Case Studies Optimization

The modules Case Studies Discrete Optimization (MA4512) and Case Studies Nonlinear Optimization (MA4513) are a combination of lectures, project work, presentation and soft skills courses: Experience real world optimization problems and apply the skills you have acquired during your degree program to design and implement an optimal solution.

In the Case Studies a small team of students is presented a challenging problem by one of our cooperation partners. Your task is to understand the problem, work out the details together, find a viable way to attack the problem and implement a solution. To do this, you will also have to organize your work as a team, discuss possible solutions and obstacles with your partner and present your challenges and results to a broad audience. Of course, your advisors will be ready to help and guide you through that learning experience. They provide mathematical and methodological input in the form of lecture units and individual consulting sessions and also help you with your presentations and provide constant feedback.


  • Apr 23rd, 2019: The lecture on project scheduling will take place for all accepted students on Wednesday, April 24th, at 14:00 in room MI 00.07.014.
  • Apr 17th, 2019: The room for the kickoff meeting is now fixed. It will take place for all accepted students on Tuesday, April 23rd, at 16:00 in room BC2 0.01.16 (Garching-Hochbrück). Afterwards, we will meet at the Quantum (Garching-Hochbrück) for further discussions and a dinner. The meeting will end at approximately 20:00.
  • Mar 20th, 2019: The registration is closed. We are currently checking the applications. You will receive further information next week.
  • Mar 18th, 2019: We still have some open spots for the case studies. The registration is again open until Mar 19th, 2019.
  • Feb 8th, 2019: The slides of the preliminary meeting are available below.
  • Feb 6th, 2019: Application is now open until March 1st, 2019. Please see the detailed information below.
  • Jan 24th, 2019: There will be a preliminary meeting for both case studies courses on Wednesday, February 6th, at 16:00 in room MI 03.06.011.

Preliminary Meeting

Slighty shortened version of the slides of the preliminary meeting. Students, who could not attend the Preliminary Meeting, please contact Johannes Pfefferer at for further information about the projects.

At this meeting, we will give you some information about the case studies courses in general, what to expect during the courses, this year's projects, important dates and the application process. This is a joint meeting for both the "Case Studies Discrete Optimization" and the "Case Studies Nonlinear Optimization". If you cannot come to this meeting but would still like to take the course, some more information will be published here after the meeting. Please note that application by March 1st, 2019 is mandatory! If you have any questions that are not answered here or at the preliminary meeting, please contact Ulf Friedrich at or Johannes Pfefferer at, respectively.


Application is possible until March 1st, 2019. It is mandatory and binding. To register, please write a short mail to Ulf Friedrich at (Discrete Optimization) or Johannes Pfefferer at (Nonlinear Optimization) providing the following information:
  • last name, first name
  • your master's program (Mathematics, Mathematics in Bioscience, Mathematics in Science and Engineering, Mathematical Finance and Actuarial Science, Mathematics in Operations Research, others) and your current semester (counting from the beginning of your master's program).
  • list of optimization related lectures that you have attended (for lectures from other faculties or universities, please give a short description of the topics covered so that we know about your expertise in the field)
  • programming skills (programming languages and other programming related skills, experience in using optimization software)
  • language skills, especially whether you speak (some) German (as some cooperation partners might only speak German; still, this will not exclude you from any project per default!)
  • ranking of the projects (which do you find most interesting, which would be a good alternative etc.); please rank all projects or at least three. (You can also submit an application with a "mixed" ranking including all projects from discrete and nonlinear optimization, we will then assign you to one of the courses while trying to respect your individual ranking.)
  • persons you would like to work with as a team (please ask all these persons to give your name in their application, too)
  • any additional information that might be relevant for the choice of your project or your partners

You may also submit a joint application by ranking all projects for both Case Studies courses. We will then try to fit you into one of the courses according to your project preferences. In that case, please send the application email to both Ulf Friedrich and Johannes Pfefferer.

We will send you a short message when we have received your email. If you do not receive an acknowledgement within a week, please resubmit your application.

After March 1st, we still have a limited number of places available for incomings from abroad and for master students coming from other universities and starting at TUM this summer. If this applies to you, please mention that in your email. If not claimed, these places will be freed for applicants a few weeks before summer term starts. If this applies to you, we will inform you about that by email.

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