Dr. Walther Ploos van Amstel (1962) is a CityLogistics and Urban Technology professor at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. He focuses on sustainable city logistics, e-mobility, light electric vehicles, urban consolidation centers, and horizontal and vertical collaboration. The urban technology research programs at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) are focused on e-mobility, city logistics, urban construction logistics, and food in the city.
He received a doctorate in Economics in 2002 from the VU University in Amsterdam for his research on logistics organization. From 2002 to 2009, he was a professor in logistics at the Netherlands Defence Academy. From 1992 to 2002 and 2009 to 2015, he was an associate professor at VU University in Amsterdam.
Walther was managing an NWO (accelerator) ITSLOG program. This project focuses on the use of ITS in city logistics with practical partners Ahold Delhaize, Peter Appel Transport, and Simacan. Walther also leads the Dutch part of the ERANET SAILOR project on innovation in last mile logistics and the RAAK MKB research projects into using light electric vehicles in city logistics and ‘gas op elektrisch’.
He participated in the JPI Urban CIVIC project on building logistics in European cities (Amsterdam, Brussels, Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Vienna) and the H2020 project Circular Foam. In addition, on behalf of the AUAS, he was the project leader in the Dinalog TKI project 4C control tower applications in building logistics.