Strategy and Optimization

The department, which is divided into three working groups, offers a wide array of services in the research areas of security, business process analysis, logistics planning and infrastructure management. The interdisciplinary team includes computer scientists, geoscientists as well as mathematicians with both professional expertise and practical knowledge.

Application-oriented research and development projects are focused on decision support for an optimized planning and control of resources. The core competencies of the department comprise the development of novel optimization processes and algorithms as well as the conception and implementation of complex systems.

In the age of digitalization, it is not only the controllability of data that counts but the creation of data value as a business benefit. The Working Group »Digital Business Processes« uses the AcubeS system (A³ – Analytics as a Service) based on the Apache ecosystem in order to achieve highly dynamic data storage and analysis of structured and unstructured amounts of data.

Range of Services

  • Analyses and risk assessment in hazard prevention: planning of fire safety requirements and rescue service zones, optimization of site concepts
  • Command systems for fire fighters, emergency service providers, disaster management, police and specialized units
  • Web-based systems for data acquisition and analysis: master data and on-call duty, positioning of forces, camera surveillance, web GIS, etc.
  • Robust distributed systems with analysis tools from Data Mining, Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing on the basis of Big/Smart Data
  • Process restructuring on the basis of the digital transformation of SMEs, data visualization based on the Fraunhofer IVI's data exploration tool AcubeS
  • Decision support for operative logistics optimization: dynamic route planning, components for integrated cargo space and production planning
  • Asset Management Systems for transport infrastructures: strategic, tactical and operative maintenance planning, risk assessment and predictive analysis


Head of Department

► 2020

Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize for outstanding scientific achievements 2020

► since 2012

Head of department »Strategy and Optimization«, Fraunhofer Institute for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems IVI Dresden 

► 2001-2012

Group manager »Disposition«, Fraunhofer Institute for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems IVI Dresden 

► 1998

PhD in Computer Sciences, TU Dresden

► 1993-2001

Research fellow, Fraunhofer Institute for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems IVI Dresden
Software developer, sub-project manager, project manager

► 1989-1993

Research fellow, Institute of Traffic Control and Information Systems, TU Dresden

► 1984-1989

Studies of Information Technology and Computer Sciences,
University of Transport and Communications/TU Dresden

The list of presentations and publications can be found on the German pages.