The 6th edition took place June 10-15, 2007, in Phuket Island, Thailand.

Professor Michel Bierlaire, Chairman of the conference, recalls the rollercoaster series of events that led up to holding TRISTAN VI in Thailand on Phuket Island:

« The decision to go to Sri Lanka was made during TRISTAN V, in Guadeloupe, in 2004. On December 26, 2004, the tsunami wiped out Sri Lanka, as well as Indonesia, Thailand, and many other countries.

Pitu and I visited Sri Lanka in Spring 2005 (March, I think) and we met with local officials from the government, and local professors from the university. We identified a venue for the conference (in Moratuwa, close to Columbo) and a local support for the logistics.

In 2006, the war between the Sri Lankan army and the Tamil Tigers became very violent, with many casualties, including in Columbo. Needless to say, we decided that it was not safe to organize the conference there.

Therefore, we had to organize again the conference. It was decided to go to Thailand. And we have selected the Meridien Hotel in Phuket as a venue. It was announced to the community on September 19, 2006. The very same day, a coup d’état took place in Thailand.

Fortunately, the political situation in Thailand calmed down, and we could organize the conference in Phuket in June. »

Organizing Committee

Michel Bierlaire
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
Carolina Osorio
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
Dr. Matteo Salani
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
Marianne Ruegg
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
Pitu Mirchandani
University of Arizona, USA.
Otto Nielsen
Technical University of Denmark
Martin Savelsbergh
Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Scientific Committee

Saman Bandara
University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.
Cynthia Barnhart
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.
Jaime Barcelo
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain.
John Beasley
Brunel University, UK.
David Boyce
Northwestern University, USA.
Teodor Gabriel Crainic
Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada.
Paolo Dell’Olmo
Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza, Italy.
Jacques Desrosiers
HEC Montréal, Canada.
Chanaka Edirisinghe
University of Tennessee, USA.
Michael Florian
Université de Montréal, Canada.
Michel Gendreau
Université de Montréal, Canada.
Maria Grazia Speranza
Università degli Studi di Brescia, Italy.
Martin Hazelton
Massey University, New Zealand.
Anton Kleywegt
Georgia Institute of Technology, USA.
Haris N. Koutsopoulos
Northeastern University, USA.
Erhan Kozan
Queensland University of Technology, Australia.
Amal Kumarage
University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.
Martine Labbé
Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.
Gilbert Laporte
HEC Montréal, Canada.
Jean-Patrick Lebacque
Inst. National de Recherche sur les Transports et leur Sécurité, France.
Der-Horng Lee
National University of Singapore.
Jean-Baptiste Lesort
Inst. National de Recherche sur les Transports et leur Sécurité, France.
Janny Leung
The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Henry Liu
University of Minnesota.
Hong K. Lo
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Oli B. G. Madsen
Technical University of Denmark.
Hani Mahmassani
University of Maryland, USA.
Takayuki Morikawa
Nagoya University, Japan.
Amedeo Odoni
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.
Markos Papageorgiou
Technical University of Crete, Greece.
Michael Patriksson
Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.
Amalia Polydoropoulou
University of the Aegean, Greece.
Warren B. Powell
Princeton University, USA.
Frédéric Semet
Université de Valenciennes, France.
Marius Solomon
Northeastern University, USA.
Philippe Toint
Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix, Belgium.
Paolo Toth
Università di Bologna, Italy.
Joan Walker
Boston University, USA.
Chandana Wirasinghe
University of Calgary, Canada.

Local Organizing Committee

  • Prof. Der-Horng Lee, National University of Singapore (chairman)
  • Prof. Direk Lavansiri, dean of the Department of Civil Engineering, Chulalongkorn University
  • Prof. Manoj Lohatepanont, Chulalongkorn University
  • Dr. Proadpran Punyabukkana, Chulalongkorn University
  • Prof. Sorawit Narupiti, Chulalongkorn University

Plenary speakers

  • Moshe Ben-Akiva, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Hybrid Choice Models: From Static to Dynamic
  • George Nemhauser, Georgia Institute of technology, Scheduling On-demand Air Transportation
  • Piet H. L. Bovy, Delft University of Technology, Route Choice Set Generation: a Preliminary Synthesis


Special Issue of Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies dedicated to TRISTAN VI.


Content of Conference Program CD (full program and abstracts)

Book of Abstracts (PDF) – (494Kb)
List of Participants (PDF) – (29Kb)
Practical Information (PDF) – (16Kb)