CO@Work 2020

Combinatorial Optimization at Work


CO@Work is a summer school organized by TU Berlin in cooperation with the Berlin Mathematical School and with support of the Berlin Mathematics Research Center MATH+.

This block course targets master students (in their final year), PhD students, and Post-docs interested in the use of combinatorial optimization and mathematical programming in concrete applications from practice. The course schedule covers two weeks with lectures and exercises from 9 am to 5 pm for Monday to Friday, plus half day programs on Saturdays. We plan to have around 25 distinguished lecturers from all over the world, including developers and managers of seven leading companies in the field of mathematical optimization.

Date: September 14 - 26, 2020
Place: Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB)
ECTS: 10 credit points

Application is open now and will be closed once we reach the capacity limit of 150 participants.

The language of the course is English. There is no participation fee.

We will be able to supply a limited number of travel support grants to students from emerging countries. If you want to apply for a grant, please send an e-mail with a detailed CV and a recommendation letter by a faculty member to coaw-support@zib.de.
If you need assistance for obtaining a German visa, please contact coaw-visa@zib.de.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Oliver Bastert, FICO
  • Timo Berthold, FICO Xpress, Modal
  • Ksenia Bestuzheva, ZIB
  • Bob Bixby, Gurobi Optimization
  • Ralf Borndörfer, FU Berlin
  • Christina Burt, Water Corporation
  • Philipp Christophel, SAS
  • Bistra Dilkina, University of Southern California
  • Leon Eifler, ZIB
  • Ivet Galabova, University of Edinburgh
  • Leona Gottwald, ZIB
  • Julian Hall, University of Edinburgh
  • Anne Kißler, SAP
  • Thorsten Koch, TU Berlin
  • Pawel Lichocki, Google
  • Andrea Lodi, GERAD, Polytechnique Montréal
  • Marco Lübbecke, RWTH Aachen
  • Robert Luce, Gurobi Optimization
  • Stephen Maher, University of Exeter
  • Christoph Moll, Siemens
  • Marc Pfetsch, TU Darmstadt
  • Sebastian Pokutta, ZIB and TU Berlin
  • Güvenç Şahın, Sabancı University
  • Robert Schwarz, Litic
  • Sabine Seelenmeyer, SAP
  • Stefan Vigerske, GAMS
  • Sven Wiese, Mosek


There are only few hotels within less than half an hour walking distance of ZIB, those are listed below. If those are booked, we recommend to look for accommodation close to the subway line U3, the bus line X83 or the bus line 101, all of which have a stop close to ZIB. Please note that September 26/27 is Marathon weekend in Berlin, i.e. you might face some difficulties finding a room for the last night. We recommend booking early.

**** Seminaris CampusHotel Berlin
Address: Takustr. 39, 14195 Berlin
Web: https://www.seminaris.de/hotels/berlin/seminaris-campushotel-berlin
Getting to ZIB: 300 metres to walk
Rates: starting from 100 EUR per night

Apartment Hotel Dahlem
Address: Clayallee 150-152, 14195 Berlin
Web: https://www.apartment-hotel-berlin.de/en/the-hotel/
Getting to ZIB: 6 minutes by bus X83 plus 600 metres to walk OR 25 minutes to walk
Rates: starting from 80.00 EUR per night

*** Ravenna-Hotel Berlin
Address: Grunewaldstr. 8-9, 12165 Berlin
Web: https://www.novum-hotels.com/en/hotel-ravenna-berlin
Getting to ZIB: 3 minutes by bus X83 plus 400 metres to walk OR 20 minutes to walk
Rates: starting from 50.00 EUR per night

**** Hotel Steglitz International
Address: Albrechtstraße 2, 12165 Berlin
Web: https://www.si-hotel.com/
Getting to ZIB: 9 minutes by bus X83 plus 150 metres to walk
Rates: starting from 80.00 EUR per night

*** Hotel Pension Dahlem
Address: Unter den Eichen 89A, 12205 Berlin
Web: https://www.hotel-dahlem.de/
Getting to ZIB: 4 minutes by bus 101 plus 150 metres to walk OR 20 minutes to walk
Rates: starting from 55.00 EUR per night

Hotel Eckstein
Address: Schildhornstraße 72, 12163 Berlin
Web: https://www.hoteleckstein.de/
Getting to ZIB: 25 minutes to walk
Rates: starting from 90.00 EUR per night

Previous Workshops

CO@Work2020, will be the sixth incarnation of this workshop series, and the fourth one being held in Berlin.

  • Berlin 2015
    From September 28 to October 10, 2015 more than 160 students from 29 countries, covering all continents except Antarctica, participated in the course held at Zuse Institute Berlin.
  • Berlin 2009
    From September 21 to October 9, 2009 many students from all over the world participated in the course held at the Zuse Institute Berlin.
  • Berlin 2005
    From October 4-15 more than 100 students out of 10 countries participated in the course held at the Zuse Institute Berlin.
  • Görlitz 2006
    From September 3-15 parts of the course where discussed during the Görlitz summer school of the German National Academic Foundation.
  • Beijing 2006 From September 25 to October 6 more than 40 students from all over China attended the course as part of the Workshop Optimization Methods and Applications at the Morningside Center of Mathematics, Chinese Academy of Sciences.