Ministry of Education funds research project with South Korea on more effective use of cranes in container terminals

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) supports Professor Buer and ISL Applications GmbH. In the three-year international research project "PTOP", the two project partners, together with researchers from South Korea, intend to develop more effective procedures for planning operational processes in container terminals. PTOP refers to Policy-based Terminal Operations Planning. The decision support system to be developed is intended to help dispatchers to improve the use of rubber tyred gantry cranes within a container yard. Methods of optimization and simulation are combined. The use of the cranes is planned over several working shifts based on the expected workload for the individual bays of container blocks. It has to be decided how many cranes should be working at which locations and when and how heavy cranes should be moved. To unexpected changes in workload, e.g. due to delayed ship arrivals, it must be easy to react. Professor Buer heads the junior research group on Computational Logistics at the University of Bremen. ISL Applications GmbH offers the product CHESSCON, which is an internationally leading software for the simulation of container terminals.

The project partners from Bremen are researching together with partners from Busan, South Korea. Busan is South Korea’s second largest city after Seoul. Like Bremen, it is a maritime center. The port in Busan is the largest container port outside of China and handles approximately as many containers per year as Rotterdam and Hamburg together. The Korean project partners are Professor Soondo Hong of Pusan National University and Total Soft Bank, No. 2 in the Terminal Operating Systems market. They are sponsored by the National Research Foundation Korea, the counterpart to the German DFG. In addition to the content-related cooperation, the project should contribute to further stimulating the scientific and entrepreneurial exchange between Germany and South Korea.


Stellenausschreibung als wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in

An der Universität Bremen ist am Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaft in der Nachwuchsgruppe Computational Logistics ab sofort eine Stelle für eine/n wissenschaftliche/n Mitarbeiter/in mit Befristung bis zum 31.7.2020 unter dem Vorbehalt der Stellenfreigabe zu besetzen.

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LogDynamics Summer School (LOGISS) 2016

During February 29 - March 4, 2016 the 1st LogDynamics Summer School (LOGISS) will take place in Bremen, Germany. It is organized by the Bremen Research Cluster for Dynamics in Logistics (LogDynamics) of University of Bremen. 

The aim of LOGISS 2016, having the theme of Control Interface in Logistics: Data and Algorithms, is to introduce students to methods and tools to develop distributed control algorithms and interfaces.

For further information on LOGISS 2016 and how to apply see:


Best Paper Award MATES 2013

A paper on collaborative lot-sizing by Mario Ziebuhr, Tobias Buer and Herbert Kopfer has been awarded
the MATES 2013 best paper award.

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