Prof. Dr. Hanno Friedrich

Associate Professor of Freight Transportation - Modelling and Policy

Prof. Dr. Hanno Friedrich

Associate Professor of Freight Transportation - Modelling and Policy

Hanno Friedrich is Associate Professor of Freight Transportation - Modelling and Policy. He studied Industrial Engineering at Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT). After having finished his 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.

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“For me, diversity sets KLU apart.”
– Prof. Dr. Hanno Friedrich

Selected Publications

DOI: 10.1016/j.tre.2018.03.002 

Abstract: This paper presents a calibrated dynamic multi-scale multi-regional input–output (MSMRIO) model of the German food supply system based on real data. The model comprises 51 commodity groups from farm to fork differentiating three different temperature ranges as well as living animals. Spatially, it works on an aggregate level of 402 regions within Germany as well as its 50 most important trading nations. It determines the commodity flows and the additionally needed transport capacity in case of disruptions. Showing how changes in production, inventories, sourcing, and consumption affect commodity flows, the model uncovers vulnerabilities and makes risk evaluation possible.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.tre.2017.08.009 

Abstract: The paper introduces a model to determine possible impacts of changes in supply chain structures on freight transport demand. Examples are centralisation or vertical (des)integration within supply chains. The model first generates a population of establishments and commodity flows in space which is then manipulated according to different scenarios. It uses methods from transport planning and optimisation as well as scenario technique. To demonstrate its applicability a centralisation in food supply chain structures in Germany is analysed. The results show that a more educated discussion is needed for such changes since the range of possible impacts is large.

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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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DOI: 10.1007/s11116-012-9386-9 

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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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000020602 

Abstract: The study contributes to fill the gap between freight transportation analysis and logistic research. It describes the model SYNTRADE, a simulation model that reproduces logistic structures in the German food retailing sector. Logistic decisions and their interdependencies are simulated based on heuristics from the field of logistic optimization. The model provides the possibility to analyze changes in logistics and freight transport demand on a company, as well as on an overall sector level.

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Academic Positions

since 2020

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

2015 - 2019

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

2019 - 2021Nutrisafe: Sicherheit in der Lebensmittelproduktion und Logistik durch die Distributed Ledger Technologie, Funding: BMBF (German ministry of research), Partner: Kühne Logistics University, Universität der Bundeswehr München, Universität Bremen (IGMR), OTARIS Interactive Services GmbH, SBCF & Cie., Diebold Nixdorf AG, Giesecke + Devrient Mobile Security GmbH,
2018 - 2021Handlungsoptionen für eine ökologische Gestaltung der Langstreckenmobilität Modul B: Güterverkehr, Funding: UBA (Umweltbundesamt - Federal Agency for the Environment), Partner: DLR, TTS, Kantar TNS, Role: Advisory Board (wissenschaftlicher Begleitkreis)
2018 - 2020SMart Event ForeCast for Seaports (SMECS), Funding: BMVI (German ministry of transport), Partner: TU Berlin (Logistics Chair), Kühne Logistics University, DB Cargo, Dakosy Datenkommunikationssystem AG, Kühne + Nagel, Hamburg Süd, DB Netze, TFG Transfracht, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA), Metrans,, Verein Hamburger Spediteure, Lübecker Hafengesellschaft mbH.
2016Modelling Food Supply Systems to Identify Outbreak Origins (MFSSIOO), Funding: DFG, Bayer Foundation, BfR, MIT
2016 - 2018FALCON: Freight And Logistics in a Multimodal Context , Funding: Conference of European Directors of Roads (CEDR), Partner: HAN, VTI, DLR, TNO, IFSTTAR, BRRC, CUTS, MAN, Michelin, Role: Advisory Board
2013 - 2015SEAK: decision support for food supply shortfalls - quantitative modelling of the food supply in Germany, funding: BMBF, partner: TU Darmstadt, KIT, 4flow AG,
2015FCD: Utilisation of floating car data for freight transport modelling, funding: HOLM, partner: TU Wuppertal, TU Darmstadt.
2011 - 2014Dynamo 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 - 2011RM-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 - 2010Logotakt: technologies and processes for robust and synchronised logistics networks, funding: BMWI, partner: KIT, LOCOM, PTV, Volkswagen, DB Schenker, Bosch

Consulting Projects

2019Luxembourg’s future role as an air cargo hub: a preliminary study (KLU consulting project, Germany/Luxemburg, 2 days).
2019Workshop on Logistics startups and opportunities for Lufthansa Technik Logistics services (Germany, 1 day).
2014Analysis and optimization of the distribution network of a German fresh food producer (Germany, 2 months).
2012Market-volume estimation for the transportation and storage of dangerous goods in Germany, (Germany, several days).
2009 - 2010Benefit assessment of an ERP implementation for a German food retailer (Germany, 6 months).
2005 - 2006Improvement of IT cost and performance for a European bank (Germany, 5 months).
2005IT organization and IT governance development for an international bank in a post-merger situation (USA and Switzerland, 6 months).
2005Concept development for a performance management system for a German institution in the public sector (Germany, 3 months).
2004IT 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).
2004Improvement of IT costs and performance for a European retailer, especially in the area of cashpoint and logistics systems (Germany, 4 months).
2002Feasibility 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.