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Complex Logistics Systems Laboratory


UNT’s program is ranked as a top-five program in the nation. Located in the heart of the nation’s most active transportation and trade hubs, the Dallas-Fort Worth area provides UNT numerous opportunities for partnerships and exploration of technology to solve logistics issues.

Housed within the Jim McNatt Institute for Logistics Research, the Complex Logistics Systems Laboratory (The Lab) is providing unique technology capability for students and faculty at UNT. The Lab also is meeting industry demands, solving logistics and transportation challenges for Fortune 50 companies.


The Lab will allow industry, academia, and government to work together to accelerate decisions, resolve business issues, design solutions, and to create shared ownership. With a collection of advanced servers, large interactive displays, and collaboration software and hardware, The Lab will ensure sustainable organizational adoption and change for people and data within the logistics field.

  • Serving as the intellectual hub for complex logistics and socio-economic systems 
  • Providing a virtual and physical interdisciplinary ecosystem for research and education
  • Strengthening academic and industrial relationships and infrastructure
  • Accelerating and fostering transition of technology and research to application
  • Cultivating leadership development, strategic think-tanks, culture transformation and business development


  • Knowledge Lounge: Innovation is BORN here. An agile, collaborative environment where people can incubate ideas.
  • Innovation Hub: Innovation is REALIZED here. A computing capability for advanced modeling and simulation.
  • Immersion Studio: Innovation is ACTUALIZED here. A flexible collaboration for industry think-tank exercises, interactive simulation demonstrations.


LogIC is an alliance of industrial and academic leaders that provides leadership and strategic visioning on the growth of technological innovations in logistics. LogIC serves as a network of practitioners by advocating, collaborating, researching, and sharing exemplary, innovative practices in logistics innovations.


Brian Sauser, Ph.D. is director of the lab and also serves as an associate professor of logistics in UNT’s College of Business. Before joining UNT, he held positions as an assistant professor with the School of Systems and Enterprises at Stevens Institute of Technology; project specialist with ASRC Aerospace at NASA Kennedy Space Center; program administrator with the New Jersey — NASA Specialized Center of Research and Training at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; and laboratory director with G.B. Tech Engineering at NASA Johnson Space Center. His research interest is in the management of complex systems. His research has resulted in changing the manner in which systems are evaluated and risk is assessed on complex defense systems. Additionally, he is a NASA Faculty Fellow, IEEE Senior Member, and an associate editor of the IEEE Systems Journal. Dr. Sauser earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University, a master’s degree from Rutgers and The State University of New Jersey, and a doctorate from Stevens Institute of Technology.