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eXplore Conference: Data driven supply chains

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Speaker: Alexis Bateman, Robert Boute, Bram Kranenburg, Katalin Ligeti, Sarah Van der Auweraer
Event date: Tuesday, 10 March 2020 09:30 am - 04:30 pm
Place: Chambre des métiers du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg
2 Circuit de la Foire Internationale
L-1016 Luxembourg-Kirchberg

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.

eXplore Conference: Data driven supply chains

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

Come and explore!


LCL eXplore conference Joachim Arts

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 MIT, from the LCL, KU Leuven, industry and more.

Alexis H. Bateman

Research Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Transportation & Logistics (MIT CTL)

Director, MIT Sustainable Supply Chains

Course Lead, MITx MicroMasters Programme

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




Katalin Ligeti

Professor of European and International Criminal Law, Dean of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance at the University of Luxembourg

Katalin Ligeti, Professor of European and International Criminal Law, was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance in September 2017.

She also acts as co-leader of the ICT/Criminal Law Research Group within the University of Luxembourg’s Research Unit in Law (RUL) and coordinator of the Doctoral Training Unit on Enforcement in Multi-Level Regulatory Systems (DTU REMS).

She holds an LL.M. equivalent from the Eötvös Loránd University Budapest (Hungary), an LL.M. from the University of Bristol (UK) and a doctorate in law from the University of Hamburg (Germany).

Her research focuses primarily on police and judicial co-operation in criminal matters, EU criminal law, comparative criminal procedure and economic and financial criminal law. Professor Ligeti has published three monographs and over 100 articles and chapters in academic volumes in English, German, French and Hungarian. Her most recent books are ‘White Collar Crime. A Comparative Perspective’ (with Stanislaw Tosza, Hart, 2018), ‘Challenges in the Field of Economic and Financial Crime in Europe and the US’ (with Vanessa Franssen, Hart, 2017) and ‘Chasing Criminal Money’ (with Michele Simonato, Hart, 2017).

Katalin Ligeti











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






Welcome note



Who controls AI? by Katalin Ligeti



Coffee break



How digital operations deliver value? by Robert Boute



Deep learning for process automation by Bram Kranenburg



  • 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



Supply chain transparency by Alexis H. Bateman



Coffee break



Panel discussion

Topics to be addressed:

  • How to manage internal data? Can we leverage data? Data policy – who owns the data?
  • AI to be internal or outsourced?
  • Regulating automation/AI
  • Intuition to data



Closing remarks by Benny Mantin

Best thesis award





Registration fees

  • Regular fee: 120 €  
  • LCL partner discount



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