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Patrick Derckx studied Information Systems at the University of Cologne. After completing his bachelor's degree in Business Informatics with a focus on International Business, he completed his Master of Science in Information Systems with a focus on Supply Chain Management. He received the Deans Award in both study programs. He received a scholarship from the Stiftung Studium und Lehre, supported by IBM Deutschland GmbH, throughout his master's studies.

Patrick Derckx attended the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University, United Kingdom for one semester abroad.

In the past he worked for Deutsche Post DHL Group and Accenture GmbH. Since October 2017, Patrick Derckx has been a research fellow and PhD student at the Seminar for Information Systems and Information Management.


Patrick Derckx deals with the implementation of artificial intelligence (AI) in useful software products. "Artificial intelligence is currently the means of choice when it comes to levering efficiencies in an enterprise" (Patrick Derckx). The methods are often described abstractly or already implemented abstractly in public frameworks. Data scientists are working on training models for concrete problems. Unfortunately, in many cases it remains the case that you achieve good results but these results are no longer used. Companies can exploit the greatest potential by integrating these models into their day-to-day work. To do this, they need to provide employees with tailor-made software products.

Artificial intelligence in the aviation industry

As part of his work, he is developing an intelligent, collaborative information system for loading equipment management in the aviation industry. This system (in the project called DSS for "Decision Support System") has reached a maturity level, which has caused the decision makers of Jettainer GmbH to introduce it internationally in their offices.

Patrick Derckx, together with the IT and Operations department of Jettainer GmbH, has been implementing the system since 2018. Following successful rollouts in the United States and the United Arab Emirates, around half of all international repositioning orders are currently being handled with the DSS.