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René de Koster

Professor of Logistics and Operations Management,
Department of Technology and Operations Management,

Rotterdam School of Management (RSM),

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Associate Editor
Transportation Science,

Service Science, and

Operations Research

Date and time: May 19 (Wed), 2021, 21:00 HKT (GMT+8)  [Local time]


Recorded Seminar: [Link]       


Seminar title: 

Warehouse robotics. State of the art and research opportunities


The new generation of warehouses will be fully robotized. Managers can select from different competitive robotic techniques to fulfil the customer orders. In my talk, I will give an overview of new and current automated order picking methods and systems and compare them for use and fit. I will particularly discuss cobotic systems, where people work together with robots. Recently, models have been developed, which can help to analyze performance of robotic order picking systems and subsequently optimize systems for costs, throughput and response time. The models can also be used to compare the most popular robotic techniques.

Speaker bio: 

René (M.) B.M. de Koster is a professor of Logistics and Operations Management at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, and chairs the department Technology and Operations Management. He holds a PhD from Eindhoven University of Technology. He is the 2018 honorary Francqui Professor at Hasselt University. His research interests are warehousing, material handling, and behavioral operations. He is the founder of the Material Handling Forum and is author / editor of 8 books and over 240 papers in books and academic journals. He is associate editor of Transportation Science, Service Science, and Operations Research.

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