June 2021





Artificial Intelligence Helps People During Assembly

A new assistance system for manual assembly stations can support workers individually in the future with the help of artificial intelligence; assembly errors and process times are reduced. The BIBA - Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik presents the prototype. The assistance system analyzes the process data collected at the assembly station and camera-based information. Image processing and machine learning methods are used with regard to the ergonomic and production-related work situation. The system checks the assembly process and the quality of the finished product. In the process, it integrates employee-centered assistance functionalities.

Contact: Christoph Petzoldt
Further info: Profile
Photo: Sabine Nollmann


The Role of the Maritime Industry in Establishing a German Hydrogen Economy

Together with its partners Sphera Solutions GmbH and GMW Consultancy, the Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics (ISL) is currently conducting a study for the German Maritime Center (DMZ), which defines the tasks for the maritime industry and public sector in establishing the hydrogen industry, from production to storage and transport to the consumer. The study considers the use of hydrogen technology in all sub-sectors of the maritime industry, including seaports as hydrogen consumers, sites for test facilities and industrial locations as well as ships and the production of offshore wind energy.

Contact: Dr. Nils Meyer-Larsen
Further info: German Maritime Center
Photo: Pixabay


Increased Energy Efficiency through Digitalization and AI


In spite of excellent results, which are published by funded research projects on digitalization and AI, there is still a lack of systematic solutions for SMEs. EcoKI a project of the BIBA-Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik supports SMEs by developing an infrastructure for increasing energy efficiency through AI technologies and pursues the following goals:
1. Make digitalization and AI modules(solutions) more generic in the area of energy efficiency.
2. Reduction of barriers that SMEs encounter when they begin to use digitalization and machine learning solutions for increase energy efficiency.


Contact: Dr.- Ing. Andre Decker


Know-How Protection for Trustworthy Electronics

The goal of the flagship initiative “Trustworthy Electronics” (“Vertrauenswürdige Elektronik”), which is being funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), is the research into and development of new methods, solutions, and processes, that range from design to production, analysis, and assessment. The aim of the “CirroStrato” project is to research the implementation of so-called reconfigurable transistors that serve the purpose of protecting intellectual property of chip layouts. The Computer Architecture working group (AGRA) at the University of Bremen is led by Professor Rolf Drechsler and carries out central tasks surrounding testing and verification of the new security mechanisms.


Contact: Prof. Dr. Rolf Drechsler
Further info: University of Bremen, BMBF, Projects
Photo: Adobe Stock / xiaoliangge



Safe Sorting Processes with Little Effort: MARS Relies on Autonomous Mobile Robot


Automated guided vehicles or autonomous mobile robots are widely used for sortation applications in postal and e-commerce applications. Currently, two contrasting solutions are present in the market. First, collaborative sorting robots and second, non-collaborative systems. The MARS project of the BIBA - Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik will develop an intelligent system that allows switching between these two principles. Based on an existing vehicle, it offers the optimal compromise between the two modes of operation; it is safe for humans and at the same time offers maximum possible efficiency through increased driving speed in closed-off areas.


Contact: Jasper Wilhelm
Photo: Matteo Gill


Human-Technology Interaction with Logistics Systems: KoMILo Enables Intuitive Programming and Control


Technical logistics systems are becoming increasingly flexible, resulting in configuration and control activities of such systems to become more complex and require highly qualified IT experts. The KoMILo research project aims to develop an intuitive and intelligent user interface enabling lower-qualified employees to perform configuration and system monitoring on a specialist level. By designing a system-independent framework that utilizes the digital twin as well as multimodal human-machine interaction, the project at the BIBA-Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik eases the handling of various complex configuration and control operations.


Contact: Christoph Petzoldt, Lars Panther
Further info: Profile
Photo: InnoWi GmbH / Jonas Ginte


Esa Project SUMO4Rail Completed with Detailed Findings

With the recent final presentation, the SUMO4Rail project, which the Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics (ISL) carried out with its partners for the European Space Agency (esa), was successfully completed. The project’s objective was to investigate and evaluate the data of the German Ground Motion Service (BBD) of the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) in areas of rail infrastructure and to further develop it according to the respective use case. Based on a requirements analysis, a demonstrator was developed. ISL's main task was to validate the demonstrator with respect to user requirements.

Contact: Dr. Nils Meyer-Larsen
Further info: eo science for society
Photo: Esa


VIVATOP: More Insight during Liver Surgery

Liver surgery requires the highest level of precision as the organ is made up of a complex vascular architecture and is responsible for essential bodily tasks. Computer-aided 3D technologies can help surgeons to gain a better spatial understanding prior to surgery in order to reduce the connected risks. A network led by the Center for Computing Technologies (TZI) at the University of Bremen has now developed 3D applications that especially support surgery planning, carrying out of the procedure, and the training of future surgeons.
Contact: Prof. Dr. Rainer Malaka
Furthe info: Project Website, University of Bremen
Photo: University Hospital for Visceral Surgery/apoQlar/VIVATOP


Visualization - with a View to Improving Quality Inspection Processes

The project ViProQAS at the BIBA - Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik addresses a system solution that enables the operative execution of quality inspection processes by means of visual support. The representation is done by projections on 2D and 3D objects. Approaches with augmented reality on mobile devices are deliberately not pursued, since not only a visualization, but also a recording and control of the activities is aimed at. This is not possible to a sufficient extent with the systems currently available on the market. The information for the visualization is derived in the audit system and the recorded data is forwarded to the corresponding systems.

Contact: Dirk Schweers
Further info: Profile


Revolutionizing Industrial Production: ACROBA Project Uses Cutting-Edge Technology


The EU-funded ACROBA project at BIBA -Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik is in the process of developing a breakthrough concept of scalable cognitive robotics platforms to revolutionize industrial production. This will be achieved by using high technology and applying agile manufacturing principles. This will enable the rapid reconfiguration of robotics production platforms, allowing the implementation of advanced, cost-effective robotics solutions in small and large industrial applications.


Contact: Zied Ghrairi, Shantanoo Desai
Further info: Project Website (in progress), LinkedIn, Twitter


MaritIEm Project Website is Online


The website for the project MaritIEm has been released at the end of April and can be accessed at The website provides information about the initial situation, the project goal and the methodological approach. With the possibility to subscribe to our newsletter you can stay informed about the latest press releases concerning the project as well as research-relevant topics. MaritIEm is a research project within the framework of the mFUND research initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI). The project has been running since June 2020 until May 2023 and the Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics (ISL) is coordinator of the project.


Contact: Flóra Gulyás
Further info: Project Website
Photo: Pixabay


Software Solution for Condition Monitoring: AssetUP 4.0 Targets Intelligent Processing of Production and Process Data


The aim of this project at BIBA - Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik is to bring a new software solution for condition monitoring and predictive analytics to the market. The focus relies on a systematic approach, combining the relevant AI algorithms, concepts, and specific solution into an industrial ecosystem. This project will deliver a novel distributed and resilient platform for production and process data ingestion and intelligence (with a focus on predictive maintenance and augmented reality for maintenance), based on microservices and federated machine learning.

Contact: Marco Franke


Optimizing Interaction Capabilities Using Digital and AI-based Systems


The EKIMuPP research project of the BIBA – Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik GmbH aims to specifically increase the degree of innovation by integrating digital and AI-based systems. Thus, the project is dedicated to the development of an innovation-oriented assembly system that increases and optimizes the interaction of employees along the entire assembly process chain through digital interaction options. The overall system will be developed modular so that it can be adapted to changing conditions, and its benefits will finally demonstrated and evaluated in practice.

Contact: Dennis Keiser
Further info: Profile


Event-based Process Visualization through Controlled LED Lighting

In the teaching project "Event-based process visualization based on microcontroller-controlled LED lighting" of the BIBA - Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik GmbH, a visual output interface for human-machine interaction was developed for the parcel unloading robot of the project "IRiS - Interactive robotic system for unloading sea containers". The new interface makes it possible to quickly see the system status and condition even from a greater distance. This is of particular importance for an interactive system such as the (semi-) autonomous robot. In the teaching project, a requirements analysis, hardware layout, a visualization concept and the light control software were elaborated.

Contact: Lennart Rolfs
Photo: Lennart Rolfs/BIBA




Science Award for Michael Beetz


Stationary retail is not only suffering due to the COVID-19 pandemic but has been doing so for many years thanks to the competition with online retail. The Institute for Artificial Intelligence (IAI) at the University of Bremen is developing new solutions that are to put traditional stores back in the competition again – both in terms of financial aspects and service quality. The IAI director, Professor Michael Beetz, received the Science Award 2021 for this research on March 17, 2021. The EHI Stiftung and GS1 Germany awarded the prize for pioneering work in the retail and consumer goods industry.

Contact: Prof. Michael Beetz
Further info: PRAC
Photo: TZI / University of Bremen


Personnel News


Prof. Dr. Aseem Kinra is New Spokesman for the IGS


The International Graduate School for Dynamics in Logistics (IGS) has a new spokesman: Prof. Dr. Aseem Kinra, Head of the Chair of Global Supply Chain Management at the University of Bremen, will succeed Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hans-Dietrich Haasis as of May 2021. Prof. Kinra's research covers global supply chain management with a focus on value creation, barriers and complexity in cross-border value chains, especially in relation to logistics and transportation systems.


Contact: Prof. Dr. Aseem Kinra
Further info: University of Bremen


LogDynamics Welcomes a New Member: Prof. Dr. Daniel Schmand

Since March, Daniel Schmand has been Junior Professor for Discrete Optimization at the Center for Technomathematics at the University of Bremen and a member of LogDynamics since May. Previously, he studied mathematics at TU Berlin and received his PhD from RWTH Aachen University in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. Afterwards, he worked as a PostDoc at the Goethe University Frankfurt. Daniel Schmand works on efficient solution methods for discrete optimization problems, as they often occur in logistics. In addition to basic research, he applies mathematical optimization methods in real practical applications.

Contact: Prof. Dr. Daniel Schmand
Further info: University of Bremen




Lecture Series "Dynamics in Logistics - 25 Years of Logistics Research in Bremen"

Dates: May 5 - December 1, 2021

Venue: Online

2021 is an anniversary year: The University of Bremen celebrates its 50th anniversary, 55 years ago the first container was introduced by the Bremen Ports and the cluster LogDynamics, has been successfully conducting logistics research in Bremen for 25 years. LogDynamics is celebrating the anniversary with several activities. The lecture series "Dynamics in Logistics - 25 years of logistics research in Bremen", started on May 5. On the first Wednesday of each month from 5 to 6 p.m., LogDynamics scientists present their research activities. The topics range from container logistics and digitalization to sustainability issues. 


Contact: Prof. Dr.- Ing. Michael Freitag
Further info: Registration

Photo: LogDynamics



Virtual Tour: Digitalization in Production and Logistics - Product Meets Process, Digital Meets Real

Date: June 18, 2021, 1:00 pm
Venue: Online


The next Digital Day will be held on June 18, 2021. The action day offers a platform to highlight various aspects of digitalization, to discuss opportunities and challenges and to initiate a broad social dialog. LogDynamics is helping to shape the Digitaltag and, in cooperation with BIBA and the Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum Bremen, is presenting exciting demonstrators on the topic of digitalization in production and logistics.



Contact: Stefan Wiesner
Further info: Registration





The Digitalization Turbo for SMEs - How to Digitalize Practically and Effectively


June 18, 2021, 3:00 pm

Venue: Online


In the online workshop in cooperation with the Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum Bremen, a tried-and-tested methodology that you can use to digitalize successfully and efficiently will be presented. Learn about new technologies and practical examples in medium-sized companies. Whether craft, logistics, mechanical engineering, retail, wholesale or service, every company consists of complex business processes. These must be presented in a suitable form, restructured and reorganized with the help of new technologies and funding programs in your target direction. Subsequently, also suitable funding programs will be introduced.


Contact: Henry Ekwaro-Osire
Further info: Registration

Photo: Robert Kneschke/Fotolia



Qualification of Scientific Innovation Ambassadors Progresses


January - July 2021, Bremen


After the first digital workshops for the qualification of scientific innovation ambassadors in January and March, another module of the education offer took place from May 18 to 20. Over the course of three exciting days, participants learned the basics of the design thinking approach and were able to gain an overview of the various project management methods.
After completing the qualification, regional logistics SMEs have the opportunity to have their innovation potential analyzed by the innovation ambassadors and receive concrete suggestions for suitable implementation measures.


Contact: Wiebke Duhme
Further info: BreLogik



Bremen on the Way to a Climate-Resilient Future


The consequences of climate change are already affecting Bremen today. What suitable adaptation measures might look like in the future has been investigated over the past three years in the joint project "Klimaresiliente Zukunftsstadt Bremen" (BREsilient), led by the senator for climate protection, environment, mobility, urban development and house building of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen. In the workshop "Vulnerability and Climate Adaptation in the Maritime Logistics & Food Industry", IÖW (Institute for Ecological Economy Research) and the Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics (ISL) presented adaptation measures for the two industries.


Contact: Rainer Müller
Further info: Project Website

Photo: Pixabay



OPEN CAMPUS of the University of Bremen


From June 7 to 11, the traditional OPEN CAMPUS of the University of Bremen took place in digital format for the first time. Under the motto "Open Worlds - Share Knowledge", departments, institutes and facilities showed for five days what they are made of, an interactive map enabled the virtual visit. LogDynamics participated in the Open Campus with two online events:
- the international exchange on June 9 "Who Wants to Become a Doctor logistics? Who Already Is?"
- the virtual tour in the BIBA Shop Floor Lab and in the LogDynamics Lab on June 11 "Logistics and Industry 4.0".
Both events were well received by the numerous visitors.


Contact: Aleksandra Himstedt
Further info: University of Bremen

Photo: Marcus Meyer/ Matterport






ISL Prepares Study on the Economic Importance of the Port of Hamburg

What is the regional and overall economic importance of the Port of Hamburg? This was investigated by ISL together with Partners on behalf of the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA). The researchers prove that the Port of Hamburg contributes to the economic strength of the metropolitan region and beyond in a variety of ways. The various sectors of the port economy, such as terminal operations and associated service providers, provide thousands of jobs. In addition, they secure the supply of raw materials to companies and their sales of goods overseas and in European short-sea markets.

Contact: Dr. Sönke Maatsch
Further info: Management Summary

Photo: Pixabay



“Still Analogue Or Are You Already Living?”


Many people know him: Nœrdman. The nerd from Northern Germany. He makes us smirk with his comics on social media. The creators of Nœrdman, Professor Rolf Drechsler and Dr. Jannis Stoppe, have now published their first book with the character. There’s a lot to learn and to laugh about.


Contact: Prof. Dr. Rolf Drechsler
Further info: Still Analogue Or Are You Already Living?

Photo: Noerdman



Perlmutter Revisited: Revealing the Anomic Mindset

Professor Aseem Kinra, together with international colleagues, has published a new paper in the prestigious Financial Times (FT-50) listed Journal of International Business Studies. The study uncovers anomic managerial behavior by highlighting the disconnect between MNEs and managers refusing to multinationalize. The observations imply that cultural thinking patterns should be incorporated in the context of technology use to reflect the complexity of global supply chain management.
Contact: Prof. Dr. Aseem Kinra

Further info: Perlmutter Revisited: Revealing the Anomic Mindset



Calls for Papers


LDIC 2022 Call for Papers

The International Conference on Dynamics in Logistics (LDIC) is a biennial conference organized by LogDynamics. The next edition will be held on February 23 – 25, 2022 at the University of Bremen. Dynamics of logistic processes and networks are at the heart of the conference. We invite empirical, theoretical, methodological, and practice-oriented contributions addressing the modeling, planning, optimization and control of processes in supply chains, logistic networks, production systems, and material flow systems and facilities. LDIC 2022 provides a forum for the discussion of advances in that matter. Deadline for submission of full papers: September 1, 2021
Contact: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Freitag

Further info: LDIC 2022, Call for Papers

Photo: Aleksandra Himstedt