About Us

What is CCALS?

CCALS is the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Logistics Systems. It is an applied research center that bridges the gap between fundamental research that is typically performed at universities and product development that is routinely performed by companies. The goal of CCALS is to accelerate the transition of technologies from fundamental developments through proof of concept and onto commercialization. CCALS also focuses technology developments on solving problems of practical importance and relevance to industry and government. CCALS brings together companies and public agencies from multiple industrial sectors that have common technology interests and connects them with the research capabilities of world class universities. CCALS provides an industry led, university implemented applied research capability that is focused on providing technological solutions.

What is the applied research focus of CCALS?

At CCALS, industry and world class universities collaboratively leverage expertise, resources and experience to solve logistics problems with new, breakthrough solutions. Industry determines the center’s research roadmap, and universities apply proven capabilities across a range of core logistics functions, including:

  • Large-scale systems and financial engineering.
  • System dependability, reliability, security and trust.
  • Human factors (demographics, workforce, behaviors and processes).
  • Supply chain and risk management.
  • System dependability, reliability, security and trust.
  • Modeling and simulation.
  • Large-data management, integration and analytics.
  • Enterprise systems integration, application and customization.

In all of these areas CCALS focuses on a thorough and practical understanding of the fundamentals, the development of technologies and processes that solve problems of industrial importance, the transfer of the technologies into industrial applications, and the solution of practical problems encountered by industry.

What are the research objectives of CCALS?

CCALS is focused on the development of new and advanced solutions that will optimize logistics efficiency, reduce costs and maximize the value of logistics systems. The CCALS applied research evaluates and assesses logistics systems to understand the relationship between process parameters and the interaction between the many subsystems (transportation, technology, human) that make logistics work.

What is CCALS' legal structure?

CCALS is a Virginia non-stock corporation that has been determined to be tax-exempt for federal income tax purposes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

What is the organizational structure of CCALS?

Organizing University Members and Organizing Industry Members have the right to designate a representative on the Board of Directors.

CCALS is operated by a Board of Directors that provides oversight, elects officers, approves budgets, establishes operational policies and bylaws, and has overall oversight over the corporation.

How does an organization work with CCALS?

One of our hallmarks is our willingness to be available for informal problem solving. If you feel that our broad skill sets might be useful to your organization, please call or email. We are eager to have a conversation about your goals and how we can help, and if it appears we are a good fit, we can work from there.

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CCALS offers its partners a unique economic and workforce advantage: A world class university ecosystem of advanced logistics innovation and excellence.

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