Mobilität Digitization Circular economy Mobility Production


The passenger and freight transport is a key driver of growth, employment and social development. At the same time the transport sector is responsible to contribute significantly to the reduction of emissions and resource consumption. In order to meet the requirements of individual mobility and logistics solutions it is important to involve legal, environmental and social aspects in addition to economic and technical aspects. From a business perspective in this field of tension a wide range of questions arise that address the design and management of future mobility and logistics systems, the use of innovative powertrains and the planning of related value-added chains.

Key aspects

  • Market Simulation: To ensure the required market success of product and technology innovation in the field of mobility, it is of great importance to achieve a comprehensive understanding of the market players and market forces. For this purpose, we develop market simulation models of complex socio-economic/-technical systems. Due to the variety of players as well as various influencing factors and complex interdependencies, causing non-linearities and delays, we particularly apply approaches such as system dynamics or agent-based simulation.
  • Impact Assessment: Both policy and industry can apply a variety of measures to influence the development of mobility markets. Thereby, policy measures especially focus on steering the behavior of companies and customers in order to achieve political or societal objectives. Contrary, manufacturer measures primarily aim at influencing customer behavior in order to generate competitive advantages and comply with regulatory requirements. Taking into account the reactions of the relevant actors, we asses the impact of policy and manufacturer measures in terms of their effectiveness and  efficiency as well as unintended effects.
  • Planning of Mobility Systems: High traffic density, especially in urban areas, rising environmental pollution, and an increasing need for individual mobility require new mobility concepts. Against this background, we address questions related to the design and management of mobility systems. To answer these questions, methods of network planning, fleet management and revenue management are applied.
  • Planning of Urban Logistics: The increasing urbanization and individualization of production and trade as well as an increasing quantity of goods shipped in small lot sizes require a redesign of existing logistics concepts for urban areas. Against this background, we address strategic planning issues of urban logistics. To this end, we apply methods of network planning and simulation.
  • Planning of Supply Chains: Innovative product technologies in the field of mobility require the development of new production technologies and the redesign of established supply chains. Against this background, we address strategic issues of supply chain planning, such as planning of locations, capacities and technologies for production and recycling processes and make-or-buy decisions.
  • Sustainability Assessment: To achieve sustainability goals, it is necessary to involve legal, environmental, and social factors in addition to economic and technical aspects when deciding about innovative product and process technologies. Against this background, we develop approaches for the sustainability assessment of products and processes. On the one hand, the focus is on approaches allowing a well-founded economic assessment based on methods of capital budgeting as well as investment and cost estimation. On the other hand, we use qualitative and quantitative methods of multi-criteria decision support to trade-off economic, ecological and social aspects.

Selected projects

Selected publication

Contact persons

Dr. Kerstin Schmidt

Christian Thies

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