Case Studies in Optimization

The teaching event "Case Studies in Discrete Optimization" has been taking place since 2009 and has established itself, together with its partner event "Case Studies in Non-linear Optimization", as a success story. Within the seminar, which takes place every summer term, students can realistically experience how complex mathematical procedures can be used to solve real everyday problems, working together with researchers and businesses and presenting their ideas and results to a general audience.   


Florian Lindemann

Dr. Florian Lindemann

Room: MI 03.08.039
Tel: +49 (0)89 289 17940


Michael Ritter
Dr. Michael

Room: MI 02.04.057
Tel. +49 (0)89 289 16880
michael.ritter (at)

Case Studies: the idea

"Challenging mathematics with an applied profile" - this is how the Department of Mathematics at the TU München characterises its study courses. The truth of this claim is visible in the numerous projects which are offered in cooperation with partners from industry and business, as well as together with related TUM departments in the areas of engineering, economic and life sciences. 

Fallstudien: Teamwork
In den Fallstudien wenden Studierende komplexe mathematische Verfahren auf reale Probleme an, arbeiten mit Praktikern aus Forschung und Wirtschaft zusammen und präsentieren ihre Ideen und Ergebnisse öffentlich.

In order for our students to practically apply their math knowledge during their studies, we have created the seminars "Case Studies in Discrete Optimization" and "Case Studies in Non-Linear Optimization". Here the students can implement knowledge acquired in their lectures and seminars in real projects demanding a high level of personal responsibility, whilst also offering a large amount of freedom in the scope of the project tackled.

The first hurdle is to understand the practical challenge of the project and then to model and analyse the task in small teams. Subsequently, the students develop and implement suitable solutions for the problem. In order to offer realistic problems to be solved, the Department works together with external partners. 

The origins

The first event "Discrete Optimization: Case studies using real life examples" took place in the summer semester 2009, and was such a success, that the event was awarded the Felix Klein Teaching Prize of the Department of Mathematics. Since then, the regular events "Case Studies in Discrete Optimization" and "Case Studies in Non-Linear Optimization" have become central elements within the study course "Master Mathematics in Operations Research".

Case studies: the procedure

SCoNDO - the closing workshop

The "Students' Conference on Nonlinear and Discrete Optimization" takes place annually in July. Here, the participants of both seminars "Case Studies in Discrete Optimization" and "Case Studies in Non-Linear Optimization" present their projects and subsequent results in a scientific talk open to the general public. The conference dinner rounds off the event. 

The conference is open to all, and you are cordially invited to get your own impression of the case studies seminar by joining us for the final workshop, hearing the talks and engaging in conversation with our students. 

The date and programm of the next workshop will be announced in June. Detailled current information can be found under SCoNDO closing workshop.

Fallstudien: Student stellt sein Projekt vor.

Our cooperation partners

Past partners include BMW, car2go, Deutsche Bahn, Flixbus, Framos, Risklab, Siemens and many others.

Do you have an optimisation project, which is suitable for a student project with a duration of one semester? We would be happy to explain more about our cooperation possibilities!

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