Supply Chain Day: Innovation Workshop "Digitalization in Logistics"

April 11th, 2019, Bremen, Germany

On the occasion of the Supply Chain Day on April 11th 2019, the Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum Bremen, together with the BIBA – Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik GmbH and the LogDynamics research cluster, is organizing an innovation workshop on digital logistics. We offer an exciting program with practical presentations and demonstrations of the latest research results on the topics of digital communication, digital service, digital transport and handling and digital products. In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to identify the potential of digitalization for your company and discuss the opportunities and challenges with experts from industry and research. Get to know digital logistics and let yourself be inspired!
 Details (German)

Intensifying the cooperation between LogDynamics and Texas Tech University

The Texas Tech University (TTU), Lubbock, USA, and the International Graduate School for Dynamics in Logistics (IGS) of the University of Bremen started a cooperation two years ago. Prof. Stephen Ekwaro-Osire was the initiator from TTU. Now a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed to intensify and extend the cooperation.
TTU is a comprehensive public research university. Currently more than 38,000 students were enrolled in the university. The Faculty of Engineering (Whitacre College of Engineering) is one of the largest faculty at TTU. The IGS hosted the TTU PhD SummerCamp twice and transferred the concept of continuous interdisciplinary cooperation - in USA they call it convergence education. LogDynamics and the University Bremen will provide TTU with collaboration opportunities with the top-notch research cluster in one of the top-ranked universities in Germany. The TTU offers the University of Bremen collaboration opportunities with the departments: electrical and computer engineering, physics, computer science, mathematics and statistics, mechanical engineering, and industrial, systems, and manufacturing engineering as well as with the College of Education. All these departments have internationally recognized professors with excellently equipped laboratories. The output of the cooperation will include funded joint-research projects, exchange of research professors, exchange of students, jointly organizing conferences, and co-authoring publications.
In March 2019 Prof. Ekwaro-Osire again visited LogDynamics again. He shared ideas on “Convergence education and research” and agree further exchange of people with LogDynamics and the International Office of the University of Bremen.

LogDynamics welcomes Offshorewind Delegation from the Netherlands

On March 5th, 2019 a Dutch Offshorewind delegation visited the Bremen Research Cluster for Dynamics in Logistics (LogDynamics). Between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., around 75 representatives of Dutch business and politics gathered information about innovative approaches in the field of wind energy and digitalization. In addition to the cooperation talks, the focus of the visit was on hands-on technology - in the BIBA hall the participants were able to marvel at several demonstrations. Of particular interest were the results of the PreInno project "Methods and Tools for the Predictive Maintenance of Offshore Wind Turbines" and an autonomous assistance system to support man-machine collaboration in assembly processes (from the MESA and AutARK projects). In two further demonstrations under the motto "Digital Services", the visitors experienced how sensors can support the loading of components in the digitalized port (ProDis project) and how they bring transparency into the supply chain processes (SaSCh project).

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)

Expertise from Bremen of International Interest - Prof. Dr. Herzog Appointed to Chinese Committees

LogDynamics member Prof. Dr. Otthein Herzog is researching at Tongji University in Shanghai alongside the University of Bremen and Jacobs University. There, he is involved in the China Intelligent Urbanization Co-Creation Center for High Density Region (CIUC). His scientific expertise in areas such as industry 4.0, logistics, artificial intelligence and smart cities is increasingly in demand in the Far East. During the last year, Prof. Herzog was appointed to the following Chinese committees:
  • Governing Board of the UNESCO Institute IKCEST - International Knowledge Center for Engineering Sciences and Technology of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, Beijing
  • Scientific Advisory Board of the Strategy Committee Artificial Intelligence of the City of Shanghai
  • Scientific Advisory Board of the Institute for Logistics Research, Qingdao
  • Scientific Advisory Board of the Chinese-German Institute "Industrial Engineering", Qingdao University of Science and Technology
  • Scientific Advisory Board of the Liuzhou Intelligent Construction and Safety Technology Research Institute of Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Liuzhou
  • Scientific Advisory Board of the Institute of Machine Intelligence of the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology

BIBA Researchers Win IJAT Review Award 2018 from International Journal of Automation Technology

Authors Klaus-Dieter Thoben and Stefan Wiesner from BIBA as well as Thorsten Wuest from West Virginia University win the IJAT Review Award 2018 for their paper “'Industrie 4.0' and Smart Manufacturing - A Review of Research Issues and Application Examples”. The award is presented for the third time to the most prominent review paper of the last two years, selected among the articles from the International Journal of Automation Technology. The journal focuses on advanced automation technologies ranging from basic techniques to a variety of applications meeting industrial requirements, e.g. for production, logistics and control systems.
For a long time, BIBA and West Virginia University have contributed to the field of digitalization of industrial production through research projects and publications.  The awarded paper provides an overview of Industrie 4.0 in Germany and smart manufacturing programs in the USA, analyzes the application potential of cyber-physical systems starting from product design through production and logistics up to maintenance and exploitation (e.g., recycling), and identifies current and future research issues. Besides the technological perspective, the paper also takes into account the economic side considering the new business strategies and models available. To achieve these objectives, the paper presents a literature review on the corresponding state-of-the-art and a study on application scenarios from research and industries, such as cyber-physical logistics systems and safe human-robot interaction. The authors are honored by the award, recognizing the outstanding quality of research on the digitalization of industrial production by BIBA and the West Virginia University. 
Link to paper

Best Paper Award at the 7th International Conference on Through-life Engineering Services for the BIBA Researchers

At the 7th International Conference on Through-life Engineering Services, Karl A. Hribernik received a Best Paper Award for his paper "Towards a Unified Predictive Maintenance System - A Use Case in Production Logistics in Aeronautics". This paper investigates a use case in the maintenance of assets ("jigs") for the transport of wing upper covers produced by a transnational aeronautics OEM.
High-value, complex products such as aircraft are not produced by a single organization at a single production plant. Rather, a network of highly specialized suppliers collaborates with often geographically distributed OEM production plants focused on specific parts of the product. This means that a suitable predictive maintenance strategy needs to take into account not only multiple stakeholders and locations in the production processes itself, but also the production logistics processes and their stakeholders. Based on the analysis of the application case, it derives the requirements towards a predictive maintenance system and projects them onto current state of the art standards like MIMOSA OSA-CBM and RAMI4.0. From this a unified predictive maintenance system for the optimization of jig maintenance procedures is proposed and initial results in the form of the application of a conceptual architecture to the problems identified in the use case are presented.

BIBA StartUp wins BVL Start-up Competition

The start-up team cellumation from BIBA has won the start-up contest of the German Logistics Congress of the Bundesvereinigung Logistik (BVL) in Berlin with its new conveyor system celluveyor.
Six young companies with different innovative solutions for logistics were selected for the pitch competition, two of them from the US. After the short presentations (pitches), the audience made the decision and placed the Bremen start-up in first place by a wide margin. The idea of the celluveyor: With the help of small, individually controlled and independent modules, objects can be moved in any direction in a very small space as required. This unique development is based on small hexagonal conveyor modules with specially arranged wheels (omnidirectional), each of which is individually controlled. You can move and position several objects simultaneously and independently of each other on any path as required.

Honorary Doctor for Professor Haasis

On the 26th of April 2018, Professor Haasis was awarded the title of "Honorary Doctor of Kyiv National Economic University after Vadym Hetman" during a ceremony of the Academic Senate of the Kiev State University of Economics. In his subsequent keynote speech, Professor Haasis discussed the importance of digitalization in production and logistics.

Professor Rolf Drechsler Appointed Adjunct Professor at the Indian Statistical Institute

Prof. Dr. Rolf Drechsler, Head of the Computer Architecture Group at the University of Bremen and Head of the Cyber-Physical Systems Research Unit at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), was appointed Adjunct Professor at the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) in Kolkata on June 7, 2018 in a festive ceremony. The ceremony took place in the context of the "Symposium on Algorithms, Architectures and Applications: Special Focus on Electronic Design Automation", at which Professor Drechsler gave an invited lecture on the topic "Design and Verification of Cyber-Physical Systems - Challenges and Recent Developments". The two-year visiting professorship comprises two stays per year at the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI). He will be part of the "Advanced Computing & Microelectronics" group, which belongs to the "Computer and Communication Sciences Division".