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Prof. Dr. Diane Ahrens

Applied Research in the following areas of expertise:

  • Smart Region: Digital transformation in rural areas
  • Business Data Analytics & Optimization
  • Applied Artificial Intelligence
  • AI for Context & Activity Recognition (AI for CARE)

Academic Director

Scientific Director



Technology Campus Grafenau - Applied Research Institution for Digitalization and AI

core competencies

Smart Region - Digital Transformation in Rural Areas Supply Chain Planning & Design Global and Strategic Sourcing, Procurement Logistics Productions- and Distribution Logistics Business Forecasting International Management


Prof. Dr. Diane Ahrens is professor for international management at Deggendorf Institute of Technology, Germany since 2009. In 2012 she founded and actually leads a 40-person research team specialized on supply chain management, data analytics and artificial intelligence applications, as well as smart region projects. In close collaboration with several Bavarian ministries she initiated and develops three “smart villages”, living labs. She teaches courses in procurement, supply chain, and process management as well as international management, can look back on teaching and research stays in China, India, Russia, Hungary, and Australia, and is a frequently invited key note speaker in Germany and abroad. She studied Business Administration and Economics at Passau University, Germany and in China. After having received her PhD about sequencing and scheduling at University of Passau in 1999, she started her professional career with Siemens AG, Corporate Department Global Supply Chain and Procurement with worldwide responsibility for logistics projects and standards. In 2003, she was appointed professor of international and logistics Management at Hof University of Applied Sciences.