• Thomas Manns Vej 23

    9220 Aalborg East


Organization profile

Organisation profile

Head of research group
Kristian Hegner Reinau

Our research focus is optimization of freight transport through the use of new technologies, in particular tracking technologies and blockchain technology. Optimization is seen both in relation to the business model of the companies—and thus the value propositions of new technologies in the field—and in relation to the surrounding society, i.e. minimization of congestion and emission from the industry.

Three research topics in particular is pursued by the group: i) collaborative logistics among large logistics companies, ii) new technologies and their potentials, in particular tracking technologies and blockchain technology and iii) Multimodal transport and port management.

We use a range of methodologies, ranging from quantitative methods (i.e. GI Science, Statistics and Logistics modelling) to qualitative methods (i.e. Interviews and Observation studies to analyze practices in the freight transport industry). The Freight Transport Research Group a broad spectrum of strategic capabilities consisting of experts collected from several countries with different backgrounds such as transport, logistics, tracking technologies and business.

We have a significant project portfolio with a combined budget of more than 21.000.000 DKK. The research group maintains a close relationship and collaboration with key companies and public authorities in the freight transport field, and the projects are characterized by an agile and emergent approach which aims to change status-quo in the industry. This is done, for example, through close dialoged and co-creation with important business actors in the Danish freight transport field. The research group is also part of the AAU Defence initiative, looking into options to improve military freight transport.

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Supply chains Engineering & Materials Science
Food supply Engineering & Materials Science
Containers Engineering & Materials Science
Trucks Engineering & Materials Science
Railroad cars Engineering & Materials Science
Global positioning system Engineering & Materials Science
citizen Social Sciences
Geographical Information System Social Sciences

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Projects 2011 2022

Research Output 2006 2020

A Data-driven Opportunity Identification Engine for Collaborative Freight Logistics Based on a Trailer Capacity Graph

Luan, J., Diana, N., Reinau, K. H., Sivakumar, A. & Polak, J. W., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Transportation Research Board Conference Proceedings.

Research output: Contribution to book/anthology/report/conference proceedingArticle in proceedingResearchpeer-review

Process in business model change

Brøns Kringelum, L., Holmgren, J. & Friis, O., 12 Jan 2020, (Submitted).

Research output: Contribution to conference without publisher/journalPaper without publisher/journalResearchpeer-review


Best Oral Presentation

Thorbjørn Martens Illemann (Recipient), 16 Jan 2020

Prize: Conference prizes

Activities 2011 2020

Towards sharing data of private freight companies with public policy makers

Thorbjørn Martens Illemann (Lecturer)
15 Jan 202017 Jan 2020

Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations


Thorbjørn Martens Illemann (Participant)
26 Aug 201927 Aug 2019

Activity: Attending an eventConference organisation or participation

European Academy of Management

Allan Næs Gjerding (Participant)
26 Jun 201928 Jun 2019

Activity: Attending an eventConference organisation or participation

Press / Media

Analyse: Adgang til motorvej er vigtigt - men ikke det vigtigste

Ina Drejer & Allan Næs Gjerding


2 items of Media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

Virksomheders blockchain-potentiale afdækkes

Kristian Hegner Reinau


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media