Logistics and Supply Chain Optimisation


The aim of the supply chain management is the efficiency optimisation of logistic systems (e.g. transportation networks, storage and production sites), of which the collaboration describes the supply chain as a cross-company value network.

The increasing complexity of contemporary logistics systems impedes the achievement of the aim. The increased level of detail, which is realisable through technological innovations like Auto-ID technologies, but also the changed environment as well as raised customer expectations, increase the complexity and thus impede the efficient controllability of logistic units. Particularly, the consideration of uncertain and often unexpected developments, make the efficient planning and controlling a challenge. Predictable impacts like seasonal surges in demand, can be better integrated into the logistics planning than e.g. natural phenomenons, transportation failures or production faults. Thus, a new aim for logistics and supply chain management increasingly comes to the fore: Even in the case of volatile or stochastic changes, the timely demand fulfilment of the underlying logistics system has to be ensured.

Besides the further development of scientific methods as well the IT-based implementation of decision-supporting software systems for the conventional logistical problems, researchers at the FZI deal with new challenges and their solution. The focus is set on procedures for the planning of reliable transportation networks (strategic, tactical, operational) with asymmetric information of the different participants, procedures for the optimal summary of geographical units in the territorial planning, procedures for the scheduling of production or staff as well as new approaches of the supply chain risk or the disruption management yet to be developed.

Contact person

Dr.-Ing. Felix Brandt




Felix Brandt studierte Informatik am Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) mit den Schwerpunkten Algorithmen- und Softwaretechnik. Von 2010 bis 2018 arbeitete er als wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter und Projektleiter am FZI im Forschungsbereich IPE mit dem Schwerpunkt Logistik und Supply-Chain-Optimierung. Seit 2018 leitet er die Abteilung Logistics Systems Engineering (LSE) am FZI.

Felix Brandt ist Experte für Planungs- und Optimierungsfragestellungen aus Produktion und Logistik. Im Rahmen seiner Tätigkeit als Projektmitarbeiter/Projektleiter entwickelt er in zahlreichen Projekten mit KMU und Großunternehmen (u.a. Lufthansa Cargo, PTV Group, Dillinger Hütte, Daimler TSS) innovative Lösungen und bringt diese in die Praxis.

2017 promovierte Felix Brandt am Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) summa cum laude zum Thema "The Air Cargo Load Planning Problem". In diesem Rahmen erarbeitete er Lösungen für verschiedenste Planungsprobleme in der Luftfracht, u.a. 3D-Ladeplanung, Weight&Balance, Operations Scheduling und Netzwerkplanung.

Seine derzeitigen Forschungsinteressen liegen in der Planung und Optimierung komplexer Systeme durch die Entwicklung effizienter Algorithmen und den Einsatz verschiedenster Methoden der künstlichen Intelligenz (kombinatorische Optimierung, Constraint-Programmierung, Bildverarbeitung). 


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E-Mail: brandt@dont-want-spam.fzi.de