Food supply chains start with agricultural production and end at the consumer’s plate. Complex logistical processes, from production, transportation, packaging to warehouse logistics, are part of this supply chain and make a fast, sustainable and efficient supply possible.
Simulation models and simulation software are increasingly being used in companies in production, logistics and supply chain management to support decision-making.
The seminar looks at topics in the field of digitalization and decision support in food supply chains using different simulation models. The aim is the independent, research-oriented and reflected scientific treatment of topics of simulation as decision support tool for logistics in the food sector.
The students learn the basics of two simulation methods and apply these methods for one specific case in teams for a short paper assignment. At the end of the seminar the students should be able to:
- Understand and explain the concept of simulations and the differences between discrete-event simulations and system dynamics;
- Apply at least one simulation method to specific cases for food supply chain management;
- Understand and discuss simulation models as a decision support tool.
The seminar is targeted at bachelor students from all ENLIGHT universities in English language and takes place online. Three block seminars are being held as follows (digital, access link provided upon mail registration), a participation is possible latest from the second session in November:
- Tuesday, October 12th 2021, from 1 to 5pm: Opening session, lecture on simulations and on discrete-event simulation.
- Monday, Nov 15th 2021, from 1 to 5pm: Lecture on system dynamics (SD).
- Monday, December 20th 2021, from 1 to 5pm: Presentation of assignment results DES & SD. Feedback and final conclusions.
Student coursework with one short paper regarding the two methods introduced.
Prof. Dr. Matthias Klumpp and Josephine Thums, M.Sc.