TU Dortmund University has been researching and teaching at the global intersection between man, nature, and technology since its foundation in 1968. It has developed a unique profile with a combination of faculties in the natural sciences and engineering, the social sciences, and the humanities. The vibrant structure with about 34,500 students in 16 faculties and 6,300 employees – among them 300 professors – produces new knowledge, methodologies, and technical innovations. This is achieved through a wide spectrum of innovative research and by offering 67 bachelor’s and master’s programs including a broad-based teacher training curriculum in at least 30 subjects. At TU Dortmund University there are more than 3,900 foreign students from over 115 countries, which highlights its international character. TU Dortmund University maintains cooperation agreements with numerous universities all over the world, for instance in the United States, South Africa, China, or Latin America. Furthermore, the university is a member of exchange organizations such as ISEP (International Student Exchange Program) and the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and takes part in the European exchange program ERASMUS+. The university itself is located in the Ruhr region, one of the industrial centers of Germany, and has strong links to all major German and several European companies.
The Chair of Enterprise Logistics can now look upon more than 50 years of experience and success. It stands for both theoretical and applied research and teaching in the fields of Enterprise Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Therefore, TU Dortmund offers 15 lectures dealing with topics from the major fields of Logistics Management, Industrial Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. The international orientation and commitment of the Chair for both students and teachers will be a future priority. Within the framework of the ERASMUS scholarship, approximately 60 students per year have the opportunity to study abroad at one of the 34 partner universities in Europe. Furthermore, the Chair has built strong ties to international universities such as the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Tongji University, and the Stellenbosch University that are currently in the process of reconstruction and expansion. As the founding Chair of the Graduate School of Logistics – a unique institution based on the concept of a solely third-party funded doctoral program – since 2009, the Chair of Enterprise Logistics is highly engaged in scientific counseling of industry-sponsored Ph.D. candidates. In collaboration with notable German enterprises, the Chair strengthens cooperative interdisciplinary research concerning recent topics in logistics and Supply Chain Management and promotes the intensive exchange between science and practice.
In close cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML, TU Dortmund is building up and further developing Supply Chain Management related education and research. In the MachineLearnAthon project, TU Dortmund will be mainly responsible with supervision the creation of Pre-challenge Micro-Lectures & ML Tool Introduction Units and co-supervising the Case Development & Real-World Data Preparation. Moreover, TU Dortmund is responsible for the overall project management and the communication with the German National Agency – DAAD. TU Dortmund is best suited for the coordination role because of its past experience with ERASMUS+ project PERFECT.