“Data driven supply chains”

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.



The LCL is organising its annual eXplore conference on 10 March 2020.

Location: Chambre des métiers, Luxembourg – Kirchberg

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

  • 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, discuss and be inspired about data-driven supply chains!  Come and explore!

Programme sneak peeks:

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


Main speakers

Alexis Bateman, Director, MIT Sustainable Supply Chains
Robert Boute, Professor of Operations Management at Vlerick Business School and KU Leuven
Mario Grotz
Mario Grotz, Director General Industry, New Technologies and Research, Luxembourg Ministry of the Economy
Bram Kranenburg
Bram Kranenburg, Principal Consultant Data Science and Supply Chain Optimization at CQM
Benny Mantin, Director of LCL, University of Luxembourg
Sarah Van der Auweraer, Postdoctoral Researcher, LCL, University of Luxembourg


Anne Lange, Conference moderator

9:00 Registration
9:30 Welcome note, by Benny Mantin



Digital innovation strategy for the development of a trusted and sustainable data-driven economy, by Mario Grotz
10:00 How do digital operations is changing the way organisations operate and deliver value? by Robert Boute
10:40 Coffee break
11:00 An application of deep learning in rail maintenance by Bram Kranenburg
11:40 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


13:30 Forecasting driven by causable factors by Sarah Van der Auweraer
14:00 Spark session 1: AI innovation for supply chain and logistics, by Manuel Davy, Vekia – Smart Supply Chain Automation
14:10 Spark session 2: Air cargo handling using augmented reality, by Meysam Minoufekr, Dropslab Technologies
14:20 Supply chain transparency by Alexis Bateman



Coffee break and PhD Poster Session










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


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

Closing remarks by Benny Mantin

16:30 Adjourn

Registration fees

  • Regular fee: 120 €
  • LCL partner discounts, please contact us.

Limited number of seats

Would you like to learn more about our past conferences?
2019 eXplore conference summary
2018 eXplore conference summary
2017 eXplore Conference summary


Participants are hereby informed that they are likely to appear on photographs taken at the event. These are intended to be published in University of Luxembourg print and/or digital/social media.

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