The Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML is the partner of choice for integrated logistics research. It works in all fields of internal and external logistics. In keeping with the Fraunhofer concept, solutions to problems for immediate use in business are developed on the one hand, but initial research is also conducted on the other hand for periods of two to five years, in some cases even longer. Currently 315 scientists as well as 250 doctoral candidates and students work at the institute founded in 1981, supported by colleagues in workshops, laboratories and service departments.
Teams assembled according to project and customer requirements create cross-industry and customer-specific solutions, among other things in the field of materials handling, business process modelling, transportation systems and resource logistics. Artificial intelligence, smart finance and the Internet of Things are also among the current research focal points. For interdisciplinary projects, the institute has access to a total of 26,600 employees in 72 facilities of the entire Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Fraunhofer IML coordinates the Internet of Things throughout Fraunhofer. The general management of the Fraunhofer Traffic and Transportation Alliance, bundling the traffic and transportation expertise of 15 Fraunhofer institutes, is also located in Dortmund.
Furthermore, Fraunhofer IML is a key supporter of the “Digital.Hub Logistics” providing room for start-up initiatives to develop digital products and business models. A variety of research associations, including in the area of fundamental research, exist through the three directors, all of which also hold professorships at the Technical University of Dortmund.
Locations aside from Dortmund include Frankfurt/Main, Hamburg, Prien am Chiemsee and Beijing.