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BIBA- Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik GmbH BIBA- Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik GmbH

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Year Established



Hochschulring 20, 28359, Bremen (Germany)


Contact information

Prof. Dr.-Ing Klaus-Dieter Thoben
+49 421 218 50006



 „BIBA - Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik“ is a research institute focused on engineering science. It was founded in July 1981 as one of the first affiliated institutes of the University of Bremen and counts as one of the largest research facilities in the federal state of Bremen. It consists of two divisions, “Intelligent Production and Logistics Systems”, headed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Freitag and “ICT applications for Production”, headed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus-Dieter Thoben. Based on distinct fundamental research BIBA carries out applied and contract research, both on national and international level, in the areas of production and logistics for relevant industries like logistics management, automotive, aviation and wind energy. Furthermore BIBA is involved in an Collaborative Research Center of the German Research Foundation and the University of Bremen, as well as the Bremen Research Cluster for Dynamics in Logistics (LogDynamics) and the International Graduate School for Dynamics in Logistics. With the LogDynamics Lab, the institute operates a demonstration and application center for innovative mobile technologies in logistics.

Das BIBA – Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik GmbH ist ein ingenieurwissenschaftliches Forschungsinstitut. Im Juli 1981 wurde es als eines der ersten An-Institute der Universität Bremen gegründet und zählt heute zu den größeren Forschungseinrichtungen im Land Bremen. Es besteht aus den zwei Forschungsbereichen „Intelligente Produktions- und Logistiksysteme” (IPS), geleitet von Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Freitag und „Informations- und kommunikationstechnische Anwendungen in der Produktion” (IKAP), geleitet von Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus-Dieter Thoben. Auf der Basis ausgeprägter Grundlagenforschung betreibt es anwendungsorientierte Forschung und industrielle Auftragsforschung – national wie international, in den Bereichen Produktion und Logistik unter anderem in wichtigen Branchen wie Logistikdienstleistung, Automobil, Luftfahrt und Windenergie. Weiterhin ist das BIBA in einem DFG-Sonderforschungsbereich der Universität Bremen und im Bremen Research Cluster for Dynamics in Logistics (LogDynamics) sowie in der International Graduate School for Dynamics in Logistics engagiert. Mit dem LogDynamics Lab verfügt das BIBA über ein Dienstleistungszentrum zur Entwicklung und Erprobung innovativer mobiler Technologien für logistische Prozesse und Systeme.

Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry

The activities of the hub are well aligned with the German national initiatives for digitising industry, Industry 4.0, Mittelstand 4.0 and Autonomik for Industrie 4.0. 

On a national level: (Autonomik 4.0)

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Participation in European projects:

  • ReaLCoE (H2020)
  • UPTIME (H2020)
  • MATILDA (H2020)
  • bIoTope (H2020)
  • Manutelligence (H2020)
  • Psymbiosys (H2020)
  • FITMAN (FP7)
  • BOMA (FP7)
  • Peripheria (FP7)
  • ELLIOT (FP7)

Market and Services

Market sectors

TRL Focus

Services provided

  • Awareness creation
  • Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
  • Visioning and Strategy Development for Businesses
  • Collaborative Researchs
  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Testing and validation
  • Digital Maturity Assessment
  • Incubator/accelerator support
  • Mentoring
  • Education and skills development

Service Examples

Industry 4.0-Competence and Transfer Centre

Since 2015, the Industry 4.0-Competence and Transfer Centre at BIBA, which was established within the framework of the collaborative research project „CyProS – Cyber Physical Production Systems“ presents the results of projects and activities in the context of Industry 4.0 and implements them together with partners from industry and logistics.

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Collaborative Research Centre 637 “Autonomous Cooperating Logistic Processes – A Paradigm Shift and its Limitations

From 2004 to 2013, the Collaborative Research Centre 637 “Autonomous Cooperating Logistic Processes – A Paradigm Shift and its Limitations” developed basic concepts and methods for autonomous control within an increasingly digitalized logistical environment and tested their practical applicability in early transfer projects.

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Factory of Expertise on Autonomous Control in Production und Logistics

In 2016, BIBA established its “Factory of Expertise on Autonomous Control in Production und Logistics” as part of the „Mit uns digital!“ Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum Hannover. This Factory of Expertise offers free services to small and medium sized enterprises (SME) coping with digital logistics and Industry 4.0. These free services include demonstration activities, training courses for employees as well as dialogue workshops.

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Mittelstand 4.0 Kompetenzzentrum Bremen

BIBA is a scientific partner of Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrum Bremen and offers small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) practical support and qualification in increasing their digitization skills. The free offer ranges from information events, demonstrations and innovation workshops to implementation projects in which practical solutions make digitization tangible.

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IoT FabLab

The IoTFabLab at BIBA cooperates with various technology providers in the area of the Industrial Internet of Things since 2016. The laboratory provides all the resources necessary for work in industrial and research projects as well as in teaching: from RFID, sensors, and programmable logic controllers to single-board computers and wearable computing systems to a comprehensive IT infrastructure for the collection, processing and visualization of data.

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LogDynamicsLab – Application Centre for Technologies in Logistics

Since 2005, the LogDynamicsLab – Application Centre for Technologies in Logistics of the Bremen Research Cluster for Dynamics in Logistics (LogDynamics) at the University of Bremen, which is hosted at BIBA, researches application of key information and communication technologies to optimise production and logistics processes and in this context implements prototypical or demonstration solutions.

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Industry 4.0

For much more than 20 years, BIBA has been exploring what is understood today as “Industry 4.0” – the technological and organisational challenges, as well as the opportunities presented by the digitalisation of logistics and production processes and how human beings fit into these processes.

In addition, BIBA has initiated and led the collaborative research centre “Autonomous control of logistical processes” (CRC 637) by the German Research Foundation at the University of Bremen, developed control processes and cyber-physical systems, and incorporated the research results into a wide range of numerous applications in cooperation with partners from industry. BIBA has set a clear course in the development of “Industry 4.0” and is still helping to shape development.

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Industry 4.0 Text Enviroments for SME

Industry 4.0 Test Environments for SME is a funding program of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research with the aim of testing and optimizing product ideas or prototypes as practically as possible as well as experimenting with new business ideas. The BIBA with its laboratories is registered as a Testbed for this program since 2016.

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Organizational form

(part of) Public organization (part of RTO, or university)



Number of employees


Evolutionary Stage

Fully operational

Geographical Scope



  • Horizon 2020
  • European Social Fund
  • European Regional Development Fund
  • National basic research funding
  • National specific innovation funding
  • Regional funding
  • Partner resources


Number of customers annually


Type of customers

  • SMEs (<250 employees)
  • MidCaps (between €2-10 billion turnover)
  • Large companies, multi-nationals

Technological competences

  • Sensors, actuators, MEMS, NEMS, RF
  • Broadband and other communication networks (e.g. 5G)
  • Cyber physical systems (e.g. embedded systems)
  • Robotics and autonomous systems
  • Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks)
  • Artificial Intelligence and cognitive systems
  • Location based technologies (e.g. GPS, GIS, in-house localization)
  • Interaction technologies (e.g. human-machine Interaction, motion recognition and language technologies)
  • Data mining, big data, database management
  • Augmented and virtual reality, visualization
  • Simulation and modelling
  • Gamification
  • Additive manufacturing (3D printing)
  • ICT management, logistics and business systems

H2020 Projects

    Fostering DIHs for Embedding Interoperability in Cyber-Physical Systems of European SMEs
    Fostering DIHs for Embedding Interoperability in Cyber-Physical Systems of European SMEs

    The initiative for Fostering DIHs for Embedding Interoperability in Cyber-Physical Systems of European SMEs (DIH4CPS) will help European enterprises overcome these innovation hurdles and establish Europe as a world leading innovator of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. DIH4CPS will create an embracing, interdisciplinary network of DIHs and solution providers, focussed on cyber-physical and embedded systems, interweaving knowledge and technologies from different domains, and connecting regional clusters with the pan-European expert pool of DIHs. Backed by the IVLab, an experienced and well-established network organisation focussed on Interoperability, DIH4CPS can innately build on an extensive existing network, add value to its existing knowledge transfer capabilities and guarantee the sustainability of the growing DIH network. DIH4CPS expands the already existing network and aims for creating an integrated platform for DIHs from different, especially digitally underdeveloped sectors and regions. A selection of eleven initially starting application experiments guarantees an outstanding funding for European SMEs and Mid-Caps right from the start and demonstrates the high dedication of the consortium to reduce the digital divide. At least ten additional experiments will take up that torch during the project and allow external companies from sectors in need to further exploit the DIH4CPS network and uplift their portfolio, especially by including (semi)-autonomy into their products and systems. DIH4CPS will not only benefit the application experiments but also the individual DIHs by significantly complementing the regional investments made. Implemented in the IVLab structure, the DIH4CPS Network will leverage and sustain its impact far beyond the project duration, creating a vibrant, overarching and cross sector one-stop-shop for collaboration between SMEs, DIHs and Tech providers.
Last updated: 04/12/18 12:07