Short CV/Education and training

  • 1988 – 1995
    Studied mechanical engineering, with a concentration in production engineering, at the University of Hannover, Germany

  • 1992
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA

  • 1994
    Babcock Wanson S.A., Groupe Babcock Entreprise, Nérac, France

  • 1995 – 2000
    Doctorate, Institute of Factory Facilities and Logistics (IFA), University of Hannover; Doctorate with distinction, University of Bremen, Germany

  • 2001 – 2007
    Head of the "Intelligent Planning and Control Methods for Logistical Systems" department, within the Planning and Control of Production-Engineering Systems section, BIBA Bremer Institute of Production and Logistics

  • 2001 – 2007
    Member of the "Dynamics in Logistics" International Graduate School, Jacobs University GmbH

  • Since 2001
    Director of a subproject within Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 637, "Automatic control of logistical processes - A paradigm change and its limitations"

  • 2008 – 2009
    Associate professor of global production logistics

  • Since 2009
    Full professor of global production logistics

Selected publications

  • Windt, K., Hütt, M.-T.: Graph coloring dynamics: A simple model scenario for distributed decisions in production logistics. In: CIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology 59, 2010. pp. 461-464, doi: 10.1016/j.cirp.2010.03.082, in print.

  • Windt, K. et al.: Application of the 3-Component Evaluation System for Autonomous Control in Logistics. In: Proceedings of the IMechE, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufactures, doi: 10.1243/09544054JEM1656, in print.

  • Windt, K., Philipp, T., Böse, F.: Complexity cube for the characterisation of complex production systems. In: International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing 21(2), March 2008. pp. 195-200, Taylor & Francis.

  • Hadzhiev, B. et al.: A model of graph coloring dynamics with attention waves and strategic waiting. In: Advances in Complex Systems, Advances in Complex Systems 12(6), 2009. pp. 549-564.

  • Windt, K., Böse, F., Philipp, T.: Autonomy in production logistics: Identification, characterisation and application. In: International Journal Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing 24(4), August 2008, Elsevier Ltd, pp. 572-578, ICMR2005: Third International Conference on Manufacturing Research.

  • Windt, K. et al.: Improved logistics performance through the use of locked flexibility potentials. In: Sihn, W., Kuhlang, P. (eds.): Proceedings of 43rd CIRP International Conference on Manufacturing Systems, May 2010, nw Verlag, Vienna, Austria. pp. 892-899.

  • Hülsmann, M., Windt, K. (eds.): Understanding Autonomous Cooperation & Control in Logistics - The Impact on Management, Information and Communication and Material Flow. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2007.

  • Windt, K.: Selbststeuerung intelligenter Objekte in der Logistik. In Hütt, M., Vec, M., Freund, A. (eds.): Selbstorganisation: Ein Denksystem für Natur und Gesellschaft, Böhlau Verlag, Cologne, Weimar, Vienna, 2006, pp. 271-314, ISBN 3-412-22105-8.

  • Windt, K.: Evaluierung des angemessenen Selbststeuerungsgrades in der Logistik - Grenzen der Selbststeuerung. In: Nyhuis, P. (ed.): Beiträge zu einer Theorie der Logistik. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2008. pp. 349-372.

  • Windt, K.: Produktionstechnik 2020 – Zukunftsweisende Technologien, intelligente Produkte und innovative Prozesse. In: Flach, U. (ed.): Unsere Zukunft - 2020. Universum Verlag, Wiesbaden, 2007. pp. 68-105.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 637 "Automatic control of logistical processes - A paradigm change and its limitations": subproject director

  • Graph colouring dynamics

  • Grooving factory – Bottleneck management through harmonic and rhythmic analysis

  • The intrinsic parallel between metabolism and industrial production systems

  • Industrial contract research: Analysing logistical potential

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the board of trustees of the Körber Foundation

  • Member of the German Society for Research on Work and Business Organisation – Higher Education Group on Work and Business Organisation

  • Member of the scientific advisory board of the German Logistics Association (BVL)

  • MINT ambassador (for careers in Mathematics, Informatics, Natural science and Technology)

  • Reviewer, Journal of Engineering Manufacture, Part B

  • CIRP conference publication reviewer (DET)

Additional qualifications

  • 2004 – 2009 Member, and service on the executive committee, of Germany's Young Academy

  • 2005 – 2007 Executive committee

  • 2006 – 2007 Spokesperson of the executive committee


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