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EAI International Conference on Sustainable Solutions beyond Mobility of Goods

October 13, 2015 | Bratislava, Slovakia

Prof. Ingo Gestring, Dresden University of Applied Sciences (Germany)

Green Supply Chain Design considering Warehousing and Transportation

Green supply chain design considers besides costs and service level as well the environmental impact. There is a trade-off in terms of costs and environmental impact between the size of warehouses and the transport mode and transport frequency. High frequent deliveries with trucks result in high emission during transport, but low emission during the storage process. Less frequent delivery with trains or ships have a lower emission during transport, but the items must be stored for a longer time and so need more space in a warehouse. The consequences are illustrated with a case study. The total CO2 emission and the eco-efficiency are calculated.

Ingo Gestring (4 October 1970) is professor for production and logistics management at the HTW Dresden University of Applied Science and currently dean at the faculty of business administration. He got his Ph.D in mechanical engineering at the University of Hanover after studying in Hanover, Madison/USA and Besancon/France. Afterwards he worked for several years for Volkswagen. He was project manager for Bentley Motors und director of production and logistics at the Transparent Factory of Volkswagen in Dresden. Mainly his focus was on introducing lean production methods. Back in scientific education he is founder and head of the Centre of Small and Medium sized Enterprises at the faculty of business administration and coordinates conferences, consulting activities and research activities for these kind of enterprises. He is authors of articles for supply chain management in small and medium sized enterprises and editor of several books. He holds international presentations about automotive logistics management in the Czech Republic, Finland, Latvia and the USA. As a member of the German Logistcs Association he organizes conferences and networking events


Prof. Jorma Imppola, Seinajoki University of Applied Sciences (Finland)

The Challenges of Sustainable Logistics in Finland

This paper will give an overview of the logistic situation in Finland, especially on the sustainability viewpoint. Finland has quite extraordinary logistical situation in both international and national logistics. The need for transportation is significantly higher than any other EU country mostly because the geographical position and national economic structure. Because of these handicaps out transportation performance in both materials and persons is high comparing to other EU countries. This is a significant challenge for sustainable development, which is today one of the cornerstones in EU policies. How to cut down the energy consumption and emissions created in Finland by everyday logistics without distracting the holistic functionality of our society?

Jorma Imppola (11 May 1964) is a teacher and researcher on School of Business and Culture at Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences (SeAMK). He graduated as Master of Science in Engineering 1992 from Lappeenranta University of Technology. He has been working as a part time teacher at SeAMK at its earlier filials since 1993. He has also worked as a teacher, an assistant and an university lecturer at the University of Vaasa 1992 – 2007 teaching Logistics, Production management, Purchasing management, Environmental management and Risk management at the Faculty of Industrial Management. He acquired Vocatioinal Teacher degree 2014 awarded by the Tampere University of Applies Sciences / School of Vocational Teacher Education (TAOKK), Finland. He has actively participated Erasmus teacher exchange programme by making a 2-week teacher exchange period every year to Zilina University (Slovakia) since  2001 and occasional 2-week teacher exchange periods to Skoda Auto University (Czech republik) since 2010. His pedagogical and research activities are focused on industrial logistics, quality management and sustainable management. He is a logistics teacher and researcher, long-time member of the Finnish Association of Purchasing and Logistics (LOGY) and member of the board of Finnish Numismatic Assiciation. He currently lectures courses of logistics, purchasing management, quality management, sustainable management, production management, process management and economics at SeAMK and abowe mentioned Erasmus-cooperation universities. He is also supervising annually more than ten Bachelor thesises. He has earlier participated three EU-projects (Tempus ”DILEMA” (Distance learning in Management of Quality) –projct January 1997 – August 1998; Leonardo da Vinci ”IMVOCED” (Improving Vocational Education in TQM by Developing In-company Work Based Learning) –project February 2001 – Novenber 2003; Growth ”INTRANSNET” (Network of European Medium- and Large-scale Transport Research facilities Operators) project, January 2002 - December 2004). Author and co-author of over 50 publications (numismatic articles, monographs, scientific articles, conference and seminar papers and course materials).


Prof. Jakub Soviar, University of Zilina (Slovakia)

Proposal for Efficient Organization of Cooperation Activities in a Company – Sustainable Approach

Goal of the article is to use detailed literature analysis and findings of an empirical research, and to propose efficient organization of cooperation activities in a company. The proposed efficient organization enabled authors to describe the process of creating a cooperating company and the individual recommended types of organizational structures. The article thus provides a tool for company managers for managing their cooperation projects and activities. Use of this tool is meant to help minimize occurrence of conflict situations and to support smooth progress of cooperation activities from the organizational perspective. This tool means also a strong sustainable aspect concerning the cooperation´s overall stability.

Jakub Soviar (16 April 1980) is an associated professor at the University of Žilina (Slovakia) – Faculty of management science and informatics in the field of management. He is also a member of the Institute of competitiveness and innovations of the University of Žilina. He completed an internship at the University of Parma (Italy), University of Pardubice (Czech Republic) and Škoda Auto University in Mladá Boleslav (Czech Republic). His pedagogical and research activities are focused on cooperation management, marketing management, marketing communication, sociology and market research. He also works as an external lector for several private companies (clustering processes, cooperation strategies, market research, communication skill, strategies and strategical planning, etc.). He cooperates with Žilina self-government region in the field of regional development. He was a head of two Slovak Republic scientific research projects. He was a member of several Slovak, European Union and international research projects (e.g. Central Europe Research to Innovation Models, Central European Research and Development Area). He is a member of Slovak marketing association and a member of Editorial Board of international journal Advances in Economics and Business. He is author and co-author of more than 50 publications (monographs, learn books, scientific papers indexed in Web of Science, Scopus, conference and seminar papers, research papers).

Mario Paroha


In GreenWay, we are passionate about electric vehicles. We understood that in order to reach their massive adoption, having just a new technology is simply not enough. We need to go far beyond that and create new business model, new way how to get this great technology to the customers. In the beginning of the presentation, business model of GreenWay will be introduced.

There is lot of technology behind that enables realization of the business model. The following main parts of the complete system will be explained: individually converted electric utility vehicles with range of 200+ km and swappable battery; battery swapping stations; and necessary IT infrastructure. Special attention will be given to development and testing traction batteries as they are the crucial component of the system.

Finally, the current and planned R&D activities of GreenWay in several EU and national research projects will be presented.

Dipl. Ing.  Mário Paroha

Mário is Head of Research at the GreenWay Operator. He is responsible for product design, R&D tasks, and technical site of business operation and manages technician team. Particularly he focuses on testing of traction batteries, conversion of vehicles to electric drive, testing of vehicle parameters, design of battery swapping station and supports IT development team. In the past he worked at several foreign universities, where he participated in the development of innovative products and managed the development of technological start-up companies in the university incubator.

Massimo Villari

How the Cloud Computing enable the management of Smart Transportation Systems

Nowadays ICT technologies are providing new ways for optimizing processes, extending human relationships, producing and consuming a huge amount of Digital Data even in mobility.

 New interactions among different stakeholders are needed, where environments along with different and heterogeneous sensing infrastructures interact each other, in order to collect massive information for detection, planning, and management activities. Here new cloud architectures are able to deal with different types of virtual elements logically belonging to Cooperating Clouds treated and manipulated in smooth ways.  Example, wide services for the cooperation of governments and organizations involved in disaster prevention and/or rescue through the creation of Federations and Cooperating Clouds are appearing. The European cloud initiative FI-WARE is looking in this direction, enabling ICT Smart Cities.

Prof. Massimo Villari is Associate Professor in Computer Engineering at University of Messina (Italy). He is actively working as IT Security and Distributed Systems Analyst in Cloud Computing, virtualization and Storage. For the EU Projects “RESERVOIR” he leaded the IT security activities of the whole project. For the EU Project “VISION-CLOUD”, he covered the role of architectural designer for UniME. He is currently Scientific ICT Responsible as Academic Partner EU/Italian Cloud for Europe (C4E) project and in the EU Project frontierCities, the Accelerator of FIWARE on Smart Cities – Smart Mobility. frontierCities is considered from European Commission one of the Best Accelerator European Consortium in the area of Smart Cities dealing with FIWARE cloud Architecture. He is strongly involved in EU Future Internet initiatives, specifically Cloud Computing and Security in Distributed Systems. He is co-author of more of 120 scientific publications and patents in Cloud Computing (Cloud Federation), Distributed Systems, Wireless Network, Network Security, Cloud Security and Cloud and IoTs. He is currently General Chair of ESOCC 2015 and EAI-CN4IoT. Since 2011 he is a Fellow of IARIA, recognized as a Cloud Computing Expert, and since 2011 he is also involved in the activities of the FIArch, the EU Working Group on Future Internet Architecture. In 2014 was recognized by an independent assessment (IEEE Cloud Computing Transaction, Issue April 2014) as one of World-Wide active scientific researchers, top 27 classification, in Cloud Computing Area.