Keynote Speakers

Professor Michael Bourlakis

Director of Research for Cranfield School of Management, Group Head (Logistics, Procurement and Supply Chain Management)

Director of Centre for Logistics & Supply Chain Management

Professor Michael Bourlakis holds the Chair in Logistics & Supply Chain Management. He is the Director of Research for Cranfield School of Management, the Head of the Logistics, Procurement & Supply Chain Management Group and the Director of the Centre of Logistics & Supply Chain Management. He was appointed at Cranfield School of Management in 2013. Previously, he worked at Brunel University Business School (Leadership Roles: Director of Postgraduate Studies for 7 MSc programmes, “Impact” Champion for REF2014, Director of OASIS Research Centre), Kent University Business School (Leadership Roles: Head of Marketing and Supply Chain Management Group, Director of Enterprise), Newcastle University (Leadership Roles: Director of Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programmes), Oxford University Templeton College (Oxford Institute of Retail Management), Leicester University Management Centre. Professor Michael Bourlakis has generated more than 250 publications including 63 journal papers and 3 edited books. He sits on the Editorial Board of 15 journals including most leading logistics, supply chain and operations management journals (e.g. International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Production, Planning and Control: The Management of Operations, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, International Journal of Logistics Management etc.). Michael has been a Co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Logistics: Research & Applications. He has also acted 11 times as the Guest Editor for journal special issues (European Journal of Marketing, International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Production Planning & Control, Technological Forecasting & Social Change etc.). Based on this extensive expertise, Professor Bourlakis acted as an Expert Advisor for the CABS / ABS Journal Ranking List (2015).


Pr. Soumaya Cherkaoui, Eng. Ph.D.

University Sherbrooke, Canada
Director  of  INTERLAB Research Laboratory

Dr. Soumaya Cherkaoui is a Ful Professor at Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Université de Sherbrooke, Canada. Since 2005, she has been the Director of INTERLAB, a research Laboratory which conducts research funded both by government and industry. In 2005, she was also appointed Adjunct Full Professor at Lulea University, Sweden. Before joining U. Sherbrooke as a faculty member, Pr. Cherkaoui worked for industry as a project leader on projects targeted at the Aerospace Industry. Pr. Cherkaoui was a Visiting Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering of the University of Toronto. In 2006, she was a Visiting Professor at the Centre of Distributed Systems and Software at Monash University, Australia, and in 2012, she was an invited visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley.

Pr. Cherkaoui  has more than 100 publications in reputable journals, conferences and workshops in the area of commmunication networks. She has participated as a General Chair, Editor, Member of Technical Committee, Session Chair, or Program Committee Member of numerous  conferences or referenced journals.

In 2010, she was appointed member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Network of Centres of Excellence Auto21, Canada and member of the Expert Advisory Panel of Precarn, Canada. Since 2017, she has been appointed as member of MITACS Research Council.

Her research and teaching interests are in Wireless Networks. Particularly, she works on  Cyberphysical systems, including Vehicluar Networks and Smartgrids, Internet-of-Things (IoT), and Machine-to-Machine Communication


Professor M. Juwet  (Leuven University, Belguim)

Coordinator of research on technology for logistics at Technology Campus Gent



Prof. Juwet is the coordinator of research on technology for logistics at Technology Campus Gent.  Research topics include packaging technology, in-house transport systems, automated storage and retrieval systems, sorting and shipping equipment, commercial vehicles and last mile delivery.

Prof. Juwet is the author of 10 books on Strength of materials, Use of finite element method, kinematics and dynamics, machine design, cargo transport vehicles. He holds more than 20 patents and has been the coordinator of over 100 research and development projects in close cooperation with industrial partners. He is an appreciated speaker at international conferences worldwide. He acts as an expert for the European Commission for topics related to transport safety. In 2017 he was awarded the “Eumos safe logistics award” for his contribution to safer transport in Europe.