Contractor wanted for QCMobility | Intermodal Transport project

We are looking for contractors for our QCMobility project to support us in the Intermodal Transport sub-project in the control of intermodal transport logistics chains and the optimisation of multidimensional logistics networks with the help of DLR QCI quantum computers. Participation in the tendering process is possible via TED 144361-2024. The submission deadline is 8 April 2024 at 2 pm.

At the same time, we are also inviting applications for participation in the QCMobility | Rail Transport project and the QCMobility | Maritime Transport project.

Collaboration in the QCMobility | Intermodal Transport project

For participation in the QCMobility project, we are looking for industrial partners who are involved in tactical, operational or strategic planning processes in intermodal freight transport or in the field of transport logistics. We primarily consider the road-rail transport mode relationships. If necessary, inland waterway transport can also be included.

The aim is to support the decision-making of logistics players by investigating the potential of quantum computing for optimising dynamic systems and evaluating its use in decision support systems and simulation models. Specifically, this involves the central optimisation of the entire transport logistics chain for real-time control, taking uncertainties into account (difficulty: cross-modal time and traffic optimisation) and the strategic planning of the logistics network to promote combined transport.

Our contractors support us in specifying a use case in intermodal transport and identifying the mathematical problems for optimising intermodal transport logistics chains and multidimensional logistics networks. Among other things, they work on the conceptual development and specification of a realistic use case, provide data and information for processing the solution strategies for the identified planning problems and create a concept for the future integration of the optimisation algorithms at the industrial partner.

Further information on the work packages can be found in the specifications (Part 2 of the tender documents).

The potential of quantum computers for mobility

Our QCMobility project explores the potential of quantum computers for highly relevant and critical application problems in the field of mobility. Together with partners from industry and research, we are developing customised quantum algorithms and demonstration problems that will be implemented on the DLR QCI quantum computers.

In the QCMobility project, industrial partners and DLR institutes are jointly utilising quantum computing for various mobility applications

  • strategic and tactical planning processes in air traffic,
  • Optimisation problems in demand-responsive transport,
  • Planning and scheduling processes in rail transport,
  • Route and trajectory optimisation for highly automated/autonomous systems in maritime transport and
  • the optimisation of multidimensional logistics networks in intermodal transport.

The project results will be incorporated into a roadmap on quantum computing and mobility.