Operations Research at TUM

The Operations Research (OR) group at the Technical University of Munich is doing fundamental research on various aspects of mathematical optimization, (algorithmic) game theory, mechanism design, and AI. They use these technologies 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 mathematics to computer science and applications in engineering. The OR group maintains close ties with several other researchers at the Technical University of Munich, particularly within the Math and CS Departments and the School of Management, and with colleagues worldwide. In addition, several group members participate in the DFG Graduiertenkolleg “Advanced Optimization in a Networked Economy (AdONE).” Professor Schulz is currently serving as the Spokesperson of AdONE.


  • Our PhD student Alexander Grosz has presented his work "On the Smoothed Complexity of Combinatorial Local Search" at HALG 2023 in Prague and at EC@EC'23 in London. [Poster] [arXiv]
  • Carolin Bauerhenne, PhD-student at the chair and member of the Research Training Group “Advanced Optimization in a Networked Economy (AdONE) has been accepted to the Graduate Center of the Bavarian Research Insitute for Digital Transformation (bidt). In her research, Carolin uses digital information in order to allocate scarce medical resources such as Computer Tomographs in a fair and timely way.

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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, OM, OR, or TCS. 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.