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Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Johannes Fottner 
Head of Chair of Materials Handling, Material Flow, Logistics
Technical University Munich (TUM)



Johannes Fottner’s research work focuses on several central topics of technical logistics, especially new technical solutions and systems approaches to improve logistical processes, including the control and optimization of material flow processes using innovative identification technologies (RFID), the development of logistics planning based on digital tools, and the role of humans within logistics. Fottner places a special emphasis on practical applications of scientific knowledge, especially in small and medium size enterprises (SMEs), for which the chair runs the Logistics Innovation Center (liz) and the RFID Application Center Munich (RFID-AZM) at TUM.

Johannes Fottner studied mechanical engineering at TUM and received his PhD at the same university in the field of materials handling, material flow and logistics. From 2002 to 2008, he held a number of managerial positions at the Swisslog Group. In 2008, he took over as managing director of the MIAS Group. 

Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Kai Furmans 
Head of the Institute of Material Handling Systems and Logistics
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)



His research interest is the coordination of decentralized activities in logistics systems. On one side, this is reflected in a series of research projects, where mechatronic systems for material handling systems are developed towards true Plug & Work Systems. On the other hand, the research is focused on transportation, warehousing and value-adding services which are decentrally implemented and are geographically spread out. Methods of research are either experimental (for the mechatronic part) or mathematical stochastic and optimisation models.

He is currently supervising the research projects of 15 Ph.D. candidates and two postdocs (at university and at research centre for information technologies FZI).

Kai Furmans is a professor for Logistics and Material Handling Systems at the KIT since 2003 and head of the Institute of Material Handling Systems and Logistics since 2005. He received an offer for a similar position at the University of Dresden in 2008, but decided to stay in Karlsruhe. He holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and a habilitation with a venia legendi for logistics.

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