Conference Dates: July 23-27, 2018
Conference Location: Savannah, GA
Submission Deadline: Dec. 15, 2017

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Papers for the Colloquium are requested from researchers performing work in material handling, facility logistics, intralogistics, facility planning and design, supply chain planning and execution as well as closely related fields of study. Papers are encouraged from both university-based and industry-based researchers (both the supplier and end-user communities).

Research and development topics eligible for inclusion are those addressing issues related to the planning, design, selection, and operation of manufacturing, distribution, logistics and service facilities, equipment and systems, as they relate to the movement, storage, control and protection of material flowing through supply chains as part of production and distribution systems.

Authors are encouraged to submit a paper on their recently completed or ongoing research, structured according to one of the three following types:

  • System paper introducing a new material handling logistics system, technology and/or application, along with a preliminary modeling approach, with an emphasis on a rich description and justification of the system/application.
  • Modeling paper focusing on a type of facility, system or equipment and addressing its key problematic facets, describing these in depth, justifying the importance of addressing them, introducing a formal model and a solution methodology, and presenting testing results.
  • Paradigm paper rigorously introducing a new paradigm or framework for thinking, exploring, designing, representing and modeling facilities, systems or equipment, aiming to open breakthrough innovation avenues towards highly improved performance and sustainability.

In addition to these preferred research types, other material handling and logistics related research will be considered if the authors clearly demonstrate creativity and innovation that will contribute to the value of the IMHRC.

Extended abstracts for the IMHRC are typically two to five pages in length, addressing the scope of the work, the type of research (of the three bulleted types identified above) and its expected impact on advancing previous work related to the subject area. Figures and references are encouraged and will aid in the reviewers understanding.

After the 15th Annual International Material Handling Colloquium, follow the instructions below to submit your presentation materials:

Please submit your materials by e-mail to and they will post within three business days.

E-mail Presentation Materials

Why Submit Your Presentation? More exposure for your work! Presentations are searchable through Google, and you will receive reports showing how many people have downloaded your presentation. You can also apply a Creative Commons License to your presentation, which controls how people can use your presentation materials.

What can you upload? PowerPoint Slides, papers, handouts, video, audio, and any other documents you used during your presentation.

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