The high-profile area exhibits high levels of application orientation and subsequently calls for accordant cooperation on research with logistics enterprises. Research topics include intelligent means of transportation, the transparency of information in logistics and production networks, cognitive robotics for the automation of logistics processes, real-time monitoring of the transport and handling of large consignments, process control in cargo loading and cargo-loading management, and status-oriented maintenance. Within the overall context, it should not be forgotten that with its ports the Federal State of Bremen is the second largest logistics location in Germany. With its research on the “intelligent container” – a collaborative project coordinated in Bremen within a BMBF innovation alliance – the high-profile area also creates linkages to the two high-profile areas of Materials Science and Information – Cognition – Communication. The University of Bremen has created the LogDynamics Lab to function as a demonstration center for the applications developed in this area. The Lab pursues the goal of transferring the results of research into practice and ensuring an exchange of ideas with industry, making it possible to test new products and applications in an application-oriented environment. In so doing it employs especially mobile technologies to facilitate the identification, localization, communication, sensory systems, acting (robotics) and process control. The Lab carries out numerous investigations and pilot studies for enterprises in the sectors of automobile manufacturing and aviation, as well as for the textile and beverage industries.
The international attraction of this high-profile area is illustrated in particular by the interest shown on the part of international young researchers. Young scholars and scientists – 80 percent of them from abroad – conduct research in the university-funded international graduate school “Dynamics in Logistics”. In 2011 the graduate school received an award from acatech, the German Academy of Engineering Sciences, for its global networking activities, which are described as exemplary for PhD projects in the engineering sciences. Close cooperation is pursued with Stony Brook University (USA), Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (Brazil) and Pusan National University (Korea). Moreover, the collaborative research center integrates two sub-projects from the USA (with the University of Wisconsin at Madison and George Mason University).
In close collaboration with the Engineering Sciences, the Computer Sciences, and Economics, the high-profile area investigates new developments in maritime economy and logistics, as well as the logistical challenges presented by complex structures, such as the construction of offshore wind parks – here, the university is positioned as one of the three leading locations of logistics research in Germany.
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