Fourth International Workshop on
 Freight Transportation and Logistics

 Çeşme, İzmir, TURKEY ¤ May 26-29 2009, Tuesday-Friday

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Welcome to the website of ODYSSEUS 2009. This fourth workshop will follow the footsteps of the previous three meetings of the ODYSSEUS series (Crete 2000, Sicily 2003, and Altea 2006) in bringing together researchers of freight transportation and logistics to discuss the most recent developments in these vibrant fields. The workshop will cover a broad spectrum of issues ranging from models and algorithms to information systems and to applications in real life problems.

Workshop Themes

City Logistics Humanitarian Logistics Reverse Logistics
Facility Logistics Intelligent Transportation Systems Supply Chain Logistics
Fleet and Crew Management Modal / Intermodal Transportation Terminal Management
Hazardous Material Transportation Network Design and Planning Vehicle Routing

Download the FINAL PROGRAM from here. Or, to see the general & session schedule click here.

The schedule of airport-Sheraton shuttle transfers has been announced on the Hotel & Transfer page.


This triennial workshop is named after Odysseus, a king of Ithaca of Ancient Greece who in the epic poems of Homer goes to the 10-year-long Trojan War and after the war wanders another 10 years before reaching home.

An 8-episode summary of the travels of Odysseus are told in the Online Library of ThinkQuest where each episode is annotated with a map showing a possible route sailed by the king and his men. Also Professor Nathaniel Teich presents on his world literature pages a detailed map of those possible routes. This map was originally drawn in Tim Severin's book "The Ulysses Voyage: Sea Search for the Odyssey," (Random House UK, 1987, and Dutton Adult, USA, 1987). You may click the thumbnail image to the right to see an enlarged version of the map. Click to see the enlarged map of Travels of Odysseus

On his way back from Troy to Ithaca, Odysseus and his men were driven by the winds first to Ismarus, the land of the Kikones. They destroyed and plundered Ismarus, but were eventually driven away with losses. From there they sailed on, ran into a storm as they were going around Cape Malea off the Pelopenessian peninsula. Their ship drifted past Cythera for nine days. They eventually end up in Northern Africa in the land of the Lotus-Eaters on the tenth day, where those men who ate the lotus lost "all memory of the journey home." This is probably why none of the crew remembered their short landing in Çeşme* on the western coast of Anatolia!

All nine members of the Organization Committee salute you with a hearty welcome aboard. Stay tuned and bookmark this webpage if you do not want to be left out... We will set sail for a four-day journey early in the morning of May 26, 2009.

Çeşme*: pronounced like in "chaeshmae".

Online Submission System for ODYSSEUS 2009

 Please use the Online Submission System powered by AbstractAgentTM to create an account and
 submit your 3-page extended abstract. New deadline for submissions is January 12th, 2009 Monday.

The extended abstracts should be up to 3 pages, written & spell-checked in English, and formatted according to the following templates:  
MS-Word 2003 Instructions   2-) LATEX Instructions. AbstractAgentTM accepts only .DOC and .PDF files. The presenting author must register to the Workshop for inclusion of an accepted presentation in the program.

We are grateful to our sponsors for their generous support without which ODYSSEUS 2009 would not be possible.



Borusan Lojistik

Türkiye Bilimsel Ve Teknolojik Araştirma Kurumu

The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) is the leading research management and funding agency in Turkey. It was established in 1963 with a mission to develop scientific and technological policies in line with our national priorities and in cooperation with all sectors and related establishments; to contribute to establishment of infrastructure and instruments to implement said policies; to support and conduct research and development activities; and to play a leading role in the creation of a science and technology culture. The Council is an autonomous institution and is governed by a Scientific Board whose members are selected from prominent scholars from universities, industry and research units.


"You just focus on the competition... Logistics is our business!"

Founded in 1973 as Boru Transport to provide services to its sister companies under Borusan Holding, Borusan Lojistik was restructured in the year 2000 as an integrated logistic service provider extending its coverage to non-group companies.The company is centered around two strategic business units: Third Party Logistic Services and Port Management. Following the growth of operations both in volume and in geographic scope, Borusan Lojistik founded Borusan Logistics in late 2006 to extend logistics services to major regional customers in specific sectors. With a series of subsidiaries in Iran, the United Arab Emirates, Algeria, the Netherlands, and in the United States, Borusan Logistics International carries out 3PL Integrated Services as a growing regional power in Ukraine, Rumania, Russia, Hungary, CIS countries, North Africa, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, as well as the Benelux countries.

30-second video clip about Turkey: The Mediterranean and more..

   Presentation of Turkey (Facts about Turkey, May 2004) Facts about Turkey - Macromedia Flash Presentation

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