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eXplore Conference: Data driven supply chains

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Sprecher: Alexis Bateman, Robert Boute, Mario Grotz, Bram Kranenburg, Sarah Van der Auweraer
Veranstaltung: Dienstag, den 10. März 2020 09:30 - 16:30
Ort: Chambre des métiers du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg
2 Circuit de la Foire Internationale
L-1016 Luxembourg-Kirchberg

Explore Conference - 10 March - Postponed


With great regret, due to the current climate surrounding COVID 19, a decision has been taken to postpone the planned conference on 10 March.  Whilst the University is not currently recommending the cancellation of events, after review, we feel the situation does not support a successful conference environment, due to travel restrictions and health concerns of both speakers and guests.

Therefore a decision has been taken to postpone.  We hope to welcome guests to an extended LCL Research Fest in June, if the current climate improves - more information to follow later.  Thank you for your understanding.

With best wishes and apologies from the LCL Team.



eXplore Conference: Data driven supply chains

Data and digitalisation are transforming business and societies in general and supply chains in particular.

The annual eXplore conference is taking place on 10 March 2020.

  • What does supply chain transparency really mean?
  • How can artificial intelligence be implemented in supply chain?
  • What are the limits of AI and shall it be regulated?
  • What does digitalisation mean for your operations and execution of workflows?
  • How can you improve your operations using casual information?

Join us for the 4th annual eXplore Conference to learn learn, discuss and be inspired about data-driven supply chains!

Come and explore!


Addressed topics are:

  • Supply chain transparency
  • Digital operations
  • AI innovation & policy, deep leaning, forecasting

Main speakers

During this day, we will have speakers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), from the LCL, KU Leuven, industry and more.

Alexis H. Bateman

Director, MIT Sustainable Supply Chains

Alexis Bateman is a Research Scientist and Director of MIT Sustainable Supply chains. She also serves as a course lead and instructor for the MITx MicroMasters in Supply Chain Management.

She has over fifteen years of experience in sustainability in the public sector, industry, and academic settings. Her work focuses on supply chain sustainability through research, education, and outreach. She has engaged closely with industrial partners, public agencies, global governance organisations, and non-governmental organisations.

Alexis H. Bateman


Robert Boute

Professor of Operations Management at Vlerick Business School and KU Leuven

Robert Boute is Professor of Operations Management at Vlerick Business School and University KU Leuven, Belgium and visiting professor at Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University).

He was named one of the 40 best professors under 40 by Poets & Quants in 2016, and was laureate of the 2017 Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Operations Research and Management Sciences. Robert has worked with a variety of companies on operations and supply chain improvements.

Picture copyright Jos Verhoogen

Robert Boute




Mario Grotz

Director General, Directorate General for Research, Intellectual Property and New Technologies , Ministry of the Economy - President of Luxembourg - President of Luxinnovation

Mario Grotz started his career at the Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber of Craft, where he acted as advisor to SME’s in areas concerning business creation and business management. In 2001, he joined the Ministry of the Economy where his focus was on the evaluation of R&D projects implemented by the private sector. From 2009-2012 he was appointed Head of the Directorate for Infrastructures and Technology. Since 2012, he is the Director General for Research, Intellectual Property and New Technologies, responsible for the development of the technology-based sectors in Luxembourg: cleantech, biotech, ICT and space. He also represents the State of Luxembourg in different boards of private companies. In 2012, he became Chairman of the Board of Directors of the company Creos Luxembourg.

In 2018, Mario Grotz became President of Luxinnovation, the national innovation agency, which offers a wide portfolio of services to companies and public research organisations.

Mario Grotz has been a key advocate of the country’s space industry and commercial space activities. In context of the initiative, he has played a crucial role in the setup of the regulatory, legal and financing frameworks that have positioned Luxembourg at the forefront of space resources utilisation. Most recently, in September 2018, the Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA) officially launched operations with the goal of promoting the further economic development of the Grand Duchy’s space industry by attracting businesses, developing human resources, providing innovative financial solutions and supporting educational and research infrastructure.





Bram Kranenburg

Senior Consultant Data Science and Supply Chain Optimization at CQM. 

Dr. Bram Kranenburg is Senior Consultant Data Science and Supply Chain Optimisation with CQM, a Dutch consulting company. The projects he is involved in, cover the broad field of data science and logistics analytics, modeling, innovation, and optimisation.

Sarah Van der Auweraer

Postdoctoral researcher at the Luxembourg Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LCL), University of Luxembourg

Sarah Van der Auweraer joined the Luxembourg Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LCL) as a full-time postdoctoral researcher in October 2019.
Sarah completed her MSc in Business Engineering, majoring in Production and Logistics management, at KU Leuven in 2015. She defended her PhD in Applied Economics, titled “Spare part inventory management using Service Maintenance Information”, which was conducted in close cooperation with an industrial partner.
Her research focuses on demand forecasting and inventory management for spare parts, with published papers in peer reviewed journals.

Sarah Van Der Auweraer

Preliminary agenda

Please find our agenda below







Anne Lange, Conference Moderator

Welcome note by Benny Mantin



Digital innovation strategy for the development of a trusted and sustainable data-driven economy, by Mario Grotz



How digital operations deliver value? by Robert Boute



Coffee break



An application of deep learning in rail maintenance by Bram Kranenburg



Supply chain disruptions - Hot topics by Benny mantin






  • Lunch
  • Poster session

Master students at the LCL prepare a one-slide poster of project and deliver pitch.

  • Networking opportunity



Forecasting driven by causable factors by Sarah Van der Auweraer



Spark session: AI innovation for supply chain and logistics, by Manuel Davy, Vekia Smart Supply Chain Automation



Spark Session 2 – Air cargo handling using augmented reality, by Meysam Minoufekr, Dropslab Technologies



Supply chain transparency by Alexis H. Bateman



Coffee break









Expert panel discussion

Topics to be addressed Data; leveraging internal data, data policy, data ownership, regulating automation in AI, data intuition. 

Expert Panelists

  • Moderator – Dr Alexis Bateman, MIT
  • Dr Nicolas Guelfi, Professor, FSTM – University of Luxembourg
  • Dr Garoe Gonzalez, Researcher, Boeing Jeppeson, BGS Research & Rapid Development
  • Philippe Hémard, Director PHC, Vekia
  • Dr Bram Kranenburg, CQM
  • Dr Emilia Tantar, Chief Data and Artificial Intelligence Officer at INCERT GIE
  • Further panelists to be announced




Best LSCM Master Thesis Award, sponsored by Cargolux, by Thomas Klein

Closing remarks by Benny Mantin





Registration fees

  • Regular fee: 120 €  
  • LCL partner discount




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