Dynamics in Logistics – Proceedings of LDIC 2020 Now Available

These proceedings contain research papers presented at the 7th International Conference on Dynamics in Logistics, held in Bremen, Germany, February 2020. The conference is concerned with dynamic aspects of logistic processes and networks. The spectrum of topics reaches from the modelling, planning and control of processes, supply chain management, maritime logistics and innovative technologies and robot applications for cyber-physical production and logistics systems. The growing dynamic confronts the area of logistics with completely new challenges: it must become possible to describe, identify and analyze the process changes. Moreover, logistic processes and networks must be redevised to be rapidly and flexibly adaptable to continuously changing conditions. The editors are: Prof. Michael Freitag, Prof. Hans-Dietrich Haasis, Prof. Herbert Kotzab and Dr. Jürgen Pannek.

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Virtual Supply Chain Day: Digital Information Logistics in the Home Office

April 16th was "Supply Chain Day" - even in times of Corona. In previous years we celebrated the day with events and workshops. This year we had to reschedule due to the special circumstances and for the first time we took a virtual approach. The result was the online workshop "Personal Efficiency and Effectiveness through Digitalization - Digital Information Logistics in the Home Office", which was attended by more than 50 participants.

In a video presentation we presented various aspects of self-organization and showed how to become more efficient and effective by using digital tools, e.g. in the home office. This was followed by practical examples and a discussion. The current topic, but also the possibility of virtual exchange, was well received by the participants. The new online format also met with a positive response.

International Logistics Researchers as Guests in Bremen - LDIC 2020 Presented the Setting

About 120 people interested in logistics from 18 countries met for three days in Bremen to present, discuss and exchange ideas at this year's LDIC conference. The program of the 7th International Conference on Dynamics in Logistics included 51 scientific presentations as well as four key note speeches, which impressively documented the broad spectrum of current logistics research and practice in terms of content and methodology. The participants were also able to take part in an exciting additional program. In the forefront of the conference, a doctoral workshop was offered as a satellite event. The accompanying program during the LDIC included guided tours of the Robotics Lab of the Institute of Artificial Intelligence and the LogDynamics Lab as well as the workshop "B2B Platforms for Supply Chain Management and Logistics" from the EU project NIMBLE. The presentations as well as the subsequent exchange of ideas between the scientists took place on a very high level and testified to the high quality of the contributions and presentations. The organizers were able to award the best contributions with a Best Paper Award and two Commended Awards. All contributions to LDIC 2020 will be summarized in a Springer conference proceedings, which is expected to be published in May 2020 in the series Lecture Notes in Logistics.

The Berninghausen Prize 2019 goes to Prof. Anna Förster

On December 4th 2019, this year's prize for outstanding teaching (Berninghausen Prize) was awarded. Once again, a member of the research cluster LogDynamics won in the category "Outstanding, innovative course".   
The computer scientist Professor Anna Förster was awarded for her outstanding innovative course with didactically meaningful use of digital media. Anna Förster receives the award for the course "Fundamentals of Computer Science for Electrical Engineers". The jury was convinced that both the content and the teaching methods were state-of-the-art. Anna Förster changed her classes to "inverted classroom". The term refers to a teaching method in which the learning content is first elaborated by the learners and then applied in the classroom. This concept is very well received by students. They appreciate the possibility to work on the subject matter independently of time and place.

Visit of the Ethiopian Ambassador

The new Ethiopian ambassador in Berlin, Mulu Solomon Bezuneh, visited Bremen for the first time. In this context, she also took time on November 26th for LogDynamics and the IGS. The International Graduate School for Dynamics in Logistics (IGS) has attracted the ambassador's attention, as the IGS has supported more than 20 doctoral students from Ethiopia in a variety of scientific and organizational ways in recent years. The first doctoral student was Fasika Bete Georgise. He received his degree in production engineering from the University of Bremen in 2015 and has been teaching at his home university Hawassa ever since. At present, two Ethiopian doctoral students are at the IGS with a so-called sandwich scholarship. They spend three semesters each of their scientific research at the University of Bremen, but receive their degrees at their home university. With the support of IGS, the largest group so far consisting of 18 Ethiopian lecturers completed a three-month stay abroad at BIBA - Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik GmbH, a partner in LogDynamics. In a project of the Texas Tech University, USA, together with the Bremen-based company INROS LACKNER SE, they were given access to scientific resources and practical experience.   
During her visit, the ambassador gained her own impression of the existing infrastructure, the LogDynamics Lab. She also took the opportunity to discuss the experiences and possibly necessary changes with professors, with the IGS coordinator and with the two Ethiopian doctoral students. The ambassador's visit was initiated by a former BIBA employee, Tesfaye Balcha, and coordinated with the participating institutions. He is currently actively involved in the community of Ethiopian and Friends of Ethiopia in Bremen.

Logistics Transfer and Innovation Culture in Bremen - now available online

The logistics sector is a major contributor to Bremen's economy. It prepares itself for the future and tackles topics such as "digitalization" and "innovations". The majority of the players are small and medium-sized who are faced with the task of meeting these challenges. Even if potentials are known, companies cannot maintain the necessary infrastructures and the corresponding strength to exploit these potentials on their own. The BreLogIK project (Bremer Logistik Transfer- und Innovationskultur), in which BIBA is involved as a partner, is a starting point here: It develops solutions to exploit these previously unused opportunities in close cooperation between Bremen's science and logistics industry. On the new website you can inform yourself about the project contents and our offers. In addition, you are cordially invited to become part of the project as a science ambassador. 

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.

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.