Professor Dongping Song
Profiles

Professor Dongping Song

Professor of International Logistics

Qualifications

Qualification & background

  • Professor of International Logistics, International Shipping & Logistics Group, School of Management, PBS, UoP, 2010-2013.
  • Associate Professor (Reader) in International Logistics, International Shipping & Logistics Group, Plymouth Business School, UoP, 2008-2010.
  • Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in International Logistics, in the International Shipping & Logistics Group at Plymouth University, 2007-2008.
  • Senior Lecturer (in old system) in International Logistics, in the International Shipping & Logistics Group at Plymouth University from 2005 to 2007.
  • Post-doctoral Research Associate in Container World Project (modelling International Container Shipping Business and UK Inland Container Shipping Business) at Imperial College London from 2001 to 2005.
  • PhD in Manufacturing Engineering at University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in 2001 (Thesis: "Stochastic Models in Planning Complex Engineer-To-Order Products").
  • PhD (part time) in Control Science & Engineering at Zhejiang University in 1998 (Thesis: "Optimal Feedback Control Policies in Manufacturing Systems with Failure-Prone Machines", Governmental Award for being one of  “The National Top 100 Excellent Doctoral Dissertations” in the period from 1996 to 1998 (only two dissertations were awarded in one subject), 2000.
  • Assistant Teacher/Researcher, Associate Researcher at Zhejiang University from 1992 to 2000.
  • MSc in Control Science & Engineering at Nankai Univeristy in 1992.
  • BSc in Mathematics at Nankai Univeristy in 1989.

Professional membership

Member of IEE (2005)

Senior Member of IEEE

Roles on external bodies

Associate Editor for International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics (IJSTL), from 2012.

On Editorial Advisory Board of Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transporation Review, from 2013

On Editorial Board of Journal of Industrial Engineering (JIE) from July 2012. 

On Editorial board of Aceh International Journal of Social Sciences (AIJSS), from 2011

Moderator for the 16th ELA Doctorate Workshop, Schindellegi, Switzerland, June, 27-29, 2012.

Guest Editor (Y.H.V. Lun, M. Roe, D.P. Song) of Special Issue on "Container Transport Operations" for Research in Transportation Economics (RTL), 2010-2011.

Guest Editor (D.P. Song and M. Roe) of Special Issue on "Managing Container Operations Effectively" for International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics (IJSTL), 2008-2009.

Teaching interests

Undergraduate Module:

    MAR201 -- Logistics System & Technique

    MAR303 -- Maritime Dissertation, Current Awareness and Research 

Postgraduate Modules:

    MBM5103 -- International Logistics & Maritime Commerce

    MBM5204 -- Logistics, Supply Chains, Systems and Methods

    MBM5206 -- International Logistics Management 

    MBM5210 -- International Supply Chain Systems

    MBM5352 -- Research Project

Staff serving as external examiners

  • External examiner for a PhD at Southampton University (2013)
  • External examiner for a PhD at Brunel University (2013)
  • External examiner for a PhD at Imperial College London (2012)
  • External examiner for a PhD at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (2011)
  • External examiner for a PhD at the University of Cardiff (2011)
  • External examiner for a PhD at the University of Hull (2011)
  • External examiner for a PhD at the University of Bristol (2009).

Research interests

  • Container shipping and logistics
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Production planning and inventory control in Make-to-stock, Make-to-order, Engineer-to-order systems
  • Modelling, simulation and optimization for stochastic systems
  • Metaheuristics (e.g. Genetic Algorithms, Evolution Strategy, Simulated Annealing, Perturbation Analysis, Ordinal Optimization, Reinforcement Learning, Agent-based simulation)

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

As Director of Study:
Ms. Heba-tallah ELMESMARY, (04/09-, PT) Modelling Logistics Processes in Container Terminals: A Case Study in Alexandria, (Supervisors: D.P. Song and J. Dinwoodie).
Ms. Wei XU (10/09-10/2013, completed), Optimising Supply Chain Performance via Information Sharing and Coordinated Management, (Supervisors: D.P. Song and M. Roe)
Mr. Chia-Hsun CHANG, (10/09-7/2013, completed) Risk Management in Contianer Shipping in a Context of Supply Chain, (Supervisors: D.P. Song and J.J. Xu).
Mr. Therakorn Yardpaga (10/10-), Supply Chain Management Best Practices Model for Thai Small and Medium Enterprises, (Supervisors: DP, Song; Phil Megicks)

As Second Supervior:
Mr. Ravi Saxena (MPhil, completed in 2010), “Role of RFID in Improving Product Availability in the UK Apparel Retailing”, (supervisors: M.H. Smith, D.P. Song and M. Leat).
Ms. Tianlan ZHOU (PhD, completed in 2011) Building an integrated transport system in Northeast Asia: a Delphi study, (Supervisors: M. Roe and D.P. Song)
Mr. Karim Soliman (4/2012~, PT), Modelling proactive resilient supply chain to mitigate supply chain vulnerability in fast moving consumer goods industry, (Supervisors: S.F. Liu and D.P. Song)

Grants & contracts

Song, D.P. (2011-2015), "Offshore Operation & Maintenance Mutualization (2OM)", (224,772 Euro), funded by Interreg Programme France (Channel) - England, EU.

Song, D.P. and Shunmugham, P. (2009-2010), "Developing a GUI Beer Game for Learning and Teaching in Logistics and Supply Chain Management", (£5,000), Teaching Fellowship Award, Funded by University of Plymouth.
 

Song, D.P. (2007-2008), "Establishing new collaborations with academic and industrial communities for container fleet management", (£24,704), funded by EPSRC, UK.

 

Song, D.P. (2006-2010), "Integrated container fleet management in transportation service systems” (£209,310), funded by EPSRC, UK.

Song, D.P. (1998-2000), “Optimal Feedback Control Structure of Failure-prone Manufacturing Systems” (40,000RMB), funded by Scientific Research Foundation for the Returned Overseas Chinese Scholars, State Education Ministry, PR China.

Song, D.P. and Sun, Y.X. (1997-1999), “Modelling, Control and Optimisation for Chemical Flexible Processes” (20,000RMB), funded by National Laboratory of Industrial Control Technology, Zhejiang University, PR China.

Monograph

  • Song, D.P. (2013), Optimal Control and Optimization in Stochastic Supply Chain Systems,  Springer, 292p., ISBN 978-1-4471-4723-7 (DOI 10.1007/978-1-4471-4724-4).

Refereed Journal papers in English:

  • from 2013
  • Song, D.P., Dong, J.X, and Xu, J.J. (2014), Integrated inventory management and supplier base reduction in a supply chain with multiple uncertainties, European Journal of Operational Research, 232(3): 522-536.
  • Chang, C.H., Xu, J.J. and Song, D.P. (2014) Risk analysis for container shipping: from a logistics perspective. International Journal of Logistics Management, 25, pp. (in press).
  • Chang, C.H., Xu, J.J. and Song, D.P. (2014), An analysis of safety and security risks in container shipping operations: A case study of Taiwan, Safety Science, 63, 168-178.
  • Song, D.P. and Dong, J.X. (2013),  Long-haul liner service route design with ship deployment and empty container repositioning, Transportation Research Part B, 55, 188–211. (DOI: 10.1016/j.trb.2013.06.012).
  • Dong, J.X., Xu, J.J. and Song, D.P.  (2013), Assessment of empty container repositioning policies in maritime transport, International Journal of Logistics Management, 24(1): 49-72. (DOI: 10.1108/IJLM-05-2013-0054)
  • 2012
  • Ng, C.T. Song, D.P., and Cheng, T.C.E. (2012), Optimal policy for inventory transfer between two depots with backlogging, IEEE Trans. on Automatic Control, 57(12): 3247-3252. (DOI: 10.1109/TAC.2012.2202055).
  • Song, D.P. and Dong, J.X (2012), Cargo routing and empty container repositioning in multiple shipping service routes, Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, 46(10): 1556–1575. (DOI: 10.1016/j.trb.2012.08.003).
  • Dong, J.X. and Song, D.P. (2012), Lease term optimization in container shipping systems, International Journal of Logistics Research and Applications, 15(2): 87-107. (DOI:10.1080/13675567.2012.683521).
  • Qi, X.T. and Song, D.P. (2012), Minimizing fuel emissions by optimizing vessel schedules in liner shipping with uncertain port times, Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, 48(4): 863-880. (DOI: 10.1016/j.tre.2012.02.001).
  • Song, D.P. and Xu, J.J. (2012), CO2 emission comparison between direct and feeder liner services: a case study of Asia-Europe services interfacing with the UK, International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, 6(4): 214-237. (DOI:10.1080/15568318.2011.586095).
  • Song, D.P. and Xu, J.J. (2012), An operational activity-based method to estimate CO2 emissions from container shipping considering empty container repositioning, Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 17(1): 91-96. (DOI:10.1016/j.trd.2011.06.007) 
  • Dong, J.X. and Song, D.P. (2012), Quantifying the impact of inland transport time on container fleet sizing in a liner shipping service with uncertainties, OR Spectrum, 34(1): 155-180 (DOI: 10.1007/s00291-009-0185-4).
  • 2011
  • Song, D.P. and Dong, J.X. (2011), Flow balancing-based empty container repositioning in typical shipping service routes, Maritime Economics & Logistics, 13(1): 61-77.
  • Song, D.P. and Dong, J.X. (2011), Effectiveness of an empty container repositioning policy with flexible destination ports. Transport Policy, 18(1), 92-101.
  • 2010
  • Song, D.P. and Zhang, Q. (2010), A fluid flow model for empty container repositioning policy with a single port and stochastic demand, SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization, 48(5): 3623-3642.
  • Song, D.P., Dong, J.X. and Roe, M. (2010), Container dispatching policies in two-terminal shipping services with uncertain demands, International Journal of Shipping & Transport Logistics, 2(1): 44-58.
  • 2009
  • Song, D.P. (2009) Optimal integrated ordering and production policy in a supply chain with stochastic lead-time, processing-time and demand, IEEE Trans. on Automatic Control, 54(9): 2027-2041.
  • Dong, J.X. and Song, D.P. (2009) Container fleet sizing and empty repositioning in liner shipping systems, Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, 45(6): 860-877.
  • Song, D.P. (2009) Production and preventive maintenance control in a stochastic manufacturing system, International Journal of Production Economics, 119(1): 101-111.
  • Song, D.P. and Carter, J. (2009) Empty container repositioning in shipping industry, Maritime Policy & Management, 36(4): 291-307.
  • Song, D.P. (2009) Stability and optimization of a production inventory system under prioritised base-stock control, IMA Journal of Management Mathematics, 20(1): 59-79.
  • 2008
  • Song, D.P. and Dong, J.X. (2008), Empty container management in cyclic shipping routes, Maritime Economics & Logistics, 10(4): 335-361.
  • Song, D.P. and Dinwoodie, J. (2008) Quantifying the effectiveness of VMI and integrated inventory management in a supply chain with uncertain lead-times and uncertain demands, Production Planning & Control, 19(6), 590-600. 
  • Song, D.P. and Carter, J. (2008) Optimal empty vehicle redistribution for hub-and-spoke transportation systems, Naval Research Logistics, 55(2):156-171.
  • Song, D.P. and Earl, C.F. (2008) Optimal empty vehicle repositioning and fleet-sizing for two-depot services systems, European Journal of Operational Research, 185(2), 760-777.
  • 2007
  • Song, D.P., Dinwoodie, J. and Roe, M., (2007) Integrated vehicle fleet-sizing, leasing and dispatching policy in a shuttle service system, International Journal of Logistics Research and Applications, 10(1), 29-40.
  • Song, D.P. (2007), Characterizing optimal empty container reposition policy in periodic-review shuttle service systems, Journal of the Operational Research Society, 58(1), 122-133.
  • Hicks, C., Song, D.P. and Earl, C.F. (2007) Dynamic scheduling for complex engineer-to-order products, International Journal of Production Research, 45(15), 3477-3503.
  • 2006
  • Song, D.P. (2006), Optimal production and backordering policy in failure-prone manufacturing systems, IEEE Trans. On Automatic Control, 51(5), 906-911.
  • Song, D.P., Hicks, C. and Earl C.F. (2006), An ordinal optimization based evolution strategy to schedule complex make-to-order products, International Journal of Production Research, 44(22), 4877-4895.
  • Song, D.P. (2006), Raw material release time control for complex make-to-order products with stochastic processing times, International Journal of Production Economics. 103(1), 371-385.
  • 2005
  • Song, D.P. (2005), Optimal threshold control of empty vehicle redistribution in two depot service systems, IEEE Trans. On Automatic Control, 50(1), 87-90.
  • Song, D.P., Zhang, J., Carter, J., Field, T., Marshall, M., Polak, J., Schumacher, K., Sinha-Ray, P., and Woods, J. (2005), On cost-efficiency of the global container shipping network, Maritime Policy & Management, 32(1), 15-30.
  • 2001-2002
  • Song, D.P., Hicks, C. and Earl, C.F. (2002), Product due date assignment for complex assemblies, International Journal of Production Economics, 76(3), 243-256.
  • Song, D.P., Earl, C.F. and Hicks, C. (2001), Stage due date planning for multistage assembly systems, International Journal of Production Research, 39(9), 1943-1954.
  • Song, D.P., Hicks, C. and Earl, C.F. (2001), Setting planned job release times in stochastic assembly systems with resource constraints, International Journal of Production Research, 39(6), 1289-1301.
  • Song, D.P. and Sun, Y.X. (2001), Optimal hedging point control for a failure-prone manufacturing system. International Journal of Systems Science, 32(6), 681-688.
  • 1997-1999
  • Song, D.P. and Sun, Y.X. (1999), Optimal control structure of an unreliable manufacturing system with random demands. IEEE Trans. On Automatic Control, 44(3), 619-622.
  • Song, D.P. and Sun, Y.X. (1998), Optimal service control of a serial production line with unreliable workstations and random demand. Automatica, 34(9), 1047-1060.
  • Song, D.P. and Sun, Y.X. (1998), Gradient estimate for parameter design of threshold controllers in a failure-prone production line. International Journal of Systems Science, 29(1), 21-32.
  • Song, D.P., Sun, Y.X. and Xing, W. (1998), Optimal control of a stochastic assembly production line. Journal of Optimization Theory and Application, 98(3), 681-700.
  • Song, D.P., Tu, F.S. and Lou, S.X.C, (1997), Optimization of control parameters in an unreliable manufacturing system, Control Theory & Application, 14(4), 459-465.

Refereed Book Chapters:

  • Song, D.P. and Zhang, Q. (2011), Optimal inventory control for empty containers in a port with random demands and repositioning delays, in the book "The International Handbook of Maritime Economics" (edited by Cullinane, K.), Edward Elgar, pp301-321. ISBN: 9781847209337.
  • Earl, C.F., Song, D.P. and Hicks, C. (2003), Planning complex engineer to order products. In the book "Recent Advances in Integrated Design and Manufacturing in Mechanical Engineering". Edited by G. Gogu, D. Coutellier, P. Chedmail and P. Ray, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, ISBN 1-4020-1163-6, pp463-472.

Refereed International Conference papers (from 1999):

  • Xu, W., Song, D.P. and Roe, M. (2011), Production and Raw Material Ordering Management for a Manufacturing Supply Chain with uncertainties, The Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management (IEEM2011), Singapore, Dec. 6-9, 2011.
  • Chang, C.H., Song, D.P., Xu, J.J. (2011), Information and physical risk management in container shipping supply chain, Proceedings of the 16th Annual Logistics Research Network Conference, University of Southampton, UK. 7th -9th September 2011.
  • Xu, W., Song, D.P. and Roe, M. (2010) Supply chain performance improvement using vendor management inventory strategy, The IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management (IEEM), Macao, China, Dec. 7-10, 2010.
  • Song, D.P. (2010), CO2 emission analysis for containerships based on service activities, The 12th World Congress on Transport Research, July 11-15, Lisbon, Portugal.
    Song, D.P. (2010), Carbon emission analysis for an Asia-Europe liner service with and without calling at UK ports, International Association of Maritime Economists 2010 Annual Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, July 7-9, 2010.
  • Song, D.P. and Zhang, Q. (2009), Impact of Dynamic Information on Empty Container Repositioning in a Seaport with Uncertainties, The 48th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Shanghai, Dec. 16-18, 2009.
  • Song, D.P. and Dong, J.X. (2009), Comparison of kanban and basestock control policies for empty container repositioning in cyclic shipping services, LRN2009 Conference: Volatile and Fragile Supply Chains, Cardiff, Sept. 9-11, 2009.
  • Song, D.P. and Dong, J.X. (2009), Flow balancing-based empty container repositioning in typical shipping service routes, IAME2009 Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark, June 24-26, 2009.
  • Dong, J.X., Song, D.P., Dinwoodie, J. and Roe, M. (2008), Performance evaluation of control policies for container fleet management using simulation, LRN Annual Conference 2008: Supply Chain Innovations: People, Practice and Performance, University of Liverpool, UK, 10-12 September 2008, pp635-640.
  • Song, D.P. (2008), Production control and steady-state performance analysis for a two-stage manufacturing system with finite buffer sizes, The 17th IFAC World Congress, Seoul, Korea, July 6-11, 2008.
  • Dong, J.X. and Song, D.P. (2008) Effectiveness of an empty container repositioning policy with flexible destination ports, International Forum on Shipping, Ports and Airports (IFSPA2008), Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, May 25-28, 2008.
  • Song, D.P. and Carter, J. (2008) "Empty container repositioning in shipping industry: the scale and the strategies", International Association of Maritime Economists 2008 Annual Conference, Dalian, China, April 2-4, 2008
  • Dong, J.X. and Song, D. P. (2007), Impacts of different types of maritime routes in container fleet management on development of optimization model: Case study based on cyclic route, International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME) Annual Conference, Athens, Greece, July, 4-6, 2007.
  • Song, D.P. and Dong, J.X. (2007), Container dispatching policies in two-terminal shipping services with uncertain demands, International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME) Annual Conference, Athens, Greece, July, 4-6, 2007.
  • Song, D.P. (2007) Analysis of a collaborative strategy in container fleet management, 11th World Conference on Transport Research, University of California, Berkeley, June 24-28, 2007.
  • Song, D.P. (2006), Integrated inventory management in a supply chain with uncertainty, Logistics Research Network Annual Conference 2006, Sept. 6th-8th, Newcastle, UK, 415-420.
  • Song, D.P. (2005), Integrated vehicle fleet-sizing, leasing and dispatching policy in shuttle service systems, Logistics Research Network Annual Conference 2005, Sept. 7th-9th, Plymouth, UK,435-440.
  • Song, D.P., Hicks, C. and Earl, C.F., (2005), Planned lead-times design in stochastic multistage assembly systems, In the 16th IFAC World Congress, July 3rd-8th, Prague, Czech Rep.
  • Polak, J.W., Carter, J., Field, T., Marshall, J., Schumacher, K., Sinha-Ray, P., Song, D., Woods, J. and Zhang, J. (2004), Agent based modelling of business decision making in the international container transport market, Paper presented at the 83rd Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington.
  • Sinha-Ray, P., Carter, J., Field, T., Marshall, J., Polak, J., Schumacher, K., Song, D., Woods, J. and Zhang, J. (2003), Container World: Global agent-based modelling of the container transport business, Proceedings of the 4th International Workshop on Agent-Based Simulation, Jean-Pierre Muller & Martina-M. Siedel (Editors), Montpellier, France, April 28 - 30, 161-165.
  • Earl C.F., Hicks C. and Song D.P. (2002), Planning complex engineer to order products, The 4th International Conference on Integrated Design and Manufacturing in Mechanical Engineering (IDMME 2002), Clermont-Ferrard, France, 14-16th May, 2002.
  • Song, D.P., Hicks, C. and Earl, C.F. (2002), Dynamic production planning and rescheduling fro complex assemblies, The 2nd International Conference of the Manufacturing Complexity Network:  Tackling industrial complexity: the ideas that make a difference, Cambridge, UK, April 9-10, 291-304.
  • Song, D.P., Hicks, C. and Earl, C.F. (2000), Planning operation start times for the manufacture of capital products with uncertain processing times and resource constraints. Proceedings of the Industrial Statistics in Action conference 2000, Newcastle, UK, Sept. 8-10, 138-152.
  • Song, D.P., Hicks, C. and Earl, C.F. (1999), Due date planning in complex product systems with uncertain processing times. Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on the Control of Industrial Processes, Newcastle, UK, March 30-31, 261-264.
  • Song, D.P., Xing, W., Sun, Y.X. and Wu, T.J. (1999), Optimal control of production-dependent failure-prone manufacturing systems. In the 14th IFAC World Congress, Beijin, PR China, July, Vol.A, 237-242.

Refereed Journal papers in Chinese:

  • Song, D.P., Xing, W. and Sun, Y.X. (2000), Optimal control of service rate and preventive maintenance in a failure-prone manufacturing system, System Engineering Theory & Practice, 20(4), 20-27.
  • Tu, F.S., Song, D.P. and Lou, S.X.C. (1997), Preventive hedging point control policy and its realization, ACTA AUTOMATICA SINICA, 23(3), 319-324.
  • Song, D.P. and Sun, Y.X. (1996), Optimal control for a stochastic manufacturing system producing two-part types, Journal of Shanghai Jiaotong University, 30, suppl., 43-48.
  • Song, D.P., Xing, W. and Liao, W.B. (1996), On security of communication in NOVELL netware, Computer Engineering, 22(5), 59-62.
  • Xing, W., Song, D.P. and Liao, W.B. (1996), A fast algorithm of large number division, Cipher & Information, 55 (1), 8-13.
  • Song, D.P. (1995), Control parameter sensitivity estimate in operation-dependent unreliable production Lines, ACTA AUTOMATICA SINICA, 21(6), 739-743.
  • Song, D.P. and Tu, F.S. (1993), Steady-state performances analysis in stochastic serial production lines, ACTA AUTOMATICA SINICA, 19(6), 753-755.
  • Song, D.P., Tu, F.S. and Lou, S.X.C. (1992), Control parameter sensitivity estimate in unreliable manufacturing systems, Control & Decision, 7(6), 474-477.

Edited Conference Proceedings:

  • Dinwoodie, J., Challacombe, J., Madejski, E. and Song, D. (2005), “Logistics Research Network 2005 Conference Proceedings: International Logistics and Supply Chain Management”, Plymouth, September; Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, Corby, Northants, UK. 526 pp. ISBN 1-904564-13-5.

Other academic activities

Act as a referee for International Journals such as

  • Operations Research
  • IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
  • IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering
  • Transportation Research Part B: Methodological
  • Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review
  • International Journal of Production Research
  • European Journal Of Operational Research 
  • IIE Transactions
  • Journal of Scheduling
  • International Journal of Production Economics
  • Computers & Industrial Engineering
  • Computers & Operations Research
  • International Journal of Logistics: Research & Applications
  • International Journal of Logistics Management
  • Transport Reviews
  • Optimization Letters
  • Flexible Services & Manufacturing Journal (formerly IJFMS)
  • The IMA (Institute of Mathematics and its Applications) Journal of Management Mathematics
  • International Journal of Sustainable Transportation
  • Maritime Policy and Management
  • International Journal of Services Operations and Informatics
  • Applied Mathematical Modelling
  • Journal of Industrial and Management Optimization 
  • Journal of Zhejiang University- Science A.
  • Asia-Pacific Journal of Operational Research
  • International Journal of Transport Economics 
  • International Journal of Inventory Research
  • Industrial Engineering and Management Systems
  • International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics
  • Research in Transportation Economics

Links

International Shipping & Logistics Group

Plymouth Business School
Faculty of Social Science & Business

The University of Plymouth