Information Logistics for the intelligent city

Digitalization as a chance for cities, districts and buildings.

Scientists of the field Information Logistics at HFT Stuttgart research the potentials of linked public and industrial buildings and new technologies like 5G in the project iCity.

Study Information Logistics at the HFT

In the bachelor's study course Information Logistics, students learn how to get the right information to the right place at the right time in the right quality. Due to the interdisciplinary orientation, they acquire sound knowledge of IT, business administration, logistics and sensor technology. At the HFT, the course is also closely linked to current issues in business and research. For example, information logistics is represented with three sub-projects in the lighthouse project "icity: intelligent city", which starts in 2021. Students are given the opportunity to participate in HFT urban research in a practical way, for example by writing seminar papers, project papers or final theses.

At the HFT, students of information logistics have the opportunity to get to know areas of information logistics in practice in addition to teaching. In the applied research of our study course in the iCity project, for example, students can become part of the interdisciplinary research team on the Intelligent City through their own work.

Prof. Dr. Dieter Uckelmann, Professor and Dean of Studies Information Logistics, HFT Stuttgart

Application fields of information logistics in the intelligent city

Digitisation is changing our everyday and economic life at an enormous pace. This is also noticeable in the cities, in the quarters and buildings in which we learn, work and live. These changes bring with them opportunities, but also challenges. These include issues of sustainability, participation, data protection and data security.

At the HFT Stuttgart, topics such as these and others are dealt with in the iCity research project, whose second phase (2021 to 2024) was approved for further funding by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in June. The various disciplines at the university, from computer science to urban planning, are working together with companies from the economy as well as cities and municipalities to investigate how cities can become more intelligent, sustainable and liveable.

Information logistics, one of the 14 bachelor's degree programs at the HFT, also plays an important role in the intelligent city. This is because digital technologies produce large amounts of data that must be available at the right time, in the right place and in the right quality using IT processes, for example to make mobility more convenient and efficient or to use buildings in a more resource-efficient way. The areas of application for information logistics in a city are therefore diverse: they include radio-based positioning and navigation in urban areas and buildings, tracking and tracing of goods, vehicles or streams of visitors, and networking using sensors and actuators in the (industrial) Internet of Things.

Information logistics in the iCity research project

In iCity, researchers in information logistics are investigating the possibilities of networked public and industrial buildings and new technologies such as 5G for the intelligent city. Together with the project partners - Bosch Schwieberdingen, Stadtwerke Ludwigsburg, the City of Solingen and Technische Betriebe Solingen - prototypes are being developed, built and tested in a real environment. In addition to networking for building automation, navigation and localization, the researchers also have their sights set on new public services that will be made possible with the help of urban and building data.

Research projects such as iCity are also important sources of inspiration for teaching at the HFT Stuttgart. Students gain insights into applied research, and research topics are also incorporated into teaching so that the education can benefit from the highly topical content.

Applications for the study course Information Logistics

Applications for a place in the bachelor's study course in Information Logistics for the winter semester can be submitted until August 20, 2020.

Publish date: 04. August 2020 By Myriam Guedey ()