Operations Research at TUM

The Operations Research (OR) group at TU Munich is primarily interested in discrete optimization and algorithmic game theory. It is also dedicated to using these techniques in applications of societal relevance, such as health care and humanitarian logistics. The multinational group is led by Alexander von Humboldt-Professor Andreas S. Schulz. It includes researchers spanning various backgrounds and disciplines, from theoretical mathematics to computer science and applications in engineering. The OR group maintains close ties with several other researchers at TU Munich, particularly within the Math and CS Departments and the School of Management. In addition, several group members participate in the DFG Graduiertenkolleg “Advanced Optimization in a Networked Economy (AdONE).” Professor Schulz is currently serving as Spokesperson of AdONE.

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  • The paper "An extension of the Moran process using type-specific connection graphs" by our postdoc Themistoklis Melissourgos has been published in JCSS.
  • The paper "Connected Subgraph Defense Games" by our postdoc Themistoklis Melissourgos has been published in Algorithmica.
  • We are offering a postdoctoral fellowship. Application deadline: July 7th, 2021.
  • The paper "An Efficient Reduction of a Gammoid to a Partition Matroid" by our group member Marilena Leichter (together with Ben Moseley (CMU) and Kirk Pruhs (Pitt)) has been accepted by ESA 2021, Track A.
  • Our PhD student, Alexander Grosz, has received an award by the city of Vienna for his outstanding master's thesis "Exponential integrators for  time-dependent multi-particle Schrödinger equations" at Vienna University of Technology.
  • Yiannis Giannakopoulos, formerly Akademischer Rat in our group, has accepted an offer for an Assistant Professorship from the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU). He joined their Department of Mathematics on April 1, 2021.
  • Ulf Friedrich, a former postdoc in our group, has accepted an offer for a permanent position from the Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg (OVGU). He joined their Department of Mathematics on April 1, 2021.

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  • We are participating in the TopMath PhD Program of the Elite Network of Bavaria. Interested students are welcome to apply. Further information can be found on the TopMath homepage.
  • We are constantly interested in hiring outstanding PhD students and postdocs in math or theoretical cs. If you are interested, please send your application to or@tum.de.
  • We are part of the PhD program "Advanced Optimization in a Networked Economy," which is funded by the German National Science Foundation (DFG).
  • We also partake in the PreDoc-Program in Mathematics. The program addresses outstanding international students who want to prepare for their PhD in math, while being enrolled as Master's students at TUM.