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07.10.2019 - 14:02:10Ani Melkonyan has been Executive Director of the Center for Logistics and Transport since the beginning of October. Melkonyan
Ani Melkonyan has been Executive Director of the Center for Logistics and Transport since the beginning of October. Melkonyan coordinated i.a. the BMBF project "Innovative Logistics for Sustainable Lifestyles" at the ZLV and since 2017 held membership in the ZLV Board.
The Centre for Logistics and Traffic (ZLV) has a new management since October 1st. PD Dr. habil. Ani Melkonyan takes over the management of the ZLV coordination office and replaces Klaus Krumme, who now heads the Joint Centre Urban Systems (JUS) of UDE's Main Research Area ‘Urban Systems’ at the Essen campus. Melkonyan holds a doctorate (2011) and habilitation (2015) from the Faculty of Biology at the Department of Applied Climatology and Landscape Ecology of the UDE. Since 2015 she has been working as a private lecturer and project coordinator at ZLV. From 2017 until now, Melkonyan was also a board member at ZLV. Together with project manager Klaus Krumme melkonyan achieved a special milestone in her career with the successful completion of the project "Innovative Logistics for Sustainable Lifestyles", in short ILoNa, which was honored by the KlimaExpo in the category "Conserve Resources" as a pioneering project of sustainable business. Moreover, Melkonyan together with Klaus Krumme is editor of the anthology "Innovative Logistics Services and Sustainable Lifestlyes", which was published in early 2019 by Springer Verlag.
In the role of Executive Director, Ani Melkonyan wishes to continue the successful inter- and intradisciplinary cooperation of the ZLV office together with the Board, the members and the broad ZLV-network:
"My passion is to develop innovative and integrated concepts in logistics, transport and supply chain management, based on digital technologies, new business models, changing value systems and concrete political environmental goals. I am going to work with great confidence in order to actively participate in their implementation - nationally and internationally - within my role as Managing Director of the Centre for Logistics and Traffic."
02.10.2019 - 16:09:10The second milestone event of the research project “Innovative concepts for a decentralized waterborne container transport”
The second milestone event of the research project “Innovative concepts for a decentralized waterborne container transport” (DeConTrans) took place in Duisburg on September 4th, 2019.
The project partners, DST – Development Center for Ship Technology and Transport Systems from Duisburg and RIF Institute for Research and Transfer from Dortmund, presented on a second milestoneevent of the Project DeConTrans on September 4th, 2019 interim results from the work streams of logistics, ship technology, port and handling technologies, information and communication technologies and discrete-event simulation.
The DeConTrans project pursues the goal of developing innovative vessel and handling concepts for a decentralized container transport which are to be integrated into existing information flows and transport chains. For that purpose, untapped potential and spare capacities are to be made accessible and exploited and, thus, an efficient integration into today’s transport and supply networks achievable.
In the anniversary edition of the DOCK.Hafenmagazin - the magazine of the port of Dortmund - published on the occasion of its 120th anniversary an interesting article about the DeConTrans project:
https://www.dortmunder-hafen.de/fileadmin/medien/dokumente/Prospekte_und_Infomaterial/DOCK_Sonderheft_2019.pdf (p. 31).
Researchers of DST and RIF at the DeConTrans milestone project meeting
Contact: Cyril Alias, Phone: 0203 / 99 369 52, E-Mail: email@example.com
01.10.2019 - 16:05:10In September, this year's “Shipping Technics Logistics 2019” trade fair took place in Kalkar. Germany. The DST presented
In September, this year's “Shipping Technics Logistics 2019” trade fair took place in Kalkar. Germany. The DST presented the Chamber of Industry and Commerce of the city of Duisburg and other partners its service portfolio and research activities.
On the 24th and 25th of September the DST - Development Center for Ship Technology and Transport Systems exhibited at the fair Shipping Technics Logistics 2019 in Kalkar Germany. The associated institute of the UDE presented its portfolio of engineering services and research activities at a joint booth - i.a. represented by Chamber of Industry and Commerce of the city of Duisburg, the Short Sea Shipping Inland Waterway Promotion Center Germany, the Federal Association of German Inland Navigation e.V., the Federal Association of Public Inland Ports e.V., the German Shipbuilding and Marine Technology Association. V. and the Association for European Inland Navigation and Waterways e.V.
In addition, DST contributed to the exhibition program with two speeches: On the first day, Joachim Zöllner, board member of DST, talked about efficient inland waterway vessels. On the subsequent day, Dr.-Ing. Rupert Henn, managing director of DST, delivered a speech about “Autonomous driving in inland waterway transportation – dream and reality” on the 9th International Forum on Inland Waterway Transportation, which took place at the same venue.
The trade fair Shipping Technics Logistics 2019 is the only specialist trade fair on inland waterway transportation in Germany and attracts the most important stakeholders of the industry to Kalkar, Germany, every year.
Joachim Zöllner, DST board member, gives a talk about efficient inland waterway vessels
For further information, please contact: Cyril Alias, phone: + 49 (0)203 / 99 369 52, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
31.03.2018 - 09:57:03In mid-March, the 3rd European Student Parliament took place in Herford, East Westphalia. Research assistant at the ZLV Chair
In mid-March, the 3rd European Student Parliament took place in Herford, East Westphalia. Research assistant at the ZLV Chair Transport Systems and Logistics Cyril Alias served as a jury member in the student parliament.
Around 60 students from seven secondary schools in East Westphalia attended the 3rd European Student Parliament from March 16 to 18, 2018 in Herford. The idea of the International Student’s Parliament: Young people debate science and politics - they get involved, form an opinion, prepare resolutions based on facts and the latest findings. At the center of the debates – which took place in various European cities this year – was the theme "The Future of Mobility".
How do we move along in 2030? Are cars still up-to-date? Will drones handle the delivery traffic in our cities? What does it look like, the mobility of the future? The participants of the student parliament discussed these and other questions with renowned scientists and experts from the University of Kassel, the Ruhr-University Bochum, the HAW Hamburg, the e-CROSS Germany, the Competence Center Public IT of the Fraunhofer FOKUS-Institute and the Institute for State and Research Urban Development Research gGmbH. Afterwards, the adolescents worked out resolutions, developed and organized a parliamentary debate in the Council Hall of Herford, and had the opportunity to become familiar with political decision-making processes.
Photo: The participants of the 3rd European Student Parliament in Herford
From the participants in the Herford Parliament, five finalists were selected by an expert jury to represent the city at the International Final in Toulouse, France, in July 2018. The City of Herford hosted the European Student Parliament 2018 in collaboration with the city2science office and Queen Mathilde High School Herford.
The University of Duisburg-Essen and the Centre for Logistics and Transport (ZLV) were represented by Cyril Alias, researcher at the ZLV Chair of Transport Systems and Logistics by being part of the jury and evaluating the students during the preparation and execution of the parliament.
Contactperson: Cyril Alias, 0203 / 379 2615, email@example.com
10.03.2018 - 16:34:03The German-Arab Knowledge Transfer Colloquium hosted by the Centre for Logistics and Traffic (ZLV) of the University Duisburg-Essen
The German-Arab Knowledge Transfer Colloquium hosted by the Centre for Logistics and Traffic (ZLV) of the University Duisburg-Essen (UDE) has united professors and PhD students from the MENA Region and the UDE-network during a ten-day programme leading through urban challenges in the sectors of “Water, Energy and Food” and the big task of conceptually combining their functional domains, referring to the concept of “Water-Energy-Food Supply Nexus”. The colloquium, held in December 2017 and funded by the DAAD with financial means of the Department for Foreign Affairs, challenged the German-Arab group of experts to detect the biggest obstacles against and develop first steps towards a sustainable W-E-F Nexus in the MENA Region in terms of knowledge, practice and decision making. Ever since the event, several dialogues have been initiated between Arab participants, the UDE and external experts continuing the overarching objective.
It was yet the second German-Arab Knowledge Transfer Colloquium the Centre for Logistics and Traffic (ZLV) of the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) held in Duisburg at the end of 2017. During a ten-day programme funded by the DAAD with financial means of the Department for Foreign Affairs the participants presented their research topics within the scope of the Water-Energy-Food Supply Nexus in the Middle East & North Africa, short “MENA” Region, whereas experts from the UDE and the broader transdisciplinary ZLV-network were invited to present insights into selected projects and activities and to discuss the daily input with the guests under the umbrella question: ‘’What are the critical obstacles in terms of knowledge, practice and decision making in the face of achieving a sustainable Water-Energy-Food Nexus, and what could be the first steps?’’.
German-Arab Knowledge Exchange
The foreign participants from Jordan, Morocco, Egypt and Iraq, amongst whom were professors as well as PhD students, shared each one’s state of the art research with the group. On the one hand, it became clear that the essential urban structure of water, energy and food in the MENA Region have been heavily affected by rapid urbanisation, political restraints or natural factors such as climate change. Moreover, management capacities in the region still highly depend on foreign knowledge to be adopted to local conditions. On the other hand, the presentations introduced solution-based research from highly motivated and talented researchers from the MENA Region who are dedicating their work to solving major urban threats both from governance and technological perspectives. All efforts unite under the intention to foster sustainable innovation practices in the region.
Special insight knowledge about the MENA Region, which were especially revealed during the panel discussions at the end of each day, as well as the variety of perspectives and expertise between the countries helped giving a holistic view on problems in the region, explore possibilities and deadlocks in the development process. The participation of Gregory Sixt from the US – who worked as a consultant with the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) on Water-Food-Energy Nexus planning in MENA countries – was of a great benefit to the group, since he already had a wide view on governmental and social aspects in the region, especially in Jordan.
The Arab region is currently in critical challenge for social and political change towards more sustainable conditions. In this regard, The German-Arab Transformation Partnership by DAAD is highly acknowledged and exploited as an opportunity to create additional opportunities for the efforts of Arab higher education institutions. Months after the colloquium, the ZLV and partner universities have initiated several cooperations, continuing the scientific knowledge dialogue which started in Duisburg. The ongoing contact with the colloquium’s participants shows the success of the whole project as one of the major achievement of the colloquium was to establish a sustainable German-Arab scientific network. On the long run this network is supposed to improve knowledge capacities necessary to achieve sustainable development in the Arab region, characterized by a stable interaction between academy, governance and industry. The range of already initiated collaborations between the partner universities and the ZLV lasts from upcoming PhD-student-exchange to elaborating conjointly research proposals.
The participants of the German-Arab Knowledge Transfer Colloquium
The German-Arab cooperation is part of the ECoL-concept (Emerging Concepts of Logistics). For more information please visit our ECoL-Website: https://ecol-network.eu/. In August, the 4th ECoL Summer School will take place in Alessandria, Egypt. For more information please visit: https://ecol-summerschool.net/.
Contact person at the ZLV is Nawwar Harfoush: firstname.lastname@example.org
19.02.2018 - 15:22:02On behalf of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) the Centre for Water and Environmental Research (ZWU) and the Centre
On behalf of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) the Centre for Water and Environmental Research (ZWU) and the Centre for Logistics and Traffic (ZLV) of the University of Duisburg-Essen are hosting a DAAD Alumni Seminar on the topic of Water, Waste & Energy – Environmental and Supply Chain Management (WE-Chain II) in preparation for the IFAT 2018 (14th-18th May 2018 in Munich), the World's Leading Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Waste and Raw Materials Management.
The participation at the Alumni Seminar including the IFAT 2018 is scheduled to take place from 6th - 19th May 2018. The seminar will be held at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Essen.
With direct reference to the World's Leading Trade Fair IFAT 2018, the Alumni Seminar will approach five main topics: water resources management, water and wastewater treatment, waste removal and recycling, energy generation from waste and soil remediation. By focusing on interdisciplinary and integrated urban management, the seminar aims to transfer knowledge of water, waste and energy for a holistic understanding of sustainability at urban scale. Various supply chain management concepts and strategies will be illustrated in the Seminar.
The program is of interest for motivated Alumni from all relevant areas like Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Agriculture, Environmental and Medical Sciences, Water, Waste and Energy Management; Supply Chain Management; Sustainability Research etc.
The costs will be mainly covered by funds from the DAAD provided by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
For detailed information about the Alumni Seminar and the application process please download the call for application:
and the application form:
You are able to submit your application up until 19th of February 2018.
16.01.2018 - 17:01:01Three logistics students from the study programme Logistics Engineering visited China as part of the initiative ‘One Belt,
Three logistics students from the study programme Logistics Engineering visited China as part of the initiative ‘One Belt, One Road’. Apart from participating in logistics exhibitions in Wuhan, Changchun and Jilin, the students visited different companies and participated in cultural activities. The exchange was organised by the Department of Transport Systems and Logistics (TUL) of the University of Duisburg-Essen, which represents a member of the Centre of Logistics and Traffic (ZLV).
In November, the three UDE-students Hauke Iwersen, Markus Schädle, and Matti Vogt, all of them enrolled in the master programme ‘Logistics Engineering’ at the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE), visited the People’s Republic of China when participating in a series of conferences and exhibitions in the course of the initiative ‘One Belt, One Road’. The initiative, in Germany also known as “New Silk Road” (Neue Seidenstraße), has been established in 2017 by the Chinese Central Government with the objective to strengthen the trade relations between Europe and China overland and overseas. In this context, the Ruhr Area in general and the city of Duisburg in particular form important allies within the Silk-Road network.
The 14-day-journey through different industrial sites of China served the economic, scientific, and cultural exchange and the development and elaboration of ideas for specific projects and investments regarding the New Silk Road. Participants were company representatives, scientists and students from Czech Republic, Germany and the host country, China. A major focus was set on topics and project ideas in the fields Logistics & Infrastructure, Production & Manufacturing, and Industry 4.0 & Technology.
The UDE-students attended the event series as part of a case study under the leadership of Mr. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Noche and Mr. Cyril Alias from the TUL department. Their main objective was to get to know suitable research and cooperation ideas as well as to propose aspirations and requirements from the perspective of the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region (Metropolregion Rhein-Ruhr).
In China, the students gained interesting insights into emerging industrial sites of China: “It was an interesting experience to get to know the joint project at first hand. As soon-to-be logistics professionals we took a glimpse into future logistics routes and hubs such as the development of logistics clusters and their long-term supply due to its effective infrastructure,” emphasizes logistics student Hauke Iwersen. Impressive insights into China’s Industry 4.0 ambitions the students could find in the city of Wuhan: One of its goals is to become the ‘Silicon Valley‘ of China. In the wake of these aspirations an increased number of high-tech companies from all over the world settle in the recently established free trade zones in the so-called ‘Optics Valley’. “In Wuhan we had the possibility to visit the exceptionally modern production facility of Lenovo,” adds logistics student Matti Vogt. In contrary to Wuhan, the city of Changchun focuses on the automotive industry and has established itself as the second biggest city of such in China. Hence, Changchun considers itself as the equivalent to the former automotive city of Detroit in the USA. Considerable manufacturers from around the world have settled in the city in the North-East of China and, thereby, create productive and stimulating industrial clusters in Northern China.
Moreover, the European participants visited the Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City as most important cultural monuments of the former Chinese Empire. But the excursions didn’t represent the actual highlight of the journey: “Looking back, this trip was especially conducive and interesting because we had the opportunity to see a China beyond its tourist hotspots. This helped us to understand the actual drivers of the country and its people,” explains logistics student Markus Schädle.
The chair of TUL also appreciates the opportunity which was given to the students. “The special relationship between Duisburg and China is not only demonstrated on the highest political level, for example when the Chinese President visits Duisburg. Even more it is manifested by the numerous economic and scientific cooperations and, to be even more concrete, specifically by the large number of Chinese students in our master programme”, says Prof. Noche who is delighted by the experiences and insights of the three students. “Moreover, we want to explore which proposals of cooperation appear promising,” adds Cyril Alias.
Visiting Lenovo site
Visiting ‘Optics Valley’
Excursion to the Great Wall
For further information:
Department of Transport Systems and Logistics (TUL):
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Noche, Tel. 0203/379 2785, email@example.com
Cyril Alias M. Sc., Tel. 0203/379 2615, firstname.lastname@example.org
25.10.2017 - 13:14:10From Friday, 27th until Sunday, 29th of October the event “Reclaim Our Economy: Cities as Drivers for Alternative Economies“
From Friday, 27th until Sunday, 29th of October the event “Reclaim Our Economy: Cities as Drivers for Alternative Economies“ is taking place in Essen, opening at UDE Campus. The event is organised by a group of young change-makers who try to rethink and redesign present economic systems for a better future, forming the initiative “Reclaim Our Economy”. Talks, panel discussions, tours and workshops will fill the event's agenda which will take place at various locations. The Main Research Area ‘Urban Systems’ of the University Duisburg-Essen is supporting the event.
Where do new economic ideas evolve and succeed, where can they be tested and redesigned if not in the urban surrounding? The complexity of a city provides key drivers for developing alternative and sustainable economic systems. During a three-day-programme from 27th until 29th of October 2017 the initiative “Reclaim Our Economy” will discuss the role and the possibilities of urban systems for economic transformation between stakeholders from science, economy, politics and society and develop new ideas. The initiative evolved from the project "Reclaim Economics" of the global think-tank Club of Rome which started in 2016.
The programme is split into various event formats on various grounds in the city of Essen, including talks, panel discussions and workshops: On Friday, alternative and sustainable economic models will be displayed and discussed at Campus Essen of the University of Duisburg-Essen. In the afternoon, keynotes and a panel discussion will be held at Kreuzeskirche, which leaves the stage to scientists and city representatives. On Saturday and Sunday at Freiraum at Weberplatz, participants are welcome to make use of the first day’s input and inspirations and develop future projects together with the organisers of #ROEcitiy in a workshop environment.
Partners and supporters of the event are The Club of Rome, Initative für Nachhaligkeit e.V. (IfN), Main Research Area ‘Urban Systems’ as well as Napro – The Sustainability Process of the University of Duisburg-Essen, European Green Capital – Essen 2017 and StadtBauKulturNRW.
Klaus Krumme, Executive Director of the Centre for Logistics and Traffic (ZLV) will, together with the initiative’s coordinators Ilka Roose and Florian Carl, open the event. Later in the afternoon, Ani Melkonyan from ZLV will moderate the panel discussion on “Cities. Engine of Deprivation or Creative Hub?” at Kreuzeskirche in Essen.
Click here to see the programme (The event is free of charge):
If you like to participate, please inform Ilka Roose:
About the initiative “Reclaim Our Economy”:
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11.07.2017 - 15:21:07The University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) has recently initialized the project Envi-Chain funded by the EU-programme Erasmus+
The University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) has recently initialized the project Envi-Chain funded by the EU-programme Erasmus+ which supports students to study and university staff to take action in scientific events abroad. The project is coordinated in collaboration between the UDE-institutions Centre for Logistics and Traffic (ZLV) and the Centre for Water and Environmental Research (ZWU), partnering with the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (AASTMT) as well as the Fayoum University in Egypt.
The Erasmus+ project Envi Chain – “Environmental and Supply Chain Management for the Water, Energy and Food Nexus – the Basis for Sustainable Development” has just started at the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE). Envi-Chain is designed to help students from Egyptian partner institutions to develop an interdisciplinary perspective on issues related to the main research field of “Water-Energy-Food Nexus”. In addition, the programme supports students to strengthen their ideas for a PhD or Master thesis and grants the possibility to attend to relevant courses and contribute to a collaborative research paper. This is also meant to intensify knowledge exchange between UDE and the respective Egyptian universities on the long run. The project period is divided into two action cycles: one in the ongoing summer semester 2017 and one in the winter semester 2017/18.
The Centre for Logistics and Traffic (ZLV) of the University of Duisburg-Essen has welcomed the first two Erasmus+ PhD students from the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (AASTMT) in Egypt. The students will complete a period of six months, in which they will be supported by ZLV-scientists to develop ideas for their thesis and transfer the results of this cycle into a collaborative international publication on “Urban Sustainability in Egypt”. Besides the financial aid by the Erasmus+ programme, the students will be provided with working rooms at the campus of Essen to work individually as well as group work sessions which will be regularly scheduled. Finally, the participants will present their working-status and results in a 5-day-colloquium at the end of their stay under the core topic “Urban Sustainability in Egypt”. During the colloquium UDE- as well as AASTMT-scientists, for whom Erasmus+ withholds additional seven- to ten-day-scholarships, will provide input of their recent research findings and experiences to support the students and intensify the discussion in the colloquium. The colloquium will close with a round discussion with feedback for the students in order to improve their PhD or Master thesis. In addition, all participants will outline the structure of the international publication combining their different ideas about urban sustainability, exposing major problems and suggested innovative strategies for Egypt.
The next action cycle in the winter semester 2017/18 will be conducted in collaboration with the Centre for Water and Environmental Research (ZWU) of the University of Duisburg-Essen and the Fayoum University in Egypt. A comprehensive research involving students from both Fayoum University and AASTMT specifically on the research field Water-Energy-Food Nexus in Egypt will be supported. The participants will be involved in an intensive collaborative and interdisciplinary environment, receiving scientific input from UDE-experts and attend UDE lectures and seminars exclusively related to water, energy, agriculture and food supply.
The output of EnviChain is expected to be highly beneficial to all partners and will initiate new research channels in the future.
The cooperation with both Egyptian institutions developed through the research network „ECoL – Emerging Concepts of Logistics“:
For more information on the project please contact Nawwar Harfoush (ZLV):
06.06.2017 - 20:10:06Since fall 2016 the two Egyptian PhD students Ahmed Ali and Ahmed Kassem work at the department of Transport Systems and
Since fall 2016 the two Egyptian PhD students Ahmed Ali and Ahmed Kassem work at the department of Transport Systems and Logistics (TUL). The research-cooperation between the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) and the Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport (AASTMT) in Alexandria, Egypt, traces back to a close collaboration within the network Emerging Concepts of Logistics (ECoL). In an interview both PhD students talk about work and life in Germany and their future plans.
The ECoL-Network drives innovations of “Emerging Concepts of Logistics”. These concepts are supposed to tackle societal and economic challenges of the future with modern logistics and city planning approaches. Because such complex tasks demand to be discussed in an international team at best, the ECoL-network is set up by research academies from all over the world: besides its founding universities Duisburg-Essen and the Koç University of Istanbul, the Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport (AASTMT) is also part of the network.
Since working together at the ECoL concept, other collaborations arouse between the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) and the AASTMT, above all within the network’s annually held ECoL Summer School and in 2015 at the DAAD-funded German-Arab Knowledge Transfer Colloquium. In 2016, this friendship was put on record in a Memorandum of Understanding between the UDE and the AASTMT which shall enforce further ECoL research collaborations between Egypt and Germany. In reaction to this, within the same year, two PhD students from the AASTMT arrived at the Centre for Logistics and Traffic (ZLV).
Since fall 2016 we are happy to welcome Ahmed Kassem and Ahmed Ali at the ZLV and the department of Transport Systems & Logistics (TUL).
In this interview both doctorates talk about their new academic and cultural surrounding, their research topic and future plans:
Looking back on over half a year of living abroad: How did you experience your stay in the Ruhr Area, in Germany, so far?
Ahmed Kassem: I really enjoy my stay in Germany. Even the cold temperatures do not affect me. I kind of appreciate the cold winter as did my family when they visited me.
Ahmed Ali: Well, I am the complete opposite. The winter put me to the test. Walking outside at minus temperatures was a torture for me. I hope I will get used to this soon and, of course, I am really looking forward to experience summer here.
Besides the weather, what would you say about Germany is completely different to Egyptian culture?
A.A.: Most obvious differences appear when comparing nightlife. In Germany, at night streets are empty, shops are closed. In our hometown shops close after midnight. Thus, streets are packed with people. I miss to go out and meet friends at the market.
A.K.: I agree. But this contrast has it pros and cons. Because nightlife in Alexandria seduces you to meet people every night. It feels like in Germany you are not exposed to so much distraction from work or resting time compared to our culture.
What about German food?
A.K: Well, if we go out in restaurants we can only eat side dishes since the meat is not prepared to halal rules. I must confess I have not become the biggest fan until now. Maybe we have to be invited once to eat German food which is prepared halal. This would make it a lot easier to experience the German cuisine.
A.A.: I rarely have tried German food but it seems to be very different from what Arabic kitchen looks and tastes like. I do love the plenty of Turkish restaurants which you can find at every corner, though.
How have you experienced your first months at your new working space so far?
A.A.: We had a warm welcome at the Centre for Logistics and Traffic and the department of Transport Systems and Logistics. At first we had to get used to our role as PhD students. Working on our doctorate demands a lot of self-reliance in the amount we were not used to from the Egyptian education system.
A.K.: Let’s say, we were rather used to work on specific tasks we were given at a time. Here, things are handled quite differently. First of all, we have to deliver our ideas before asking for further advice. One could state that from the first draft until its final completion everything we will be handing in was based on our strain.
What is your research-strategy for the first year?
A.A.: First of all, we try to gain more basic knowledge in order to consolidate the topic of the doctorate. In this period we can still adjust our topic. For instance, I slightly changed my initial idea from a more general approach to a more specific one.
What do you do your research on?
A.A.: I am going to develop quality models for logistics services which help to improve loyalty between the Egyptian industry and third party logistics providers. I am focusing on my home country because Egypt is still missing out strategies for third party logistics businesses on how to implement their services into Egyptian industry in an effective and sustainable way.
What were your motivations to focus on sustainable solutions?
A.A.: I changed my initial topic after discussing it with Professor Noche. He convinced me in emphasising on sustainable logistics. To me the field of ecological economics is a rather new field of study. I am looking forward to integrate sustainability approaches not only into Egyptian but into worldwide logistical models.
Same questions to you, Ahmed Kassem: What will your doctoral thesis be about and why?
A.K.: I am dealing with a model for sustainable medicine supply chains. So far, the pharmaceutical supply chain faces many challenges, lacking regulations and processes that would secure the supply chain which currently leads, besides other problems, to severe medicine shortages.
I developed my PhD-topic by combining my expertise in logistics with the problems facing performing doctors in Egypt. Luckily, I had the chance to attend many conferences and workshops in the medical field through my brother as he is a Doctor and owns a company specialized in the field of medical conference organization and information technology support.
Have you ever had a chance to get to know more about the projects the TUL department is currently involved in?
A.K.: Not as much as we would like to. At the moment, it seems, we really need to focus on our dissertation. Certainly after a while we will open up for promoting our own topic and combining our knowledge with other researchers at TUL, the ZLV and further institutions and companies. Step by step.
How important is it to speak German in your role as a PhD Student?
A.A.: At work we barely need to speak German. For instance, right now we share the same office so we are communicating in Arabic. If we are not talking in Arabic, we mostly come along with English. However, outside of the university it is very important to learn the local language.
Have you already learned the basics of German language?
A.K.: I attended a German course, learned a lot from the German culture and lifestyle. But when it comes to learning to speak the language, I didn’t benefit as much as I had expected since most of the students quit quite frequently so that the group could not develop in a persistent way.
A.A.: I will be starting soon to take German lessons. But apart from that it is very important not only to learn the language in class but also to use it in everyday life. This is the hardest part so far – to find someone to talk to in German.
What are your plans after your PhD?
A.K.: It is too early to think for a change as I’m still working in AASTMT. I certainly would like to find a significant job, perhaps even in Germany. First of all, this would mean that my family would have to come to live with me in Germany. Since they enjoyed their first stay in my temporary home, I am sure they would be looking forward to moving to Germany. We will see.
A.A.: I do not have a one hundred per cent worked out plan, either. I hope my efforts will result into an exciting job profile, most certainly in the industrial and logistical sector.
Thank you for the interview!
The questions were asked by Josefin Schürmanns.
Photo: Ahmed Hussein Mahmoud Ali researches on sustainable service models in large scale industries (topic "Developing a New Logistics Service Quality Framework for Enhancing Customer's Loyalty in Courier Companies in Egypt").
Photo: Ahmed Mahmoud Kassem wants to revolutionise the medical care system of his home around the globe (topic "Information Logistics and Regional Medicine Shortage - A Simulation Model for Sustainable Supply Chain Management in the Egyptian Market").
29.04.2017 - 00:00:04Yet another ECoL Summer School of the ECoL Network “Emerging Concepts of Logistics” (ECoL) is about to take place in
Yet another ECoL Summer School of the ECoL Network “Emerging Concepts of Logistics” (ECoL) is about to take place in upcoming August 2017. A select group of scientists, business and industry representatives will lead through the ten-day programme with special focus on the topic “Food Supply Chain”. The ECoL Summer School is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD.
How will food supply look like in villages, towns, cities and megacities in the future? What will happen to our ecosystem, if the people-to-people created food supply industry continues disregarding environmental standards? Which resources will diminish or disappear completely? Which alternative resources and techniques do exist along the supply chain in order to foster eco-friendly food supply? And which techniques are still to be developed?
The global food supply chain is one of the most demanding and urgent tasks of contemporary research in supply chain management. To that effect, this year’s ECoL Summer School, which will take place from the 14th till the 24th of August 2017, focuses on the research-topic “Food Supply Chain”. Founded in 2013, the ECoL-Network ever since is eager to provide space for young researchers throughout the annually organized summer school in order to discuss these questions and many more in a best suited environment. To ECoL-partners a best suited environment means above all the intensive mentoring and lecturing of representatives from the field of science and industry, who already gained expertise and experience amongst other research areas in the fields of environmental science, logistics, management of services and (food) supply management; But it also means a diversified programme in- and outside of the think tank in order to provide an inspiring atmosphere during the summer school. Moreover, excursions, cultural activities and evening events are supposed to give insights into activities concerning innovative supply chain management, location optimization and sustainability in the Rhein-Ruhr Region.
The ECoL Summer School addresses especially PhD Students, post-docs and practitioners with overlapping ECoL-research-backgrounds as well as Master students of ECoL-related subjects. Thanks to the funding of the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD travel and accommodation expenses for participants from foreign countries are being fully covered.
Key data of the ECoL Summer School at a glance:
• From August, 14th until 24th (2017)
• In Duisburg, Germany
• Main focus on topic “Food Supply Chain”
• Funded by the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD
Programme of this year’s ECoL Summer School:
Application for the ECoL Summer School 2017
Previous ECoL Summer Schools
Previous ECoL Summer Schools took place at the Campus of Koç University in Istanbul (2015) and at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Duisburg (2016). Participants from various countries shared their knowledge and ideas for new emerging concepts of logistics on the programme's topics „Resilient Urban Industrial Systems“ (2015) and “Port of the Future” during workshops, presentations and on excursions.
Here you will find detailed reports on both ECoL Summer Schools:
About the ECoL-Concept
The idea to connect experts on Emerging Concepts of Logistics evolved within the EU-project LOG4GREEN. This undertaking as a so called Regions of Knowledge-Initiative was set up to develop a joint research agenda on sustainable logistics. By offering a summer school, the groundbreaking collaboration of several European research projects will be made accessible to a wider audience. The long term goal of the ECoL network is to initiate and strengthen partnerships while intensifying a consistent scientific understanding on ECoL topics.
15.11.2016 - 17:05:11ZLV-associate FIEGE Logistics calls for contributions to its ideas competition. Until the 9th of December, business ideas
ZLV-associate FIEGE Logistics calls for contributions to its ideas competition. Until the 9th of December, business ideas can be handed in. The winners will not only receive a bonus of 5,000€ but also the possibility to realize their idea.
By prompting the slogan “WE WANT YOUR BEST LOGISTICS IDEA” the international logistics and cargo company FIEGE gathers business ideas of logistics students and FIEGE employees until December 9th, 2016. Alone or as a team, applicants can hand in their idea for the logics service provider’s innovation contest.
Besides the bonus of 5,000€, the winners can test their business idea together with FIEGE. Therefore, the candidates are provided with the suited infrastructure, resources, networks and professional assistance to their concept as well as they obtain the possibility to work in a co-working office.
More information on the contest an be downloaded here:
Questionnaire (for application)
27.09.2016 - 18:18:09This year’s ECoL Summer School was hosted by the Centre for Logistics & Traffic (ZLV). It has already been the second
This year’s ECoL Summer School was hosted by the Centre for Logistics & Traffic (ZLV). It has already been the second summer school of the ECoL Network - Emerging Concepts of Logistics. Accompanied by the theme ‘Port of the Future’, the group of young researchers repaired for six days to Duisburg, the Port of Duisburg and, thus, into the logistical heart of the Ruhr Region.
30.07.2016 - 18:06:07Until July, 30th it is still possible to register for the upcoming ECoL Summer School under the guiding theme “Port of
Until July, 30th it is still possible to register for the upcoming ECoL Summer School under the guiding theme “Port of the Future". Who is still available between the 21st and the 27th of August 2016, is kindly invited to join this year's ECoL Summer School.
More about the upcoming ECoL Summer School:
Please find on our website further information on
Programme of upcoming ECoL Summer School:
Application for ECoL Summer School 2016:
Photo: The participants of ECoL Summer School in 2015 after receiving a certficate of participation at KOC Campus, Istanbul.
26.07.2016 - 11:33:07An international conference from the project platform ATBEST is being held at Linköping, in Sweden on the 7th and 8th of
An international conference from the project platform ATBEST is being held at Linköping, in Sweden on the 7th and 8th of September. The University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) is part of the network and is included in several ATBEST projects.
ATBEST, short for “Advanced Technologies for Biogas Efficiency, Sustainability and Transport”, is hosting this September an international conference at Linköping, in Sweden, in order to explore how the efficiency and sustainability of the Biogas supply chain can be maximised. The invited speakers from industry, policy and academic sectors are asked to complement the research being carried out by fellows.
Part of the ATBEST Collaboration Platform is the University Duisburg-Essen (UDE), which forms together with the University “Technische Hochschule Köln (TH Köln)” the German part of the programme. The latest ATBEST network meeting took place last year in Germany, hosted by TH K?ln. From a logistics’ section, ZLV Chairman Prof. Dr. Bernd Noche, who runs the Department for Transport Systems and Logistics (TUL), is engaged into ATBEST research together with two PhD candidates . In Addition, within the Centre for Water and Environmental Research (CWE) of the UDE, two PhD candidates work under the guidance of Managing Director Dr. Michael Eisinger for the project as well. All four PhD candidates are going to present their latest findings at this year’s ATBEST-conference.
Photo: Participants of ATBEST Summer School in 2015
The upcoming conference will comprise presentations from leading academics and industry experts on the guiding theme “Biogas for the future – towards a sustainable and efficient supply chain”, including the subtopics feedstocks and digestion, process monitoring, upgrading and supply and optimum biogas utilization. The two-day programme will also include delegate presentations, networking opportunities and an industry led workshop focusing on the biogas market for the future.
Biogas, a mixture of methane and carbon dioxide, is a source of carbon neutral energy for electricity generation, heating and transport, which can make a significant contribution to Europe’s climate change commitments.
Funded by the European Union, the ATBEST Marie Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) is a collaboration between eight partners located in the UK, Ireland, Germany and Sweden. The project tackles several key research challenges along the biogas supply chain, improving its competitiveness with respect to fossil derived fuels and increasing the sustainability of the biogas industry in Europe.
on the upcoming conference on the 7th and 8th September, 2016:
on registration procedure:
http://www.atbest.eu/Conference/Register/ (until Friday, 26 August 2016)
on the (preliminary) schedule:
on partners of ATBEST Marie Curie ITN:
10.07.2016 - 14:00:07We are proud to announce the second Summer School on Emerging Concepts of Logistics (ECoL) which will take place in August
We are proud to announce the second Summer School on Emerging Concepts of Logistics (ECoL) which will take place in August 2016 in Duisburg.
Master and PhD candidates, Post-Docs as well as practitioners are invited to discuss innovations in the interdisciplinary and service-oriented field of logistics, supply chains, resource management and related majors connected to this year’s focus on the topic “Port of the Future” during a seven-days agenda. The ECoL network aims at integrating neighboring disciplines. Therefore, one does not necessarily have to be a skilled logistician in order to apply for admission to the ECoL Summer School. The summer school will take place from the 21st to the 27th of August 2016 in Duisburg.
Last year's ECoL Summer School was held at the Campus of Koç University in Istanbul. More than 30 participants from eight countries shared their expertise and innovative ideas on the programme's topic „Resilient Urban Industrial Systems“ during workshops, presentations and on excursions.
Picture of participants of ECoL Summer School 2015:
The idea to connect experts on Emerging Concepts of Logistics evolved within the EU-project LOG4GREEN. This undertaking as a so called Regions of Knowledge-Initiative was set up to develop a joint research agenda on sustainable logistics. By offering a summer school, the groundbreaking collaboration of several European research projects will be made accessible to a wider audience. The long term goal of the ECoL network is to initiate and strengthen partnerships while intensifying a consistent scientific understanding on ECoL topics.
ECoL Summer School 2016 is conjointly organised by Koç University, Istanbul, and the University of Duisburg-Essen. The event would not be able to be hosted without financial support and we are very happy to present to you the main sponsor of this year’s ECoL Summer School: duisport, one of central Europe’s leading logistics hubs, has kindly agreed to support us again!
Please find on our website further information on
Programme of upcoming ECoL Summer School:
Application for ECoL Summer School 2016:
We are looking forward to receiving applications until July 10, 2016.
09.07.2016 - 08:04:07
Logistics Heavyweight begins Research Cooperation with UDE on Lightweight Solutions in IntralogisticsOn 26th of April 2016, with the support of EFRE.NRW, the project “Development of lightweight rack feeders on the basis
On 26th of April 2016, with the support of EFRE.NRW, the project “Development of lightweight rack feeders on the basis of cable-driven technique from North Rhine-Westphalia (LEAN)” was initiated in Duisburg. The project under the lead of both departments of Mechatronics and Transport Systems and Logistics of the University Duisburg-Essen (UDE), involves a range of major, medium-sized and small-scale enterprises in its research programme.
Research on a lightweight cable-driven storage and retrieval machines has a longstanding tradition for engineers of the University Duisburg-Essen (UDE). Two departments of the Centre for Logistics and Traffic (ZLV) of the UDE, namely Mechatronics (Prof. Schramm) and Transport Systems and Logistics (Prof. Noche), have already been researching on these topics for several years. Now, a new chapter of this research cooperation is to be written: On 26th of April 2016, with the support of EFRE.NRW, the project “Development of lightweight rack feeders on the basis of cable-driven technique from North Rhine-Westphalia (LEAN)” was initiated in Duisburg.
Whereas the feasibility of this idea had already been verified in the previous project “Development of a rack feeder based on the Stewart-Gough platform” within the EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr, the thematic focus of the current project lies on the proof of industrial applicability in practice, which, amongst others, will be furnished by the development of specialized components, the conception and the installation of a demonstrator as well as the tentative continuous operation at the logistics heavyweight HAVI Logistics.
Apart from both UDE departments, a range of regional companies, amongst others mercatronics GmbH from Bocholt, the logistics service provider HAVI Global Logistics from Duisburg, w3logistics AG from Dortmund and SDZ GmbH as well as igus GmbH from Cologne and SICK AG, both as associated partners, take part in the project. Subsequent to technical development of single components of a new storage and retrieval machine as well as its IT connection, an installation of the demonstrator system as well as the execution of different tests will be carried out.
A special characteristic of the project, which has a term of 36 months and a financial volume of 2.5 million Euros, is the intensive participation of small and medium enterprises from North Rhine-Westphalia, that will work on a broad range of different tasks: mechatronics has, amongst others, committed itself to develop single components, while w3logistics takes part with its know-how in the field of warehouse management systems and igus GmbH makes contributions in the field of development and manufacturing of artificial energy chains.
Within the opening of the project on 26th of April 2016 at HAVI Global Logistics GmbH, Arnim Spengler, a member of the Centre for Logistics and Traffic (ZLV), was introduced as the general coordinator of the project. Moreover, the different project boards were elected. Apart from Spengler, Dr. Tobias Bruckmann (Mechatronics) and Cyril Alias (Logistics) are responsible for the technical coordination and the scientific direction of the project.
From a mechatronic point of view, the appeal to the new project is especially based on the transfer of the cable-driven robot technology developed by UDE into real industries of the transport and logistics branch, since the adoption of freshly developed innovations, like logistics robots, is a central learning stage for the logistics researchers.
The project LEAN is funded by the European Fonds for Regional Development (EFRE). The project’s timeline is planned for 36 months at a financial volume of 2.5 million Euros.
Image: The participants of the LEAN Kick-Off-Meeting look to their joint research future with great optimism.
For further information, please contact:
Arnim Spengler, Tel. 0201/183-2852, email@example.com
Dr. Tobias Bruckmann, Tel. 0203/379-1908, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cyril Alias, Tel. 0203/379-2615, email@example.com
06.07.2016 - 14:03:07About a year after the official completion of the research project “Tracing of intelligent Logistics Objects” (TiLO),
About a year after the official completion of the research project “Tracing of intelligent Logistics Objects” (TiLO), which was a five-year project of EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr, final research results have been presented at the annual conferences of POMS (Production and Operations Management Society) in Orlando, USA, and CSME (Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering) in Kelowna, Canada, in May and June of this year.
The latest results stand in a row of several presentations of renowned conferences and journals in Europe and North America, amongst others the International Conference of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) und the Logistics Journal of Scientific Association for Technical Logistics (WGTL).
More about the ASME flagship conference in 2015:
“TiLO wins international recognition and Best Paper Award at US-American flagship conference”: https://www.uni-due.de/apps/rss.php?id=400&db=zlv
In the course of the project the focus was set on extracting useful information from camera-based analysis of logistics objects and processes, e.g. in order to control logistics trucks. Moreover, concepts for automated data collection from logistics vehicles using a sensor fusion concept have been presented. From the viewpoint of software engineering, the technical architecture of the solution and its functional capabilities have also been presented to experts and peers.
Latest publications from Cagdas Özgür and Cyril Alias, both scientists at the Department of Transport Systems and Logistics (TUL), deal with the potential of applicability and benefit of a camera- and sensor-based analyzer in its multitude of possible application areas as well as its specific exploitation potential. The results have already been presented to a scientific expert audience.
After six years since the beginning of the project, the research of camera- and sensor-based analyzers for logistics processes attains a new level. The different partners of TiLO try to utilize the results of the research project for an industrial transfer into their respective application domains and, hence, work on the development of a market-ready prototype. The Dortmund-based IT company w3logistics AG currently prepares a TiLO-solution for industrial customers, after several presentations at trade-fair appearances, at times together with TUL. Newly upcoming research questions will be tackled by w3logistics and TUL conjointly. The symbiosis of industry and academia hence remains in force.
For further information, please contact:
Cyril Alias, Phone: 0203/379-2615, Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Website of Department of Transport Systems and Logistics (TUL):
11.05.2016 - 16:57:05When signing the ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ in the beginning of the year 2016, the Centre for Logistics and Traffic
When signing the ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ in the beginning of the year 2016, the Centre for Logistics and Traffic (ZLV) and the Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport (AASTMT) once again proved their willingness to exchange state of research based on mutual trust and thus, pushing the programme Emerging Concepts of Logistics (ECoL) closer to an environment of Open Innovation.
ECoL network strategies aim at intensifying scientific collaboration with institutions all over the world so as to merge competencies and conduct interdisciplinary research and innovation. Within recent activities by the Centre for Logistics & Traffic (ZLV) in 2015, both, the ECoL Summer School as well as the German-Arab Knowledge Transfer Colloquium represent significant milestones in creating an inspiring and innovative network. One of the key partners in these activities was the Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport (AASTMT) in Alexandria, Egypt represented by Professor Yasser Gaber Al-Dessouky. Gaber Al-Dessouky, Dean of Scientific Research and Innovation, contributes greatly to keeping a mutual exchange between the University of Duisburg-Essen, in particular the ZLV, and research establishments in the Middle-East, amongst others the AASTMT. In order to highlight common goals after successful years of collaboration on several projects and activities, ZLV and AASTMT signed a ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ recently. As part of the agreement, two PhD candidates from AASTMT are joining ZLV this year to implement their expertise to ongoing projects on the EU level. Since the PhD candidates’ fields of research are highly relevant to ECoL’s research activities and vice versa, their contribution is expected to be an excellent opportunity to exchange knowledge and develop new cultural and scientific competencies for both regions.
Photo: Official presentation of the ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ by Prof. Yasser Gaber Al-Dessouky, Dean of Scientific Research and Innovation / Arab Academy for Science and Technology and Maritime Transport (AASTMT), Prof. Dr. Bernd Noche, Head of the Transport Systems and Logistics Department / University of Duisburg-Essen, and Dipl.-Umweltwiss. Klaus Krumme, Executive Director of the Centre for Logistics and Traffic / University of Duisburg-Essen, during the German-Arab Knowledge Transfer Colloquium (from left to right):
More Information on the Colloquium: http://ecol-network.eu/2016/05/03/german-arab-knowledge-transfer-colloquium-2015/
More Information on ECoL Netzwerk: http://ecol-network.eu/
02.12.2015 - 16:07:12The Centre for Logistics & Traffic (ZLV) is increasingly perceived as a best practice example by Chinese delegations.
The Centre for Logistics & Traffic (ZLV) is increasingly perceived as a best practice example by Chinese delegations. The most recent visitors, a group from Sinchuan, had come to Germany for three weeks to learn about economic promotion and development of new industries. In the context of this trip, they visited ZLV on November 12, 2015.
The 23 participants were officers from agencies and departments from the province of Sinchuan, who wanted to learn about ZLV because of its unique interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary constellation.
Upon the guests' wish, Prof. Bernd Noche and Klaus Krumme covered the following topics.
• Presentation of the interdisciplinary center of excellence of the University of Duisburg Essen
• Linking scientific research and practice transfer in the areas of logistics , mobility and transport
• Current projects for the design of future supply and value chains and energy-efficient transport systems / infrastructures
The event was held with the generous support of DIALOGistik Duisburg, which aids ZLV in the implementation of delegation events and exchanges with the international guests.
For more impressions, please follow the links below.
17.11.2015 - 10:30:11On November 6th, 2015, the Centre for Logistics & Traffic (ZLV welcomed a Chinese delegation from the city of Nanjing
On November 6th, 2015, the Centre for Logistics & Traffic (ZLV welcomed a Chinese delegation from the city of Nanjing and province of Jiangsu. The delegation came to Germany in order to learn about the development, planning and workings of logistical centres.
In the context of an information session carried out in cooperation with DIALOGistik Duisburg, ZLV board chairman Prof. Dr. Bernd Noche spoke about the design of future supply and value chains as well as about energy efficient transport systems. Klaus Krumme, executive director of the centre, introduced the delegation to the structure and different projects of ZLV, which was of high interest for the Chinese visitors due to its unique inter- and transdisciplinary constellation.
A further impression of the event:
04.11.2015 - 14:03:11On June, 23rd 2016, the 8th Scientific Forum Mobility themed „Individual, Integrated and Connected Products and Services
On June, 23rd 2016, the 8th Scientific Forum Mobility themed „Individual, Integrated and Connected Products and Services in Mobility“ will take place at the inHaus II at the University of Duisburg-Essen, campus Duisburg. This annual event provides a platform for intensive discussions of research projects, bringing together about 200 experts from both, academia and industry. After focussing on e-mobility in 2014 and international developments in 2015, next year’s forum will highlight the connected mobility.
The organising committee is now asking for original contributions, dealing with automotive management, automotive technologies, with mobility in urban systems, integrated customer solutions and logistical concepts. For the first time, the 2016 forum is co-organised by the Centre for Logistics & Traffic (ZLV) and gives the opportunity to contribute logistics-focused research in Track 6 – Emerging Concepts of (Technical) Logistics. Track 6 is chaired by ZLV chair Prof. Dr. Bernd Noche and ZLV executive director Klaus Krumme.
Please submit an abstract (250) words until January 31st, 2016. The abstract should include the following information:
• Author name and address
• Corresponding author and his e-mail
• 3-5 keywords
Based on the abstracts, the track chairs will decide about the acceptance of the presentation. Further information under https://www.uni-due.de/imperia/md/content/zlv/8-wfm-call-for-papers.pdf and https://www.uni-due.de/iam/wf7_allge_info.php (currently in German only).
Please register for the event until April, 1st, 2016. The participation fee is €175 (free for speakers) and is to be paid until June, 23rd, 2016.
Please direct your questions and the abstract/paper (specification of the track) to:
Prof. Dr. Heike Proff, Dr. Thomas Martin Fojcik
Chair of General Business Administration and International Automotive Management University of Duisburg-Essen
Lotharstr. 1, 47057 Duisburg
Tel: (49) 0203 379-1115
Fax: (49) 0203 379-1599
03.11.2015 - 11:45:11Starting November 30th, 2015 a colloquium titled “German-Arab Knowledge Transfer Colloquium”, which is financed by the
Starting November 30th, 2015 a colloquium titled “German-Arab Knowledge Transfer Colloquium”, which is financed by the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD with funds from the German Federal Foreign Office, will take place at the coordinating offices of the Centre for Logistics & Traffic (ZLV). In this colloquium, three groups consisting of experts and students from Tunisia, Jordan and Morocco have been invited to participate.
The interdisciplinary scientific focus of the colloquium revolves around the main topic “Resilience of Industrial Urban Systems” and targets mainly urban challenges in the MENA region while presenting best practices from Germany. However, the overall goal is to intensify the scientific network of researchers between the participating partner institutions for further collaboration and structural development with the main focus on the participation of students and young researchers.
The goals of the project are going to be achieved by a series of measures during the five-day colloquium in Germany. These measures consist of sessions in both scientific and social aspects relative to the colloquium’s goals that are going to be carried out by both lecturers and students and through several collaborative activities such as project presentations and group discussions. And at the end of the colloquium, there will be a final wrap-up of the activities’ results in order to establish the colloquium’s impact.
For more details please contact Nawwar Harfoush under email@example.com.
14.10.2015 - 11:01:10Between October 6th and 9th, a group of UDE master students took part in a case study contest in the context of the "International
Between October 6th and 9th, a group of UDE master students took part in a case study contest in the context of the "International Gas Forum 2015" in St. Petersburg, representing the first and only German University to attend the event. From early September on, the six students prepared for the competition in collaboration with E.ON, partner and sponsor of the trip to the Russian metropolis.
The master students, who traveled in company of Rector Prof. Dr. Radtke and Dr. Katharina Jacob from the Center for Higher Education Development and Quality Enhancement, were able to secure the 2nd place with their outstanding performance at the Youth Day 2015 in St. Petersburg. In the final presentation on October 7th, the six students had to master the critical questions of the jury, board members of various gas companies and Russian scientists, and performed excellently in front of a star-studded audience made up of approx. 500 business representatives.
The Centre of Logistics & Traffic, which supported the university in addressing suited participants, congratulates the successful students and is pleased with the excellent use of the opportunity of strengthening UDE’s international visibility.
06.10.2015 - 09:12:10On September 30 and October 1, the 11th Technical Colloquium of the German Scientific Society of Logistics Engineering (WGTL)
On September 30 and October 1, the 11th Technical Colloquium of the German Scientific Society of Logistics Engineering (WGTL) has taken place in Duisburg, as the University of Duisburg-Essen, more precisely the Department of Transport Systems and Logistics (TUL) under the direction of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Noche, was this year’s host of the annual event.
Following the slogan “Innovations from Industry 4.0 in intra-logistics”, contributions on the topics “construction and mechanical design”, “Management, organization and operation”, “Control engineering and IT systems”, and “Planning and simulation of logistics systems” have been submitted and presented. The high scientific quality and the clear reference to practical questions was common over all contributions. The participants praised the opportunity to take a deeper look into the work of their peers. Moreover, they benefitted from the knowledge of new technical innovation in logistics and were pleased with the several opportunities to discuss the gained insights with each other.
Representing the University of Duisburg-Essen, Mr Cyril Alias, researcher at the TUL Department, presented a contribution with the title “Comparing sensor-based and camera-based approaches to recognizing the occupancy status of the load handling device of forklift trucks”. The work, which he had worked on along with his colleague Cagdas Özgür, contained a solution concept for the recognition of the load status of a forklift’s fork with the help of Industrial Image Processing and Machine Learning as well as initial results of experiments in an industrial setting.
WGTL e.V. is an association of fourteen leading German university institutes in the area of (intra-)logistics. Their major goals are the scientific monitoring of industrial developments and the stimulation of innovation processes with the help of cooperative research and development. The annual event serves as platform for cooperation of researchers and scientists and exchange of information and ideas between experts. Apart from the WGTL members, member companies of the Research Community Intra-logistics/Material Handling (IFL), a part of the German Mechanical and Plant Engineering Association (VDMA), as well as acquainted university departments, research institutes and companies, who want to present scientific contributions about their latest innovative research projects in the area of logistics engineering.
The TUL Department under the direction of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Noche is a long-time member of WGTL and devotes itself to various innovations in the intra-logistics sector, such as an innovative automated storage and retrieval system, examimations of trajectories of objects in conveyor systems and the camera- and sensor-based detection and tracking of logistics objects.
In view of a perfectly organized event, the organizational team around Ms Fuyin Wei was pleased with the multiple appreciations and acknowledgement from all sides. Prof. Noche showed his delight about the high number of participants and the very good overall perception of the event: “Duisburg as a logistics research location was able to present itself as a vibrant and powerful location in front of the partners from all over Germany. Particularly, the extensive logistics research infrastructure here is outstanding, with the Centre of Logistics and Traffic and the miscellaneous study programmes.”
Prof. Noche welcomes the participants of the Technical Colloquium in Duisburg: https://www.uni-due.de/imperia/md/images/zlv/wgtl-1.jpg
The contribution of the University of Duisburg-Essen was presented by Cyril Alias: https://www.uni-due.de/imperia/md/images/zlv/wgtl-2.jpg
The participants made use of the numerous opportunities of scientific exchange: https://www.uni-due.de/imperia/md/images/zlv/wgtl-3.jpg
For further information, please approach
Department of Transport Systems and Logistics: www.uni-due.de/tul
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Noche, Tel. +49 203/379 2785, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fuyin Wei M.Sc., Tel. +49 203/379 7719, email@example.com
German Scientific Society of Logistics Engineering: www.wgtl.de
28.09.2015 - 14:30:09The idea of ECoL, Emerging Concepts of Logistics, was formed with the intent of creating a multidisciplinary network between
The idea of ECoL, Emerging Concepts of Logistics, was formed with the intent of creating a multidisciplinary network between young academics and professionals together with stakeholders from industry, policy and science with various focal points of logistics. As one way of building such a network, the establishment of a summer school was conceived. For the first time, the ECoL Summer School took place between August 17th-22nd, 2015 in Istanbul on Koç University's scenic campus.
Collaboratively organised by Koç University and the University of Duisburg-Essen and sponsored by the leading logistics companies Ekol Logistics and duisport, the ECoL Summer School 2015 steered the cultivation of new research ideas through interdisciplinary workshops, presentations and excursions.
The summer school’s six-day programme started out with an introductory block in which both lecturers and participants presented their topics and ideas. The second block was dedicated to hosting company representatives in order to gain insights into industrial processes and to excursions to a number of company headquarters. The final part of the summer school consisted in two workshop-days, led by ZLV chairman Prof. Dr. Bernd Noche, ZLV members PD. Dr. Habil. Ani Melkonyan and Dr. Thomas Hanke as well as Koç University’s Prof. Dr. Metin Türkay respectively. The four lecturers conducted workshops revolving around different topics, which were however related to urban logistics and the challenges arising from the complexity of urban systems.
During the ECoL Summer School, academics had the opportunity to concretise their theories, while practitioners from the industry had the chance to receive feedback from a scientific perspective. The participants’ feedback clearly showed that the ECoL Summer School has broadened horizons through its multidisciplinary and multicultural structure with more than 30 participants from eight countries.
The planning phase of next year’s ECoL Summer School has already started. In 2016, the University of Duisburg-Essen will host the summer school in Duisburg in collaboration with its partners duisport and Koç University. Moreover, a memorandum of understanding will be established between the two organising universities and the Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport (AASTMT) for further academic alliances and for possible workshops/summer schools to be organised in Egypt in the future.
A more extensive report about the ECoL 2015 Summer School can be found on the summer school's homepage on http://ecol-summerschool.net/ .
14.08.2015 - 11:36:08A paper co-authored by Cyril Alias, Cagdas Özgür and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Noche, all with Dept. of Transport Systems and
A paper co-authored by Cyril Alias, Cagdas Özgür and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Noche, all with Dept. of Transport Systems and Logistics, University of Duisburg-Essen, and Mr. Qingjin Yang, founder and CEO of Dalian Qinteng Technology Co. Ltd., entitled “A System of Multi-Sensor Fusion for Activity Monitoring of Industrial Trucks in Logistics Warehouses” was awarded the “ASME Robert E. Fulton Systems Engineering, Information and Knowledge Management 2015 Best Paper Award”.
The logistics researchers from Duisburg received the award as part of the annual flagship conference of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the ASME 2015 International Design & Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (IDETC/CIE). The IDETC/CIE conferences are considered to be the largest and most renowned conference for mechanical engineering of the world and took place in Boston (MA), U.S.A., from 2 to 5 August 2015.
By winning this year‘s award, the University of Duisburg-Essen stands in a tradition of prestigious research institutions like Georgia Institute of Technology, Purdue University, University of Southampton, Luleå University of Technology and Texas A&M University.
In the publication “A System of Multi-Sensor Fusion for Activity Monitoring of Industrial Trucks in Logistics Warehouses”, the opportunities of fusing different sensors on forklifts and other industrial trucks in warehouses are analyzed in order to obtain relevant process and status information, such as acceleration, speed, temperatures and occupation status. With the technical concept, logistics managers become independent of the costly solutions of the large truck vendors and are enabled to retrofit older fleets without massive investments.
05.08.2015 - 09:40:08
Research partnership between Duisburg and Rio de Janeiro in the field of transport and logistics grows strongerAfter two visits of the Brazilian researchers in Duisburg in the past year, the cooperation between Universidade Federal
After two visits of the Brazilian researchers in Duisburg in the past year, the cooperation between Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) has been continued with a counter visit of the German side to Brazil.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Noche, Scientific Director of the Centre for Logistics and Traffic and Chair of the Department of Transport Systems and Logistics, and his staff member, Mr. Cyril Alias, who has coordinated the research cooperation with UFRJ and the current journey to Brazil, have been invited by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rômulo Dante Orrico Filho and his colleagues of the Transport Engineering Department (PET) at the Alberto Luiz Coimbra Institute (COPPE), which is the largest graduate school and research institution in engineering in South America.
Apart from discussing and intensifying joint research topics and planning future activities and events, a cooperation agreement between both universities has been prepared. Moreover, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Noche gave a lecture about the topic ‘Application examples of discrete-event simulation in transport and logistics’ in front of students and researchers at COPPE.
Besides, the representatives of UFRJ and UDE visited the Operations Center of the municipality of Rio de Janeiro, COR (Centro de Operacões, Prefeitura do Rio de Janeiro), in order to receive an impression of the ambitious design of the center and its extensive opportunities of monitoring and control and to identify possible joint research activities. COR is known as one the world’s leading urban control centers for the surveillance of activities in urban systems. Especially, in view of the upcoming Olympic Summer Games 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, COR represents the ambitious claim of the city to observe the developments therein with relevance for security and traffic, to react immediately to these and to offer various services to citizens, business actors and visitors thereby.
Furthermore, the supervisory authority of largest South America’s sea port, Porto de Santos, received the researchers from UFRJ and UDE in order to discuss the situation on the ground and to identify research approaches for the immediate execution of tailor-made technical and organizational solutions. Apart from containers, the port of Santos handles bulk goods and agricultural products as well as raw materials and products from the oil and petrochemical industry. The port of Santos looks back on a history of cooperation with Duisburg and Rio de Janeiro and is, thus, intrigued by the idea of building on a successful cooperation in the past.
In addition, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Orrico Filho and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Noche were the key speakers of the German-Brazilian business forum for logistics systems and projects in São Paulo, which had been organized by the Brazilian logistics association ABRALOG in close cooperation with UFRJ and UDE. The projects of both universities presented to the audience were very well received by the Brazilian business representatives. The event was concluded with an on-site visit of the South American logistics service provider Andreani Logistica Ltda. in São Paulo, which allowed an insight into the local logistics sector, particularly to the German visitors.
Finally, various visits at the Brazilian Federal Ministry of Transport were on the agenda. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Orrico Filho and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Noche were welcomed by the State Secretary for National Transport Policy, the National Department of Transport Infrastructure and the National Agency of Land Transportation in order to review individual aspects of the transport policy of Brazil and to discuss effective ways of improvement of the situation for the local logistics industry.
All in all, both sides, i.e. UFRJ and UDE, confirmed their delight to have found a research partner at eye level with the other party. With respect to the very positive reaction from both the local logistics industry and the political actors in Brasilia, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Noche shows his delight about the confirmation of Duisburg’s excellent reputation in the international arena as logistics research center and its global attractiveness for other renowned research partners. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Orrico Filho was greatly honoured „to be able to welcome our colleagues from Duisburg in the ‘wonderful city’ after the two very successful visits in Europe last year, to present the situation here in Brazil to them and to identify questions of joint research for the future”.
Visit to Centro de Operacões do Rio de Janeiro
Satisfied participants of the German-Brazilian logistics forum in São Paulo
Visit to logistics service provider in São Paulo
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Orrico Filho and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Noche are looking confidently forward to a future of common research
Discussion with the supervisory authority at the port of Santos
19.06.2015 - 09:19:06
Scientific publication about LoFIP wins Best Student Paper Award at IEEE Logistics Conference in FranceA paper co-authored by Cyril Alias, Alexander Goudz, Mandar Jawale and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Noche, all with Dept. of Transport
A paper co-authored by Cyril Alias, Alexander Goudz, Mandar Jawale and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Noche, all with Dept. of Transport Systems and Logistics, University of Duisburg-Essen, entitled “Generating a Business Model Canvas for Future-Internet-based Logistics Control Towers” has been awarded the “IEEE ICALT 2015 Best Student Paper Award” during the 2015 IEEE 4th International Conference on Advanced Logistics and Transport (ICALT) in Valenciennes (France) in May 2015.
The paper uses research results from the national research project LoFIP (Logistics Future Internet Platform) and features an examination of possible ways of exploiting the potential of Future-Internet-based logistics control towers in the transportation and logistics domain with the help of a business model canvas.
„The award proves the ever growing significance of logistics within the IEEE community, on the one hand, and the international visibility of Duisburg as a major logistics research location, on the other.”, shows Prof. Noche, Chair of the Department of Transport Systems and Logistics and Board Chairman of the Centre of Logistics and Traffic, his delight about the international recognition for his team.
02.06.2015 - 18:30:06In August 2015, the first summer school on Emerging Concepts of Logistics (ECoL) will take place in Istanbul. Master and
In August 2015, the first summer school on Emerging Concepts of Logistics (ECoL) will take place in Istanbul. Master and PhD candidates, Post-Docs as well as practitioners are invited to discuss innovations in the interdisciplinary and service-oriented field of logistics during a six-day programme, touching upon a variety of topics regarding Resilient Urban Industrial Systems. As the ECoL network aims at integrating neighboring disciplines, it is not necessary for applicants to be educated logisticians!
The summer school, which is conjointly organised by Koç University, Istanbul, and the University of Duisburg-Essen, will take place between the 17th to the 22nd of August 2015 on the scenic campus of Koç University in the North of Istanbul.
It is the first of a whole series of events intended to establish the European ECoL network. The idea behind ECoL, namely to connect experts on Emerging Concepts of Logistics, evolved within the EU-project LOG4GREEN. This undertaking as a so called Regions of Knowledge initiative was set up to develop a joint research agenda on sustainable logistics. Now through ECoL, the groundbreaking collaboration of several European research projects will be made accessible to a wider audience and to extended expert groups. It is the long term goal of the ECoL network to initiate new and further strengthen existing partnerships; in short to intensify research on ECoL topics.
Please find further information about ECoL, the summer school and details about your application (until 21 June 2015) on http://ecol-summerschool.net/.
09.02.2015 - 15:00:02On 26 January 2015 ZLV Chairman Prof. Bernd Noche (Department of Transport Systems and Logistics) and ZLV executive director
On 26 January 2015 ZLV Chairman Prof. Bernd Noche (Department of Transport Systems and Logistics) and ZLV executive director Klaus Krumme welcomed a group of logistics professors and lecturers from the Chinese city of Chongqing. Subject of the visit were logistical issues, but most importantly the structure of the unique Centre for Logistics & Traffic.
On behalf of the CAIEP, China Association for International Exchange of Personnel, the Carl Duisberg Centren, a non-profit organization for international training and development, the visit was organized in the context of a training programme on logistics. The delegation, comprising professors and lecturers as well as representatives of companies and institutes related to logistics, visited at the end of January, in order to learn about a range of areas and issues within logistics in Germany.
The meeting in Duisburg was based on our guests’ wish to learn more about ZLV, its aims and tasks, how to successfully connect research with business and which dissemination possibilities it employs. Given that there are efforts to built a similar centre in Chongqing, the exchange of experience and further cooperation with ZLV is crucial. Furthermore, the delegation was interested in the student competition Logistik Masters and was impressed with the 8th victory for the students at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Moreover, the establishing of DIALOGistik, a network made up of a series of practice partners, which was born out of three research projects and aims at facilitating transfer, led to inspiring discussions.
The Centre for Logistics & Traffic was delighted to have been chosen as a best-practice example – this once more shows the importance ZLV has for the region and research alike.
13.01.2015 - 11:41:01„Scientist in Residence“ describes a guest professorship at the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE), which was installed
„Scientist in Residence“ describes a guest professorship at the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE), which was installed with support from Sparkasse Essen and facilitates the scientific exchange between UDE and other universities.
This semester's guest professor, Michael Batty from the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) at University College London, will present his work in the framework of the UDE focal research area Urban Systems.
The public lecture “Simulating City Systems: Developing a New Science for the Future of Cities” will take place on 13 January 2015 at 6 pm in the new autiorium centre in room R14 R02 B07 at the camups Essen.
Furthere Information on Scientist in Residence at UDE on: https://www.uni-due.de/de/scientist/
Registration for the lecture until 9 January 2015 on: https://register.wiwi.uni-due.de/Rektorat/scientist-residence/start.html
17.11.2014 - 14:13:11The project CODE24, with the participation of ZLV members Prof. Rudolf Juchelka and Prof. Stephan Zelewski, aims at unifying
The project CODE24, with the participation of ZLV members Prof. Rudolf Juchelka and Prof. Stephan Zelewski, aims at unifying the economic, transport, environmental and spatial development along the transeuropean traffic axis (TEN-V) no. 24 from Rotterdam to Genoa into an integrative development perspective.
For the past five years, 18 international partners from Holland, Germany, Switzerland, France and Italy have worked intensively on the development of the corridor and a transnational development strategy for the future.
Against this backdrop the conference "One Corridor - One Strategy: 2nd International Corridor Conference" will take place on 20 November 2014 in Mannheim.
Further Information and registation (until 17 November 2014) via http://www.code-24.eu
17.11.2014 - 12:04:11The Weastflows (West and East flows) project, with participation of ZLV member Prof. Dr. Rudolf Juchelka, has explored ways
The Weastflows (West and East flows) project, with participation of ZLV member Prof. Dr. Rudolf Juchelka, has explored ways to improve freight logistics operations in North West Europe. This closing conference will explain the project’s findings and results, including work to shift goods from road haulage to more sustainable modes such as by rail, short sea shipping and river transportation.
The event represents a major opportunity to share best practices delivered by leading industry players and the project’s partners. The event will also hear from leading authorities in logistics field to discuss and debate the challenges and future opportunities to achieve more sustainable, efficient and innovative freight system in Europe.
The conference will take place on 12 February 2015, between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm im Brussels, Belgium.
To register your initial interest email firstname.lastname@example.org
11.11.2014 - 14:54:11In October the department of Transport Systems and Logistics, led by ZLV Board Chairman Prof. Dr.- Ing. Bernd Noche, welcomed
In October the department of Transport Systems and Logistics, led by ZLV Board Chairman Prof. Dr.- Ing. Bernd Noche, welcomed a delegation from the Brazilian Ministry of Transport. Subject of the visit was the research of different topics revolving around logistics hubs in Europe as well as the exchange with several stakeholders from the logistics sector.
The delegation was formed by researchers from the renowned Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and was led by Prof. Dr. Rômulo Dante Orrico Filho, professor for Public Transport at the department of Traffic Technology (PET) at the Alberto Luiz Coimbra Institute (COPPE), one of Latin America’s largest graduate college and research institute.
The scientists currently consult the Brazilian Ministry of Transport and are concerned with the design of logistics centres in Brazil.
During their two-week long stay in Europe, the members of the delegation were first and foremost interested in visiting several European logistics hubs. Furthermore, they sought the direct exchange with stakeholders in the European logistics sector. Accompanied by Cyril Alias, researcher at the department for Transport Systems and Logistics, the delegation visited logistics hubs, companies and research institutions in Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain and Germany. In North-Rhine Westphalia, the group visited the Ministry of Construction, Housing, Urban Development and Traffic and the Port of Duisburg.
In addition, the delegation attended the 1. European Forum of Logistics Clusters in Brussels, which was co-organised by ZLV. Prof. Dr. Orrico Filho participated as panellist in the session “Designing smart cities thanks to urban logistics: dream or reality?” and contributed greatly thanks to his extra-European perspective.
“The fact that the Ruhr area, the city of Duisburg and the Centre for Logistics and Traffic at UDE were chosen by representatives of the Brazilian Transport Ministry shows our significance for the European logistics sector – concerning economy and research alike. Brazil is an impressive, booming economy. We at UDE are looking forward to deepening the well-established relationship we have with Brazil also in the form of common research activities”, says Prof. Bernd Noche.
04.11.2014 - 11:59:11From 05 to 07 November 2014 the 7th European Conference on ICT for Transport Logistics (ECITL) will be taking place in Dortmund.
From 05 to 07 November 2014 the 7th European Conference on ICT for Transport Logistics (ECITL) will be taking place in Dortmund. In collaboration with EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr, this year Fraunhofer Institute will be hosting the annual conference which is organised by Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences for the European Union. The event targets scientists and experts from the industry alike.
This year’s theme of the conference is “ICT drives transport logistics cooperation”. The following main topics were defined:
• Opportunities and advantages of increased application of ICT
• Innovations for the future in transport logistics cooperation, which ICT can create
• ICT as enabler for innovative and green logistics
• Co-operative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS)
• Neglected areas, where ICT do not provide sufficient service and how it could be improved
• Enhanced information exchange opportunities through ICT
• Safety & Security in logistics as well as ICT as enabler of safety & security
• Safe and secure data exchange
Further information about the conference on http://www.ecitl.eu/index.php & https://www.uni-due.de/imperia/md/images/zlv/ecitl_official_announcement.pdf
14.10.2014 - 11:47:10On 14 and 15 October 2014 the First European Forum of Logistics Clusters will be taking place in Brussels. The event marks
On 14 and 15 October 2014 the First European Forum of Logistics Clusters will be taking place in Brussels. The event marks the conclusion of the successful EU projects SoCool@EU, LOG2020 und LOG4GREEN, which were carried out with significant participation from ZLV.
The conference in Brussels is a platform for logisticians and for the partner regions involved in the projects with the aim of facilitating knowledge exchange, network activities and future collaborations. The event also intends to highlight the important role European regions assume in research and development.
Further information about registration (free of charge) and programme on
19.08.2014 - 13:36:08The first Summer School on Emerging Concepts of Logistics (ECoL) will take place at the end of September 2014 in Istanbul.
The first Summer School on Emerging Concepts of Logistics (ECoL) will take place at the end of September 2014 in Istanbul. During a five day programme, Master and PhD candidates as well as Post-Docs are invited to discuss innovations in the interdisciplinary and service-oriented field of logistics. The ECoL network aims at integrating neighbouring disciplines; this means one does not necessarily have to be an educated logistician in order to apply for admission to the ECoL Summer School.
The summer school, conjointly organised by Koç University, Istanbul, and the University of Duisburg-Essen, will take place from the 22nd to the 26th of September 2014 on Koç University’s scenic campus in the North of Istanbul. It is the first of a whole series of events to establish the European ECoL network. The idea to connect experts on Emerging Concepts of Logistics evolved within the European project LOG4GREEN. This undertaking as a so called Regions of Knowledge initiative was set up to develop a joint research agenda on sustainable logistics. Now through ECoL, the groundbreaking collaboration of several European research projects will be made accessible to a wider audience and to extended expert groups. Long term goal of the ECoL network is to initiate and strengthen partnerships and therefore to intensify research on ECoL topics.
Further information on ECoL, the summer school programme and the application (until the 4th of September, 2014) on
31.07.2014 - 15:02:07Dr. Rômulo Dante Orrico Filho, professor for Public Transport with the department of Traffic Technology (PET) at the Alberto
Dr. Rômulo Dante Orrico Filho, professor for Public Transport with the department of Traffic Technology (PET) at the Alberto Luiz Coimbra Institute (COPPE) was visiting the Centre for Logistics & Traffic (ZLV) last week.
COPPE is Latin America's largest Institute for Graduate Studies and Research in Engineering and is part of the renowned Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).
The reason behind the visit was an exchange with members of the ZLV chair for Transport Systems and Logistics, the ZLV coordination office and DIALOGistic Duisburg as well as the Niederrhein Chamber for Industry and Commerce and the port of Duisburg. Core of the talks was the development of new strategic perspectives and the inter- and indisciplinary cooperation of logistics partners from the public domain, industry and academia – in Brazil as well as in Germany.
The exchange will be continued during the 1. European Forum for Logistic Clusters, taking place in Brussels on the 14th and 15th of October 2014 as a conclusion of the EU project LOG4GREEN.
31.07.2014 - 13:14:07At the invitation of DIALOGISTIK Duisburg (a collaboration between the duisport AG with the University of Duisburg-Essen
At the invitation of DIALOGISTIK Duisburg (a collaboration between the duisport AG with the University of Duisburg-Essen and regional companies from the logistics and transport sector) and the Centre for Logistics & Traffic (ZLV), the binational "Cluster Area Activation "workshop took place on the 28th and 29th of July 2014.
Within the framework of the EU-project LOG4GREEN for the reorientation of the logistics sector towards sustainability, French and German experts from industry and academia worked together for two days to discuss ideas and concepts surrounding a future-oriented inland navigation and innovative management approaches for European ports as well as further research and development issues.
The Centre for Logistics & Traffic is a member of the European consortium LOG4GREEN which has been developing a common research agenda for sustainable transport and sustainable logistics for the European Commission for more than two years. The idea for the workshop arose already in the spring of 2014 during a conference organized by the French project partners, where the desire for an intensive cooperation with the ZLV and the Rhine-Ruhr region and between German and French experts was brought to ZLV managing director Klaus Krumme’s and Dr. Thomas Hanke’s attention.
The first day of the workshop was devoted to inland waterways and new, environmentally friendly drive concepts for the ships of the future. After an introduction by ZLV chairman Prof. Dr. Bernd Noche and ZLV managing director Klaus Krumme as well as representatives of the French cluster Novalog, the Institute of Ship Technology, Ocean Engineering and Transport Systems (ISMT), the Fuel Cell Research Centre (ZBT) and the Development Centre for Ship Technology and Transport Systems (DST) and the French partners VNF (expert on inland waterways and shipping) and CFT (the French market leader in industrial river transport) presented their expertise and ideas for new research and development projects.
The second day was dedicated to new management concepts with Big and Smart Data for so-called Port Community Systems. Approaches of collaborative management of various companies at individual ports, regional cooperation between ports (for instance along the rivers Rhein in Germany and Seine in France) as well as the comprehensive standardization of management processes of the major European inland and sea ports were discussed intensively. Participants came from the Rhine Cargo GmbH, operator of the second largest inland port company and one of the largest freight railways in Germany, and PricewaterhouseCoopers as well as from the Software Engineering and Business IT departments at the University of Duisburg-Essen and the Development Centre for Ship Technology and Transport Systems (DST). France was represented by SOGET, an international software developer in the logistics sector and by the Research Institute IDIT which deals with legal issues in transport and logistics.
A return visit to the Seine region is planned for the autumn of this year. The aim of the collaboration is an intensive European cooperation on the basis of a German-French nucleus in order to design concrete EU projects, to raise further R & D performers and to open cooperation prospects for new concepts of logistics. In particular for the current cooperation between the ports of Paris, Le Havre and Rouen along the lower Seine (HaRoPa) and the realization of development opportunities for the French core region, the expertise provided by the University of Duisburg-Essen is in high demand.
Further information about LOG4GREEN and DIALOGISTIK Duisburg on
14.04.2014 - 13:06:04Recent approaches on urban supply are creating a vision for a future where urban environments are cleaner, safer and more
Recent approaches on urban supply are creating a vision for a future where urban environments are cleaner, safer and more responsive to the fast dynamics. The need for sustainable and smart cities increases steadily. Thus, for urban suppliers, dealing with uncertainty in the supply chains day by day, resilience is an evolving concept and design model that differs from traditional risk management. Considering limited forecasting capacities and sometimes non-linear behaviour of complex dynamic systems, managing risk and resilience is a growing topic for all of them.
The Invited Session was organized in the context of LOG4GREEN's Strategic Interdisciplinary Research Agenda (SIRA) and aimed at discussing strategies and approaches for a stronger operationalization in sustainable supply chain management as well as frameworks and tools that measure vulnerabilities and capabilities in urban supply systems.
How can risk and resilience management be integrated into day-to-day decision making?
How is management able to include the ability to react on uncertain events and on changing conditions with transformative strategies?
Experts from research, business, and public authorities came together to discuss possible answers to these questions.
The speakers and panellists were Prof. Alan McKinnon, Kühne Logistics University Hamburg (Germany), Arthur van Gerven, Senior Director Business Development, Menlo Worldwide (Netherlands), Dr. Pierre Laconte, President of the Foundation for the Urban Environment (Belgium), and Prof. Cathy Macharis, Vrije Universiteit Brussels (Belgium). The session was chaired by Klaus Krumme, Executive Director of the Centre for Logistics & Traffic (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany) and Prof. Metin Türkay (Koc University Istanbul, Turkey).
In their initial statements the speakers focussed on Sustainable Logistics Strategies and suggestions for more standardization (McKinnon), approaches for an Urban Supply Chain Resilience Management (van Gerven), the City as a complex System and the challenges to sustainable planning (Laconte).
Opening the panel discussion, Cathy Macharis connected her critical acclaim of the statements with suggesting sustainability measures for companies, such as the internalization of external costs or a company's contribution to programmes like Lean & Green or Green Freight Europe. Avoidance of inner-city traffic, the optimization of routing and the localization of distribution centres were issues discussed by the panelists as well as appropriate measures for analyzing and optimization of resource flows in a circular urban economy. A very important aspect throughout the whole panel discussion was the role of a sustainable and responsible behaviour of both producers and consumers, who increasingly stimulate new demands, creating new markets for sustainable products and services and a new willingness to pay for a sustainable lifestyle. However, examples for the use of e-commerce and the corresponding increasing environmental costs show that there is still potential for improvement. In the end, it is essential to scrutinize the actual needs in the consumer society in order to trigger and to foster a real sustainable lifestyle.
13.01.2014 - 08:21:01The LOG4GREEN consortium would like to invite interested logisticians to submit their experiences and ideas and to participate
The LOG4GREEN consortium would like to invite interested logisticians to submit their experiences and ideas and to participate in the workshop “Tackling Logistics Challenges of Tomorrow”.
The conservation of resources, reliable urban supply and the growing complexity of flows and data are the major challenges the logistics sector has to face up to in the future. To tackle these challenges, researchers as well as companies throughout Europe are already working on innovative strategies, smart solutions and advanced products. However, logistics research is not yet sufficiently interlinked on an international level. Cutting edge research has to improve cooperation to implement efficient solutions and to enable a better sustainability performance within the European logistics sector.
The workshop aims at creating and deepening collaboration between researchers and representatives from industry (big companies as well as SMEs) who deal with innovation issues and are interested in tackling new projects in collaboration with researchers on an international and interdisciplinary scale. The target group comprises the research and innovation community within the six regions of the LOG4GREEN project as well as other logistics regions in Europe.
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
Interested researches and industry representatives from all over Europe are invited to submit applications for participation.
Further information about the workshop: https://www.uni-due.de/imperia/md/content/nlv/tackling_logistics_challenges_callforparticipation.pdf .
For further information about the LOG4GREEN project: https://www.log4green.eu .