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The future of logistics
Major efforts are required to design the future of mobility in a sustainable way which also protects our resources. For years, PTV employees from different subject areas as well as planners and software developers have been involved in national and international research projects in order to develop in interdisciplinary teams concepts, strategies and models for sustainable mobility.
The research findings are used for continuous quality improvement of both our products and consulting services. Our customers are our research partners: their questions and issues provide important input to our research and development activities.
We focus not only on demographic change, civil security, eco-friendly logistics and climate protection but also on electric mobility and maintenance of infrastructure as the backbone of our economy. PTV's unprecedented competence in traffic and logistics makes it possible to address all these issues based on an integrated approach. This characterizes our research and development activities as well as our tailor-made customer solutions offered as "Concepts & Solutions".
Intense knowledge transfer between research institutions and PTV drives development of new solutions that benefit our customers. For example, we have adapted ultrafast routing procedures developed by the Institute for Theoretical Computer Science at the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) to our logistical applications (“Contraction Hierarchies”). Based on vehicle profiles and routing parameters which can be adjusted individually, this method provides precise planning results in no time at all.
More than 30 years ago, PTV arose from the University of Karlsruhe and ever since it has been closely linked to research and education. The company always offers internships to talented young people and has a number of employees who hold chairs at universities. Students and scientific employees thus learn from professionally experienced professors and get insights from business practice.
Prof. Dr. Joachim Schmidt teaches Transport Logistics and Operations Research at the Ludwigshafen University of Applied Sciences. He joined PTV in 1999 where he stayed until September 2009. During this time he held a variety of positions, most recently on the Executive Board.
Prof. Dr. Christoph Walther is Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Civil Engineering at the Bauhaus University of Weimar.
Here, he is responsible for the subject area "Macroeconomic assessment of network infrastructures" and cooperates with the chairs of "Transport planning/Traffic Engineering" (Professor Brannolte) and "Business Administration in Civil Engineering" (Professor Alfen). As Vice President and authorised representative of PTV he is in charge of the strategic Transport Policy & Research area.
Since 2010, Dr. Rainer Neumann has been teaching at the Faculty of Computer Science and Business Information Systems at the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences. Before joining the university he was Vice President Logistics Software Technologies at PTV AG.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Fellendorf has been Chairman of the Institue of Road and Traffic Engineering at the Technical University of Graz since 2005. From 1991 to 2005 he was authorized signatory and head of PTV's Traffic Management business unit. Moreover, he was managing director of a wholly owned PTV subsidiary serving as a hub for PTV's international activities.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Brannolte has been Professor of Transportation Planning and Traffic Engineering at the Bauhaus University in Weimer since 1996. Between 1992 and 2002 he worked for PTV Consult GmbH Beratende Verkehrsingenieure.