The Rector of UCLouvain and the Doctoral Commission in Economics and Management Sciences announce that Mr José Miguel Quesada Pérez will publicly support his dissertation, for the title of Doctor in Economics and Management Sciences of UCLouvain.
Title: "Express Shipment Service Network Design: Multiple Hubs, Complex Routes and Demand Uncertainty”
"The express integrators offer overnight door-to-door delivery services in large regions such as Europe. To offer such services, they operate networks of nightly flights that connect multiple origin and destination cities through central hubs. The purpose of this thesis is to contribute in the development of optimization models that help express integrators design their air networks. This thesis explores this overall objective from three points of view. The first chapter studies how to efficiently design air networks in regions with multiple hubs. The second chapter analyzes the economical and operative contributions of five types of complex routes, rarely or not operated by express integrators. Lastly, the third chapter studies how to account for demand uncertainty when designing the networks. On the whole, this thesis contributes in improving the strategic decision making process of express integrators when designing their air networks."