Henning Blunck

Henning Blunck (MSIE)henning

Research Associate and Ph.D. Student

Production & Logistics Networks Workgroup

School of Engineering and Science
Jacobs University Bremen gGmbH

Street Address: Campus Ring 1 | 28759 Bremen | Germany
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 750 561 | 28725 Bremen | Germany
Phone: +49 421 200-3075
Fax: +49 421 200-3078
E-mail:h.blunck@jacobs-university.de
Office: South Hall, Room 210

Curriculum Vitae

Professional experience
Apr 2012 – present Research Associate in the Production & Logistics Networks Workgroup of Prof. Dr. oec. J. Bendul at Jacobs University.
Jun 2006 – Jul 2010 Student Assistant at the Fraunhofer Institute for Materialflow and Logistics (IML) in Dortmund.
Apr 2009 – Jul 2009 Internship with Pepperl+Fuchs (Strategic Purchasing Department) in Mannheim.
Educational background
Sep 2006 – Mar 2012 Student of Logistics (Diplom Logistik) at Dortmund University of Technology, Germany.
Aug 2010 – Aug 2011 Student of Industrial Engineering at The Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA (USA).

Publications

2017

  • View document on publisher site T. Wang, H. Blunck, and J. Bendul, “Exploring the Design Space for Myopia-Avoiding Distributed Control Systems Using a Classification Model,” in Service Orientation in Holonic and Multi-Agent Manufacturing, Proceedings of SOHOMA 2016, T. Borangiu, D. Trentesaux, A. Thomas, P. Leitão, and J. A. Barata Oliveira, Eds., Springer International Publishing, 2017, vol. 694, pp. 295-304.
    [Bibtex]
    @incollection{Wang:2016Sohoma,
    year={2017},
    booktitle={Service Orientation in Holonic and Multi-Agent Manufacturing, Proceedings of SOHOMA 2016},
    series={Studies in Computational Intelligence},
    volume={694},
    editor={Borangiu, Theodor and Trentesaux, Damien and Thomas, Andr{\'e} and Leit{\~{a}}o, Paulo and Barata Oliveira, Jos{\'e} A.},
    title={Exploring the Design Space for Myopia-Avoiding Distributed Control Systems Using a Classification Model},
    publisher={Springer International Publishing},
    keywords={Production Control, Myopia, Distributed Decision Making, Classification Model},
    author={Wang, Tianyi and Blunck, Henning and Bendul, Julia},
    pages={},
    isbn={978-3-319-51099-6},
    issn={1860-949X},
    pages={295--304},
    url={http://www.springer.com/de/book/9783319510996},
    chapter={26},
    doi={10.1007/978-3-319-51100-9_26},
    abstract={Avoiding myopia, suboptimal behavior, caused by the limited information horizon and computation capacity of agents, has been recognized as a major design challenge for the future academic development and industrial adoption of distributed production control systems. In Blunck and Bendul 2016 existing literature from various research streams has been reviewed to classify design decisions that designers can make to avoid myopic decision making. In this contribution, this model will be validated by mapping different paradigms of distributed control onto it. Through this exercise, an initial validation of the proposed classification model can be attained and a starting point for a classification of existing distributed production control approaches based on design features is provided. This will help designers of distributed architectures in production control to better understand their design space, take deliberate steps towards the avoidance of myopic behavior, and identify unexplored areas within the design space.}
    }
  • H. Blunck, D. Armbruster, and J. Bendul, “Setting production capacities for production agents making selfish routing decisions,” International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing, 2017, Under review.
    [Bibtex]
    @article{Blunck:2017,
    title={Setting production capacities for production agents making selfish routing decisions},
    journal={International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing},
    year={2017},
    note={Under review},
    author={Blunck, Henning and Armbruster, Dieter and Bendul, Julia}
    }
  • H. Blunck, D. Armbruster, J. Bendul, and M. Hütt, On the Impact of Network Topology on Distributed Constraint-Satisfaction Problems Dresden: , DPG Spring Meeting, Talk without Paper, 2017.
    [Bibtex]
    @unpublished{Blunck:2017DPG,
    title= {On the Impact of Network Topology on Distributed Constraint-Satisfaction Problems},
    author = {Blunck, Henning and Armbruster, Dieter and Bendul, Julia and H{\"u}tt, Marc-Thorsten},
    year = {2017},
    address={Dresden},
    URL= {http://www.dpg-verhandlungen.de/year/2017/conference/dresden/part/dy/session/63/contribution/7},
    note={DPG Spring Meeting, Talk without Paper}
    }

2016

  • View document on publisher site H. Blunck and J. Bendul, “Controlling Myopic Behavior in Distributed Production Systems — A Classification of Design Choices,” Procedia CIRP, vol. 57, pp. 158-163, 2016, Factories of the Future in the digital environment – Proceedings of the 49th CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems.
    [Bibtex]
    @article{Blunck:2016CMS,
    title = "Controlling Myopic Behavior in Distributed Production Systems --- A Classification of Design Choices",
    journal = "Procedia CIRP",
    volume = "57",
    number = "",
    pages = "158 -- 163",
    year = "2016",
    note = "Factories of the Future in the digital environment - Proceedings of the 49th CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems",
    issn = "2212-8271",
    doi = "10.1016/j.procir.2016.11.028",
    url = "http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212827116311817",
    author = "Blunck, Henning and Bendul, Julia",
    keywords = "Manufacturing System Design",
    keywords = "Distributed Control",
    keywords = "Myopia",
    keywords = "Industry 4.0",
    abstract = "The future of manufacturing and logistics is currently envisioned under many names: Industry 4.0, Manufacturing 2.0, Physical Internet, etc. They share the vision of distributing control tasks to 'smart' machines and products to attain higher flexibility, adaptability, and, in the light of increasingly complex and dynamic environmental conditions, higher logistic performance. The flip-side of such systems under distributed control is the rise of myopic (short-sighted) decision making, leading to system nervousness and loss of performance. Designing manufacturing (control) systems for distributed control hence is a significant challenge: With the system performance becoming an emergent property of the interplay of various decision making entities, system designers become conductors of societies of cyber-physical systems, seeking to balance the desirable traits of distributing control while limiting the negative effects of myopic decision making. In this contribution, we set out to help manufacturing system designers to better understand myopic behavior and the design decisions that are known to affect it. Our contribution can serve as a design aid for planners of distributed control systems by structuring the solution space of design decisions to control myopic behavior. By pointing to examples from various research streams, we provide guidance for system designers, seeking to maximize the performance of distributed production control systems."
    }
  • View document on publisher site H. Blunck, D. Armbruster, and J. Bendul, “Simultaneous Workload Allocation and Capacity Dimensioning for Distributed Production Control.” 2016, pp. 460-465, Research and Innovation in Manufacturing: Key Enabling Technologies for the Factories of the Future – Proceedings of the 48th CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems.
    [Bibtex]
    @inproceedings{Blunck:2015CMS,
    title = "Simultaneous Workload Allocation and Capacity Dimensioning for Distributed Production Control",
    journal = "Procedia CIRP",
    volume = "41",
    number = "",
    pages = "460 - 465",
    year = "2016",
    note = "Research and Innovation in Manufacturing: Key Enabling Technologies for the Factories of the Future - Proceedings of the 48th CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems ",
    issn = "2212-8271",
    doi = "10.1016/j.procir.2015.12.117",
    url = "http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212827115011968",
    author = "Henning Blunck and Dieter Armbruster and Julia Bendul",
    keywords = "Agent Based Manufacturing Control",
    keywords = "Capacity Dimensioning",
    keywords = "Resource Requirements Problem",
    keywords = "Algorithmic Game Theory ",
    abstract = "Abstract Capacity dimensioning in production systems is an important task within strategic and tactical production planning which impacts system cost and performance. Traditionally capacity demand at each worksystem is determined from standard operating processes and estimated production flow rates, accounting for a desired level of utilization or required throughput times. However, for distributed production control systems, the flows across multiple possible production paths are not known a priori. In this contribution, we use methods from algorithmic game-theory and traffic-modeling to predict the flows, and hence capacity demand across worksystems, based on the available production paths and desired output rates, assuming non-cooperative agents with global information. We propose an iterative algorithm that converges simultaneously to a feasible capacity distribution and a flow distribution over multiple paths that satisfies Wardrop's first principle. We demonstrate our method on models of real-world production networks. "
    }

2015

  • View document on publisher site H. Blunck and J. C. Bendul, “Invariant-Based Production Control Reviewed: Mixing Hierarchical and Heterarchical Control in Flexible Job Shop Environments,” in Industrial Applications of Holonic and Multi-Agent Systems, V. Mařík, A. Schirrmann, D. Trentesaux, and P. Vrba, Eds., Springer International Publishing, 2015, vol. 9266, pp. 96-107.
    [Bibtex]
    @incollection{Blunck:2015Holomas,
    year={2015},
    isbn={978-3-319-22866-2},
    booktitle={Industrial Applications of Holonic and Multi-Agent Systems},
    volume={9266},
    series={Lecture Notes in Computer Science},
    editor={Ma{\v{r}}{\'{i}}k, Vladim{\'{i}}r and Schirrmann, Arnd and Trentesaux, Damien and Vrba, Pavel},
    doi={10.1007/978-3-319-22867-9_9},
    title={Invariant-Based Production Control Reviewed: Mixing Hierarchical and Heterarchical Control in Flexible Job Shop Environments},
    url={http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-22867-9_9},
    publisher={Springer International Publishing},
    keywords={Production control; Invariants; Scheduling; Distributed decision making},
    author={Blunck, Henning and Bendul, Julia C.},
    pages={96-107},
    language={English}
    }

2014

  • View document on publisher site H. Blunck, V. Vican, T. Becker, and K. Windt, “Improvement Heuristics for Manufacturing System Design Using Complex Network Figures,” Procedia CIRP, vol. 17, pp. 50-55, 2014, Variety Management in Manufacturing – Proceedings of the 47th CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems.
    [Bibtex]
    @article{Blunck1450,
    title = "Improvement Heuristics for Manufacturing System Design Using Complex Network Figures",
    journal = "Procedia CIRP",
    volume = "17",
    pages = "50-55",
    year = "2014",
    note = "Variety Management in Manufacturing - Proceedings of the 47th CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems",
    issn = "2212-8271",
    doi = "10.1016/j.procir.2014.01.063",
    url = "http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212827114003023",
    author = "Henning Blunck and Victor Vican and Till Becker and Katja Windt",
    }
  • V. Vican, H. Blunck, and K. Windt, “Die neuen Zielgrößen moderner Produktionsplanungs und -steuerungssysteme – ein Beitrag zu aktuellen Forschungsfragen,” in Produzieren in Deutschland — Wettbewerbsfähigkeit im 21. Jahrhundert, 1st ed., H. Lödding and A. Friedewald, Eds., GITO Verlag, 2014, pp. 167-184.
    [Bibtex]
    @inbook{Vican14,
    author = {Victor Vican and Henning Blunck and Katja Windt},
    title = {Die neuen Zielgr{\"o}{\ss}en moderner Produktionsplanungs und -steuerungssysteme - ein Beitrag zu aktuellen Forschungsfragen},
    publisher = {GITO Verlag},
    year = {2014},
    booktitle = {Produzieren in Deutschland --- Wettbewerbsf{\"a}higkeit im 21. Jahrhundert},
    pages = {167-184},
    isbn={978-3-95545-046-5},
    editor={L{\"o}dding, Hermann and Friedewald, Axel},
    edition={1st},
    url={https://portal.dnb.de/opac.htm?method=simpleSearch&cqlMode=true&query=idn%3D1046908111}
    }

2013

  • H. Blunck and K. Windt, “Komplexität schafft Spielraum für Selbststeuerung,” wt-online 2-2013 Sonderheft Industrie 4.0, vol. 2, pp. 109-113, 2013.
    [Bibtex]
    @article{Blunck13,
    author = {Blunck, H. and Windt, K.},
    title = {Komplexit{\"a}t schafft Spielraum f{\"u}r Selbststeuerung},
    journal = {wt-online 2-2013 Sonderheft Industrie 4.0},
    year = {2013},
    volume = {2},
    pages = {109-113},
    url={http://www.werkstattstechnik.de/wt/article.php?data[article_id]=71488}
    }

2012

  • View document on publisher site O. Jeken, N. Duffie, K. Windt, H. Blunck, A. Chehade, and H. Rekersbrink, “Dynamics of autonomously acting products and work systems in production and assembly,” CIRP Journal of Manufacturing Science and Technology, vol. 5, iss. 4, pp. 267-275, 2012, Special issue from 44th CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems.
    [Bibtex]
    @article{Jeken12267,
    title = "Dynamics of autonomously acting products and work systems in production and assembly",
    journal = "CIRP Journal of Manufacturing Science and Technology",
    volume = "5",
    number = "4",
    pages = "267-275",
    year = "2012",
    note = "Special issue from 44th CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems",
    issn = "1755-5817",
    doi = "10.1016/j.cirpj.2012.09.012",
    url = "http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S175558171200065X",
    author = "O. Jeken and N. Duffie and K. Windt and H. Blunck and A. Chehade and H. Rekersbrink",
    keywords={Autonomous; Production; Dynamics}
    }

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