University of Kempten and Soloplan GmbH establish partnership for science and teaching.
Following a lengthy and intensive preparation phase, during which numerous ideas and strategies were developed and discussed, the University of Kempten and the software company Soloplan have agreed on establishing an innovative multi-year partnership. Just in time for the start of the 2018 winter semester, the president of the University of Kempten, Prof. Dr. Robert F. Schmidt, and the CEO of Soloplan GmbH, Wolfgang Heidl, signed a comprehensive cooperation agreement.
The financial and professional support provided by Soloplan GmbH – the leading German software provider for transport planning and logistics – will help the University of Kempten set up a new research centre at the Faculty of Computer Science and operate it for the next two years.
Assisted by a qualified scientific expert, the members of the “Soloplan Innovation Lab” working group will soon take up their work in their own room at the Faculty of Computer Science. The partners want to work together in order to research and evaluate new technologies and their impact on transport logistics. They also aim at developing innovative concepts and methods. “Soloplan Innovation Lab” is to encourage the creative and experimental testing of new technologies and business processes. Furthermore, it is to promote dialogue between the University of Kempten and the well-established market leader and it is to offer a platform for exchanging and transferring experience, knowledge and insights.
There is nearly an unlimited number of topics ready to be discussed. The partners plan to define the first project task together soon.
Christian Heidl, Head of Software Development at Soloplan GmbH:
“The main focus is on investigating the impact digital transformation has on logistics. This includes, for example, research into changes in supply chains as a result of new technologies such as machine learning or big data, but also the analysis of user behaviour, innovative operating concepts and customer surveys.”
Apart from gaining scientific and practical insights, the aim is to arouse the student’s interest in and enthusiasm for digital technologies and to draw their attention to the logistics sector.
Wolfgang Heidl, CEO of Soloplan GmbH:
For Soloplan as a “European hidden champion” from the Allgäu, this step has long been overdue. Now that we have found a flexible and resourceful partner in Prof. Dr. Stefan Wind, we believe that we can successfully start something new in the region by bringing together innovative business strategies, technology and university research.”
Soloplan’s contribution is not only limited to financial incentives. The company also wants to offer interested students and scientific staff direct access to the many developments that take place in one of the most important economic sectors. In addition to numerous tasks in software engineering and digitisation, Soloplan also offers fascinating insights into an internationally networked and dynamic transport sector. Students can learn what project management and service means in a company that operates globally and generates nearly 50% of its turnover abroad.
Andreas Maximilian Steinert, currently a student intern at Soloplan:
“I was really surprised and excited that I was allowed to accompany the head of sales to Great Britain for a customer presentation already after my third week as an intern.”
The partners expect the partnership to continue even after the two years. The phase agreed upon now is about establishing concepts, taking the first steps and collecting feedback from the people involved. If the students and the professors at the university continue to show interest in these topics, the cooperation can be quickly expanded and additional positions can be made available.
Prof. Dr. Stefan Wind, Faculty of Computer Science:
“This research centre brings us one step closer to offering our students exciting hands-on education. The constant exchange between our university and a company like Soloplan allows us to better prepare our students for their future.”