LogDynamics welcomes three new members and one new faculty

In November, the LogDynamics research cluster welcomed three new members: Prof. Dr. Gralf-Peter Calliess, Prof. Dr. Aseem Kinra and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hendro Wicaksono. Within the cluster, these scientists will provide support in the fields of supply chain management, production technology and, for the first time, law. 
With the membership of Prof. Calliess, Professor of Civil Law and International Business Law, LogDynamics has added a fifth faculty: Law. This new competence makes it possible to consider extremely relevant legal aspects of technological action in logistics. For example, the question of how the law changes through technical solutions and digitalization can be explored. Prof. Calliess deals exactly with these questions and founded the Institute for Commercial Law. The focus on maritime trade law and logistics fits perfectly into the research activities of LogDynamics. In addition, Prof. Calliess is already supervising an IGS doctoral candidate together with Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hans-Dietrich Haasis. 
Prof. Dr. Aseem Kinra holds the professorship for Global Supply Chain Management, Faculty of Economics. His focus is on risk and uncertainty in SCM. He previously worked in the Operations Management Department at Copenhagen Business School. Prof. Kinra has worked with a number of LogDynamics members in the past and has already started initial activities. 
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hendro Wicaksono is Professor of Industrial Engineering and Head of INDEED Research Group (Intelligent Data Management for Industry 4.0) at the Jacobs University. He moved to Bremen from the Institute for Information Management at KIT. His research focuses on holistic data management, from the optimization of planning and control to production.

LogDynamics Research Report 2018/19 published

Logistics has had a significant impact on the development of the world as it is today. It has driven and continues to inspire social, economic, and technological change. In addition, logistics also plays an important role in the economic and scientific location of Bremen. Research and education are fundamental to further expanding Bremen's success story. For almost 25 years, an interdisciplinary team from various departments of the University of Bremen and local institutions has been researching the logistics of tomorrow and beyond in the Bremen Research Cluster for Dynamics in Logistics (LogDynamics). The precursors to the Internet of Things were already developed in LogDynamics at the turn of the millennium. Regarding the strategies of the Bremen University and the federal state of Bremen, the research alliance covers the challenges of the future for Bremen and transfer its science consequently into society.

In the future, digitalization and artificial intelligence will reshape logistics substantially. People will become more and more the focus of attention and increasingly demand individualized logistics solutions. Besides, the climate and energy will be increasingly influential. The diversity-oriented International Graduate School for Dynamics in Logistics (IGS) of LogDynamics deals precisely with these topics and prepares doctoral candidates for the upcoming changes. The transfer of academic findings from science to society, business, politics, culture, and vice versa is another leading task of the future. Since 2018 the project BreLogIK (Bremen Logistics Transfer and Innovation Culture) is emphasizing this topic by cooperating with several local players beyond LogDynamics. The initiative focuses on reducing barriers within the cooperation of academia and industry to create a new type of infrastructures for innovation in logistics.

Against this background, the new LogDynamics Research Report offers an extract from education, research and transfer for the benefit of logistics in Bremen.

German Logistics Congress: LogDynamics welcomes prominent guests

The research cluster LogDynamics is again represented with a booth at the German Logistics Congress this year. Our demonstrator for the use of low-cost sensor technology in port loading is attracting the interest of the visitors. The State Councilor for Science and Ports Tim Cordßen was also enthusiastic about these and other innovative logistics solutions. Together with State Councilor Cordßen, BHV President Dr.-Ing. Patric Drewes and BHV Managing Director Christoph Bruns were guests at our stand. 
The German Logistics Congress is one of Europe's most important events for logistics and supply chain management. In 2019 more than 3000 participants and 200 exhibitors will be represented.

Commended Paper Award for BIBA at IFAC MIM 2019

BIBA scientists were awarded the Commended Paper Award at this year's IFAC MIM. Abderrahim Ait Alla, Markus Kreutz, Daniel Rippel, Michael Lütjen and Michael Freitag were able to prevail against the competition with their paper "Simulation-Based Analysis of the Interaction of a Physical and a Digital Twin in a Cyber-Physical Production System". The award-winning article deals with the question of how the synchronization between a digital twin and its physical counterpart can be optimized with regard to the required number of sensors. In this context, an approach was developed in which a digital model is first created from the physical original in order to optimize the synchronization points using a software-in-the-loop approach.
The ninth international IFAC Conference on Manufacturing Modeling, Management, and Control (IFAC MIM 2019) was held in Berlin from August 28th to 30th, 2019. With 750 participants, 540 presentations and 19 parallel sessions, it was the largest IFAC MIM conference to date. BIBA took part in the conference with three papers on indoor localization, offshore logistics and digital twins.

German Acadamy of Foreign Trade and Transport visits LogDynamics Lab

Under the motto "Digital meets Real", students of the German Academy of Foreign Trade and Transport (DAV) in Bremen visited BIBA and the LogDynamics Lab on August 22nd, 2019. The host - Lab Managing Director Dr.-Ing. Matthias Burwinkel gave the visitors an insight into production and logistics research at BIBA. A guided tour of the hall offered a hands-on view of the technology, including the following topics: Industry 4.0, sensors in logistics, human-robot collaboration, predictive maintenance and digitisation in training and further education. Examples of areas of application for the demonstrators presented were wind energy, port handling, transport and production logistics.

SysInt 2020 Call for Papers

The International Conference on System-Integrated Intelligence is a cooperative event between the Universities of Bremen, Hanover and Paderborn. The fifth edition will take place from June 3rd to 5th, 2020 in Bremen, BIBA is one of the co-organisers. SysInt deals with the integration of new intelligent functionalities into materials, components, systems and products. The conference offers a platform for science and industry and focuses on 6 main topics: 
  • Intelligent Systems: Enabling Technologies and Artificial Intelligence
  • The Future of Manufacturing: Cyber-Physical Production and Logistic Systems
  • Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing
  • Structural Health Monitoring
  • Systems Engineering
  • Soft Robotics and Human-Machine-Interaction
Abstracts may be submitted until November 10th, 2019.
Details & Call for Papers

LogDynamics Welcomes New Visiting Researcher

In June 2019 LogDynamics welcomes a visiting researcher Abraham A. Nispel Pizarro from the Texas Tech University (TTU), USA. Mr. Nispel studied mechanical engineering at the Pontifical University Catholic of Valparaiso (PUCV) from which he graduated with honors after defending his Thesis on a “Preventive Maintenance Plan for a Fishmeal factory”. He was awarded with a Scholarship from the college of engineering of Texas Tech University (TTU) to pursue his Doctorate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the same institution. From 2016 onwards, Mr. Nispel has been working as a research assistant in the Laboratory of Product & Design and Development.

His research interests include:
  • Uncertainty Quantification and Reliability analysis in Engineering Design
  • Probabilistic Prognostic and Health Management
  • Offshore wind and wave energy devices Design.

His research goals during the two-months stay with LogDynamics are to establish partnerships that allow him and his research team in the U.S. to exchange knowledge and find new research opportunities in the areas of offshore wind energy, prognostic and health management of machinery components. Furthermore, Mr. Nispel aims to develop connections with experts in offshore devices that allow for efficiently model wave loads exerted on the offshore wind turbines foundations.
Contact: Abraham Nispel

Artificial Intelligence: University of Bremen Plays an Important Role

The University of Bremen plays an important role in the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Germany. According to a jury of experts, three of its professors are either among the ten most influential minds or are responsible for some of the most important technologies in German AI history.

The university professors Otthein Herzog, Frank Kirchner and Christian Freksa and their fields of work are named in the two lists compiled by the expert jury of the Gesellschaft für Informatik e. V.  (GI) (Society for Computer Science) with a view to the development of artificial intelligence in Germany. Every year, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) sets a new topic with which it wants to inform and initiate dialogues on current technology areas.

EIT Manufacturing

The manufacturing industry is facing major challenges due to increasing global competition, low-cost production in developing countries and scarce raw materials. EIT Manufacturing is an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), in which BIBA is one of 50 core partners.

EIT Manufacturing’s mission is to bring European manufacturing actors together in innovation ecosystems that add unique value to European products, processes, services – and inspire the creation of globally competitive and sustainable manufacturing.

Digital Services in the Port on the Basis of a cross-company Cloud

ProDiS stands for process innovation through digital services for the seaport of the future and is a project in which BIBA and ISL are involved. The project makes a significant contribution to increasing the innovative strength of German small and medium-sized enterprises in the seaport industry with a focus on offshore wind power logistics and container handling. The aim is to merge information and data from systems that have not yet been interconnected into a cross-company cloud. Digital scalable, modular services are to be configured on the basis of the existing volume of data. An informative service, a planning service and a service within the framework of the so-called operation are to be made available in a timely manner to improve planning and support the actual operation. The results of the project so far are illustrated in a video.
Video (German)