Textbook "Energy-Related Material Flow Simulation in Production and Logistics" published

Springer has published the new textbook "Energy-Related Material Flow Simulation in Production and Logistics". Prof. Steffen Strassburger has contributed to this book as editor and co-author of the chapter "Classification, Input Data, and Key Performance Indicators".

The book contributes to the department's research on the simulation and optimization of energetic aspects of production systems.

20th ASIM Dedicated Conference Simulation in Production and Logistics

We are pleased to have been entrusted by the ASIM Expert Group Simulation in Production and Logistics with the organization of the 20th ASIM Dedicated Conference Simulation in Production and Logistics.

The conference took place in Ilmenau from 13.09.2023 to 15.09.2023 with more than 150 participants. We were able to feature 4 parallel tracks, 2 keynotes, 4 tutorials, 1 simulation award winner, 49 presentations, 1 Welcome Reception and 1 Networking Dinner.

New technical insights were gained in particular in the areas of "sustainability" and "digital twins" in production and logistics. 

More information about the results of the conference can be found in a recent press release of the TU Ilmenau. The conference program can be found on the conference website. The complete conference proceedings are available free of charge in the digital library of Thuringia.

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Successful Dissertation Defence

On 08.02.2022 Ms. Anke Hafner successfully defended her dissertation with the title "Mobile Assistance Systems in Intralogistics Planning of the Automotive Industry - Design, Benefits and Acceptance of Augmented Reality-based Human-Machine Interfaces".

We congratulate quite cordially!

Digital Twins in the Age of Industry 4.0

We are co-chairing a minitrack at next year’s HICSS conference dedicated to Digital Twins for Decision Making in the Age of Industry 4.0. Please consider submitting your research.

The Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) is a high quality scientific conference focusing on various aspects of information systems. HICSS enforces a rigorous peer review and it is listed among the top conferences in information systems. Next year’s HICSS takes place on Maui from January 3-6, 2023.

Please feel free to contact us upfront if you consider submitting a paper to the minitrack. The deadline for full papers is June 15, 2022.

The complete description of the minitrack can be found here.

Joint Special Issue on Hybrid Simulation

As one of the guest editors Prof. Straßburger would like to invite submissions for a joint special issue of the "Journal of Simulation" and "Health Systems".

Details can be found here.

New TOMACS Paper of the Department

The article "Knowledge Discovery in Simulation Data" was published in the November 2020 issue of the ACM Transactions on Modeling and Computer Simulation (TOMACS).

This article summarizes our work on knowledge discovery in simulation data that was initiated by the PhD work of Dr. N. Feldkamp. TOMACS is one of the highest ranked journals in the field of simulation. Reading the article is recommended for all students who intend on pursuing a thesis in the context of this exciting topic.


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Successful Dissertation Defense

On 15.07.2020, Ms. Anna Carina Römer successfully defended her dissertation entitled "Simulation-based Optimization of Energy Efficiency in Production". The thesis was published by Springer-Verlag in the series "Advanced Studies in Business Digitization".


Textbook "Process Simulation in the Automotive Industry" published

Springer Vieweg Verlag has published the new textbook "Process Simulation in the Automotive Industry". Co-authors of this book are Dr. Sören Bergmann and Prof. Steffen Straßburger, who contributed the chapter "Automatic Model Generation - Status, Classification and an Application Example".

We would like to thank the editors Mr. Mayer, Mr. Pöge, Dr. Spieckermann and Prof. Wenzel for the constructive cooperation.

Successful Start of the BMBF Research Project "DaWiS"

On 01.01.2020, the official starting signal was given for the BMBF-funded research project "DaWiS". In DaWiS, we are working with several partners on methods for data farming and knowledge discovery in simulation data.

The project has a total duration of 2 years and offers room for student participation, e.g. through theses.

The project is coordinated and managed by SimPlan AG. Project manager for the subproject of the TU Ilmenau is Dr. Sören Bergmann, who is also available for further information.

Successful Defense of the Dissertation

On 25/11/2019, Mr. Karl-J. Wack successfully defended his dissertation entitled "Interdisciplinary Safeguarding of Production Planning in the Automotive Industry".

We congratulate very much!

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Successful Defense of the Dissertation

On 2019-09-10, Mr. Niclas Feldkamp successfully defended his dissertation entitled "Knowledge Discovery in the Context of Production Simulation". Mr. Feldkamp received the grade "Summa Cum Laude".

We congratulate very much!

Foundation of the Group

The Group for Information Technology in Production and Logistics (ITPL) was newly founded with the appointment of Prof. S. Straßburger to the Department of Mechanical Engineering on 27.07.2018. It succeeds the Group for Industrial Information Systems, which was located at the Department of Economic Sciences and Media, and at the same time takes over some tasks of the former Groups for Factory Operations and Computer Applications in Mechanical Engineering of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

The Group continues to be affiliated with the Department of Economic Sciences and Media via a secondary membership of Prof. S. Straßburger and will continue the existing courses in the department's degree programmes.

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MKWI 2016: Sub-Conference on Digital Factory and Industry 4.0

In 2016, the Institute of Information Systems at TU Ilmenau hosted and organized the Multiconference on Information Systems (MKWI).

The Group for Industrial Information Systems (now Information Technology in Production and Logistics), under the leadership of Prof. Straßburger, organized in coordination with Prof. Wenzel (University of Kassel) the sub-conference with the title "From the Digital Factory to Industry 4.0 - Methods and Tools for Planning and Control of Intelligent Production and Logistics Systems".

The sub-conference met with a great response. Innovative ideas and practical reports in this exciting topic area were submitted, presented, and discussed.

For the sub-conference, 10 contributions were submitted, of which 6 could be accepted for presentation. We thank all authors and reviewers!

The sub-conference papers were presented in the morning of the second conference day. The sub-conference was very well attended (about 50 participants) and a complete success! Thanks to all presenters for the interesting talks and all participants for the exciting discussions.

Afterwards, a panel discussion on the topic "Industry 4.0" took place.

The contributions of the sub-conference are available online in volume III of the conference proceedings.

Appointment to the "Wirtschaft 4.0" Advisory Board

Prof. Straßburger was appointed to the advisory board of the "Thuringian Competence Center Wirtschaft 4.0" in December 2015.

The "Thuringian Competence Center Wirtschaft 4.0" is a contact point for Thuringian entrepreneurs from all industries and sectors with questions about digitalization. In addition to workshops and events, the Competence Center advises on the economic potential and provides support on the path to intelligently networked production and service provision.

Science award for final thesis

Mr. Niclas Feldkamp was awarded the science prize "Per aspera ad astra" on 11 October 2014. He received the award for his master thesis "Automatic generation of route networks for microscopic traffic simulation".

The master thesis investigated how the effort for generating the underlying route networks can be reduced in the field of microscopic traffic simulation and whether freely available data sources (such as OpenStreetMap) are suitable as a basis for such simulations.

Results of the work were also published under the title "Automatic Generation of Route Networks for Microscopic Traffic Simulations" at the 2014 Winter Simulation Conference in Savannah, GA.


New hardware in the digital factory

Since the summer semester 2014, a flexible 46'' multi-touch visualization system has been available in the "Digital Factory" computer laboratory of the department. This has a high-resolution, capacitive display and can recognize up to 60 touch points simultaneously.

This "multi-touch table" can be used, for example, in conjunction with 3D visualizations as a planning table. Furthermore, a variety of application scenarios are conceivable, from the entertainment sector to applications in industrial companies.

The department is looking forward to interested students who would like to work with this visualization system (e.g. in final theses or seminar papers) and develop their own ideas for this.

Successful defense of the dissertation

On March 17, 2014, Mr. Torben Meyer successfully defended his dissertation entitled "Economic Creation of Emulation Models for Virtual Commissioning".

We congratulate Mr. Meyer very much!

Successful defense of the dissertation

On 12.09.2013, Mr. Sören Bergmann successfully defended his dissertation entitled "Automatic Generation of Adaptive Models for the Simulation of Production Systems". Mr. Bergmann received the grade "Summa Cum Laude".

We congratulate very much!

TOMACS publication of the department.

The article "Bridging the gap: a standards-based approach to OR/MS distributed simulation" appeared in the November 2012 issue of ACM Transactions on Modeling and Computer Simulation (TOMACS). TOMACS is one of the highest quality ranked journals in the field of simulation. Reading the article is recommended for all students who are pursuing a thesis in the context of distributed simulation at the department.


Prof. Straßburger becomes Associate Editor of the "Journal of Simulation" (JOS)

After serving on the editorial board of the Journal of Simulation (JOS) for several years, Prof. Straßburger was appointed Associate Editor of JOS in May 2012. JOS focuses on publishing novel topics in the field of discrete-event simulation. JOS sets high scientific standards and is listed in the Science Citation Index of Thomson Reuters.

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Seminar on the VDA Toolbox for Plant Simulation

For more than 5 years, students of various courses of study at the TU Ilmenau have been able to get to know the VDA toolbox for Plant Simulation within the framework of a block seminar lasting several days and thus deepen their simulation knowledge in a practical way.

The aim of the project seminar is to get to know the simulation kit provided for this event by the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) in a practical and hands-on way and thus to gain insights into the modeling of production systems in an automotive context.

The seminar is offered annually in cooperation with the Workflow Simulation Working Group of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA). The seminar is suitable for students with appropriate prior knowledge of simulation, e.g. acquired in the courses of study in business informatics, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering or automotive engineering. A certificate of participation from the VDA is issued for successful participation.

With the help of the building blocks used here, well-known automobile manufacturers (including Audi, BMW, Daimler and VW) and their suppliers (e.g. EDAG, Schäffler, ZF Friedrichshafen) create simulation studies in the production planning process, for virtual commissioning as well as for supporting ongoing operations. The simulator Plant Simulation, which is already known in the studies, serves as a basis.

Dr. Sören Bergmann will be happy to answer any questions about the next course and to receive advance registrations by email.

Staff member of the department receives call to Mittweida University of Applied Sciences

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We congratulate Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Dirk Pawlaszczyk on receiving and accepting a call to the University of Applied Sciences Mittweida!

Mr. Pawlaszczyk was a staff member at the Institute of Information Systems at the TU Ilmenau until 2007 and did his doctorate at our department on the topic of "Scalable Agent-Based Simulation". After working in industry at EADS Elbeflugzeugwerke GmbH, Mr. Pawlaszczyk will now start as a professor at Mittweida University of Applied Sciences on 1.9.2011.

PADS 2011 - Principles of Advanced and Distributed Simulation

The department was co-organizer of the renowned international ACM conference "Principles of Advanced and Distributed Simulation" (PADS 2011) in Nice from June 14-17, 2011.

The proceedings of the conference, for which Prof. Strassburger was responsible as Program Chair, are available at IEEEXplore.