Dr. Michael ten Hompel, professor of Materials Handling and Warehousing

Managing Director, Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics


Session 5: Technology and innovation – hands on

Group round-up forum

Prof. Dr. Michael ten Hompel, born in 1958, studied Electrical Engineering at RWTH Aachen and graduated from Witten/Herdecke University in 1991.

In 2000, he joined the managing board of Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics in Dortmund (since January 2005: Managing Director) and became head of the Chair of Materials Handling and Warehousing at TU Dortmund University.

Besides his work as scientist, Prof. ten Hompel also worked as entrepreneur.

In 1988, he founded GamBit GmbH in Dortmund and was managing partner of the company, mainly dealing with the development and realization of Warehouse-Management-Systems, until he left in February 2000.

His work mainly focusses on the planning of logistics systems, logistics software, warehouse management, identity technology, and development of material flow systems. He is named to be one of the fathers of “Internet of Things” and participated to a large extent in the development of “Shuttle Technology” and “Cellular Intralogistics”. In 2010, he initiated together with 120 member companies and 11 research institutions the “leading edge cluster”(Spitzencluster)

“EffizienzCluster” set up by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). His role in founding the “LogistikCampus”, an interdisciplinary research center of TU Dortmund University, was substantial.

Besides other commitments Prof. ten Hompel is member of the board of both, BVL and BITKOM, chairman of the board of Fraunhofer Academy and member of acatech (National German Academy of Science and Engineering). Michael ten Hompel was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Logistics in 2012.


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