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Working alongside the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, Heriot-Watt University hosted an event which saw industry experts, Heriot-Watt students, and leading researchers from the world of Logistics share ideas about how new technologies could shape the future of their discipline.

As one of the world’s leading research and teaching universities in the field of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Heriot-Watt has developed an excellent relationship with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and close links with the logistics, transport and supply chain industry itself. This made us the ideal hosts for the masterclass event which aimed bring experts from academia and industry together to share cutting-edge ideas.

The event, titled ‘How technology could affect future logistic choices’, saw leading researchers and industry experts deliver presentations and provide invaluable insights to fellow logistics professionals and students planning for their futures within the sector.

The event’s morning session included discussions on ‘Technological innovations in logistics’ and ‘How Cyber Security could affect future Logistics’

Dr Phil Greening, our very own Associate Professor of Logistics and Director of one of our two Logistics Research Centres, then presented on: ‘Logistics in the connected world: Internet of Things, Big Data and the PI’.

In the afternoon, the event then moved on to a fascinating panel discussion and presentations from XPO, Clarksons Shipping and Cooper Software, who each demonstrated the cutting edge technology they use to offer logistics and supply chain solutions.

Dr Karamperidis, Assistant Professor in Shipping and International Logistics at Heriot-Watt who organised the event alongside the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, reflected on its success, saying,

“According to participants, the event provided a reality check on how the technology could affect their future logistic choices, which is what the industry needs. Specifically the two discussion held during the event about: “the industry preparedness for the IoT” and “the effect of block chains to Supply Chain transactions and business models” generated useful outcomes that we will investigate further at an event in the future. “

Dr Karamperidis, Assistant Professor in Logistics

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Heriot-Watt University is home to the longest running MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management in the UK and each of our Logistics degrees are accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. Discover more: