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The dynamic and structural complexity of logistics networks makes it very difficult to provide all information necessary for a central planning and control instance. It requires, therefore, adaptive logistic processes including autonomous capabilities for the decentralised coordination of autonomous logistic objects in a heterarchical structure. The autonomy of the logistic objects such as cargo, transit equipment and transportation systems can be realised by novel communication technologies such as Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and wireless communication networks. These and others permit and require new control strategies and autonomous decentralised control systems for logistic processes. In this setting, aspects like flexibility, adaptivity and reactivity to dynamically changing external influences while maintaining the global goals are of central interest.