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“We shouldn’t humanize robots too much”

“We shouldn’t humanize robots too much”

Professor Nicole Krämer heads the Department of Social Psychology, Media and Communication at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Together with her team, she has investigated how humans treat human-like robots. In view of the increasing automation in industry, this research is relevant for cross-sector areas such as logistics. Professor Krämer, what were the results of your research? We are …

Wifi transmitter: Energy from the air

Wifi transmitter: Energy from the air

Here, the word "data stream" takes on a whole new meaning: researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Technical University of Madrid and other institutions have developed a method to capture and transform Wi-Fi signals into useful power for electronic devices. The idea is obvious, because the ubiquitous electromagnetic waves transport not only information but also …

Digital Support in Trade Fair Construction

Digital Support in Trade Fair Construction

In the next ten years, the logistics industry is likely to change more than in the past 150 years. The reason: digital innovations for the "industry of the future" and new communication standards such as 5G. The new technologies offer shippers and service providers the potential to completely reorganize their own processes and services. Above all medium to large industrial companies are therefore …

What does the status quo of Urban Logistics say about the future?

The Future of Our Cities – The Urban Logistics Challenge (Part 2/3)

What does the status quo of Urban Logistics say about the future?

In the first part of our series "Urban Mobility Challenges", we looked at possible urban logistics scenarios in 2030. In the second part, we focus on the latest figures on urban logistics in Germany and the forecasts derived from them. The BVL has published a dossier on this topic. In addition, we will explain why it is almost impossible to make longer-term transport forecasts. Logistics traffic is …

Live case study: “A Win-Win Situation for Doctoral Students and DB Schenker”

Live case study: “A Win-Win Situation for Doctoral Students and DB Schenker”

DB Schenker promotes young scientists in the logistics field. The annual Summer School of the Graduate School of Logistics (GSofLog) at the TU Dortmund has now completed its third live case study at a DB Schenker contract logistics location. We present the live cases and talk to Gerald Müller, Vice President of Process and Efficiency Management at DB Schenker. The Graduate School of Logistics at the …

Robots performing hard labor – research project for emptying sea containers

Robots performing hard labor – research project for emptying sea containers

Emptying a sea container is real work. In one shift, a worker moves roughly 80 tons of cargo. And that at temperatures of up to 80 degrees Celsius. Yes, it can get that hot in the containers during summer! Obviously, it is difficult to find sufficient staff for this type of job, especially in times of labor shortage. The problem is relevant. 70% of all sea freight is transported in containers. The …

Logistics on behalf of cosmic matter

Logistics on behalf of cosmic matter

What do you need to research the physics of cosmic matter? First, you have to create conditions that otherwise prevail during star explosions. Temperatures of up to 800 billion degrees Celsius, for example. But how? By colliding particles in particle accelerators at almost the speed of light. At the point of impact, cosmic matter is being produced for a brief moment. And what do you need to build …

Turnaround: German Mobility Award 2019

Turnaround: German Mobility Award 2019

At the beginning of August, the ten winners of the German Mobility Award 2019 were announced. We are presenting three winning projects and highlight this year's motto of the award: "Intelligent travelling: moving people - connecting living spaces" With the German Mobility Award, the initiative "Germany - Land of Ideas" and the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) make …

DB Schenker is testing electric delivery in several European cities

DB Schenker is testing electric delivery in several European cities

Electromobility is rapidly finding its way into commercial fleets. However, as the requirements for commercial customers differ significantly from those of a private customer, the manufacturers of electric vehicles often test them in practice together with their customers. They focus on the evaluation of vehicle ranges, infrastructure requirements, charging management, and service capacities. In the …

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