8th Annual BRAGECRIM Meeting
November 14th - 16th 2016
Bremen, Germany


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Freitag
Director of BIBA - Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik at the University of Bremen, Germany

It is my great pleasure to announce that the 8th annual BRAGECRIM meeting 2016 will be held at BIBA - Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik in Bremen, Germany.
Bremen is a Hanseatic city in the northwest of Germany. With approximately 558,000 inhabitants, Bremen is the second most populous city in Northern Germany and eleventh in Germany. Bremen and Bremerhaven, which lies right on the Weser mouth on the North Sea, comprise the state of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen (official German name: Freie Hansestadt Bremen). As a commercial and industrial city with a major port on the River Weser, Bremen is part of the Bremen/Oldenburg Metropolitan Region, with 2.4 million people. Bremen is home to a large number of multinational companies and manufacturing centers as well as a number of universities and research institutes.
The University of Bremen is one of 11 institutions classed as an "Elite University" in Germany. Approximately 23,500 people from 126 countries are studying, teaching, researching, and working here. Founded in 1971, the University of Bremen has become the science center of North-West Germany. Apart from other strong research areas, the University of Bremen has a particular reputation in mechanical engineering, industrial engineering and logistics.
The BIBA - Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik is a scientific engineering research institute. It was founded in July 1981 as one of the first affiliated institutes of the University of Bremen. Today, it is one of the biggest research institutes of the state of Bremen. It consists of the two research divisions: “Intelligent Production and Logistics Systems (IPS) “, headed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Freitag, and “Application of Information and Communication Technologies in Production (IKAP) “, headed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus-Dieter Thoben. On the basis of fundamental research, the BIBA conducts national and international application-oriented research and industrial contracted research in the areas of production and logistics, focusing on crucial industries as logistics services, automobile, aviation and wind energy. Moreover, the BIBA has a long collaboration with research partners from Brazil and has conducted different projects within the scope of the BRAGECRIM program.
This Brazilian-German Collaborative Research Initiative on Manufacturing Technology is a framework program to fund and support collaborative projects between German and Brazilian research groups in the field of advanced manufacturing technologies. The main goal of BRAGECRIM projects is to generate fundamental technological knowledge, enabling the development of innovative solutions for improving productivity, quality and sustainability of both German and Brazilian industrial companies. Another important goal is the knowledge exchange through work and study missions of researchers and students of both countries.
The 8th annual BRAGECRIM meeting 2016 brings together the Brazilian and German researchers of the joint BRAGECRIM projects as well as members of the funding bodies DFG and CAPES and interested industry participants. I am happy to host this meeting and I am looking forward to meeting you in November 2016 in Bremen, Germany.

Prof. Dr-Ing. Michael Freitag
Host of the 8th annual BRAGECRIM meeting 2016