Research and Innovation

Transformative Results

CCALS’ Applied Research Focus

At CCALS, industry and world class universities will collaboratively leverage expertise, resources and experience to solve logistics problems with new, breakthrough solutions. Industry will determine the center’s research roadmap, and universities will 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.

CCALS’ Research Objectives

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.


CCALS performs advanced logistics systems research in three ways: generic, directed and collaborative.

Generic research, funded by a portion of annual member fees, allows members to share the costs of research projects. Since all members make an investment, all members have access to a non-exclusive, royalty-free license of intellectual property resulting from generic research.

Organizing Industry and Tier 1 Members can work directly with CCALS on proprietary projects that address a specific member’s needs. Directed research sponsors shoulder the costs and have exclusive rights to the intellectual property that emerges.

Collaborative research is typically funded by the federal government or other entities, but not through CCALS member fees. The intellectual property that emerges from collaborative research is owned by its creator. For example, if CCALS received a federal grant and awarded a subcontract from that grant to one of the member universities, that university would own the intellectual property created by its employees under the grant.

For businesses and government agencies that depend on logistics, the collaborative environment at CCALS offers enormous return on investment.

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CCALS puts industry expertise at the same table with government knowledge and university research capabilities to drive real-world logistics systems solutions.