February 2024





Milestone for European Inland Navigation

Efforts to transform European inland waterway transport reached a milestone with the successful completion of the H2020 project IW-NET, which was coordinated by the Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics (ISL). Inland navigation as an environmentally friendly freight transport alternative faces challenges such as low public awareness, infrastructural bottlenecks and the increasing age of the fleet. The project addressed these through innovative technologies, a focus on digitalization, integration into transport chains, optimized waterway infrastructure management and the introduction of environmentally friendly shipping technologies. The aim was to create a holistic perspective for more efficient, environmentally friendly inland shipping.

Contact: Dr. Nils Meyer-Larsen
Image: IW-NET


Intelligent Planning and Control of Car Handling at Ports

Approximately 70,000 car parking spaces, around 1,000 car ships every year, plus thousands of car trains and trucks: with 1.7 million cars handled annually (2022), the BLG AutoTerminal Bremerhaven is one of the largest in the world. This is precisely where the tests in the "Isabella" and "Isabella 2.0" research projects took place. They dealt with the process planning and control of automobile handling in ports with the help of mathematical optimization, simulation and artificial intelligence (AI). Isabella 2.0" has now also been successfully completed. The partners involved were BLG LOGISTICS, 28Apps Software (Bremen) and BIBA.

Contact: Marit Hoff-Hoffmeyer-Zlotnik
Details, Website
Image: BLG/Sönke Denis


DataNord: A Data Competence Center for the Bremen Region

In cooperation within the U Bremen Research Alliance and with other partners, the University of Bremen is establishing a data competence center for the entire region. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research is funding the establishment of the center with over 3.5 million euros.
“Our vision is to extend Bremen’s strong expertise in the field of data science to a data competence center with a lighthouse character, which can serve as a model for other regions in Germany,” says the project leader at the University of Bremen, Professor Rolf Drechsler, who is one of three spokespeople for the project. The aim of DataNord is to create a place for data science learning, research and networking for researchers in the region, regardless of institutional or disciplinary boundaries.

Contact: Prof. Dr. Rolf Drechsler
Image: Lisa Jungmann / Universität Bremen


ISL Study Sheds Light on the Potential of Containerised Hydrogen Transports

In view of the energy transition and the gradual shutdown of coal and nuclear power plants, it is ecologically and economically necessary to become less dependent on fossil fuels. Blue and green hydrogen offer a promising solution for various applications. Germany is likely to import green hydrogen, for which transportation by ship is an important alternative. Containerized hydrogen enables small producers to participate in the market worldwide. Bremerhaven with its container terminals can provide a structure for import. This study evaluates various concepts for importing hydrogen in containers in terms of feasibility and contribution to the energy transition.

Contact: Dr. Nils Meyer-Larsen
Image: ISL


AI-Based Analysis in Manual Assembly

The overall objective of the cooperation project ErgoKI (acquisition and AI-based analysis of ergonomics data in manual assembly using sensors close to the body and machine vision methods) is the development of a system for the acquisition and AI-based analysis of ergonomics data in manual assembly using sensors close to the body and machine vision methods. Based on various sensors and a data layer to be developed, a process modeling is carried out which enables the analysis with regard to ergonomics and productivity in assembly. The key figures are displayed in a user-friendly dashboard and suggestions for improvement are automatically issued. The overall system is developed on the basis of a detailed requirements analysis. BIBA - Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik is the project partner and coordinator.

Contact: Dirk Schweers, Burak Vur, Dennis Keiser, Christoph Petzoldt
Image: BIBA


Hybrid Approach Helps to Localize Objects

The aim of the project, in which the BIBA - Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik was involved, was to develop an inexpensive and easy-to-integrate solution for the indoor localization of objects. The hybrid approach that was pursued is based on established protocols such as Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and WiFi RTT (Round-Trip-Time), which were combined in a new way via a mobile, hybrid end device. As part of the project, real-time-based approaches to data management were implemented on edge computing platforms and supplemented with user-friendly user interfaces for industrial use.

Contact: Benjamin Staar
Image: MeshTrack RTT App


Improving Quality Through the Use of Active Nets

In the recently launched project with BIBA participation, research is being conducted into the development of methods and procedures for the analysis and prediction of system behavior, for example to identify the causes of quality deviations and suggest quality measures. To this end, the interdependencies are first modeled qualitatively and then quantitatively by means of so-called effect networks, whereby data standards of the administration shell and OPC-UA are used as a basis in order to establish compatibility and direct system integration into the digital twin.

Contact: Markus Kreutz, Michael Lütjen


Energy Efficiency in Compound Feed Production

There are many upstream and downstream processes and procedures in the value chain of compound feed production that generate valuable information. These processes are mainly carried out by other companies along the value chain. The aim of the MexD project (energy-efficient compound feed production through the use of external data sources), in which the BIBA - Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik is involved, is to increase efficiency in production and in other areas of the value chain by linking the individual steps, creating a database with external and internal company data as a basis for AI modelling and a holistic view of the optimization goals along the value chain.

Contact: Xiaoyi Gu, Dennis Bode, Jan-Hendrik Ohlendorf
Image: Austing


For more Ergonomics and Productivity in Assembly

The aim of the Adapt2Mount cooperation project, in which the BIBA - Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik is involved, is to develop an adaptive assembly system with which individualized ergonomic improvements and productivity increases can be achieved for the first time at industrial assembly workstations in shift operation or with changing assemblies. Based on the data analysis of a multimodal wearable and camera-based sensor system, both direct in-process ergonomic optimizations of the assembly station and the planning of process improvements are carried out.

Contact: Rieke Leder
Image: BIBA/Birte Pupkes


Development of a Drone System for Automatic Stocktaking

In the project with BIBA participation, a drone system was developed for automatic stocktaking and quality control of pallet contents in block warehouses. A helium-based lighter-than-air drone (LaL) was selected as the drone platform and a particularly lightweight sensor system was developed. This enables 360° environmental detection, the recognition of relevant objects (pallets, people, pallet stacks) and supports control by recording flight altitude, acceleration and orientation. Deep learning-based algorithms for object detection were implemented and validated for the detection of relevant objects and for quality inspection.

Contact: Benjamin Staar
Image: Creative Commons, BIBA


Micro Digital Twins for Optimizing the Operation and Service Life of Wind Farms

The challenge in using cloud technologies and distributed edge computing for a viable IoT platform lies in making high-resolution data available and processing it and linking it with AI models. Traditional IoT platforms and structures, such as those already used in the wind energy sector, cannot adequately map the dynamics of the actual life cycle of complex product systems such as wind turbines. In the STRATUS project (development and operational use of micro digital twins to optimize the operation and service life of wind farms through predictive data analysis), a flexible, decentralized concept for so-called "micro digital twins" (MDTs) was therefore developed and implemented together with the joint partner Nordex.

Contact: Moritz von Stietencron
Image: lago/




Rolf Drechsler Named Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery

With the appointment as a fellow, the ACM honors members who have made a special contribution to the field of computer science in their research and only one percent of members receive this award. The ACM is particularly honoring Rolf Drechsler for contributions to foundations and applications of formal proof techniques in synthesis, test, and verification. The ACM is the world's largest professional society for computer science. Founded in 1947, it now has 110,000 members in 190 countries. Its members include teaching staff members, researchers, and experts in computer science.

Contact: Prof. Dr. Rolf Drechsler
Details, ACM
Image: Lisa Jungmann / Universität Bremen


Dissertation from BIBA Awarded the Science Prize Logistics 2023

The innovative concept of Selbination - the automatic selection and combination of suitable forecasting models for optimal production planning - convinced the jury of the BVL - German Logistics Association. With his dissertation on this economically highly relevant topic, Dr.-Ing. Mirko Kück won the Science Award Logistics 2023, which was presented at a ceremony on October 20, 2023 at the German Logistics Congress in Berlin. Dr. Kück completed his doctorate at BIBA under Prof. Michael Freitag. We are delighted for him and congratulate him warmly!

Contact: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Freitag 
Image: BVL/Bublitz


BIBA Researchers Successful in the CAMPUSiDEEN Competition

Mina Foosherian and Stefan Wellsandt took part in the CAMPUSiDEEN competition with the COALA project and received two awards at the award ceremony on October 12, 2023. Congratulations on winning second place in the business idea category and the special prize for idea protection!

Contact: Mina Foosherian, Stefan Wellsandt
Image: BRIDGE/Jens Lehmkühler




SSAPI-Erasmus+: Exchange of the University of Bremen with CUST, Riphah and NUCES in Pakistan

Tobias Sprodowski visited the partner universities Riphah University, NUCES and CUST for a lecturer training course in Islamabad as part of the Erasmus+-SSAPI project. The visit included training on didactic teaching methods using examples from the lecture Production Planning and Control. Other topics included the scientific exchange of teaching content and research collaborations as well as a FAQ session for the internationalization of Pakistani students. In addition, accreditation options according to European standards for the Pakistani partner universities were discussed and further possibilities for a follow-up project were explored.

Contact: Dr.-Ing. Ingrid Rügge
Image: SSAPI


Training of Partners in Bhutan

IGS has been working with the Royal University of Bhutan on Erasmus projects since 2013. Since then, the cooperation with the small, CO2-positive country has been consolidated and expanded to include another partner. In October 2023, Prof. Walter Lang and Prof. Klaus-Dieter Thoben were there for two weeks as lecturers and consultants. The stay has been funded by the Erasmus project SSAPI to provide training on accreditation and study programs and the internationalization of studies and teaching. Both were providing training at the College for Science and Technology and at the Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan. Thus they had the opportunity to visite several places in the country.

Contact: Dr.-Ing. Ingrid Rügge
Image: CST


Intensifying the Cooperation with Sri Lanka

LogDynamics is expanding its cooperation with universities in Sri Lanka. In December 2023, lecturers from various faculties of the University of Bremen were there to conduct training courses as part of the Erasmus+ CBHE project SSAPI. Britta Schowe and Dr.-Ing. Ingrid Rügge contributed to the project at the University of Peradeniya and the Sri Lanka Technological Campus (SLTC) on behalf of IGS. On this occasion, a MoU was signed with the SLTC by the Vice President. It formally consolidates the cooperation for the coming years. Next, Prof. Anna Förster will be in Sri Lanka in February to discuss research content and share her experiences in innovative teaching methods.

Contact: Dr.-Ing. Ingrid Rügge
Image: SLTC


Advantages and Disadvantages of Accreditation Discussed

The annual SKIMA conference (International Conference on Software, Knowledge, Information Management and Applications ) is a central platform for the cooperation of the IGS with Asian partners. It took place in Kuala Lumpur in December 2023. Together with partners from the Erasmus+ project SSAPI, Dr.-Ing. Ingrid Rügge organized a panel in which the necessity and pitfalls of accreditation were discussed. There was an intensive discussion about the advantages and disadvantages of formalizing study programs and the question to which regulations interested Asian universities should adapt to in order to be internationally recognized.

Contact: Dr.-Ing. Ingrid Rügge
Details, SKIMA 2023
Image: SSAPI


Personnel News


LogDynamics Welcomes a New Member: Prof. Dr. Jörg Freiling

Prof. Dr. Jörg Freiling heads the Chair of SMEs, Business Creation and Entrepreneurship (LEMEX) at the University of Bremen. His research focuses on transnational entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial support systems (incubators, accelerators, company builders) and the emergence and development of start-up ecosystems. In the transfer area, he heads future concepts bremen (format for the development of innovation projects with the participation of practice and students) and is involved in the Mittelstand Digital-Zentrum Bremen-Oldenburg with the topics of digital business model innovations and New Work. Prof. Freiling has been a member of LogDynamics since November 2023.

Contact: Prof. Dr. Jörg Freiling


Save-the-Date: Last Lecture Professor Haasis

On April 4, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hans-Dietrich Haasis, Chair of General Business Administration, Maritime Economics and Logistics in the Faculty of Economics at the University of Bremen and LogDynamics founding member, will give his last lecture before his well-deserved retirement.

Contact: Prof. Dr. Hans-Dietrich Haasis
Image: Matej Meza



9th International Conference on Dynamics in Logistics - LDIC 2024

February 14 - 16, 2024, BIBA

The International Conference on Dynamics in Logistics is a conference series established by the Bremen Research Cluster for Dynamics in Logistics (LogDynamics). The 9th edition of LDIC will take place in BIBA from February 14-16, 2024. The dynamics of logistic processes and networks is the focus of the conference. The program contains empirical, theoretical, methodological and practice-oriented contributions dealing with modeling, planning, optimization and control of processes in supply chains, logistic networks, production systems, material flow systems and facilities. 

Contact: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Freitag 
Details, Program
Image: Aleksandra Himstedt


Transparent Supply Chains

February 28, 2024, online

The virtual impulse seminar offers an overview of technologies for increasing transparency in supply chains. We will give you an in-depth insight into the use of mobile sensor technology in the supply chain. You can look forward to an innovative technical solution for a networked, intelligent supply chain that integrates mobile sensors, gateways, 3D image processing, cloud platforms and digital services.

Contact: Michael Teucke
Details and Registration
Image: Sabine Nollmann


Roadshow: Experience Digitalization, Understand Networking and Create Value

February 29, 2024, Oldenburg

The roadshow "Experience digitalization, understand networking and create value" offers small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) a unique platform for digitally networked collaboration, driving innovation and creating value in the future.
BIBA and the Mittelstand-Digital Zentrum Bremen-Oldenburg are participating in the roadshow with a virtual reality demonstrator that enables virtual safety training for the maintenance of electronic systems. You can look forward to this and other demonstrators and hands-on digitalization.

Contact: Aleksandra Himstedt
Details and Registration
Image: matrosovv/


Supply Chain Day: Artificial Intelligence in Logistics - Tools, Trends and Next Level Marketing

April 18, 2024, Bremen

On 18 April 2024 - the Germany-wide Supply Chain Day - companies, organizations and institutes opens their doors to the public and demonstrate how versatile and efficient logistics is. Together with the Mittelstand-Digital Zentrum Bremen-Oldenburg and the Mittelstand-Digital Zentrum Berlin, BIBA and LogDynamics are contributing to this day, focusing on Artificial Intelligence (AI) on the one hand and Next-Level Marketing on the other. Join us and find out how AI can be used in logistics, what opportunities there are for the industry and what challenges need to be overcome. You will also learn how you can use AI to increase efficiency and promote creativity in your marketing. 

Contact: Aleksandra Himstedt
Details and Registration, Supply Chain Day
Image: Marcus Meyer Photography





Future Concepts Bremen: Science Transforms Practice

Innovative solutions for Bremen companies and student organizations: This is the aim of future concepts bremen, a practice-oriented teaching format of the Chair of SMEs, Business Start-ups and Entrepreneurship (LEMEX) at the University of Bremen. This time, the practical partners include fleXality GmbH, Die Sparkasse Bremen AG, monocles, TreeforPlanet and TRiLiTEC GmbH. The "Demo Day" was held on Thursday, 25.01.2024, in the Campus Space of Sparkasse Bremen.

Contact: Prof. Dr. Jörg Freiling
Details, LinkedIn
Image: LEMEX/Silke Melzer-Counen


From Research into Practice - BIBA Supports Start-Ups

A delegation from the Bremen Chamber of Commerce and the management of the University of Bremen visited the start-ups based at BIBA on January 15, 2024. The start-ups' fields of activity range from the development and implementation of artificial intelligence (dAImension), to an AI-based voice assistant for production (COALA), to solutions for greater energy efficiency in the manufacturing industry (Heatrix). These innovative solutions, which have been successfully transferred from research to practice, also offer significant potential for further cooperation with industry and science.

Contact: Malte Katzorke 
Image: Aleksandra Himstedt


Inspiring Schoolgirls for Technology - BIBA is Involved in MINT4girls

BIBA is involved in the MINT4girls project of the Bildungszentrum der Wirtschaft im Unterwesergebiet (BWU) with the mission of attracting schoolgirls to study science or technology. The project offers schoolgirls the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of STEM professions (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and gain exciting experiences and inspiration for their career choices.

BIBA offered a total of three workshops. On January 15, the schoolgirls developed an interactive teaching application in the spirit of inclusion. Two further workshops on 22 January and 5 February offered a playful exploration of the topic of "simulation and modeling".

Contact: Aleksandra Himstedt
Image: Aleksandra Himstedt


Successful "Social Impact Challenge Weekend" at the University of Bremen

With growing interest from politics and civil society in social innovations and an increased understanding of their valuable contribution to society, universities are now facing the challenge of promoting the development of social innovations and driving their implementation forward. In this context, the "Social Impact Challenge Weekend" took place from December 8 to 10, 2023. Organized by the Chair of SMEs, Start-ups and Entrepreneurship (LEMEX) and UniTransfer/BRIDGE, this event brought together current and former members of the universities to jointly develop social innovations for social challenges and thus shape a sustainable future.

Contact: Prof. Dr. Jörg Freiling
Image: LEMEX


Energy Efficiency and Pizza - How Do They Go Together?

Manufacturing companies often ask themselves how they can meet the megatrends of digitalization and sustainability. Is it possible to combine both approaches? We explored this question - together with interested companies - in the workshop "Intelligent microgrids for an energy self-sufficient company" on December 5, 2023 at BIBA. In our learning factory, the guests had the opportunity to produce their own energy self-sufficient pizza. This illustrative and tasty example was used to demonstrate technologies, methods and concepts that contribute to a better assessment of the current situation in the company from an energy perspective.

Contact: Aleksandra Himstedt
Image: Aleksandra Himstedt


Artificial Intelligence as a Competitive Advantage

Artificial intelligence (AI) is currently one of the key topics in the media and at events, and many companies are rightly asking themselves whether and how they can generate an economic advantage with the technology. In order to search for answers, we organized the innovation workshop "Artificial Intelligence as a Competitive Advantage for Your Company" in cooperation with the Mittelstand-Digital Zentrum Bremen-Oldenburg, tagaia GmbH and the Transferzentrum für künstliche Intelligenz Bremen.AI on November 23, 2023 at BIBA. 27 entrepreneurs accepted our invitation to explore the potential of AI.

Contact:  Aleksandra Himstedt
Image:  Aleksandra Himstedt


Maritime Innovations from the North - MCN Cup 2023

From green ship fuel to virtual smart ports for sustainable energy supply through digitalization - the maritime industry is developing innovative concepts and technologies to save resources and protect people and the environment. In the final of the MCN Cup 2023 on November 21 in Hamburg, the Maritime Cluster Norddeutschland e. V. honored innovative concepts in four categories. As digitalization plays an important role in the projects, BIBA also took part in the accompanying exhibition with the Mittelstand-Digital Zentrum Bremen-Oldenburg.

Contact: Stefan Wiesner
Image: Aleksandra Himstedt


Digitalization Adventure with Technology from BIBA

Showing small and medium-sized enterprises the potential of digital solutions - this was the motto of the "Digitalization Adventure" networking event hosted by the Mittelstand-Digital Zentrum Bremen-Oldenburg on November 9, 2023. More than 70 participants from the region accepted the invitation and came together at the premises of the Digital Hub Industry e.V. (DHI) to discuss the opportunities and challenges of digitalization.
The participants were able to try out various demonstrators from the partners BIBA and OFFIS on site. Using the example of our "Model Factory 4.0", they learned how digitalized process steps of an ordering, production and delivery process work and how people can work together with robots.

Contact: Aleksandra Himstedt
Image: Jan Meier


LogDynamics at the German Logistics Congress 2023

"Think Networks." was the guiding principle of the 40th German Logistics Congress, which took place in Berlin from October 18 to 20, 2023. In line with the guiding principle, the presence of the Research Cluster LogDynamics was under the sign of digital networking. Our "Model Factory 4.0" not only inspired the technology-savvy visitors. Above all, it shown in a playful way which digital services based on platforms are made possible by Industry 4.0 in logistics.

Contact: Aleksandra Himstedt
Image: Markus Knak


Autumn Internship in the Technology Park - Starting Signal at BIBA

In order to inspire the next generation of engineers, BIBA took part in the fall internship at the University of Bremen Technology Park for the first time. On October 16, 2023 the first day of the internship, 30 students who were completing their internship in a company or institute in the Technology Park during the two weeks of the fall break, came together at BIBA for an official welcome. Each day, the young people got to know the participating companies and institutes and then devoted themselves to project work at their host institutions. At BIBA, they worked with robots, developed computer games and modeled virtual worlds.

Contact: Aleksandra Himstedt
Image: Aleksandra Himstedt


Innovation Forum JadeBay 2023

The JadeBay 2023 Innovation Forum offered impulses on trends and megatrends, technology transfer, three exciting panels with current developments from science and practice and plenty of space for networking. BIBA and the Mittelstand-Digital Zentrum Bremen-Oldenburg were involved in the innovation forum. With the keynote speech "Navigating the sea of data: Intelligent port logbook for efficiency and sustainability in the port of the future", they contributed to the panel "Networked reality" and presented the demonstrator from the Port2Connect project as part of the accompanying exhibition.

Contact: Thimo Schindler
Image: JadeBay


Sustainability in Focus - Review of ENVOCONNECT 2023

ENVOCONNECT took place for the first time in Bremerhaven on September 21 and 22, 2023. It brought together sustainability managers from port-related industries. Exciting and forward-looking topics were discussed, such as the energy transition in the port, climate protection and climate adaptation in infrastructure, green corridors and innovative drive systems.
Sustainability in logistics is also prominently on the agenda at LogDynamics. The cluster therefore took part in the accompanying exhibition and set an example for "green" logistics. 

Contact: Aleksandra Himstedt
Image: Aleksandra Himstedt





ISL Position Paper: Seaports as Key Players: Sustainable Development for the Future of Global Supply Chains

The international community's commitment to economically, ecologically and socially sustainable development also affects all major seaports and confronts them with complex decisions. In its current position paper, ISL looks at the various levers and tools seaports have at hand to support the sustainable development of global supply chains at four levels - port administration, port area, transport chains and economy.
ISL's position on sustainable port development can be found in the current position paper "Seaports’ Contribution Towards Sustainable Development".

Contact: Dr. Sönke Maatsch, Jakob Ovens 
Image: ­­­ISL


Automatic Model Generation for Material Flow Simulations of Third-Party Logistics

This paper by Lennart Steinbacher (BIBA - Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik GmbH), Tim Düe (University of Bremen), Marius Veigt, Michael Freitag (BIBA) has been published in the Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing. It introduces a transformative system for enhancing the tender process in Third-Party Logistics (TPL). The approach automates the generation of material flow simulations, supporting the planning personnel by enabling the effective evaluation of logistic alternatives. It fits into the already published approach of supporting process planning with an AI-based tool - helping the planning personnel to focus on solving problems creatively and to reduce repetitive tasks.

Contact: Lennart Steinbacher
Image: ­­­Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing





COALA - Your Factory Assistant - Final Prototype Demo

This demonstration video presents an overview of the COALA Augmented Manufacturing Analytics (AMA) assistant, which aids factory workers in performing time-consuming and information-intensive tasks. COALA enables operators to conduct quality control tests on products, ensuring the integrity of all product components. COALA incorporates a user-specific checklist tailored to the operator's level of experience. Furthermore, COALA provides assistance in recording defect incidents during the quality control process. Lab supervisors utilize COALA to access a range of analytical views, including prescriptive, descriptive, and predictive analytics about defect incidents. This empowers supervisors to make informed decisions and take preemptive actions. 

Contact: Stefan Wellsandt
Details, Project Website
Image: Coala


Intelligent Picking: Follow-Me Mode for Autonomous Mobile Robots

In view of the high physical strain involved in technical work in automobile handling, BIBA is working on the MEXOT project together with its partners BLG LOGISTICS, ELROTEC and HUNIC on the ergonomic design of workstations while at the same time improving process efficiency. The MEXOT project is researching and developing a follow-me mode for AGVs. The AGV follows an active employee, who activates the Follow Me mode either via smartwatch or gesture interaction.
This video demonstrates the functionality of the AGV Follow-Me mode in an exemplary laboratory scenario.

Contact: Christoph Petzoldt
Details: Video
Image: Mexot