Download the proceedings (PDF) from the 2020/2021 MIT SCALE Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean. 

Topics for the 2022 conference.

We invited submissions and presentations in the following thematic areas. Other topics not mentioned in the list below are also welcome if they relate to applied research in freight transportation, logistics and supply chain management (SCM). Chris Caplice Presents

  • Data-driven and emerging technologies in SCM
  • Urban logistics and last-mile operations
  • Retail operations for nanostores
  • Humanitarian logistics and relief operations
  • SCM for micro and small firms
  • Sustainability in supply chains
  • SCM for food and agri-business
  • Logistics 4.0 and Digital Transformation
  • Innovations in education-related to SCM
  • New: Industry paper competition
  • Student paper competition (graduate and undergraduate categories)

This conference owes a debt of gratitude to the talented, highly committed researchers from diverse universities across Latin America and the Caribbean.

Conference Committees

Scientific Committee

Organizing Committee

  • Dr. Christopher Mejía Argueta (, MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics, U.S.
  • Dr. Daniel Prato-Sanchez (, Center for Latin-American Logistics Innovation (CLI), LOGYCA, Colombia
  • Dr. Oscar Velasquez-Rodriguez (, Center for Latin-American Logistics Innovation (CLI), LOGYCA, Colombia

Support Staff

  • MIT CTL Marketing and Communications team -  Arthur Grau and Dan McCool
  • MIT CTL Finance team - Nick Burns, Delio Cardarelli, and Daniel Francois
  • Conference Assistants - Mary Griswold, Eric Greinmann, David Hidalgo, Cristiano Flores, Agatha Silva, Alessandro Silva, and Dominique Gomez De la Luz
  • LOGYCA Marketing and Communications team - Adriana Cañón, and Jonathan Cardenas

Track chairs and regional leaders by Topic

  • Data-driven and emerging technologies in SCM –  Dr. Pablo Maya-Duque (UdeA, Colombia) and Dr. Diego Collarana (UPB, Bolivia) 
  • Urban logistics and last-mile operations – Dr. Carlos Suárez (USFQ, Ecuador) and Dr. Andrés Bronfman (UNAB, Chile)
  • Retail operations for nanostores - Dr. Christopher Mejía (MIT CTL, U.S.), Dr. Mario Chong (UP, Peru) and Dr. Gonzalo Mejia (Universidad de La Sabana, Colombia)
  • Humanitarian logistics and relief operations - Prof. Adriana Leiras (PUC-Rio, Brazil) and Prof. Hugo Yoshizaki (USP, Brazil)
  • Sustainability in supply chains – Prof. Marcio D'Agosto (UFRJ, Brazil) and Dr. Lino Marujo (UFRJ, Brazil)
  • SCM for food and agri-business – Dr. Christopher Mejía (MIT CTL, U.S.), Prof. Claudia Antonini (UTEC, Peru), Prof. José Larco (UTEC, Peru) and Dr. Vinicius Picanço Rodrigues (Insper, Brazil)
  • Logistics 4.0 and Digital Transformation - Prof. Martín Tanco and Prof. Daniel Jurburg (UM, Uruguay)
  • Innovation in education related to SCM – Dr. David Salinas (Aston University, U.K.), Prof. Agatha da Silva (UPB, Bolivia), and Dr. Mario Chong (UP, Peru)
  • SCM for micro and small firms – Dr. Josué Velázquez (MIT CTL, U.S.)
  • Student Paper Competition – Prof. Claudio Cunha (USP, Brazil), Prof. Daniel Jurburg (UM, Uruguay), Prof. Agatha da Silva (UPB, Bolivia), Prof. Michelle Rodríguez (UP, Peru), and Dr. Gerardo Heckmann (UNC, Argentina)
  • Industry Paper Competition - Katie Date (MIT CTL, U.S.), Dr. Sergio Caballero (Amazon, U.S.), and Isabel Agudelo (Tecnopacking, Colombia)
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View the complete conference program committee by subject area specialty.


All topics but paper competitions

EXTENDED DEADLINE for submissions: March 12th, 2022. - CLOSED

Download PDF for submissions with Complete Instructions

    To increase the impact and exposure of research in logistics and supply chain management research from Latin America and the Caribbean and other invited emerging regions, authors are required to submit short papers (5 - 7 pages), according to the Conference template. Accepted short papers will be presented in parallel sessions at the Conference and be eligible for publication.

    Authors could later submit a full paper/chapter version (in English), as the scientific committee will discuss with recognized, indexed journals to organize special refereed issues on Logistics and SCM for Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as other emerging regions. The scientific committee aims to edit an indexed book with ISBN/ISSN from a recognized editorial house.

    Short papers must be written in English and submitted using EasyChair as the submission platform. Detailed instructions are available at the PDF version of the Call for Short Papers.

    Evaluation Criteria

    All submissions will be assessed considering:

    • Regional Impact (social, economic, environmental)
    • Contribution (practical and theoretical) 
    • Applicability (potential to replicate the model in other context, circumstances, industries, geographies, etc.) 
    • Academic rigor and solid methodological framework
    • Originality and creativity 

    Student and Industry Paper Competitions

    EXTENDED DEADLINE for submissions: March 12th, 2022. - CLOSED

    Download PDF Paper competitions with Complete Instructions

    We also invite submissions to be considered at the Paper Competitions of the 2022 SCALE Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean in the undergraduate and graduate categories for the Student paper competition or in the general category for the Industry paper competition.


    Latin America and the Caribbean faces complex socioeconomic challenges due to growing urbanization rates, dynamic purchasing preferences, volatile economic and political conditions. These trends typically drive the configuration of transportation, logistics operations and supply chain management. Therefore, this student paper competition seeks to inspire students to embrace those emerging-market related features. It is expected that students propose innovative strategies that address the aforementioned challenges through a well-structured, original methodology to bring an applied, high-impact benefit to multiple supply chain stakeholders.

    On the other hand, practitioners have developed high-performance and creative solutions for several industry problems based on their knowledge, experience, lack of resources and challenging internal/external circumstances. Then, the industry paper competition aims to recognize genuine strategies to figure practical issues out and keep economics, transportation, logistics and supply chain working properly in the region. Therefore, we invite professionals to submit their work. Eligible papers must come from a corporate, or otherwise private source and it may have received support from scholars or students, but the research has to be carried out in industries.

    Summary of instructions

    Students and/or professionals must submit their short papers (5 - 7 pages) using EasyChair. Submissions will be evaluated using similar evaluation criteria.

    A select of papers will be presented in a 12-to-15 minute presentation followed by a 5-to-8 minute Q&Q session from the Jury. Winner(s) of each will be announced during the closing ceremony of the conference.

    Detailed instructions are available in the PDF version of the Paper competition submissions.

    Templates for current MIT SCALE Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean: 


    Proceedings of Past MIT SCALE Conferences for Latin America and the Caribbean: 

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