2018 MIT SCALE Latin America Conference

Date and Time: 
Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 8:30am to Monday, April 16, 2018 - 7:00pm
Location: 
MIT Cambridge Campus, Massachusetts, U.S.

 

2018 MIT SCALE Latin America Conference

MIT Latin America

The MIT Latin American SCALE Network is an alliance of leading-edge research, education and outreach dedicated to the development and dissemination of innovative supply chain and logistics in Latin America. The network helps companies, governments and organizations to compete in an increasingly complex business environment and engage academia, students, and partners to collaborate on projects that have in-depth economic, societal and environmental impact.

As part of the mission of the SCALE Latin American Network, we invite you to participate in the 2018 MIT SCALE Latin America Conference to be hosted at the MIT Campus on April 15-16, 2018. Organized by the  MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (CTL) in collaboration with the Center for Latin-American Logistics Innovation (CLI). The main goal of the conference is to provide a forum for sharing high-impact educational and research in logistics and supply chain management relevant to Latin America.

Coming Soon: 2018 SCALE Latin America Conference Abstract Summaries by Session (PDF)

 


MIT DomeConference Agenda

Venue: MIT Cambridge Campus, Massachusetts, U.S. (Buildings and address to be announced)

Day 1 – Sunday, April 15th, 2018

     8:30     Welcome & Breakfast              

     9:10     Keynote plenary session

                 and CLI 10th anniversary speech

   10:10     Break

   10:30     Paper Presentations - Parallel Sessions 

   12:10     Break

   12:30     Lunch. MIT Graduate Certificate in Logistics & SCM 

                 and brief of projects in Latin America - Informative Session 

     2:00     Paper Presentations - Parallel Sessions 

     4:40     Break

     4:00     Paper Presentations - Parallel Sessions

     5:00     Reception & Informal cocktail CLI 10th anniversary 

Day 2 – Monday, April 16th, 2018

     8:00     Breakfast              

     8:30     Paper Presentations - Parallel Sessions 

   10:10     Break

   10:30     Paper Presentations - Parallel Sessions 

   12:00     Keynote plenary session

     1:00     Lunch. 

     2:00     Paper Presentations - Parallel Sessions 

     3:40     Break

     4:00     Paper Presentations - Parallel Sessions 

     5:00     Student Competition Award Ceremony & Adjourn


Registration

Opens December 2017. Coming Soon: http://ctl.mit.edu/scalelatam

Fees for the event:

  • To take advantage of the early registration fee please pay US $220 prior to February 28th, 2018. Registrations after February 28th will be charged $275.
  • Students may attend for $55 but must register prior to February 28th, 2018 to have access to this fee.  Any student registrations received after February 28 will be charged at the full conference rate.


Call for Extended Abstracts (CfEA)

Extended abstract submissions due November 20th, 2017. Download PDF Copy of Call For Papers with Complete Instructions

We invite extended abstract submissions for the 2018 SCALE Latin America Conference, hosted by the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics in Cambridge, MA on April 15-16, 2018. 

Topics

The 2018 SCALE Latin America Conference welcomes extended abstracts and presentations in the following thematic areas:

  • Data-driven and emerging technologies in supply chain management (SCM)
  • Agro-logistics, mining and livestock in supply chains
  • SCM for small firms and retailing operations for nanostores
  • Urban logistics and last-mile operations
  • Resilience and risk in supply chains
  • Humanitarian logistics and relief operations
  • Sustainability in supply chains
  • Innovations in education-related to SCM
  • Logistics public policy-making and infrastructure

To increase visibility of logistics and supply chain management research and education in Latin America, authors are encouraged to submit extended abstracts (in English, 4– 6 pages) according to the Conference template. Accepted abstracts will be presented in parallel sessions and be part of the Conference proceedings.

Authors could later submit a full paper version (in English), as the scientific committee will discuss with recognized, indexed journals to organize special refereed issues on Logistics and SCM in Latin America. English is the official language of the Conference, thus all papers and presentations must be done in this language.

Extended abstracts must be written in English and submitted by November 20th, 2017 using EasyChair as the submission platform. Detailed instructions available in the PDF version of the Call for Extended Abstracts.

Evaluation Criteria

All submissions will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Fit to the topics of the conference
  • Contribution (originality, quality, potential)
  • Applicability (potential to be applied in the real world)
  • Academic rigor and methodology
  • Originality and creativity
  • Language usage

Student Paper Competition

Student competition submissions due November 20th, 2017. Download PDF Copy of the student competition with Complete Instructions

We also invite extended abstract submissions to be considered for the Student Competition of the 2018 SCALE Latin America Conference, hosted by the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics in Cambridge, MA on April 15-16, 2018. 

Motivation

Latin America faces complex socioeconomic challenges due to growing urbanization, volatile economic and political conditions. This paper competition seeks to inspire students propose solutions through a strong focus on logistics, supply chain, operations management and research in the region.

Students can submit their works in any of the aforementioned topics. Students must submit their extended abstract before November 20th, 2017 following same guidelines as other extended abstracts using EasyChair and they will be evaluated using similar criteria (see Call for extended abstracts section).



During the conference, selected student authors will have 15-20 minutes to present their papers plus 5 minutes for questions and answers. Winners will be announced during the final plenary session of the conference. The best paper from a student currently enrolled in a graduate program will receive the MIT Global SCALE Network Latin American Conference Graduate scholarship for the MIT GCLOG Program. The scholarship is composed of 50% and 25% tuition waivers to students in the winning team. Participation in the GCLOG Program is subject to meeting  requirements of eligibility and admission.



In addition to the graduate student competition the best undergraduate students will compete for the MIT Global SCALE Network Latin American Conference Undergraduate Student scholarship composed of a 50% tuition waiver to the UCLOG Program. Participation in the UCLOG Program  is subject to meeting requirements of eligibility and admission.

Eligible student competition works

Student authors must have been born or be living in Latin America and must be enrolled in an accredited graduate (doctoral or master level) or undergraduate program. Despite the difference on levels, referees will evaluate scope, rigor, quality of the research, impact and writing depending on each education level. Detailed instructions available in the PDF version of the Student Competition Call for Papers.


Conference Committee

Conference Scientific Committee

Conference Organization Chairs

  • Dr. Christopher Mejía-Argueta (cmejia@mit.edu), MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics, U.S.
  • Isabel Agudelo (iagudelo@logyca.org), Center for Latin American Logistics Innovation (CLI), LOGYCA, Colombia

Program Committee Members (by Topic)

  • Data-driven and emerging technologies in supply chain management– Dr. Camil Martínez (CLI-LOGYCA, Colombia); Prof. Martín Tanco (UM, Uruguay)
  • Agro-logistics, mining and livestock in supply chains – Prof. Gonzalo Mejía (UPCV, Chile); Prof. Mario Vélez (EAFIT, Colombia); Prof. Alejandro Mac Cawley (PUC, Chile)
  • SCM for small firms and retailing operations for nanostores – Dr. Christopher Mejía (MIT, U.S.); Prof. José Larco (UTEC, Peru); Prof. Karla B. Valenzuela (ITESM, Mexico)
  • Humanitarian logistics and relief operations – Prof. Hugo Yoshizaki (USP, Brazil); Prof. Ximena Córdova (USFQ, Ecuador)
  • Urban logistics and last-mile operations – Prof. Claudio B. Cunha (USP, Brazil); Prof. Ricardo Giesen (PUC, Chile); Prof. Carlos Suarez (USFQ, Ecuador); Prof. Mathias Klapp (PUC, Chile)
  • Resilience and risk in supply chains – Prof. Juan G. Villegas (UdeA, Colombia); Prof. M. Gastón Cedillo-Campos (IMT, Mexico)
  • Logistics public policy-making and infrastructure –Isabel Agudelo (CLI-LOGYCA, Colombia); Prof. Gerardo Heckmann (UNC, Argentina); Prof. Rosa González (UANDES, Chile)
  • Innovations in education related to SCM –Jairo Jarrín (USab, Colombia); Prof. Michelle Rodríguez (UP, Peru); Andres Lopez (ICESI, Colombia)
  • Sustainability in supply chains – Dr. Sergio Caballero (MIT, U.S.); Prof. Mario Chong (UP, Peru); Vivian Rangel (CLI-LOGYCA, Colombia)
  • Student Competition – Dr. Josué C. Velázquez Martínez (MIT, U.S.); Dr. Christopher Mejía-Argueta (MIT, U.S.); Prof. Claudio B. Cunha (USP, Brazil); Prof. Daniel Jurburg (UM, Uruguay)

Important Dates

  • November 20th, 2017 – Deadline for the submission of extended abstract
  • December 4th, 2017 – Registration for participant opens
  • January 10th, 2017 – Extended abstract reviewed and notification to authors
  • February 28, 2018 - Conference fee increases to $275
  • April 14th, 2018 - Registration of participant closes
  • April 15-16th, 2018  – Conference
  • May 15th, 2018 - Publication of proceedings e-book
  • July 16th, 2018 - Deadline to submit full paper version to be considered for a special issue

Additional steps regarding special issue will follow journal’s revision standards.


Getting Around

City: Take a look of what to do and sightsee

Coming Soon: Accommodation: Book your group rate for the MIT LatAm Conference Room Block here.


Presentation and Extended Abstracts templates

Extended Abstracts Template (.doc)  MS Word

Conference Slides Template (.pptx) Powerpoint

Instruction for presentations in MIT Cambridge Campus

  • Speakers will have access to projector, clicker and a fixed computer in the corresponding rooms.
  • Speakers will have between 15-20 minutes to present their work including a 3-5-minute session of questions and answers from the audience.
  • Oral presentations will be only allowed in English.
  • The usage of the Conference presentation template is strongly recommended.