2017: ICPLT

Third Interdisciplinary Conference on Production, Logistics and Traffic (ICPLT) at TU Darmstadt

From the 25th – 26th of September, the third Interdisciplinary Conference on Production, Logistics and Traffic (ICPLT) took place in Darmstadt. The conference is located alternately at TU Darmstadt and TU Dortmund and takes place every two years. This year, Prof. Elbert was presiding the organization committee. The conference addresses an interdisciplinary audience concerned with the disciplines of production, logistics and traffic and serves as a platform for knowledge-exchange and networking. The main target of the conference is to analyse mutual dependencies and conflicts of interest between the areas of production, logistics and traffic and to find scientific and application-oriented solution approaches.

Prof. Elbert himself presented several of his research projects at the conference: Together with Katrin Scharf, he talked about the topic “The influence of digitalization on the port choice behavior”. Furthermore, he gave an insight into the research of “Simulation-based analysis of the effects of differences in demand on user behavior n multi-user warehouses” together with Jan-Karl Knigge. Finally, Anne Friedrich presented her contribution with the title “A planning approach for the implementation of Lean in-house transport systems in brownfield plants”.

This year´s conference was attended by over 80 participants from 14 countries. One of the key topics among the conference contributions were the current economic, technical, ecological and societal influences on the field of production, logistics and traffic. Furthermore, a significant amount of contributions dealt with the topic “Production, Logistics and Traffic in an Urban Context” showing the actuality and importance of this specific topic.

Besides the numerous presentations, the conference has been supported by four keynote presentations held by Prof. Alan McKinnon (Professor Kühne Logistics University), Prof. Lóránt A. Tavasszy (Professor Delft University of Technology), Dr. Christian Langhagen-Rohrbach (Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transport and Regional Development, State of Hessen) and Hasso Georg Grünjes (Siemens AG).

At the end of the first conference day, a dinner was organised giving the participants the chance for further discussions and networking.

On the last conference day, the awarding of the “Best Paper award” took place. It is intended to honour the most outstanding contribution to IPLT's scope of research in terms of interdisciplinarity, innovation of content, scientific attractiveness and practical relevance. This year, the contribution “Shipment size modelling and the impact of latent class: comparison of French and German results” by Raphael Piendl, Martin Koning, François Combes and Gernot Liedtke received the award.

In retrospect of a successful conference in Darmstadt, the organisation team is already looking forward to the fourth ICPLT which is anticipated to take place from the 27th-28th march 2019.

For more information on ICPLT, please follow this link: http://www.icplt.org