Robotic Process Automation (comming soon)

Learn about Robotic Process Automation and low-coding and try work with it!



José Huisman & Arjen Wierikx

This course is part of

Transforming Logistics with Analytics



About the course

In everyday logistics practice, intensive use is made of a variety of digital information systems and digital applications. In many cases, it must be dealt with that some of these systems and applications are outdated. Outdated soft- and hardware that is still in use, is also referred to as “legacy systems”. Often, these legacy systems lack the ability to interact with newer systems and are relatively labor intensive when it comes to entry, editing and analysis of data. As for enhancing the interoperability and reducing human actions of “legacy systems”, Robotic Process Automation (RPA) can offer a solution. RPA is a form of business process automation technology based on the concept of software robots. These software-based robots, or bots, can mimic many human user interactions with other software systems. For example, they can log into applications, move files and folders, copy and paste data, fill out forms, extract structured and semi-structured data from documents, and scrape browsers.

At the same time, logistics managers must deal with a dynamic and rapidly changing environment. This places high demands on the agility of data-driven applications. A tough task given the limited availability of IT specialists. This is where “low-coding” comes in handy. Unlike a traditional coding environment, where developers manually write lines of code to produce software, with low-code, developers use a model-driven, visual language with a drag-and-drop graphical interface. As such, low-coding does not require programming skills, so even people with limited programming experience can create custom applications in no time.

This course is dedicated to RPA and low-coding. In this chapter, the concepts are explained in more detail and the application possibilities are discussed. Based on concrete (practice-oriented) examples, you will also get to work with RPA and low-coding yourself.

Course Lessons

José Huisman

José Huisman MSc. is lecturer at Fontys ICT in Business Processes. From a business perspective, José is experienced with technology based process improvement in logistics and the manufacturing industry. Innovation is realized by using Process Mining, low-code application platforms and Robotic Process Automation. As a researcher José is involved in the research group High Tech Embedded Software.

Arjen Wierikx

Ir Arjen Wierikx is a Senior Researcher and Lecturer at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht and a Ph.D. candidate at Eindhoven University of Technology. He is acquainted with the Bachelor of Logistics Management and the Master of Data Driven Business, primarily coaching students in their final thesis. Within the research group Process Innovation & Information Systems, his research focuses on making Circular Performance of Organisations measurable and explicating the effect of Digital Technology Strategies on this Performance. Arjen holds an MSc degree in Civil Engineering from TU Delft and a post-hbo degree in coaching from Phoenix. He has a strong background in Logistics, Information, and Change Management. Prior to joining the HU, he worked for TNO and Baan (Infor) and has been running his own consulting firm for over 20 years.