in the list below.

Day 1

Pre lunch – Technical session I – Supply chain Models

  1. Understanding SCM and structuring of research problems Dr. RP Mohanty, Dean, ITM, Mumbai
  2. A 2-level supply chain with a mixed continuous periodic review of replenishment policies Thangam A, Gandhigram Rural Univ, Gandhigram
  3. Performance evaluation of forward and reverse supply chain networks Chandiran P, Vellamal college of mgmt. studies
  4. TS 1.3 Analyzing the barriers of supply chain integration using interpretive structural modeling Kannan G,NIT, Trichy
  5. TS 1.4 Modeling of consumer perception in the SC of a FMCG business using fuzzy inference system Prasun Das, ISI, Calcutta

Post Lunch – Technical Session 2 – Distribution Models

  1. Pricing in a two echelon supply chain using VMI Dr. N. Jawahar, TCE [invited talk 1]
  2. A GA for a truck load constrained fixed charge transportation problem Balaji AN,KLN Eng. College
  3. The facility de-location problem Pradip K Bhaumik,IMI, Delhi
  4. A computational analysis of solution methodologies for bus-depot matching problem of urban road transport systems CV Hariharakrishnan, NITK
  5. Comparison of savings matrix method and generalized assignment method for solving VRP Shipa M,
    MS Ramaiah Inst, Bangalore
  6. Logistics in Automobile Engineering BT Bangera, MD, Hi-Tech Aria Ltd. Madurai

Day 2

Pre-lunch – Technical Session 3 – Information technology models

  1. K-Means clustering based auction approach for multi-robot coordination Elango M,TCE, Madurai
  2. Group decision making in fuzzy environment considering the confidence level of the experts Debashree Guha,IITKgp, Kharagpur
  3. An efficient approach for finding optimal allocations in multi-unit combinatorial auctions using SGA Kavitha Devi MK,TCE, Madurai
  4. Performance analyses of multithreaded GA for solving TSP on multi-core architectures Ashok Saravanan,TCE, Madurai
  5. Supply chain management for business excellence Dr. N. Sambandam, NITIE, Mumbai [invited talk 2]

Pre-lunch – Technical Session 4 – Inventory

  1. Mixture inventory model involving controllable setup cost and lost sales with defective items Annadurai K, Gandhigram Rural Univ, Gandhigram
  2. Ordering policy for non-instantaneous deteriorating items with partial backlogging Geetha KV,
    Gandhigram Rural Univ, Gandhigram
  3. 2 Echelon system for differential items under single management with shortages underinflation Parvathi P,Gandhigram Rural Univ, Gandhigram
  4. Economic order quantity for deteriorating items with time discounting Uthayakumar R, Gandhigram Rural Univ, Gandhigram
  5. Periodic review inventory system approaching zero inventory in a mixed fuzzy stochastic environment Oshmita Dey, IITKgp, Kharagpur

Post lunch – Technical Session 5 – Scheduling

  1. Invited Talk – 3 Integration of generative and evaluative models Dr. KSP Rao,Anna Univ, Madras
  2. A solution framework for scheduling of discrete parallel processors to minimize total weighted flowtime Ravindra Gokhale, IISc, Bangalore
  3. Scheduling heterogeneous batch processors with non-agreeable release times and due dates in semiconductor wafer fabrication Saloni VN, MS Ramaiah Inst, Bangalore
  4. Comparison of meta-heuristics approaches for optimization of job shop scheduling problems using group technology Saravanan M, RVS College, Dindigul
  5. VRP : Mathematical model, its complexity and decision support system Dr. M. Mathirajan, IISc, Bangalore [invited talk 3]

Day 3

Pre-lunch – Technical Session 6 – Logistics

  1. Internal milk run: logistics solutions for an automotive manufacturing facility Sudeep Hegde,
    MS Ramaiah Inst, Bangalore
  2. Multicommodity reverse logistics networks for different quality levels of returned commodities – a mathematical model Kajendrakumar CH, Pondicherry Engineering college
  3. Interactive fuzzy goal programming approach to multi-criteria decision making transportation problem Srikumar Acharya, IITKgp, Kharagpur
  4. Mathematical model for distributed network design and X-docking in supply chain Anguchamy I,
    TCE, Madurai
  5. Logistics: Supply chain maturity model – An approach Dr. N.Chandrasekharan, Quest India fund, Chennai [invited talk 4]
  6. Supply chain for soft drink industry Sutapa Datta

Pre-lunch – Technical Session 7 – Optimization models

  1. Performance improvement using optimization model for a porcelain insulation manufacturing company Chethan Kumar,MS Ramaiah Inst,Bangalore
  2. Strategy evaluation using system dynamics simulation: Case of a sick coal mining organization in private sector in India Dr. BN Sarkar, Tata Steel, Jamshedpur
  3. Relationship between different types of second order duals using conjugate function Sangeeta Jaiswal,
    IITKgp, Kharagpur
  4. Application of LP for optimal product mix in a paper mill: A case study Arivalagan A, Coimbatore
  5. Transient Solution for 2-state markovian queuing system with working vacation Ruchi Gupta, Kurukshetra
  6. Data mining and its role in improving competitiveness in banking operations Manoj PK,
    Cochin Univ of Science and Tech
  7. Multi-objective ACO algorithm for cell-formation problem in cellular manufacturing systems Megala N,
    IITM, Madras
  8. 3-(2^m, 2^m-1, 2^(m-2)-1) design for first order reed-muller code Md. Meesanur Rahaman, Kalyani


  1. Applications of operations research Dr. AK Mittal, IITK, Kanpur

Installed Ubuntu gesty

Installed Ubuntu gesty on my 120 GB external USB drive. Though the bios can’t boot off the external hard drive. Though, the USB can boot off a USB pen drive. So, the USB pen drive has the MBR and then the OS boots off the external drive. I did notĀ  do the setup – rather a friend of mine (who is an uber Linux geek) did all the installations. I still am trying to understand how this whole thing works. May be soon, I will figure it out. It has been a really long time that I worked on Linux. The last I ever did anything was on RedHat Linux 6.0. So, working on Ubuntu will be a new experience. I right now have Fluxbox installed, and IceApe. Am writing this post using IceApe. Will try to write more soon regarding the installationĀ  – once I get my head around it.