Research Projects


Broker for dynamic production networks

Start: 01/2019

End: 12/2021

In the mechanical and plant engineering sector, fluctuating demands and volatile market conditions are common. To address this, an online platform is being developed as part of the DPNB research project. This platform aims to connect providers and buyers of short-term production, assembly, and transportation capacities, enabling an agile and structurally flexible supply chain. In addition to the overall concept and component development, business models for operating the system are also being designed to offer a comprehensive solution.

The project results are intended to be available as a service toolbox for B2B marketplaces at the end of the project. Manufacturers of production systems can then utilize the system to facilitate their customers’ access to supply chains of other companies as providers of production capacities. It can also serve as a closed system for efficient management of their own supplier network. This leap in innovation ensures the competitiveness of German companies by expanding their technological competence.

Within the project consortium, the FZI is responsible for the modeling environment for machine-interpretable data, the real-time data infrastructure, and the design of algorithms for matching supply and demand.


Dr. David Sayah

Vice Department Manager
Division: Information Process Engineering

Research focus

Applied Artificial Intelligence

In this research focus, the FZI prioritizes the topics of Artificial Intelligence (AI) as well as human and AI engineering. In addition, the FZI deals with questions on dedicated AI hardware and predictive AI.

Intelligent Transportation Systems and Logistics

Intelligent solutions for the transportation of people and goods represent a focus topic of FZI’s application research. Particular attention is paid to public transport, the application of artificial intelligence, the further development of driving functions and their safeguarding, and open source & open data.

Funding notice:
The DPNB project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) within the framework of the program “Innovationen für die Produktion, Dienstleistung und Arbeit von morgen” (innovations for the production service and work of tomorrow).

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