February 2022





IHATEC Project "Binntelligent” Completed Successfully


Inland ports and inland navigation have rarely been perceived as digital pioneers so far. This is about to change: "The great interest in the project activities, which we have experienced during the past 3 years by the local industry and from public administrations, makes us very optimistic, that we can expect a significant increase of using innovative IT solutions in inland navigation in the future", is the positive conclusion of ISL project manager Patrick Specht.

Contact: Patrick Specht, Aaron Heuermann
Details: Press Release, IHATEC- Innovative Port Technologies
Photo: Claudia Behrend


Dynamic Production Networks for Individual Customer Orders

How dynamic, cross-company production networks that adapt to individual customer orders can become reality was investigated in the BMBF research project "Broker für dynamische Produktionsnetzwerke" (Dynamic production network broker, DPNB). Here, a broker supports the "matching" of supply and demand for short-term availability of production capacities through a service kit. In addition, in the project with BIBA participation, the short-term onboarding of suppliers, the necessary transports, an assembly assistant as well as service-based business models were considered and presented in a prototype.
Contact: Eike Broda
Details: Project Website
Photo: ipopba / AdobeStock


School Choice and Allocation Mechanisms in Bremen


The goal of the project is to examine Bremen's school selection process for admission to lower secondary school. For the transition from grade 4 to 5, students in Bremen can indicate three schools of choice.  A centralized procedure allocates available school places to students according to their preferences and taking school priorities into account. In a pilot study for the Senator for Children and Education of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, the group of Prof. Dr. Nicole Megow analyzed the currently used allocation procedure as well as alternatives with regard to several (quantitative) criteria, such as wish fulfillment, stability and fairness, strategic manipulability.

Conact: Prof. Dr. Nicole Megow
Details: University of Bremen
Photo: Pixabay


Efficient Transport Logistics in Global Production Networks

In order to improve the cooperation between transport service providers and their customers, a digital platform was developed in the COL4INDLOG project with BIBA participation, which supports the preparation of offers and the selection of transport services as well as the interactive planning and administration of transport processes. Available offers can be compared in terms of price, time requirements and carbon dioxide emissions, and the offer data can be automatically transferred to bookings and iteratively added to. Blockchain mechanisms support the secure exchange of associated electronic documents. This increases process transparency, avoids planning errors and reduces the amount of information required.


Contact: Michael Teucke
Details: Project Website


BreLogIK- Innovation Ambassadors Introduce Themselves


The BreLogIK project, which aims to create sustainable added value for Bremen's logistics industry, provides a new tool that simplifies the collaboration between science and business. The 15 innovation ambassadors have each summarized profiled their main focus areas, what innovation potential they see in the industry and what they would like to achieve in the future. In combination with the project database, the profiles help to link the interested parties in Bremen's logistics sector with scientific experts. Get to know the innovation ambassadors of BreLogIK.


Contact: Wiebke Duhme, Dr.- Ing. Matthias Burwinkel
Details: BreLogik
Photo: ISL


Automatic Loading System for Palletized Loads


Production facilities in Europe are highly automated with minimum touch on pallets from production to the docks, but the last step, i.e. loading, is still completely manual. Therefore, the PaLA project at BIBA - Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik aims to extend an existing automatic loading solution in order to be able to cope with the challenges of automatic loading of curtainsided trailers.


Contact: Lennart Rolfs
Details: Project Description
Photo: Duro Felguera


Reduction of Technological Barriers to the Use of a Robot Fleet

RIEMANN aims at reducing technological barriers towards using a fleet of robots in warehouses and conventional manufacturing environments. The new project with participation of BIBA - Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik aims to familiarize students and professionals with advanced navigation concepts. In particular, open source libraries are considered to avoid dependencies and to create transparency. The teaching material helps to maintain and debug complex solutions by oneself without help from third party vendors. Costs and waiting times are saved and participants learn to be able to put a complex system into operation shortly without precise knowledge of the internal structures.
Contact: Dr.- Ing. Tobias Sprodowski
Details: Project Description
Photo: Lizenz Creative Commons Attribution 4.0


Artificial Intelligence for Production Control in Bakeries

In the MEXOT research project, a socio-technical system for improving the ergonomics and productivity of manual technical work in automobile handling. This is achieved on the one hand by the context-situational control of autonomous AGVs, which optimizes the manual material supply, and on the other hand by individual exoskeleton support, which reduces physical employee stress. The integration of methods for intuitive human-technology interaction and automatic recognition as well as the implementation of a gamification incentive system will increase motivation and employee acceptance. BIBA is a partner of the project, which started in January and is funded by the BMVI.
Contact: Christoph Petzoldt, Dario Niermann, Lennart Rolfs
Details: Project Website
Photo: BIBA


Solution for Complex Planning and Control Problems in Offshore Construction Site Logistics

Offshore construction site logistics for wind farms defines a complex planning and control problem. Discrete-event simulation methods or mathematical optimization approaches are used for this purpose. Starting from a unified basic model, discrete-event simulation models and mathematical models for different subproblems can be derived and solved. As a result of the completed project, in which the BIBA - Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik was involved, a method module was developed that can provide situational decision support at the operational level, taking into account current weather forecasts.
Contact: Dr.- Ing. Michael Lütjen, Nicolas Jathe, Daniel Rippel
Details: Project Description
Photo: Senvion


New Digital Training for the Logistics Industry


At the same time, ongoing digitalization is accompanied by low participation in continuing education. There is a lack of training formats that take into account both company and career biographical perspectives. Eight partners from science and industry have now launched a research and development project on this under the leadership of the Economic and Social Academy of the Bremen Chamber of Employees (wisoak): "SMALO" (Smart Learning in Logistics). The BIBA - Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik and the Institute Technology and Education (ITB) of the University of Bremen act as research partners.


Contact: Heiko Duin

Details: Press Release




Supporting Sustainable and Circular Approaches for SMEs


TRICK will provide a complete, affordable and standardized platform for SMEs to support the adoption of sustainable and circular approaches: This will enable companies to collect product data and access required services in a dedicated marketplace that is open to third-party solutions. The demo will be conducted in 2 highly complex and environmentally sensitive areas: Textile Clothing as the main pilot and Perishable Food for replication. The focus of the project at BIBA - Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik is to adapt the B2B marketplace to the needs of a Circular Information Management (CIM).


Contact: Marco Franke
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With Digital Business Models to the Logistics Real Estate of the Future


As a partner in the Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum Bremen, BIBA has supported the company Peper & Söhne Gruppe - project developer in the field of commercial real estate - in the digitalization project "Logistics Factory of the Future". The developed contents and a prototypical solution for condition monitoring have provided valuable impulses for the further development of the business model. An important aspect is the reduction of C02 emissions in new logistics properties in order to ensure environmentally friendly operations in the future. An all-around successful digitalization project that brings the sustainable development of logistics real estate of the future within reach.

Contact: Markus Knak
Details: Mittelstand 4.0 Kompetenzzentrum Bremen, Podcast
Photo: Markus Meyer Photography


Impaired by Handicap? A New Type of Assistance System Should Help in Working Life in the Future


Digitalization has changed the world of work dramatically in almost all areas. It is enormously demanding, but it also offers more and diverse options for the participation of people with disabilities in working life. New technologies open up opportunities to provide support in the case of impairments of the most diverse kind and thus enable integration. The BIBA - Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik and the Bremer Berufsbildungswerk (BBW) are now jointly researching this in the project "Realization of a barrier-free assistance system for the step-by-step execution of work tasks" (BASDA).


Contact: Benjamin Knoke
Details: Press Release
Photo: Bremer Berufsbildungswerk / BIBA


An Adaptive Simulation-based Optimisation Method for Dynamic Production Systems

The DFG research project AdaptiveSBO, in which the BIBA - Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik was involved, has developed an adaptive simulation-based optimization method for planning and controlling dynamic production systems in cooperation with the Brazilian university UFSC. This method is able to react in real time to dynamic influences in production, e.g. disruptions due to machine failures or rush orders. Special attention is paid to maintenance and inventory levels. The method has been evaluated in various use cases by companies in Brazil.

Contact: Eike Broda
Details: Project Description
Photo: Ricardo Pimentel




Award for Pioneers of Quantum Computing


They were visionaries in what was then still a young field of research: more than ten years ago, a student project on quantum computers was launched at the University of Bremen under the direction of Prof. Dr. Rolf Drechsler. A scientific paper written during that time has now been honored with a "10-year Retrospective Most Influential Paper Award" at the ASP Design Automation Conference. This is because its results have laid important foundations for today's software solutions for quantum computers. To this day, the work still has great influence in this field of research.


Contact: Prof. Dr. Rolf Drechsler
Details: Press Release
Photo: James Thew / AdobeStock


Professor Otthein Herzog Elected Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering

In November 2021, Professor Otthein Herzog was elected "Foreign Member" of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) due to his special contributions to the field of artificial intelligence and the promotion of scientific cooperation between China and Germany. Membership in the CAE is the highest honorary academic title in engineering and technology in China. Since 2015, Professor Herzog is with the College of Urban Planning of Tongji University, Shanghai. He has initiated the cooperation between acatech – German Academy of Science and Engineering and the CAE in 2010, has co-organized four joint Sino-German Conferences and has contributed to numerous CAE projects and other conferences.

Contact: Prof. Dr. Otthein Herzog
Details: Chinese Academy of Engineering
Photo: Tongji University



Call for Participation: LDIC 2022

February 23 - 25, 2022, online


The International Conference on Dynamics in Logistics (LDIC) is an established conference series initiated by LogDynamics. The 8th edition of LDIC will be held online from February 23-25, 2022. The dynamics of logistics processes and networks will be the focus of the conference. We invite you to attend empirical, theoretical, methodological, and practice-oriented papers dealing with modeling, planning, optimization, and control of processes in supply chains, logistics networks, production systems, and material flow systems and facilities. LDIC 2022 provides a forum for discussion of advances in the field.
Contact: Prof. Dr.- Ing. Michael Freitag
Details: LDIC 2022, Program
Photo: Aleksandra Himstedt



1st International PhD Field Day Accompanying the LDIC 2022

February 22, 2022, online


The research initiatives LogDynamics and Diginomics of the University of Bremen jointly organize a "PhD Field Day" accompanying the LDIC 2022 conference. The event creates a scientific forum and enables discourse between PhD students and their respective peers about their research. The goal of the PhD Field Day is to help young scientists communicate their research, receive feedback on their projects, and develop publication skills.


Contact: Prof. Dr. Aseem Kinra
Details: Summerschool, Diginomics




"50 Reasons Why"- Exhibition with BIBA Participation in Weserpark

Why is the University of Bremen an important part of Bremen's DNA? And where can it be found everywhere? The exhibition "50 Reasons Why" provides answers to these questions. After being on display in the Lower Town Hall, visitors now have the opportunity to find out more about the University of Bremen and its large network in the Weserpark shopping center in Bremen-Osterholz and gain an insight into the versatility of this scientific institution. BIBA will also be there, waving the flag of modern, transparent and sustainable production and logistics in the service of society.

Contact: Aleksandra Himstedt
Details: University of Bremen
Photo: Michel Iffländer (GFG) / Universität Bremen


Supply Chain Day: Artificial Intelligence in Production and Logistics


April 21, 2022, 15:00h, Bremen


On April 21 is ne next Supply Chain Day. The LogDynamics research cluster has been helping to shape this day for 15 years. Also this year - together with the Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum Bremen and BIBA - Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik, we invite you to an on-site event "Artificial Intelligence in Production and Logistics". Look into the future with us and be inspired. Learn in keynote speeches from business and science, a panel discussion as well as in the guided tour in the BIBA Shop Floor Lab examples and possible applications of AI in production and logistics and which advantages - also for your processes - AI offers.


Contact: Aleksandra Himstedt
Details and Registration
Photo:Alex / AdobeStock


Virtual Tour at Digital Day: Digitalization for Sustainable Production


June 24, 2022, 11:00h, online


The next Digital Day will take place on June 26, 2022. The action day offers a platform to highlight various aspects of digitalization, to discuss opportunities and challenges and to initiate a broad social dialog. BIBA is once again helping to shape the Digital Day and, in cooperation with the Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum Bremen, is presenting exciting demonstrators on the topic of digitalization for sustainable production.


Contact: Dr.- Ing. Matthias Burwinkel
Details: Digitaltag


Lecture Series "Dynamics in Logistics"


On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of LogDynamics, the lecture series "Dynamics in Logistics - 25 years of logistics research in Bremen" was launched, in which LogDynamics scientists presented their research activities. On the first Wednesday of each month, around 90 participants learned about various aspects of logistics research at the University of Bremen. The topics ranged from container logistics and digitalization to sustainability issues. This was well received by the public in the region and beyond.
Contact: Prof. Dr.- Ing. Michael Freitag
Details: LogDynamics
Photo: LogDynamics


ECG Digitalization Day at BIBA


In December, a group from the ECG Academy again visited the BIBA - Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik to learn about the advancing digitalization in the field of finished vehicle logistics. The ECG Academy teaches management trainees important management skills in the field of vehicle distribution. The program of the Digitalization Day at BIBA included presentations on the use of current digital technologies in finished vehicle logistics and their further development in the context of ongoing research and development projects, as well as demonstrations of hardware and software solutions developed at BIBA.
Contact: Michael Teucke
Photo: Aleksandra Himstedt


Logistics Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow – LogDynamics at Campus City

In the second half of October, the University of Bremen presented itself on the occasion of its 50th anniversary in the city of Bremen. Also LogDynamics offered on October 21 exciting lectures around logistics with the event "Logistics Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow - from the First Container to Digital Transformation". The topics ranged from the history, present and future of container and port logistics to digitalization and the internationalization of logistics.

Contact: Aleksandra Himstedt
Details: University of Bremen
Photo: Nicolas Kassel 


IAME Conference: Protecting Ports from Cyber Attacks

How do you secure the data transfer between logistics actors in ports? Rainer Müller, ISL explored this question in his presentation “Towards a secure and reliable IT-ecosystem in seaports” at the IAME 2021 conference. He presented the scientific paper, which was written by the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), the University of Bremen and ISL on behalf of the SecProPort project. The results of the project related to the development of an IT security architecture and the demonstrator base were presented.
Contact: Rainer Müller
Details: IAME Conference
Photo: Pixabay





Dynamics in Logistics - Twenty-Five Years of Interdisciplinary Logistics Research in Bremen, Germany

In 2021, the LogDynamics research network celebrated 25 years of interdisciplinary and cooperative research. To mark the occasion, an open access book was published with contributions from the LogDynamics working groups. The book highlights the interdisciplinary aspects of logistics research. With empirical, methodological and practice-oriented contributions, it deals with the modeling, planning, optimization and control of processes. The topics range from classical supply chain management, digitalized business processes, production engineering, electrical engineering, computer science to mathematical optimization.
Contact: Prof. Dr. Nicole Megow
Details: Springer
Photo: Springer 


The Rise of Ultra Large Container Vessels


In a contribution to the commemorative publication "LogDynamics Twenty-Five Years of Interdisciplinary Logistics Research in Bremen, Germany", recently published by Springer-Verlag, ISL colleagues have been engaged in identifying the external effects of ULCV's in relation to seaport systems as well as environmental aspects, shedding light on both the scientific and practical discourse.
The article aims at identifying these external effects as related to seaport systems as well as environmental considerations by consolidating insights from the scientific and professional discourse.


Contact: Hendrik Jungen, Patrick Specht, Jakob Ovens, Prof. Dr. Burkhard Lemper
Details: Springer

Photo: Pixabay



The Role of the Maritime Industry in Establishing a German Hydrogen Economy

The study prepared by ISL and its partners examines the national hydrogen strategy of the German government and the strategies of northern German states as well as the European Union. Furthermore, the framework conditions and development statuses of hydrogen and power-to-X (PtX) technologies are assessed from the perspective of the maritime industry in Germany. The study provides a broad overview of the current state of relevant hydrogen technologies. The main focus is set on two aspects "Maritime industry as consumer" and "Maritime industry as a logistics player".
Contact: Dr. Nils Meyer-Larsen
Details: The Role of the Maritime Industry in Establishing a German Hydrogen Economy
Photo: ISL


Blockchain Podcast: Episode 2 – „Immutability “

In the second episode of the Blockchain Podcast, Sven Mattheis and Rainer Müller from the ISL- Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics explain how the well-known line at the grocery store checkout can serve as a blueprint for Blockchain technology. Further, they explain why stealing diamonds is not worth it and how you can check, if the coffee in your grocery cart really is fair-trade and organic or not. Curious? Then listen in and learn more about the possibilities of blockchain technology.
Contact: Sven Mattheis, Rainer Müller
Details: Blockchain Podcast
Photo: ISL


Hydrogen on Air!

In episode #12 of the podcast "Bewegt euch!" produced by the interactive museum - Universum Bremen, Manuela Weichenrieder-Rudershausen and Anja Rose talk to Dr. Nils Meyer-Larsen from ISL, management consultant Bruno Lukas and Ulf Brüssel from the freight forwarding and logistics company Brüssel & Maass Logistik GmbH about hydrogen as a beacon of hope for low-emission mobility in freight transport.
Interested? Then listen in!

Contact: Dr. Nils Meyer-Larsen
Details: Podcast
Photo: ISL


Podcast: Cybersecurity for SMEs - Laws, Compliance and other Challenges

In the new podcast "Cybersecurity for SMEs - Laws, Compliance and Other Challenges", we spoke with Dennis-Kenji Kipker, Professor of IT Security Law at Bremen University of Applied Sciences and Managing Director of Certavo GmbH, about legal texts, data protection in companies, dealing with the dynamic legal situation in Germany and the challenges that come with it. The importance of external security officers was also discussed in greater detail.
Contact: Andreas Seelig
Details: Cybersecurity for SMEs
Photo: Michael Traitov / AdobeStock


Establishing Digital Business Models

As a partner in the Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum Bremen, BIBA participates in a podcast series around the topic of digitalization. Thus, a podcast from BIBA presents the topic of digital business models in a conversation between Alexander Flögel, Stefan Wiesner and Ingo Westphal.

Contact: Stefan Wiesner
Details: Establishing Digital Business Models
Photo: Peshkov / Fotolia


Calls for Papers


6th International Conference on System-Integrated Intelligence

The sixth edition of the International Conference on System-Integrated Intelligence (SysInt) will take place from September 7 to 9, 2022 in Genova, Italy, LogDynamics and BIBA are among the co-organizers. Thematically, SysInt deals with the integration of new smart functionalities in materials, component, systems and products. The call for papers is open until April 1, 2022.
Contact: Aleksandra Himstedt
Details: SysInt 2022, Call for Papers


21st IFIP International Conference  on Entertainment Computing

IFIP-ICEC stands for International Federation for Information Processing - International Conference on Entertainment Computing. The 21st edition of the conference series will take place November 1-3 in Bremen, Germany. The conference brings together practitioners, researchers, companies and artists involved in the design and development of digital entertainment content, among other topics. BIBA - Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik and the University of Bremen are hosting the conference this year. The deadline for submissions is May 10, 2022.
Contact: Prof. Dr.- Ing. Jannicke Baalsrud Hauge
Details: Website