26.09.2017 10:00
    New Research Project on Material Flow Networks

    Decentralized control in manufacturing and logistics has recently gained rising attention. Previous research focuses very much on the development of novel control algorithms and the required information and communication technology. An additional success factor for decentralized control has also been identified: the topology, i.e. the underlying structure of the material flow network. However, the topology has so far not been considered when developing decentralized control approaches.

    The project is funded by DFG, the German national research foundation, and aims at quantifying the influence of the topology of a material flow network on the logistic performance. Furthermore, it is aspired to investigate how control algorithms need to be configured depending on the network structure. The project started in August 2017.