Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Freitag

Managing Director of BIBA and head of the research division Intelligent Production and Logistics Systems (IPS)

Curriculum vitae

Michael Freitag studied Electrical Engineering at the Brandenburg University of Technology in Cottbus, Germany, specializing in automation and communication technology. He then did his PhD at the University of Bremen, focusing on the nonlinear dynamics of production systems. In 2004, he became Managing Director of the Bremen Collaborative Research Centre “Autonomous Cooperating Logistic Processes” (SFB 637), funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). In 2008, he alternated and led projects with the steel manufacturer ArcelorMittal about the optimization of logistic processes. Beside his industry involvement, he was also guest lecturer at the Jacobs University in Bremen. In 2014, Freitag was appointed as full professor at the University of Bremen. In 2015, he was appointed director of BIBA - Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik GmbH.

Research interest

  • Production and operations management, logistics and supply chain management
  • Decentralized control methods/autonomous control to cope with dynamics and complexity
  • Industry 4.0, cyber-physical manufacturing systems, cyber-physical logistics systems
  • Complex adaptive systems, emergence, self-organization
  • Bio-inspired system and process design
  • Nonlinear dynamics/chaos theory, nonlinear time series analysis, statistics, data analytics/predictive analytics


  • Member of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC)
    • Technical Committee 5.2. Management and Control in Manufacturing and Logistics
  • Member of the German Logistics Association (BVL)
    • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the BVL
  • Member of the German Academic Society for Work and Industrial Organization (WGAB)
  • Member of the German Academic Association for Logistics Technology (WGTL)
  • Member of the German Center for Wind Energy Research (ForWind)
    • Member of the Board
  • Coordinator of the Brazilian-German Collaborative Research Initiative on Smart Connected Manufacturing (CRI-SCMfg)
  • Spokesman of the Bremen Research Cluster for Dynamics in Logistics (LogDynamics)
    • Organizer of the LogDynamics International Conferences (LDIC) 2016, 2018, 2020, 2022, 2024
  • Member of the Bremen Research Centre for Energy Systems (BEST)
    • Member of the BEST steering committee
  • Associate Editor/Editorial Board Member of
    • Journal of Manufacturing Systems (Elsevier, 2019 Impact Factor: 5.1)
    • Zeitschrift für wirtschaftlichen Fabrikbetrieb (De Gruyter)
    • Production (ABEPRO)
    • Logistics Research (BVL)
    • Logistics Journal (WGTL)
  • Reviewer for several international journals
  • Reviewer for German and international research funding institutions, i.a. German Research Foundation (DFG)
  • Member of several scientific advisory boards


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Freitag
BIBA - Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik GmbH
Hochschulring 20
28359 Bremen

Telephone +49 421 218-50 001

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Freitag

Geschäftsführender Direktor des BIBA und Leiter des BIBA-Forschungsbereichs Intelligente Produktions- und Logistiksysteme

Telephone +49 421 218-50 001

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