Dr. Arne Schuldt
CEO and Researcher

Cloud Computing for Autonomous Control in Logistics

A. Schuldt, K. A. Hribernik, J. D. Gehrke, K.-D. Thoben, and O. Herzog

Centre for Computing and Communication Technologies (TZI)
University of Bremen, Am Fallturm 1, D-28359 Bremen

BIBA - Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik GmbH
University of Bremen, Hochschulring 20, D-28359 Bremen


Logistics processes in a globalised economy are increasingly complex, dynamic, and distributed. These properties pose major challenges for logistics planning and control. Conventional centralised approaches are frequently limited in their efficiency due to the high number of logistics objects and parameters to be considered. As an alternative, the paradigm of autonomous control in logistics delegates decision-making to the participating logistics objects themselves. This allows for decreasing the computational effort and coping with dynamics locally. Implementing autonomous logistics with intelligent software agents makes logistics control flexible and scalable with respect to transient demands. In order to meet customer demands, however, also the underlying hardware platform must be scalable. To this end, this paper examines cloud computing as a hardware platform abstraction for autonomous logistics. It discusses and compares different approaches how cloud computing can facilitate logistics control with intelligent software agents.


Schuldt, A., Hribernik, K. A., Gehrke, J. D., Thoben, K.-D., and Herzog, O. (2010). Cloud Computing for Autonomous Control in Logistics. In Fähnrich, K.-P. and Franczyk, B. (eds.): 40th Annual Conference of the German Society for Computer Science (GI 2010). Leipzig, Germany, September 27-October 1, 2010. LNI 175, Gesellschaft für Informatik, pp. 305-310.

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