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 1st, 2019.

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

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

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".