Centre for Logistics and Traffic (ZLV)
The Centre for Logistics and Traffic (ZLV) dedicates itself to the interdisciplinary conception, management and transfer of scientific work in the areas of logistics, mobility and traffic. The ZLV is thereby geared towards long-term sustainable, economically beneficial, socially acceptable and ecologically reliable innovations.Read more
25.04.2019 - 18:15:04On April 10, 2019, the Johannes Rau Research Foundation (JRF) organized together with the DST – Development Center for
On April 10, 2019, the Johannes Rau Research Foundation (JRF) organized together with the DST – Development Center for Ship Technology and Transport Systems an event of its event-series "JRF on Site" at the DST in Duisburg discussing the topic "Logistics in transition: Modern concepts and technologies for interurban supply of North Rhine-Westphalia". The DST presented its research project "DeConTrans".
With its "JRF on Site" event-series, the Johannes Rau Research Community openes together with its research partners the very different think tanks in the region for trade visitors, in order to learn more about their working worlds and at the same time promote scientific exchange on various topics. On April 10, 2019, the affiliated institute of the UDE "DST - Development Center for Ship Technology and Transport Systems" in Duisburg opened its doors on the topic "Logistics in Transition".
Various scientists and industry representatives presented results and insights from their respective research work, outlining a picture of change in the logistics industry. The presentations made it clear that digitization and the use of new technologies are the main drivers for the logistics industry in transition in particular, as well as new organizational approaches that are prerequisites for technological innovation.
• Representatives of industry and academia presented various logistics innovations
• Break-out sessions about dedicated DeConTrans development tracks:
ZLV member Cyril Alias (DST) presented the research project 'DeConTrans' and first results from it. The project pursues the development of innovative vessel and transhipment concepts for a decentralized container transport by using spare capacities and untapped potential on the waterways of the Rhine and the adjacent West German canal systems.
The event ended with a snack and a tour of the experimental facilities of the DST and offered the guests the opportunity for personal exchange.
• Further information on the DeConTrans research project: https://www.dst-org.de/decontrans/
• Further information about the Johannes Rau Research Foundation: https://www.jrf.nrw/
• Contact: Cyril Alias, 0203 / 99 369 52, email@example.com
06.03.2019 - 19:07:03In November 2018, a workshop involving ZLV scientists took place in the Argentinian capital Buenos Aires. The meeting, organised
In November 2018, a workshop involving ZLV scientists took place in the Argentinian capital Buenos Aires. The meeting, organised under the project SPeCTra - Smart Port Cities through Transversal Traffic Management Systems, aims to strengthen future cooperation between port cities in Europe and South America as well as to develop a research proposal for Horizon 2020.
As part of the SPeCTra (Smart Port Cities through Transversal Traffic Management Systems) project, a meeting was held in November 2018 in the Argentinian capital, Buenos Aires, with port experts from around the world. In the workshop sponsored by the BMBF, the participants from science and practice in the field of port logistics developed a common vision for a sustainable development of ports - including its organizational structure and information systems. In addition to Duisburg and Buenos Aires, Colón in Panama, Guayaquil in Ecuador, Valencia in Spain and Gdynia in Poland took part in the workshop. Each project partner presented the status quo and current problems as well as challenges from the respective port city. On these findings the international team in a next step developed a common vision of the so-called "Next Generation Port Cities Community Systems". Melissa Szymiczek, scientific staff at the UDE-Chair of Transport Systems and Logistics (TUL), organized the event. In addition, Prof. Bernd Noche, Chairman of Transport Systems and Logistics (TUL) and Board Chairman of the Centre for Logistics and Traffic (ZLV) attended the workshop as well was Andreas Hoene, representing the ZLV and the Science Support Center (SSC) of the University of Duisburg-Essen, and Cyril Alias, who also represented the DST Development Centre for Ship Technology and Transport Systems in addition to TUL. Moreover, representatives of the Puerto de Buenos Aires and the Universidad Nacional de San Martín (Argentina) as well as the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador) took part in the workshop, while representatives of the Fundació Valenciaport and the Università Politècnica de València (Spain), the Port of Gdynia Authority and Uniwersytet Morski w Gdyni (Poland) and the Autoridad Maritíma de Panamá, the Panamá metro and the port of Duisburg virtually participated in the workshop. The agenda was complemented by an intensive exchange with representatives of local business and administrative stakeholders, as well as various on-site visits, such as the Port of Buenos Aires, the Universidad Nacional de San Martín and the Traffic Control Center of Buenos Aires (Centro de Monitoreo y Gestión de la Movilidad Urbana). Based on the results of the workshop, the consortium plans to develop a joint research project under Horizon 2020.
The hosts present the opportunities and challenges of the port of Buenos Aires to the workshop participants:
Prof. Bernd Noche learns about the challenges of accessing the port of Buenos Aires:
Workshop participants from the science and practice of the port industry:
Melissa Szymiczek, 0203/379 7711, firstname.lastname@example.org
Andreas Hoene, 0203/379 1096, email@example.com
Cyril Alias, 0203/99 369 52, firstname.lastname@example.org
05.01.2019 - 16:54:01On November 15th and 16th 2018, the 3rd China-Germany Artificial Intelligence Conference took place in Zhuhai in southern
On November 15th and 16th 2018, the 3rd China-Germany Artificial Intelligence Conference took place in Zhuhai in southern China. Three scientists from the Centre for Logistics and Transport (ZLV) were invited to present their respective research results.
"Intelligent Manufacturing and Smart Logistics", "Autonomous Building Construction" "Warehousing Robots in Logistics" – at the 3rd "China-Germany Artificial Intelligence Conference" in Zhuhai, southern China on November 15th and 16th , 2018, the associated ZLV employees Fuyin Wei, Arnim Spengler and Cyril Alias presented their research topics in the area of Artificial Intelligence to international audiences:
Fuyin Wei, Research Associate at the ZLV-Chair of Transport Systems and Logistics (TUL), presented technical developments based on camera and sensor solutions in her lecture "Cutting-edge Research Projects Introduction: Camera and Sensor Technologies Applications in the Area of Intelligent Manufacturing and Smart Logistics ". Wey relied on results from the BMBF research project ProDigiLog:
Photo: Fuyin Wei (TUL) presents results from the research project ProDigiLog
Arnim Spengler, research associate at the ZLV Institute of Construction Operation and Construction Management (IBB), gave an overview of the prevalence of Artificial Intelligence in the construction industry. In his lecture "Overview of the Current Use of AI Methods in European Construction Industry and Autonomous Building Construction with Smart Robots" he explained the Building Information Modeling and elaborated on automated masonry construction with the help of cable robots:
Photo: Arnim Spengler (IBB) introduces the BIM cluster NRW to the audience
Cyril Alias, research associate at the ZLV Department of Transport Systems and Logistics (TUL), spoke on "Warehousing Robots in Logistics - An Overview of Ongoing Disruptive Transformation of Intra-Logistics". In his presentation, he described the ongoing trend towards robotization of intralogistics and presented this on the basis of numerous examples from industry and research. In this context, he also presented interim results of the EFRE.NRW research project LEAN, which focuses on lightweight storage and retrieval machines based on cable robot technology:
Photo: Cyril Alias (TUL) gives an overview of robotics applications in the warehouse
The 3rd China-Germany Artificial Intelligence Conference featured a wide range of topics on Artificial Intelligence. In addition to applications in logistics and supply chain management, international visitors also found solutions from the areas of production, autonomous driving, intelligent building technology and digitization in art and culture in the lecture program. The program was rounded off by an exhibition of Chinese and German companies presenting various AI solutions.
Photo: ZLV researchers made contact with many Chinese colleagues:
Cyril Alias; email@example.com
05.11.2018 - 12:10:11Upon invitation of LogCoop GmbH, the ZLV Chair of Transport Systems and Logistics (TUL) has presented the research project
Upon invitation of LogCoop GmbH, the ZLV Chair of Transport Systems and Logistics (TUL) has presented the research project LEAN (Development of Lightweight Storage and Retrieval Machines on the basis of Cable Robot Technology from North Rhine-Westphalia) at the 3rd LogCoop Innovation Day in Duisburg on September 11th, 2018. The event running under the theme “Digital business – perspectives for SMEs” was attended by more than a 100 visitors and focused on general strategies of digital transformation and various digital business models in the transportation and logistics sector as well as on several solutions from the areas Artificial Intelligence, Big Data Analytics and Robotics.
As part of the agenda, Cyril Alias, researcher at the TUL department, presented results from the research project LEAN on the topic “automated mini-load warehousing with cable robots”. In addition, Jens Diepebruck, managing director of mercatronics GmbH and project manager of LEAN, demonstrated to the audience a mini-scale model of the cable robot system. The project generated a fair amount of interest among the practitioners so that various appointments for further development of the system in an industrial setting have been agreed upon.
Bernd Noche, chairholder of TUL and Board Chairman of ZLV, was satisfied with the interest from the industry: “The positive perception of the project and its practicable results indicates the good work in the research project and particularly the industry-oriented and effective orientation of the development towards the needs of later users in transportation and logistics practice.”
LogCoop GmbH is a network of small- and medium-sized forwarders and logistics services providers cooperating in the fields of procurement, marketing, and sales. According to its own information, LogCoop has 120 members with a total of 3.1 million square meters of storage space and 8,500 tractors and features dynamic growth. The legally independent enterprises join forces in LogCoop in order to exploit synergies, share knowledge, enjoy efficiency gains, and increase competitiveness.
The research project LEAN has received funding from the European Regional Development Fund and the German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) as part of the leading market competition “Mobility & Logistics NRW” under grant agreement EFRE-0800365.
LogCoop CEO Marc Possekel opens the event:
Cyril Alias from the TUL Chair presents results of the LEAN project
Even during lunch, the vivid discussion did not stop:
Contact: Cyril Alias (0203 379 705, firstname.lastname@example.org)
16.10.2018 - 11:11:10As the structural change of the Ruhr Region from a region dominated by coal mining and the steel industry towards an economic,
As the structural change of the Ruhr Region from a region dominated by coal mining and the steel industry towards an economic, socially and culturally diversified metropolitan region has been – and still is – a globally visible and still ongoing process, the current RUHR LECTURE will discuss the future of the Ruhr Region together with experts and students from the University Alliance Ruhr (UAR) TU Dortmund, Ruhr University Bochum and the University of Duisburg Essen. The opening session will be on October 16th, 2018 at Campus Essen followed by snacks and drinks.
This year’s RUHR LECTURE, hosted by the three Universities Ruhr University Bochum, TU Dortmund and University of Duisburg-Essen, is dedicated to discussing the future of the Ruhr Region. The series of lectures, which takes place on all three campuses, under a different topic each year showcases the broad range of disciplines involved into the Competence Field “Metropolitan Research” of the three Universities cooperating as the University Alliance Ruhr (UAR). Hence, researchers from the UAR Universities as well as external experts from various disciplines present in this multidisciplinary lecture series. While the Ruhr Region is the focal research area, case studies and experiences from other metropolitan regions will be taken into account in a comparative approach. At UDE, the RUHR LECTURE is also part of an introductory module in the master’s programme “Urban Systems”.
Follow this link to see the programme of “The Future of the Ruhr Region: Beyond 2018 and the End of Mining”:
From a Cooperation between two Universities to a UAR Research Field
Since 2013, the RUHR LECTURE has been organized by the Institute of Geography at Ruhr-University Bochum and the Faculty of Spatial Planning at TU Dortmund University. In 2016, the Joint Center “Urban Systems” of the University of Duisburg-Essen joined the cooperation. Soon after, since the winter term 2016/2017, the RUHR LECTURE has been organized by the Competence Field “Metropolitan Research” of the UAR. Moreover, the series is part of the activities of the SURF Network Ruhr (Urban and Regional Research Network Ruhr):
More Information about the Competence Field “Metropolitan Research”:
Contact and further information: