The dissemination activities of MINI-CHIP consortium will be performed throughout the project period and be deployed via three different channels: academics, practitioners and standardization channels.
- The academic channel will be explored to disseminate the results of MINI-CHIP to make impact on the operations management literature through publications on international journals and conferences, demonstrating MINI-CHIP demonstrators and applications at the events.
- Industrial channel will be explored to diffuse MINI-CHIP concept to industrial institutes that may benefit from the technology.
- Outreach activities will be used to disseminate the MINI-CHIP project and its outcomes to general publics through diverse activities.
Deliverable 1.1 – Literature Review: In this review we consider the relationship between costs, service level and fuel consumption firstly attempting to define them generally and eventually streamlining to maritime terms. We find that fuel consumption is mostly considered an implicit function during modelled simulation optimization which has been the approach taken by a lot of literature in portraying this relationship. We also touched on emission which is largely a function of fuel consumption and has been found to be considerably reducible by speed reduction. We lastly considered decision supports system being used in maritime some of which were cited.
Deliverable 1.2 – MINI-CHIP Operations Management: This document is a presentation of a concise literature review and findings based on interaction with industry on the subject of shipping operations management. It is a follow up to the previous deliverable on the subject of emission. In this document we focus on shipping operation with the intention of developing in-depth understanding of the practical operations of the sector. We find that speed decisions are not a flexible as was previously perceived from literature. Much of the decision is hampered by factors well beyond the control of Operations team. In addition to this, there is a profound level of optimisation already being implemented through integration of information technology (IT) infrastructure. Finally, we capture the practical thoughts of hands-on expert on the issue of emission reduction.
Deliverable 1.3 – MINI-CHIP Model Specification: This document presents the MINI-CHIP mathematical model and the metaheuristic framework based on particle swarm optimisation to solve it. The report builds on the previous deliverables and develops a bicriteria mathematical model to optimise fuel emissions and service level. In this document we examine the current practice of routing and speeding decision at ARKAS to develop a deep understanding of the problem domain. Subsequently, we develop the mathematical formulation of speeding decision along a route to optimise fuel emission and service level as two conflicting decision criteria. To solve the model, we introduce a multi-objective particle swarm optimisation (MOPSO) metaheuristic and explain how to works to solve the bicriteria mathematical model. The MOPSO will form the core of version 1.0 of the MINI-CHIP decision support system, which will be developed in task T1.4.
Deliverable 1.4 – MINI-CHIP Decision Support System ver 1: This deliverable provides the software architecture and functional descriptions of MINI-CHIP DSS version 1. It builds on the previous deliverables and presents the first prototype of DSS. The functions and properties of MINI-CHIP DSS are generated according to the user stories and simulation scenarios. These scenarios are formed by considering the main activities of ARKAS in terms of ship routing and speed decisions. This deliverable also describes the backend and frontend components of MINI-CHIP portal. Application of the solution methods and integration with the backend components are discussed in detail. Finally, the first version of MINI-CHIP DSS is introduced as user guidelines.