Prof. Dr. Hanno Friedrich

Assistant Professor of Freight Transportation - Modelling and Policy

Hanno Friedrich is Assistant Professor of Freight Transportation - Modelling and Policy. He studied Industrial Engineering at Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT). After having finished diploma in 2004, he worked for six years at McKinsey & Company, a strategic management consulting firm. Within this time, he did his Doctorate at the KIT under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Werner Rothengatter. After working for one year as a Postdoc at the KIT he received a call for a Junior Professorship in the area of commercial transport at the TU Darmstadt in 2011. Since September 2015 he is Assistant Professor at Kühne Logistics University (KLU) in Hamburg. His research topics are freight transport demand modelling, transport economics, risk management in transport and logistics, and food logistics.


Tel: +49 40 328707-261
Fax: +49 40 328707-209


Selected Publications

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Abstract: Abstract This paper discusses the opportunities of sectoral freight transport demand models. The work is based on literature and insights from interdisciplinary research in the field of production, logistics and transport. First, current and future factors influencing freight transport are discussed. Next, a brief summary of the traditional transport modelling approach and recent extensions and adaptations of freight transport models is given. As interdisciplinary research has shown, the impact of the identified factors on the development of freight transport is strongly dependent on the sector under investigation. As a consequence, this paper proposes the application of a sectoral modelling approach. The automotive and food sectors in Germany are used as examples to further examine the opportunities of sectoral freight transport demand models.

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Abstract: Logistics optimization problems are often complex (NP - hard). Especially for large problem scopes in logistics and new agent-based freight transport models which have to solve these problems for many agents, simplifying modelling and solving procedures are necessary in order to reduce the level of complexity. Due to the variety of existing approaches and the specifics of each problem it is often difficult to find an appropriate method. This paper seeks to facilitate this process as it identifies ‘meta’ heuristics within literature, i.e. abstract courses of action that, when adapted, have proven successful in various problems. It presents a classification of general simplification principles that are useful for reducing the complexity of logistics problems, in order to facilitate understanding between academics and practice. The derivation of the related principles is based on the examination of five problems in logistics literature: facility location, distribution system, lot size, bin packing, and vehicle routing.

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Abstract: Distribution structures are important elements of the freight transportation system. Goods are routed via warehouses on their way from production to consumption. This chapter discusses drivers behind these structures, logistics decisions connected to distribution structures on the micro level, and possible modeling methodologies on the macro level. The authors show the connection between the micro and the macro level and highlight advantages of the different modeling approaches.

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Abstract: This article analyzes the concept of logistics networks in the context of behavioral freight transport modeling. Starting from the basic definition of networks, the different perceptions of networks in transportation science and logistics are worked out. The micro‐macro gap, as a main challenge in freight transport modeling, is explained by the existence of logistics networks on a meso level. A taxonomy of modeling methods dealing with logistics networks is defined, based on two characteristics: the changeability of networks within models (fixed, partially variable and variable networks) and the form of cost functions mapped (economies of scale, constant average cost, and diseconomies of scale). For each category, different possible modeling methods and their application in existing freight transport models are discussed. A special focus is placed on methodologies and models that map variable networks.

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Academic Positions

since 2015

Assistant Professor of Freight Transportation - Modelling and Policy at Kühne Logistics University (KLU)

2011 - 2015

Junior Professor of Commercial Transport at TU Darmstadt

2010 - 2011

Postdoctoral Research and Teaching Assistant at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Professional Experience

2004 - 2010

Consultant at McKinsey & Company (on educational leave from 2006 to 2009)


2006 - 2010

Dissertation in economics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Thesis topic: “Simulation of Logistics in Food Retailing for Freight Transportation Analysis”, supervisor: Prof. Dr. Werner Rothengatter, co-examiner: Prof. Dr. Lori Tavasszy


Visiting Scientist at the Institute for Transport (IVF) at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Berlin

2001 - 2003

International exchange programme (ERASMUS) in France at the “Ecole de Management Lyon” (EM Lyon)

1998 - 2003

Studies in industrial engineering at the University of Karlsruhe
Degree: Diplom-Wirtschaftsingenieur (Dipl.-Wi.-Ing.)


  • World Conference on Transport Research Society (WCTRS): Co-chair of SIG B5 Freight Transport Modeling.
  • European Transport Conference (ETC): Member of the Freight and Logistics committee.
  • Forschungsgesellschaft für Straßen- und Verkehrswesen (FGSV): member of AA 1.8 (Freight Transport) and AK 1.8.4 (Conceptualisation and application of transport demand models estimating commercial transport).

Research Projects

2013 - 2015

SEAK: decision support for food supply shortfalls - quantitative modelling of the food supply in Germany, funding: BMBF, partner: TU Darmstadt, KIT, 4flow AG,


FCD: Utilisation of floating car data for freight transport modelling, funding: HOLM, partner: TU Wuppertal, TU Darmstadt.

2011 - 2014

Dynamo PLV: dynamic and seamless integration of production, logistics and traffic, funding: State of Hesse (LOEWE-Project), partner: TU Darmstadt and EBS, role: head of commercial transport sub-project,

2010 - 2011

RM-LOG: risk-management strategies in infrastructure and logistics networks from a business and macroeconomic perspective, funding: BMBF, partner: TU Berlin, KIT Karlsruhe, 4flow AG and Kühne & Nagel

2008 - 2010

Logotakt: technologies and processes for robust and synchronised logistics networks, funding: BMWI, partner: KIT, LOCOM, PTV, Volkswagen, DB Schenker, Bosch

Consulting Projects


Analysis and optimization of the distribution network of a German fresh food producer (Germany, 2 months).


Market-volume estimation for the transportation and storage of dangerous goods in Germany, (Germany, several days).

2009 - 2010

Benefit assessment of an ERP implementation for a German food retailer (Germany, 6 months).

2005 - 2006

Improvement of IT cost and performance for a European bank (Germany, 5 months).


IT organization and IT governance development for an international bank in a post-merger situation (USA and Switzerland, 6 months).


Concept development for a performance management system for a German institution in the public sector (Germany, 3 months).


IT strategy development and IT post-merger management for an international logistics company, in particular development of a harmonised process model in logistics for future IT support (USA and Germany, 8 months).


Improvement of IT costs and performance for a European retailer, especially in the area of cashpoint and logistics systems (Germany, 4 months).


Feasibility study for a shared service centre for an international electronics company (Germany, 3-month summer internship).


  • Co-chair of the 2nd Interdisciplinary Conference on Production, Logistics and Traffic (ICPLT), 21-22 July 2015, Dortmund, Germany.
  • Organizer of the Interdisciplinary Conference on Production, Logistics and Traffic (ICPLT), 19 - 21 March 2013, Darmstadt, Germany.
  • Co-chair of the session “Großbaustellen – Integrierte Optimierung von Bauverfahren, Logistik und Verkehr” (construction sites - integrated optimization of construction processes, logistics, and traffic) at the 2. Civil Engineering Congress at Darmstadt, 12 -13 March 2013, Darmstadt, Germany.