Operations Research at TUM

The Operations Research (OR) group at TU Munich is interested in all aspects of mathematical optimization and computational economics, especially the development of new theory and algorithms. 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 a variety of 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, in particular within the Math and CS Departments and the School of Management. In addition, several researchers of the group participate in the DFG Graduiertenkolleg “Advanced Optimization in a Networked Economy (AdONE).” We invite interested parties to contact us with ideas, challenging problems, or suggestions for joint research.

Important Notice

Due to the current pandemic, all office hours are cancelled. Our facilities are closed for all visitors and students. Please contact us by email via or@tum.de. Thanks for your understanding.


  • The paper "Walrasian Equilibria in Markets with Small Demands" by our postdoc Themistoklis Melissourgos has been  accepted to AAMAS 2021.
  • The paper "Computing exact solutions of consensus halving and the Borsuk-Ulam theorem" by our postdoc Themistoklis Melissourgos has been published in the Journal of Computer and System Science.
  • Students from our course Case Studies in Discrete Optimization developed an inventory routing tool for the World Food Programme that will be piloted on their school meal delivery operations in Burundi.
  • Our PhD student, Felix Happach, has successfully defended his thesis on "Min-Sum Set Cover, OR-Scheduling, and Related Problems". 
  • Our PhD student, Marinus Gottschau, has successfully defended his thesis on "Cuts, Paths, and Processes in Graphs".

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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.