Practical Applications of Optimization - Basic

Title: Practical Applications of Optimization - Basic
Lecturer: Dr. Christoph Helbig
Lukas Meßmann
Lars Wietschel
Date: see Digicampus
Building/Room: see Digicampus
Contact: Lukas Meßmann


In this seminar different decision problems from the areas of production and logistics are analyzed, modelled and solved with the help of methods of Operations Research. "ILOG CPLEX Optimization Studio" from IBM is used to solve optimization problems. In addition to the solution of the actual problem, special attention is paid to the analysis of the decision-relevant information and the interpretation of the results so that decisions are made efficiently and transparently. (Processing takes place in groups.)

  • Examples of optimization problems:
    - Location planning for a disposal network
    - Configuration of a reusable system
    - Reverse Logistics in the computer industry


  • Optimization problems
    In a block course the students get an introduction to the theoretical basics of mathematical optimization and the ILOG CPLEX Optimization Studio. This is followed by the independent, approximately 3-month working time on a topic from the above areas (each supervised by a staff member of the chair). The seminar concludes with the group presentations of the results at the end of the editing time (end of the semester).

Prior knowledge of the course

Basic prerequisite for the seminar are good PC skills and the pleasure of getting familiar with a software tool. Programming skills are an advantage.
Furthermore, the lectures "Produktion und Logistik" (Production and Logistics) and "Production Management" are an advantage, but not a prerequisite.

More information:

Recommended semester: Bachelor
Field of study: see module handbook
Duration: 3 SWS
Type: S - Seminar
Semester: every summer and winter term