Discovering what we can share.

Logistikforschung ist in Dortmund an zahlreichen unterschiedlichen Instituten und Einrichtungen verortet und bietet eine Plattform für den interdisziplinären Austausch zwischen Forschenden aber auch als Brücke in die Industrie. Die Community des Leistungszentrums richtet sich an alle Agierenden, die Interesse an exzellenter Logistikforschung haben und einen Beitrag dazu leisten wollen.


Researchers BBQ

Discussions about research and results with a series of workshops.


Research infrastructure

Inter-organizational use of all service facilities.


Conferences and congresses

Participation in national and international events.



Partnerships at strategic and operational level.


Series of publications

Images of the future of logistics, recorded in a special series of publications.


PHD School

Summer School für Promovierende der Logistik.

Our research infrastructure

Test centres and laboratories for all.

The logistics research facilities in Dortmund have an excellent research infrastructure – with each facility set up to focus on their own aspects of research. These include the research and application centre at the Innovationlab for Hybrid Services in Logistics at the TU Dortmund and the Fraunhofer IML as well as the ZFT hall for cellular transport systems at Fraunhofer IML and the laboratories for labour research at IfADo. The Center of Excellence Logistics and IT is now opening its test halls and experimental fields to the research community. All test systems and demonstrators can be used for scientific studies, for studies with industry, but also for bachelor, master’s or doctoral theses. The provision and use of laboratory capacities and equipment will be handled unbureaucratically – with as little red-tape as possible.

Application center

In the application centre at the Innovationlab for Hybrid Services in Logistics at the Fraunhofer IML, numerous test systems are available for the fields of intralogistics, maintenance, production, transport and employee training.

Research center

The research centre at the Innovationlab for Hybrid Services in Logistics at the TU Dortmund is equipped with state-of-the-art systems from the fields of localisation and wireless communication as well as various demonstrators.

LivingLab Cellular Transport Systems

The research hall for “Cellular Conveying Technology” (ZFT) at Fraunhofer IML is one of the largest test centres for the application of artificial intelligence in intralogistics, covering an area of 1,000 square metres. Numerous demonstrators – from intelligent containers to vehicle swarms with sensor technology – illustrate the control principles of the Internet of Things in this LivingLab.

Ifado Labs

The movement laboratory and the virtual reality laboratory at the Leibniz Research Centre for Working Environment and Human Factors at the TU Dortmund (IfADo) offer state-of-the-art equipment for experiments in the field of cognitive ergonomics. These include test systems for motor and sensory abilities, mobile EEG and EMG measurement systems or force plates and analysis software for balance measurements.

News and events


c/o Fraunhofer-Institut für Materialfluss und Logistik IML
Joseph-von-Fraunhofer-Straße 2–4 | 44227 Dortmund

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Management Center of Excellence

Dr. Ing. Benedikt Mättig
Fraunhofer IML
+49 231 9743 270


Maik Hausmann
Fraunhofer IML
+49 231 9743 538

Dr. Ing. Hendrik Haße
Fraunhofer ISST
+49 231 97677 423