Due to increasing population in metropolitan areas, intelligent planning and control of urban mobility and freight transportation is becoming more important. Traditionally, research in the area of city logistics has investigated the trade-off between efficiency and reliability of urban deliveries. Extending well-known city logistics approaches, the Management Science Group focuses on the preparation and aggregation of large databases for dynamic and stochastic methods of transportation planning and control, e.g., optimal path-finding and vehicle routing. We follow a wholistic approach stretching from data collection via data aggregation with data mining to extended approaches of applied operations research. We are also interested in better planning and control of mobility and transportation services such as car and bike sharing services.


    • Intelligent Urban Transportation
      • Preparation and Aggregation of Empirical Data
      • Efficiency, Reliability and Sustainability in City Logistics Planning
  • Optimization of Shared Mobility Systems
  • Intelligent Data Analysis & Data Mining
  • Heuristic Optimization Approaches

Core Publications

A detailed list of publications of the Management Science Group can be found here.

Our core publication are as follows:

(Shared) Mobility Systems

  • P. Vogel, J. F. Ehmke, D. C. Mattfeld (2017): Decision Support for Service Network Design of Bike Sharing Systems, accepted for publication in: Computational Logistics, LNCS, Springer.
  • V. Schmid, J. F. Ehmke (2015): Integrated timetabling and vehicle scheduling with balanced departure times. OR Spectrum, 37(4):903-928, doi 10.1007/s00291-015-0398-7.

Sustainable Routing

Reliable Routing

  • J. F. Ehmke, A. M. Campbell, T. Urban (2015): Ensuring Service Levels in Routing Problems with Time Windows and Stochastic Travel Times. European Journal of Operational Research, 240(2):539-550, doi 10.1016/j.ejor.2014.06.045.
  • J. F. Ehmke, A. M. Campbell (2014): Customer Acceptance Mechanisms for Attended Home Deliveries in Metropolitan Areas. European Journal of Operational Research, 233(1):193-207, doi 10.1016/j.ejor.2013.08.028.

Service Optimization

  • C. Cleophas, J. F. Ehmke (2014): When are deliveries profitable? Considering order value and transport capacity in demand fulfillment for last-mile deliveries in metropolitan areas. BISE – Business & Information Systems Engineering, 3:153-163, doi 10.1007/s12599-014-0321-9. This paper has also appeared in German language: Wann sind Lieferaufträge profitabel? Berücksichtigung des Auftragswertes und der Transportkapazität in der Tourenplanung für die "letzte Meile" in Ballungsräumen. Wirtschaftsinformatik, 3:173-184, doi 10.1007/s11576-014-0412-8
  • A. Winter, R. Alt, J. F. Ehmke, R. Haux, W. Ludwig, D. Mattfeld, A. Oberweis, B. Paech (2012): Manifest Kundeninduzierte Orchestrierung komplexer Dienstleistungen. Informatik Spektrum, 35(6):399-408.

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