In this seminar, we examine operations planning of robots in Production and Logistics. We will start with an overview on the emerging applications of robotics in Production and Logistics. Taking aerial drones as an example, we will discuss challenges of operational planning, outline some state-of-the-art findings and provide an overview of some important directions for future research. Afterward, course participants are invited to gain deep understanding of their research topic (see the list of topics) by preparing a seminar paper and presenting their findings in the final workshop of the course. For each topic, course participants will receive some suggested literature (such as recent journal articles or a book chapter), therefore, ability to read fluently texts in English is required. All the topics will be processed either individually or in groups of 2 students. Depending on the preferences of the group, it is possible to formulate individual subtopics of the common group topic.


1.       Estimation of the expected benefits from emerging innovations: Case of aerial drones in delivery applications

2.       Operations planning of drones gathering data from sensors

3.       Operations planning of autonomous vehicles, such as Kiva robots, in factory logistics

4.       Tour planning for aerial drones with the restriction on the minimum turning radius, such as fixed-wing drones and autonomous helicopters

Required skills:

1.       Interest in quantitative methods.

2.       Ability to understand optimization models and to set up own optimization models. These skills, for instance, are taught in the course “Entscheidungsunterstützungssysteme”.

3.       Fluent reading of texts in English. Course participants are encouraged to write their seminar papers in English.