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.

LDIC 2020 Call for Papers

The seventh International Conference on Dynamics in Logistics (LDIC 2020) will take place from February 12th to 14th, 2020 at the University of Bremen. The dynamics of logistics processes and networks will be the focus of the conference organized by the research cluster LogDynamics. The spectrum of topics ranges from modelling, planning and control of processes, supply chain management and maritime logistics to innovative technologies and robot applications for cyber-physical production and logistics systems. Scientific papers can be submitted until September 15th, 2019 (extended).

Call for Papers: Advances in thoughts and approaches for Transport and Logistics Systems Performance Assessment and Investment Appraisal

The aim of this special issue is to broaden the academic discussion within transport system analysis and economic evaluation. It underlines the importance of advancing the theoretical understanding of transportation and logistics value and valuation from multiple fields and domains, with applications ranging across system investment appraisal, competitiveness and performance management, uncertainty and risk management etc.
Proposed topics may include:
  • Competitiveness and benchmarking analyses of logistics and transportation systems
  • National-level logistics costs and state of logistics in different parts of the world
  • Systems performance dimensions related to national and regional logistics systems in different parts of the world
  • Advances within cost-benefit analyses and performance management systems, and infrastructure and service provision at different levels of analysis
  • Empirical studies about logistics and transportation performance management
  • Performance and competitiveness of relevant stakeholders of the logistics and  transportation systems such as ports, shipping lines and logistics service providers
  • Studies on the effects of performance evaluation and ranking of transportation and logistics systems
  • Investment appraisal methods and big data
Scientific papers can be submitted until September 30th, 2019.
Contact: Dr. Prof. Aseem Kinra

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

Focus on Digitalization – Contribute to the Photo Competition!

How can digitalization be represented photographically? The Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum Bremen invites all (hobby)photographers to dedicate themselves to this diverse motif. Whether business or private, we are confronted with digitalization everywhere - from digital advertisements to smartphone apps, robots and virtual reality. Let yourself be digitally inspired, become digitally creative and take pictures of motifs on the subject of digitalization. We are looking forward to your pictures by August 31st, 2019!
Join the photo competition:

OPEN CAMPUS was a Success Story

Experiments, talks, fun for children and open-air concerts: On Saturday, June 15th, 2019, there was a large crowd of around 20,000 visitors at the OPEN CAMPUS event of the University of Bremen. In the evening, the hip-hop stars Namika and Megaloh set the party mood on campus.

Under the motto of “Open Worlds – Share Knowledge”, around 500 employees of the university and a number of helpers worked together to make the fourth OPEN CAMPUS an unforgettable event. There was already great interest before the event was opened: Several guests arrived at the campus park before 2 p.m. in order to find out about the more than 40 marquees that covered the subjects of studying, research, apprenticeships, work and the diverse international life of the university. The several tours, talks and workshops for children were nearly all fully booked until the evening.

The two LogDynamics and BIBA tours were also well received. In aspect of the motto "Logistics and Industry 4.0 - Product Meets Process, Digital Meets Real", we were able to animate around 35 Open Campus visitors from all age groups to become enthusiastic about logistics research.


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.

ISL Shipping Statistics Yearbook 2018 now available

The Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics offers its customers around the world a unique data service and data-based market knowledge. The experts in the Maritime Intelligence competence field publish annual statistics on the most important submarkets of the maritime industry (dry bulk, liquid bulk, container, general cargo and passenger traffic) as a compact yearbook. This publication offers a broad overview with time series on world trade, seaborne trade, commodity markets and prices, ocean freight and charter rates, shipping and shipbuilding countries, world merchant fleet and orderbook as well as detailed data on cargo handling of more than 400 major seaports around the world. In order to reflect a picture as comprehensive as possible, a large number of international sources of information were evaluated in addition to ISL's own port database. The yearbook, now in its 41st edition, has long since established itself as an internationally recognised statistical standard work for ship owners, shipyards, ports, shipping companies, banks, consultants, insurance companies and universities.
The Shipping Statistics Yearbook 2018 (432 pages with 506 tables and 128 figures) can be ordered via our webshop.

Prominent Visit from Indonesia

The interest in LogDynamics' research activities extends far beyond national borders. On April 29th, 2019, a delegation from Indonesia visited the research cluster and BIBA. The representatives were the President of the Advisory Board of Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember Surabaya (ITS), the Rector of the University Nahdlatul Ulama Surabaya and the Vice Rector of the University Nahdlatul Ulama Surabaya (UNUSA). The guests got to know the research cluster and took part in demonstrations on the key topic of "Digitalization in Production and Logistics". They were interested in the close relationship between research and practice, the transfer to LogDynamics and the structured doctoral training at the International Graduate School for Dynamics in Logistics (IGS). The delegation was accompanied by Dr.-Ing. Hendro Wicaksono, Professor of Industrial Engineering at the Jacobs University Bremen. In addition to approaches for joint activities between LogDynamics and Indonesia, the interest in integrating Prof. Wicaksono's working group into the IGS was also discussed.


LogDynamics at the transport logistic 2019

LogDynamics is at the forefront of logistics research, both in terms of basic and applied research. An important aspect of applied research is the strengthening of cooperation with the logistics industry, to which international trade fairs are contributing a great deal. This year, the research cluster LogDynamics will once again be exhibiting at the Bremen / Bremerhaven joint booth at transport logistic, one of the largest logistics trade fairs in the world. The focus of the presence will be on the Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum Bremen, which offers support to small and medium-sized enterprises in their digital transformation. We look forward to your visit at the joint booth Bremen / Bremerhaven, No. 213/314, in Hall B4.

Contact: Aleksandra Himstedt

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)