The group contributes to the following application oriented research topics of WIAS:

Applications in diffractive optics

Diffractive optical elements employ the controlled use of light propagation on microstructered interfaces. They perform functions unattainable with traditional elements and can be applied in diffractive measurement technique, spectroscopy, astronomy, optical communication techniques, and information processing. For the design of such elements, Maxwell`s equations have to be solved and special optimization algorithms are to be adapted. [>> more]

Optimization Problems in Energy Management

Optimization problems in energy management are concerned with the planning of production and distribution of different energy sources (power, gas), in order to cover a given customer's demand. In this context, the consideration of transportation networks, of uncertainties and of market equilibria represent particular challenges. [>> more]

Simulation, optimization and optimal control of production processes

In the area of procuction, there is a huge demand for planning and optimization tools that allow for an accelerated re-planning and reconfiguration of complex production facilities. In this context, the key words are "digital factory" or "Industry 4.0", which represents the transition to a connected, widely self-organized industrial production. This interconnectivity allows not only for the optimization of individual production steps, but also of the entire value chain. [>> more]