Summer School: Advances in intermodal freight transport and logistics

Venue: Transport and Telecommunication Institute, Riga, Latvia

Summer school is cancelled due to insufficient number of participants

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Freight transport represents one of the greatest challenges in urban and interurban networks, in terms of goods transshipment, distribution and service allocation performance, which cause negative economic, environmental and social impacts: energy consumption, climate change, air emissions, noise, traffic congestion and accidents. Logistics refer to the planning, organization, management, execution and monitoring of the supply chain, providing integrated door-to-door services and solutions, and optimizing the efficiency of freight transport, reducing at the same time any negative impacts.

In addition, the European Commission has defined multimodality in the transport sector, the use of different modes on the same trip. Multimodality takes advantage of the strengths of the different modes, with the aim of providing the means for better mobility and negative impact deterioration. When transport involves integration of the physical infrastructure, goods movements and information exchange among participating modes, then the term “intermodal” may be used. In this sense, the sector is looking into designing for better infrastructure, connection, incentives and solutions for the entire transport network.

The program “Advances in intermodal freight transport and logistics” is designed to:

  1. prepare students to become successful future professionals, and
  2. current professionals to further develop their career by gaining skills on innovative methods/techniques on intermodal freight transport and logistics.

Acknowledging the main dimensions of intermodality thus, organizational and institutional structures, infrastructural development, technological solutions and integrated decision-making schemes, the program is organized into four thematic areas, including eleven Courses (C) in total:

Thematic area A – Planning and policy

  • C1-Trends of freight transport and logistics
  • C2-The European policy on intermodal transport
  • C3-Business models of freight transport
  • C4-Sustainable development and freight transport planning

Thematic area B – Design and operations

  • C5-Design of freight transport interchanges
  • C6-Simulation modeling of logistics processes
  • C7-Operation and management of intermodal transport systems

Thematic area C – Transformational technologies

  • C8-Information systems and technologies
  • C9-Smart urban logistics applications

Thematic area D – Decision making

  • C10-Assessment and decision making in freight transport
  • C11-Data innovations in intermodal freight transport

Transport and Telecommunication Institute, Latvia

The Transport and Telecommunication Institute (TTI) is a modern higher education institution offering different types of educational programmes (bachelor, master, doctoral and professional programs). At the same time, the Institute puts big attention to the applied researches in different application areas. TTI was recognised among top 10% of best research entities in Latvia (assessment was done by Technopoplis). The Institute has actively participated in the organisation of international scientific conferences, training, seminars and symposiums. Most famous – annual multidisciplinary International Conference Reliability and Statistics in Transportation and Communication. For the last 6 years, the Institute participated in more than 40 projects (local, national and European level.) Most of these projects are related with transportation and cover different subjects of transportation, such as strategically planning, transport and logistics process modelling and simulation, forecasting, ITS systems, information systems and etc.


University of Thessaly, Greece

University of Thessaly is involved in this Summer School with the Traffic, Transportation and Logistics Laboratory (TTLog) of the Department of Civil Engineering.

Traffic, Transportation and Logistics Laboratory (TTLog)

TTLog being one of the leading university laboratories in Greece in the domain of transportation, has a wide expertise in the field of urban mobility, urban/interurban freight transport and logistics, either coordinating or participating in numerous research initiatives. Among the objectives of the Laboratory are:

  • The support of undergraduate/postgraduate educational and research programs.
  • The guidance and supervision of doctoral research of methodological, theoretical, scientific and technical content in the transport sector.
  • The cooperation with research centers and technological organizations in Greece and abroad.
  • The organization of seminars and conferences for the continuous training of the academic personnel and students.
  • The scientific publications and books.

TTLog is strongly involved in research related to data collection and analysis of urban-interurban trips, sustainability, institutional framework in urban and regional planning, policy development, project management and evaluation, intermodal transport and transport interchanges, freight transportation, city logistics, decision-making frameworks applied both in passenger and freight long-short distance interconnection and smart urban freight solutions and the skillful personnel has participated in a great number of EC-financed projects under the 6th and 7th Framework Programmes (FP) and Horizon 2020.

Hosted by Transport and Telecommunication Institute (Latvia)

Transport and Telecommunication Institute (TSI) – is a modern university of applied science with the almost centennial history. TSI – is the university-successor of the legendary RKIIGA (Riga Red-Banner Civil Aviation Institute) and RAU (Riga Aviation Institute).

In the present-day appearance TSI was established in 1999. Nowadays TSI – is the only one private technical university of applied science in Latvia, where you can get higher education in Latvian and English languages.

Category of participants Benefits
TTI students (at least Master’s) ECTS
TTI’s Indian Universities network ECTS
ERASMUS students (in Master’s program) ECTS
Students from Baltic universities (Master’s) Certificate and/or ECTS if it applies
Practitioners in freight transportation and logistics (companies, terminals) Certificate
Public authorities Certificate


Meet our summer school instructors

Prof. Eftihia Nathanail

University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece

Position: TTLog’s Director and Associate Professor in Transportation Systems Design and Evaluation, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Thessaly (
Education: Diploma in Surveying Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1988), M.Sc. in Civil Engineering (Transportation), University of Miami, USA (1991), PhD in Civil Engineering Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1996).
Scientific activities: Committee Member of RESTRAIL, EU, ECOMOBILITY, ECOCITY, EU, Hazardous Material Transportation (AT040), TRB, national representative of COST-TU1004, COST-TU1305, Support Framework Business program 2000-2006 and Foresight Technology, Greece, European Thematic Network ROSEBUD.
Publications: more than 100 scientific papers published in journals and conference proceedings and book chapters in 6 books.
Fields of research:transportation planning and design, intelligent transportation systems, multicriteria evaluation and optimization.

Dr. Giannis Adamos

University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece

Position: Adjunct Lecturer – Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece.
Education: 5-year Diploma in Civil Engineering (2004), MSc in Applied Engineering & Systems’ Simulation (2006), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Transportation Engineering (2016).
Publications: More than 80 scientific papers published in scientific journals and conference proceedings with peer review, and book chapters in 6 books.
Fields of research: Road safety, simulation of driving behavior, Intelligent Transport Systems, public transport, transport interchanges, city logistics.

Dr. Konstantinos Kokkinos

University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece

Position: Senior Lecturer, Department of Computer Science and Telecommunications, University of Thessaly (, Co-Founder of UrbanSoft®, Greece.
Education: Bachelors’ Degree in Physics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1988), M.Sc. in Computer Science, Western Michigan University, USA (1995), PhD in Computer Science, University of Michigan, USA (2002).
Scientific activities:IEEE Society Member
Publications: More than 45 scientific papers published in journals, conference proceedings and book chapters.
Fields of research: Decision Support Systems, Smart Supply Chain Management Applications, Big Data Analytics using Machine Learning Methodologies, Intelligent Transportation Systems.

Prof. Irina Jackiva

Transport and Telecommunication Institute, Riga, Latvia

Professor and Vice-rector for Research and Development Affairs at the Transport and Telecommunication Institute in Riga (Latvia)
Member of ECTRI Board
Alliance Project Coordinator
Prof. Irina Yatskiv (Jackiva) is a leading expert in transport modelling and data analysis. She has experience in developing and implementation of master study programs, TTI Vice-rector for research and development affairs. She has great experience in coordinating different kind of projects in frame of FP, INTERREG, BSR programmes. Irina has participated in more than 20 European and Latvian research projects and more than 10 national transportation studies, and was scientific coordinator in more than 5 of them. She presented Latvia in management committee in COST Actions Transport and Urban Development, TU1306; TU1004, TU0903; TU0804; TU0801. Now, she is the Coordinator of Horizon 2020 project “Enhancing excellence and innovation capacity in sustainable transport interchanges” (ALLIANCE). Prof. Irina Yatskiv is from January 2017 Member of ECTRI Board, an external scientific expert in Association of Paneuropa Coach Terminals from 2009. She has been chair or member of the organizing committee and the programme committee of the International Conference on Applied Statistics (4 events), Transportation Research (15 events), Complex Systems (3 events), etc. and reviewer in transportation journals and conference proceedings.
She is Guest redactor of Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems, Volume 36 (2108), Springer; Procedia Engineering, Volume 187 (2017), 134 (2016) published by Elsevier and others.
Authors more than 130 publications, including 9 books and textbooks, as well as 108 scientific papers, including chapters in the books “From Transit Systems to Models: Purpose of Modelling”. In book: Modelling Public Transport Passenger Flows in the Era of Intelligent Transport Systems” (Springer Verlag, 2016), “3D City Models and urban information: Current issues and perspectives” (edpsciences, 2014), papers in International Journal of Transport, Transport and Telecommunication, Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, etc. Promoted 5 Doctoral and more than 50 Master theses.

Prof. Mihails Savrasovs

Transport and Telecommunication Institute, Riga, Latvia

Position: Associated professor in Transport and Telecommunication Institute, Riga, Latvia.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in computer science (2004), master’s degree in computer science, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Telecommunication and Logistics (2013)
Publications: More than 40 scientific papers published in scientific journals and conference proceedings with peer review
Experience: 12 years in simulation modelling, head or participant of more than 14 projects related with simulation modelling application
Fields of research: Simulation modelling, traffic impact evaluation






C1: Trends of freight transport and logistics

The first course of the program aims to present trends and good practices in intermodal freight transport and logistics and identify challenges and emerging schemes that will influence the shaping of future in this domain. External changes that affect transport policy are also addressed.

This course introduces the basic concepts that are met in intermodal transport, such as intermodality, co-modality, freight terminals, long-short distance interconnection, urban/interurban interconnection and sustainable transport. Among the objectives of the course is to identify stakeholders that play an important role in intermodal transport, review the European legislation and policies in terms of transport modes, transport system environment, intermodality and financing, and to review, analyze and assess successful planning and financing schemes developed in European countries.

C8 focuses on advanced information and communication systems and technologies that facilitate freight transport and logistics processes. The term “smart logistics” is explained and good practices are discussed. Advances in traceability using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), Wireless Sensor Network Communications and GPS-geo-located services based on a spatio-temporal model are presented in detail, and the adaptation of these technologies to emerging and future needs like autonomous vehicles and sharing systems is introduced.

C7: Operation and management of intermodal transport systems

This course provides an understanding of how stakeholder engagement and management works, answering key questions, such as “why, when and which stakeholders to involve and which is the most appropriate decision making process to adopt”. C7 also analyses the organization of freight terminals regarding operational functionality, management and efficiency of services.

Starting from city typology for urban freight transport, i.e. land use and urban freight transport measures typologies, C9 introduces a number of selected European case studies and explains in depth the development and implementation of solutions applied in city logistics projects. Also, advanced methodologies and solutions that will be used in future are also addressed.

C4: Sustainable development and freight transport planning

This course aims to provide an understanding of transport planning at a national, regional and local context by outlining transport strategies, policies and intelligent measures of performance for increasing sustainability. Methods and techniques for the analysis of intermodal transport and sustainable terminals as part of the supply chain are presented, including traffic and safety analysis and strategic environmental impact assessment.

C10 aims to help participants to understand the most commonly used decision making methodologies by exploring different characteristics and features of each one and demonstrates how these can be applied in real life problems. Social costs and benefits are analysed, through various techniques, i.e. monetarization, and normalization, and multicriteria analysis is introduced as a hierarchical process for the analysis of complicated systems in freight transport and logistics.

C11: Data innovations in intermodal freight transport

C11 aims to provide knowledge and skills on data analytic and data mining techniques, which are needed by organizations and professionals in the field of intermodal freight transportation. Methods will consider data stored by stakeholders and use of Big Data. Emphasis will be given in descriptive and predictive methodologies such as univariate, bivariate and multivariate analysis. Finally, fuzzy regression will be discussed as a technique to overcome data acquisitions where the data set is small, not normalized or lacks linearity. All cases will be tailored with compact yet easy to follow examples using the R statistical software.

C3 starts with an introduction to basic definitions, i.e. business model, business management plans, market analysis, feasibility studies, etc. The objectives are to present and analyze the components of a business model, explain step-by-step the phases required for the implementation of a business model and give examples of developed and applied business models in intermodal freight transport and logistics.

C5: Design of freight transport interchanges

C5 focuses on the components of an intermodal freight terminal and analyzes the parameters that have to be estimated and assessed, in order to provide the input data for designing the terminal. It presents the European regulation framework for designing and interconnecting freight terminals and reveals the relativeness of transport planning with regional and urban development procedures. The main modules which comprise these terminals are presented, and their functionalities and interactions are explained.

C6 course is targeted on gaining knowledge and primary skills on simulation modelling of the logistics processes. Course demonstrates several case studies of simulation modelling application with understanding of problem, solution, results and taken decision; introduces the basic concepts of simulation modelling and finally provides practical skills with use of the simulation software.


Full package
  • Lunch and coffee breaks
  • Certificate
  • Materials
  • Technical visit
  • Project support
  • Welcome reception
  • Riga tour
  • Farewell dinner

Call for participation:

June 2019

Notification for acceptance:

End of June 2019

Preparatory tasks assignment:

July 2019

Summer School realization:

19-24 August 2019


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