Dr. Matthias Schmidt was born in 1978 in Germany. He studied industrial engineering and economics in Hanover. After his work as a project engineer he finished his doctoral thesis in the field of assembly logistics and received his doctor’s decree from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Leibniz University Hannover. Dr. Schmidt is the author of several international articles and book chapters. He has lectureships in the areas of company management and lean production. Currently, he is the Head of Research and Industry at the Institute of Production Systems and Logistics of the Leibniz University Hannover. He coordinates research activities in the areas factory planning, logistics, production management, lean production and ergonomics as well as industrial consulting projects in the same areas.