STORM Stakeholder Workshop:Future trends and challenges in freight and logistics and impact on policies


STORM will provide insights from recent research outputs on challenges and needs of the freight sector and logistics area, utilization of novel data sources and future polices.

The main objective of the workshop is to collect feedback from EU level stakeholders, discuss and promote project findings in collaboration with other EU funded projects on common research and innovation topics.

Date and time

Date: 21 June 2022

Time: 09:00-17:00 CET

Place: ERTICO HQ, Blue Tower, Avenue Louise 326, Brussels, Belgium


All the stakeholders linked to the freight and transport sector:

  • STORM project Advisory Board members
  • ERTICO’s network stakeholders
  • Invited stakeholders from other EU projects, AWARD, BOOSTLOG, NuMIDAS, DIGILOGIC, URBANIZED


9:00-12:00Main Session
Welcome and Meeting Practicalities – Yancho Todorov, VTT & Nikolaos Tsampieris, ERTICO
EU policies in freight and logistics – Paola Chiarini, Andrea Arcelli, DG MOVE
STORM project in brief and aims of the workshop, Yancho, Todorov, VTT  

Presentations from other EU projects in relation to the main topics:

AWARD, Mads Benzen, DFDC


NuMidas, Sven Maerivoet, T&M Leuven

DIGILOGIC Africa, Thorsten Huelsmann, CEO Digital Hub Management

URBANIZED, Jose Salanova, CERTH 
12:00-13.30Lunch Break
13.30-15.00Session 1: Digitalised logistics   Dr. Jonathan Köhler and Clemens Brauer, Fraunhofer ISI, Germany

  Abstract: The review of trends and knowledge needs in STORM has confirmed that logistics is in the middle of system change through digitalisation and decarbonisation. While there are clear ideas about how to decarbonise and the challenges this brings, the system impacts of digitalisation are still unclear. New technologies including blockchain, Directed Acyclic Graphs (DAGs), IoT, the physical internet, synchromodality, AI, automation, omnichannel logistics, logistics control towers and whole supply chain management and optimisation are all being rapidly developed. All these technologies will change business models and operations in the logistics industry. However, plans for how these technologies could combined to deliver new or improved logistics services that are sustainable are still rather general.  This session will open a discussion about how these digital technologies could be implemented in logistics markets and institutions to make logistics more responsive to customers and more efficient. The results of the discussion will be taken forward in case studies in the STORM project.            
15.00-15.30Coffee Break
Session 2:  Big Data in Enhancing the Modeling of Freight Transport Transitions  
Dr. Wasim Shoman, Chalmers University, Sweden  

Abstract: Big Data are big bulks of structured and unstructured data that need to be converted into useful information, which can have a big role to apply advanced analytic techniques for road freight transport applications. This session discusses the state of the art in the analysis of Big Data sources and the current knowledge gaps for Big Data analytics in road freight transport. We identify several significant challenges and promising areas for future opportunities with Big Data. There are a variety of challenges hindering access and utilization of Big Data for road freight transport applications due to its nature and unique characteristics, including, but not limited to, data collection, data ownership and accessibility, heterogeneity and standardization, storage, privacy and legal constraints, technical challenges and expertise, quality, validation and representativeness of the data. We also identify a few areas for further research including data collection and preparation, data analytics and utilization, and applications to support decision-making categories.
17:00:17:10Wrap up and closing