The mission of the working group “Strategic Freight Transport Forecast” is to analyse and forecast freight transport at different spatial levels. Furthermore, the working group investigates the complex and dynamic freight transport system with its external constraints in detail and models the observed system using various mathematical methodologies. These methodologies also enable to assess economic and ecological sustainable measures and to develop new measures. As a result, their impact on transport, logistics as well as society and environment are shown. The focus is thereby on transport policy, logistics and technological measures. The results of the developed freight transport models serve as a basis for deriving recommendations of action and as a decision-making support for stakeholders of transport policy and logistics. The project portfolio of the working group includes not only projects in basic research (e.g. on behalf of the German Research Association [DFG]), but also application-oriented transfer projects (e.g. on behalf of Federal Ministry of Education and Research [BMBF], Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure [BMVI] or Federal Environment Agency [UBA]).
Current topics of the working group:
Forecast and measure analysis on freight transport by means of:
Further objectives of the working group:
The group works closely together with the Chair of Commercial Transport at the Institute of Land and Sea Transport at the Technical University (TU) of Berlin. The junior research group “Microsimulation of urban freight transport” under the lead of Dr.-Ing. Carina Thaller thereby serves for the purpose of networking. The aim is to ensure synergies between TU Berlin and DLR and to develop joint projects. TU Berlin contributes with their competencies in route planning and optimization as well as in the assignment in MATSim, whereas DLR incorporates expertise in the modelling of demand structures and demand behaviour.