Colombia is a "new" country for me since I have never been there. It will be about the 50th country that I have been to. I will be the only female international plenary speaker so it is important to show up and to present!
David Simchi-Levi of MIT was a plenary speaker at the same conference last year and enjoyed it so much that he highly recommended that I accept the invitation to present.
I will be hosted, in part, by Professor Javier Orjuela, whom I met at the recent EURO2015 conference in Glasgow, Scotland.
It will be great to see many operations researchers there whose research focuses on logistics including my fellow plenary speaker, Teo Crainic from Canada, who is well-known through his INFORMS activities.
The title of my plenary talk, which I have just gone over and am very much looking forward to presenting, is: Sustainable Supply Chain Networks for Sustainable Cities. I will be overviewing some essential supply chains to cities (energy and food ones) and going deeper into a model that I developed with Professor Min Yu of the University of Portland and Professor Jonas Floden of the University of Gothenburg. The model includes product differentiation and competition and frequency of supply chain activities, along with emissions generated and different weghts assigned by supply chain decision-makers to the latter.
I am sure that it will be an exciting adventure experiencing a new country, especially given that Bogota is 8,000 feet above sea level.
I am brushing up on my Spanish. Hasta luego!