Michael ten Hompel honoured for his achievements in Hungary’s logistics research

Press release / 2.7.2017

On 30 June 2017, the Hungarian University Miskolc awarded Prof Dr Michael ten Hompel with the honorary doctorate degree. Ten Hompel is Managing Director of Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML and holds the Chair of Materials Handling and Warehousing at TU Dortmund University.

© Photo Fraunhofer IML
© Photo Fraunhofer IML

Today, Prof Dr Michael ten Hompel received another award. Unanimously, the Senate of the long-standing University of Miskolc accepted the proposal of the Hungarian Institute for Logistics and awarded the Dortmund researcher with the honorary doctorate degree. With that, the university honoured ten Hompel’s specific scientific merits for logistics research in Hungary.  At the same time, the title is acknowledging the work of the Institute for Logistics and strengthening logistics as scientific discipline at the University of Miskolc. Ten Hompel’s nomination helps enforce the logistics research in Hungary to more significance, it is stated in the explanation.   

 

Prof Dr Michael ten Hompel is Managing Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML, Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Software and Systems Engineering ISST and holds the Chair of Materials Handling and Warehousing at TU Dortmund University. After he studied electrical engineering with the main discipline of information technology at RWTH Aachen, ten Hompel founded GamBit GmbH in 1988 (currently Vanderlande Industries Logistics Software GmbH) and was managing partner until the year 2000. In 1991, he earned his doctorate degree from Witten/Herdecke University. Since 2000, he holds the Chair of Materials Handling and Warehousing at TU Dortmund University and is Director of the Fraunhofer IML, he became Managing Director in 2004. Ten Hompel was voted into the international »Logistics Hall of Fame« in 2013.

 

Numerous innovations in logistics originated from ten Hompel’s research. He and his team are considered to be the founders of the shuttle technology in intralogistics that he has continued to develop into cellular transport systems. This technology bases on autonomous, self-controlled shuttles taking on stocking and transport tasks. Moreover, ten Hompel is deemed one of the founding fathers of the Internet of Things in Germany.

 

The University of Miskolc was formerly specialised in mining, however, by other specialist departments it expanded long since to a technical university in Hungary’s fourth largest city of Miskolc. The biggest university of Northern Hungary is moreover partner university of TU Dortmund University.