Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Freitag

Michael Freitag

Director of department Planning and Control of Production and Logistics Systems (PSPS), Faculty Production Engineering at the University of Bremen.

Curriculum Vitae

Michael Freitag studied Electrical Engineering at the Brandenburg Technical University Cottbus, specializing in automation and communication technology. He then did his PhD at the Bremen University, focusing on the nonlinear dynamics of production systems. In 2004, he became Managing Director of the Bremen Collaborative Research Centre “Autonomous Cooperating Logistic Processes” (SFB 637), funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). In 2008, he alternated and led projects with the steel manufacturer ArcelorMittal about the optimization of logistic processes. Beside his industry involvement, he was also guest lecturer at the Jacobs University in Bremen. In 2014, Freitag was appointed as full professor at the University of Bremen. At that time, he also became head of BIBA’s research division Intelligent Production and Logistics Systems. In 2015, Freitag was appointed director of BIBA - Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik.

Research Areas and Interests

  • Production and operations management, logistics and supply chain management
  • Decentralized control methods/autonomous control to cope with dynamics and complexity
  • Industry 4.0, cyber-physical manufacturing systems, cyber-physical logistics systems
  • Complex adaptive systems, emergence, self-organization
  • Bio-inspired system and process design
  • Nonlinear dynamics/chaos theory, nonlinear time series analysis, statistics, data analytics/predictive analytics


Michael Freitag's research is focused on modelling, simulation and optimization of complex production and logistics systems, on the development of planning and control methods for logistic processes and on the automation of physical material flows through robots and flexible transport systems.


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Freitag
Hochschulring 20
D-28359 Bremen
Phone: +49(0)421/218-50000