Discovering what we can share.
Logistics research in Dortmund is carried out at numerous different institutes and facilities. The Center of Excellence Logistics and IT offers all scientists a platform for interdisciplinary exchange. However, the community at the Center of Excellence is not only aimed at employees at scientific institutions, it is for all the stakeholders who are interested in excellent logistics research and who want to make a contribution to it themselves.
Discussions about research and results with a series of workshops.
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.
Summer School für Promovierende der Logistik.
News and events
The use of artificial intelligence and machine learning (ML) has been gaining increasing importance in logistics for some time now. The Center of Excellence Logistics and IT and the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics therefore wanted to find out by means of an online survey what the status of the implementation of current and planned projects as well as the information requirements from the user's point of view is in the ML area. The user study ML in logistics was designed and carried out by the Center of Excellence Logistics and IT between the end of 2019 and mid 2020. Companies were cordially invited to participate in the survey in order to gain a realistic picture of the spread and current significance of ML in logistics.
Two weeks, two digital lectures and three digital workshops were this year's replacement program for the PhD School of Logistics - the Summer School of the Graduate School of Logistics, which unfortunately had to be cancelled this year due to Corona/COVID-19 in its original personal format. Over 35 participants from seven different countries took part in the free series. This year, not only doctoral students were admitted, but also company representatives and other interested parties from logistics and IT. The main topic was "Digital Twins in Logistics and Supply Chain Management".
The Leibniz Institute for Labour Research at the TU Dortmund University (IfADo) has developed a new gait laboratory as part of its activities in the Center of Excellence Logistics and IT. The Gait Real-Time Analysis Interactive Lab (GRAIL) enables realistic research approaches thanks to three-dimensional gait analysis. GRAIL will investigate how many cognitive resources walking requires. In order to systematically analyse such phenomena, the IfADo additionally analyses brain activity by means of electroencephalography (EEG).
Center of Excellence Logistics and IT presents a virtual presentation at the ICE Conference Paper on the Research Map Process
From 15 to 17 June, the International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Innovation 2020 took place virtually, inviting researchers, innovators and engineers to exchange and discuss the latest findings, developments and experiences relating to the central theme of digitisation. Instead of Cardiff, the conference took place in digital space due to Corona.
Despite the corona pandemic, this workstream deals intensively with Mixed Reality (XR), Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR), which have become an integral part of the logistics industry. In a new image film, Christoph Schlüter and his colleagues tell you about the work and success of the workstream and the possibilities of using XR and VR in logistics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvdiADK3onE
On 12 May, a presence day in the Rotterdam Sharehouse between researchers from the Netherlands and Dortmund was originally planned. Due to the corona pandemic this could not take place in this form. Instead, this exchange was successfully accomplished through a sequence of Microsoft Teams Meeting. In three sessions, the 25 Netherlands and Dortmund researchers discussed ideas for cooperation in the fields of artificial intelligence and logistics and agreed on steps for further cooperation.
Cognitive ergonomics in logistics
The increasing digitalization in intralogistics is accompanied by changes in picking jobs. The aim is to analyse the stresses caused by these changes in order to optimise them in terms of a human-centred, ergonomic design for the employee.
Challenges of Human-Technology Interaction in Intralogistics
Technical progress leads to more flexible, dynamic processes whose complexity increases immensely. Human with their versatile abilities will continue to be an essential component of these systems. However, new forms of human-technology interaction are needed. Technology systems must adapt dynamically to people in order to make optimum use of the strengths of both sides.
Paradigm shift in the planning and control of value creation networks
In increasingly complex value creation networks, decisions will have to be made faster and more soundly in the future. In the course of this it is indispensable to develop new methods for decision support. Against the background of the paradigm shift towards industry 4.0, the planning and control of such networks will benefit greatly from approaches to modelling and simulation.
Importance of data in the age of digitalization
The growing importance of data as a resource in the creation of hybrid or purely digital business models is constantly presenting companies with new challenges. Enterprises must be supported by a holistic and scientifically based view from modelling to architecture and use of concrete technologies.