Transport Engineering and Logistics
Transport systems grow in terms of size, capacity, complexity and ambient pollution. They also interact more with the environment and are controlled real time. People however expect industrial systems, and transport and production systems in particular to be safe, flexible, efficient, reliable, and labor extensive. Future transport systems therefore have to be designed in a different way focusing on their control and management, the powering of the equipment used, the effects of automation, and their ambient impact.To achieve this, our research and educational program is structured around the following three themes:
Within this framework, we propose new tools for design, control, simulation and optimization that are based on fundamental innovations and new insights gained into the physics of continuous transport phenomena, as well as the development of agile logistic control systems for discrete (event driven) transport systems using distributed intelligence.