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MEDIFAS Mission Statement

    The Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies (MEDIFAS) was established in 2007 by university professors from different European countries to promote interdisciplinary research and development in the engineering and economic sciences in co-operation between universities and other research establishments located around the Mediterranean Sea, and also with others all around the world. It seeks to bring about a collegial dialogue and to further collaborative research by arranging Seminars, and by developing interdisciplinary Research Topics around which interactions with the research communities involved are deepened. Since its foundation, several scholars from different countries have decided to participate in the Institute's activities.

    In 2013, MEDIFAS founded the Slovenian nationally accredited Faculty Mediteranska fakulteta za sodobne iterdisciplinarne Študije as an owned legal body. The Faculty's doctoral programmes are currently under development.

    MEDIFAS is well-connected with many leading institutions in the fields of Industrial Engineering and Production Economics all over the world. The founding members of MEDIFAS are active members of different eminent societies like the International Society for Inventory Research (ISIR), members of academies all over the world and founding members of important European bodies in the fields of their professional activities.

    MEDIFAS is financed mainly from public sources. MEDIFAS has the Slovenian Government concession for research and the implementation of public research programmes important for the country.

    The members of MEDIFAS are mainly University Professors, but also younger researchers. They are involved in different Slovenian and other European research and higher education programmes.

    European industry today faces a high level of regional and international competition. This is also the situation in the Mediterranean area. Several factors define an industrial company's competitiveness including industrial area development, energy and environmental issues, new product development time, production lead time, flexibility in responding to variability in demand volume, quality, price, responsiveness to customer delivery requirements, other logistics problems, and management and control of state-of-the-art processes and technologies. In each case, the company's ability to respond to these factors depends critically on the capability of its industrial/logistics organisation and on its environmental awareness.

    It is becoming increasingly evident that resources are limited in extent, and alternative methods for the transformation of resources need therefore to be evaluated by an increasingly sophisticated and accurate methodology.

    Researchers at MEDIFAS are developing a coherent set of methodologies, computer-aided tools, and experiments to design, analyse and improve production and logistics systems often embedded in a spatially well-defined environment, being exposed to risk and uncertainty.

    These currently include:

    • An integrated approach to modelling, analysis and simulation of flexible systems to answer questions related to production and distribution location, equipment and process selection,
    • Risk control,
    • Product lot sizing and flow design,
    • Computerised tools to design and optimise supply chain,
    • Simulation tools to design and evaluate flexible supply chain cells,
    • Methodologies for production systems and product design,
    • Methodologies for industrial real estate location analysis.

    The MEDIFAS Research Group is offering projects, skills and expertise necessary to compete successfully in production and supply systems, especially in the global environment. Methodologies for analysing human resource evaluation are also included in the fundamental analysis of global production and supply chains.

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