On the 22 nd of September 2021, the partnership held the Final Meeting of the LOGISTAR project in Bilbao. The conference foresaw two different events: a public dissemination event held in the morning, and an internal closure meeting in the afternoon.
The morning event was moderated by Enrique Onieva Caracuel from the Universidad de Deusto and was split into two sessions: in the former one the technical partners reviewed in detail the architecture of the LOGISTAR platform, while in the latter the industrial partners discussed the potential business opportunities which LOGISTAR can be applied to.
In particular, in the first part of the morning event, dedicated to the technical aspects of the solution, speakers from different work packages presented the approaches followed and the results obtained in different stages of the testing. Jurgen Jakobitsch (Semantic-web) presented the architecture and implementation of the data gathering and harmonization layer. Federico Toffano and Diego Carraro (Insight-Centre) detailed the algorithms implemented to provide the system with predictions, regarding both times and preferences. Iñigo López (Universidad de Deusto) showed the algorithms used for the global optimization module of the solution. Dave de Jonge (CSIC) introduced the methods in automated negotiation for collaborative transportation. Finally, Christian Gengenbach (Software AG) and Reinhard Rust (DBH) presented the overall architecture, putting together all the modules and functionalities developed by the consortium.
In the second morning session Andrew Palmer of Preston Solutions delivered a presentation explaining how the functional requirements for LOGISTAR had been produced from interviews with 22 companies across Europe. This was followed by a demonstration of the LOGISTAR system based on the testing that had taken place for each of the living labs given by the three companies involved in the integration of the system (Christian Gengenbach of Software AG, Reinhard Rust of DBH and Gaetano Formisano of Genegis). Each of the stakeholder partners involved in these living labs discussed their supply chain operations and the outcomes from the testing process. They were introduced by Miguel van Asch of Ahlers who coordinated all the testing activities and discussed the results of the virtual living lab. This was followed by Sally Wright of Nestle and Paul Stothard of pladis who discussed living lab 1, Guido Piccoli of Codognotto discussing living lab 2 and Michael Gierloff of CHEP on living lab 3. A Q&A completed this industrial session. All stakeholder partners agreed that the development of the system and testing process had been a very rewarding experience with new knowledge gained by all parties.
After this morning dissemination event, in the afternoon all the project partners participated in the internal closure meeting to take stock of the situation and to finalize the last steps for the conclusion of the project. This was also the opportunity to thank each other for the dedication and the efforts made over these years, with the promise to meet again in future EU projects.