Workgroup for Economic and Infrastructure Policy (WIP)

Teaching area Operations Research and Quantitative Infrastructure Systems Modeling (OR-IM)

In the summer semester 2008, the Workgroup for Economic and Infrastructure Policy established the teaching area Operations Research and Quantitative Infrastructure Systems Modeling (OR-IM) and now offers students of all fields of study a rich set of basic and advanced courses.

"Operations Research" (OR) or "Management Science" (MS) summarizes methods of applied mathematics for solving economic and technical optimization problems. The goal of our teaching program is to provide students with the required mathematical fundamentals as well as practical applications from the various infrastructure sectors.

Especially students of Business Informatics, Industrial Engineering and other courses of the Faculty VII are offered with the modules from Operations Research the possibility of an attractive specialization, which is a key qualification in current economic research as well as in the free economy.

Teaching

Operations Research - Basics (OR-GDL)

Students learn the methods of applied mathematics for solving economic and engineering optimization problems. They gain an understanding of the representation of mathematical and economic relationships, the properties and classical issues of networks, the transformation of real-world problems into a model, the application of different solution methods for linear and integer problems, the estimation of the effects of changing frameworks, and the recognition of relationships between allocation and pricing of resources, as well as the basics of using standard software.

Module Number: 70146

Module description: MTS

The module takes place in summer and winter semesters.

Operations Research - Coding Lab (OR-LAB)

Students learn the methods of applied mathematics for the computer-aided solution of larger economic and technical optimization problems, building on or in parallel with the fundamentals of operations research. Solving linear and integer problems using applied mathematics methods and, in particular, the use of the standard Julia software will be covered. Students will be able to develop their own more comprehensive mathematical model for solving economic and engineering problems upon completion of the course.

Module Number: 70408

Module description: MTS

The module takes place in summer and winter semesters.

Operations Research - Methods for Network Engineering (OR-INF)

In this module, students learn methods of representation and explanation on the topics of game theory, (non)linear modeling, Langrange methods, flow theory, and equilibrium and competition theory. Students learn to solve linear and non-linear problems using applied mathematics methods, to use the standard software Julia, and to write scientific texts. They develop their own mathematical model to empirically represent short- and long-term trends in a case study in one of the sectors covered (including electricity, CO2, transportation, water, hydrogen, energy systems).

Module Number: 70186

Module description: MTS

 

The module takes place in the winter semester.

Operations Research - Modeling Sustainable Mobility (OR-MSM)

This course starts with the challenges and relevance of decarbonization of the mobility sector in the context of the energy transition and introduces corresponding open source modeling approaches. Using Germany as an example, we analyze the challenges of mobility transformation embedded in the techno-economic energy transition in transport. After an introduction to methods and objectives of classical transport planning and transport modeling, different approaches in the form of open-source transport models (e.g. quetzal_germany, VencoPy) will be presented. Furthermore, possible modeling approaches for policy impacts (especially sufficiency/transport demand policies) will be considered and exercises using different tools in Python and/or Julia will be explored. To analyze the impacts and interactions of mobility system development with the overall energy system, linkages with energy system models will be explored and tested. In a subsequent term paper, students will deepen their knowledge in one of the presented topics later in the semester.

Module number: 70412

Module description: MTS

The module takes place in the summer semester.

Operations Research - Graduate Autumn School (Infratrain)

Students will learn how to solve non-linear and/or stochastic problems using applied mathematics, how to use the standard software Julia, and how to write scientific texts. Students will develop their own mathematical model to empirically represent short- and long-term trends in a case study in one of the taught sectors (including electricity, gas, coal, CO2, transportation, water). Students will be introduced to the most current theoretical and applied concepts from policy consulting in network economics.

Module Number: 70158

Module description: MTS

The module takes place in the as a block seminar before winter semester.

Energy Economics - Energy Sector Modeling (EW-MOD)

Students learn the fundamentals of the energy sector in the current context of restructuring towards a carbon-free energy supply by 2050 and its challenges, as well as the creation of a European energy market. Students will learn to apply techno-economic analysis using numerical optimization in example cases during the course and in a final project. Methodological skills are taught in relation to the design and regulation of energy markets and are applied by students in case studies during the module. Regular homework assignments challenge students to access scientific papers and practice independent study. Students will learn the basic principles of Open Science, especially creating reproducible work using open source tools, open data, and open results.

Module Number: 70129

Module description: MTS

The module takes place in the summer semester.

Energy Economics - Student Research Project (EW-PJS)

The participants create a project work in groups and deal independently with current issues of the international energy industry. The technical and methodological knowledge required to deal with the tasks is to be acquired by the students mainly in group work. Within the scope of the course, a project work is to be completed including a final presentation in order to acquire presentation and lecture skills.

Module number: 70131

Module description: MTS

The module takes place in the winter semester.

Theses (bachelor and master)

The OR-IM department is happy to supervise final theses (bachelor's theses, master's theses). The prerequisite for writing a thesis is that you have successfully completed at least one other module in the OR-IM course area in addition to the basic course (OR-GDL).

If you are interested in writing a thesis at the OR-IM department, please contact Karlo Hainsch or Mario Kendziorski by email.

Contact

Operations Research

Contact email

or@wip.tu-berlin.de

Organization name Workgroup for Infrastructure Policy
Office H 33