CASUS Institute Seminar, Arkadiusz Żurek, PhD student Wrocław University of Science and Technology, Scientific assistant at CASUS/HZDR

Abstract of the talk// On the market, manufacturing and logistics companies attach more and more importance to attributes such as flexibility, adaptability, proactivity and self-organization. Many authors in their publications emphasize that these attributes can be achieved today by integrating new intelligent technologies. For this reason, the concept of Industry 4.0 and the accompanying development trends are becoming more and more popular, also in non-production processes. One of such tools to automate selected warehouse operations is the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) in areas related to threats to the life or health of employees, but also in routine and time-consuming processes. One of such time-consuming operations is stocktaking. This is an activity that in some warehouses is carried out periodically with low frequency (1 – 2 times a year). However, there are warehouse facilities (in particular distribution and logistics centers), the functioning of which requires regular stocktaking, which is carried out even every day.

The purpose of using autonomous vehicles in this case is primarily to eliminate errors resulting from human mistakes, reduce the costs of these routine operations, but also shorten their implementation times. However, the use of unmanned aircraft systems in warehouse operations, including automatic identification of goods, generates new adverse events that should be subject to risk analysis. Correct analysis of factors influencing the level of identified risk, assessment of this risk and determination of effective methods of monitoring it contribute to the construction of a system resistant to probable disruptions accompanying the process of automatic identification of goods using drones.

The topic and purpose of the doctoral thesis meet the needs of companies implementing unmanned aircraft systems to support logistics operations.

Arkadiusz will be talking live in Görlitz. However, as the event is organized in a hybrid format that includes a videoconferencing tool by Zoom Inc., people interested in the topic have the chance to also join the talk remotely. Please ask for the login details via