Discrete Optimization

Optimization tasks that involve discrete decisions are ubiquitous in mathematics, industry, and business. Examples include the planning of transportation systems, e.g., public transport or gas transportation. Here, one has to choose among a set of discrete options, i.e., to select a certain integral number of objects (e.g., buses, frequencies, etc.) or to turn certain options on/off (e.g., to close a valve). These problems are modeled as mathematical optimization problems. Typically such problems become large in practice and are inherently hard to solve. Thus, an array of techniques is needed in order to be able to successfully handle them.

The research group Discrete Optimization develops methods, algorithms, and software to deal with such discrete optimization problems. In particular, methods from integer and combinatorial optimization are developed.

Our research group currently is engaged, among others, in the following projects:

Furthermore, our research group was involved in the following finished projects:


We are looking for student research assistants.


Discrete Optimization

Prof. Dr. Yann Disser
Office: S4|10 244
Phone: +49 (0)6151 16-25363
Fax: +49 (0)6151 16-24404
disser (at) mathematik.tu-darmstadt.de


Prof. Dr. Marc Pfetsch
Office: S4|10 144
Phone: +49 (0)6151 16-23440
Fax: +49 (0)6151 16-23445
pfetsch (at) mathematik.tu-darmstadt.de

Secretary's Office

Constanze Drechsel
Office: S4|10 138
Phone: +49 (0)6151 16-23444
Fax: +49 (0)6151 16-23445
drechsel (at) mathematik.tu-darmstadt.de


Monika Kammer
Office: S4|10 136
Phone: +49 (0) 6151 16-23448
Fax: +49 (0) 6151 16-23445
kammer (at) mathematik.tu-darmstadt.de


Dolivostraße 15
64293 Darmstadt

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