Building an Ontological Bridge Between Supply Chain Resilience and IoT Applications

Martijn Koot*, Martijn R.K. Mes, Maria E. Iacob

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The complexity of modern-day supply chains makes logistics operations more vulnerable towards disturbances, which endangers sustainability goals in the short-term. Local disturbances might effect logistics at large, as we typically see in congested urban areas. As a consequence, the Internet of Things (IoT) is gaining attention as a novel paradigm that promotes interconnected networks of context-aware electronic devices used for remote monitoring and control. These capabilities may stimulate anticipatory behaviour and more resilient supply chains, but a clear framework prescribing which objects to empower with electronic devices is still lacking. In this paper, we aim to semantically bridge the resilience and IoT paradigms in logistics environments. The ontology is developed by means of a bibliometric- and systematic literature study in search of essential concepts, and a field study to evaluate the ontology’s effectiveness. Our ontology can form the basis to enhance resilience by replacing risk assessments with condition-based control mechanisms, resulting in better cooperation between human and software agents to resolve disturbances quicker, and more accurate training of machine learning algorithms in favour of autonomous decision making.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnterprise Design, Operations, and Computing
Subtitle of host publication27th International Conference, EDOC 2023, Groningen, The Netherlands, October 30 – November 3, 2023, Proceedings
EditorsHenderik A. Proper, Luise Pufahl, Dimka Karastoyanova, Marten van Sinderen, João Moreira
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-46587-1
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-46586-4
Publication statusPublished - 2024
Event27th IEEE International Enterprise Distributed Object Computing Conference, EDOC 2023 - the Bernoulli Institute at the University of Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
Duration: 30 Oct 20233 Nov 2023
Conference number: 27

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference27th IEEE International Enterprise Distributed Object Computing Conference, EDOC 2023
Abbreviated titleEDOC 2023
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  • Resilience
  • Internet of Things
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Logistics
  • Ontology
  • NLA


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