Understanding Autonomous Cooperation and Control in Logistics

The Impact of Autonomy on Management, Information, Communication and Material Flow

  • Michael Hülsmann
  • Katja Windt

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXVIII
  2. Changing Paradigms in Logistics — Understanding the Shift from Conventional Control to Autonomous Cooperation and Control

  3. Fundamental Basics and Concepts of Autonomous Control and Cooperation

    1. Michael Hülsmann, Christine Wycisk, Robin Agarwal, Jörn Grapp
      Pages 23-44
    2. Markus Becker, Koojana Kuladinithi, Andreas Timm-Giel, Carmelita Görg
      Pages 45-56
    3. Felix Böse, Katja Windt
      Pages 57-72
    4. Lars Arndt, Georg Müller-Christ
      Pages 85-101
    5. Karsten Hölscher, Renate Klempien-Hinrichs, Peter Knirsch, Hans-Jörg Kreowski, Sabine Kuske
      Pages 103-120
    6. Bernd Scholz-Reiter, Fabian Wirth, Michael Freitag, Sergey Dashkovskiy, Thomas Jagalski, Christoph de Beer et al.
      Pages 121-138
  4. Autonomous Control Methods for the Managment, Information and Communication Layer

    1. Michael Hülsmann, Jörn Grapp, Ying Li, Christine Wycisk
      Pages 169-192
    2. Michael Hülsmann, Christine Wycisk
      Pages 193-206
    3. Hagen Langer, Jan D. Gehrke, Otthein Herzog
      Pages 215-231
    4. Martin Lorenz, Boris Bemeleit, Otthein Herzog, Jens Schumacher
      Pages 233-254
    5. Ingo J. Timm, Peter Knirsch, Hans-Jörg Kreowski, Andreas Timm-Giel
      Pages 255-273
  5. Autonomous Control Methods and Examples for the Material Flow Layer

    1. Thorsten Philipp, Christoph de Beer, Katja Windt, Bernd Scholz-Reiter
      Pages 303-324
    2. Bernd-Ludwig Wenning, Henning Rekersbrink, Andreas Timm-Giel, Carmelita Görg, Bernd Scholz-Reiter
      Pages 325-335
    3. Bernd-Ludwig Wenning, Henning Rekersbrink, Markus Becker, Andreas Timm-Giel, Carmelita Görg, Bernd Scholz-Reiter
      Pages 337-350
    4. Reiner Jedermann, Jan D. Gehrke, Markus Becker, Christian Behrens, Ernesto Morales-Kluge, Otthein Herzog et al.
      Pages 393-404
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 405-417

About this book


Autonomous co-operation addresses the control problem of logistic processes characterized by dynamical changing parameters and complex system behaviour. During control procedures erratic, non-predictable changes of parameters can occur. Therefore, future planning and control has to face severe and vital uncertainties. Conventional hierarchical systems are amplifying these difficulties because of the additional time delay of information transfer and additional calculation time. On the other hand, autonomous co-operation enables logistic objects (e.g. a single container) in decentralized structures to collect and evaluate information simultaneously to any event of change, so that they can render and execute decisions on their own. Therefore, this book aims to give a profound understanding of autonomous co-operation and to examine its potentials to increase the robustness and positive emergence of logistic processes substantially.


Dynamics Planning business process complexity knowledge management logistics model modeling networks organization production production planning search engine marketing (SEM) simulation supply chain

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael Hülsmann
    • 1
  • Katja Windt
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty 07: Business Studies and EconomicsUniversity of BremenBremenGermany
  2. 2.Bremen Institute of Industrial Technology and Applied Work ScienceUniversity of BremenBremenGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2007
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-47449-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-47450-0
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