Hyperconnected Logistics Systems


The connectivity between different users, applications and end devices has increased significantly. In this context, hyperconnectivity promotes the connectivity between everything and everyone. As such, hyperconnectivity includes human-to-human, machine-to-human and machine-to-machine communication.

Hyperconnected Logistics Systems

Design Science

Design science represents a research approach that aims to build artefacts - such as models, IT solutions or methods – for relevant problems in a certain domain (e.g. logistics). Thereby, the rigor evaluation of environmental needs for certain artefacts as well as the rigor evaluation of the artifacts themselves is of major importance when developing new knowledge and research insights.

The research field investigates methods and tools supporting the analysis, design and evaluation of smart hyperconnected logistics systems. Thereby the focus is on the in-depth view and overarching reconciliation of the dimensions (1) (digital) supply chain processes, (2) intelligent transportation systems and (3) automated driving.

Point of departure represent methods from information system research for the design of such systems. Taking a design science research approach, methods and tools in the field of transport logistics will be investigated, enhanced and developed. These developments are intended to help logistics providers and stakeholders to meet the requirements of the market, to evaluate the potential of automated driving, and to design suitable strategies, products, sales structures and processes.