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Professor Dr. Stefan Nickel

Prof. Dr. Stefan Nickel

Head of the Chair
office hours: nach Vereinbarung
room: 4A-12
phone: +49 721 608-43381
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Kaiserstr. 89
Kollegiengebäude am Kronenplatz (Geb. 05.20), 4. OG
D-76133 Karlsruhe

Academic experience


Research Assistant, University of Kaiserslautern, Department of Economics


Research Assistent, University of Kaiserslautern, Department of Mathematics


Researcher, University of Kaiserslautern, Department of Mathematics


Assistant Professor, University of Kaiserslautern, Department of Mathematics


Consultant, Fraunhofer ITWM


Head of the optimization department, Fraunhofer ITWM

since 1999

Associate Professor, University of Kaiserslautern, Department of Mathematics

since 2001

Member of Executive Commitee, Fraunhofer ITWM

since 2004

Scientific Advisory Board, Fraunhofer ITWM


Member of the DFG-Graduate School "Mathematik und Praxis", University of Kaiserslautern, Department of Mathematics


Chair in Operations Research and Logistics, University of Saarbrücken, Faculty of Business Administration

since 2009

Chair in Discrete Optimization and Logistics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Faculty of Economics and Management

since 2011 Director at Forschungszentrum Informatik (FZI) in Karlsruhe
since 2011 Director at Karlsruhe Service Institute (KSRI), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Faculty of Economics
2013-2014 President of the German Association of Operations Research (GOR)
since 2014 Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Management, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Fields of work

  • Modelling location decisions in Supply Chain Management
  • Multiperiodic design and optimization of distribution networks
  • Optimization methods in in-house logistics
  • Optimization methods in health care


  • European Working Group on Locational Decisions (EWGLA)
  • College on Locational Analysis (COLA)
  • Gesellschaft für Operations Research e.V. (GOR)
  • Mathematical Programming Society (MPS)


  • Award of the "Deutsche Mathematiker Vereinigung" (DMV), Student Conference ‘92
  • Award of the "Kreissparkassenstiftung" for the diploma thesis "Restriktive Standortprobleme", May 1993
  • Top Cited Article 2007-2011, Elsevier European Journal of Operational Research
  • EURO Award 2012, The Association of European Operational Research Societies

Research grants

  • DAAD-Project: "Embedding Risk in Supply Chain Network Design Problems" (2015/2016)
  • DAAD Project: "Developing Methods to Plan Long-term Care Services", Program of project-related staff exchange (PPP) with Portugal (2012/2013)
  • DFG-Project: "Generalized Territory Design Problems, New Areas of Application and the Algorithmic Implementation" (2010-2012)
  • DAAD-Project: "Distribution Systems Design with Role Dependent Objectives", Program of project-related staff exchange (PPP) with Spain (2010/2011)
  • DAAD-Project: "Flexible Location Models Taking Reliability and Congestion into Account" (with Oded Berman and Dmitry Krass/Toronto) (2009/2010)
  • Research board of the University of Saarland: "Optimization of logistical processes, especially analysis and improvement of recent schedules for organizational processes, at the example of the surgery and radiology of the university hospitals of Saarland (with M. Schilling) (2007/2008)
  • DFG-Project "Development of planning methods for location decisions for optimization of distribution networks in successive periods under consideration of geodata" (with U. Clausen) (2006-2008)
  • DAAD-Project: "Optimization of Transports in Hospitals" (with G. Laporte/Montreal) (2006/2007)
  • DAAD-Project: "Acciones Integradas Hispano-Alemanas" (with A. Marin/Murcia) (2004-2007)
  • Alfa-Project: "SistIng – Multiple Criteria Decision Making in Engineering and Economics” (2004-2007)
  • ISSI-Project: "Optimization of patient transports in hospitals" (2002-2004)
  • BMBF-Project: SEV: Simulation-based evaluation and improvement of software development processes (with T. Berlage and J. Münch) (2001-2004)
  • BMBF-Project: SILVER: Simulation-based systems for the integration of logistical and technical decision processes (with W. Appelt, G. Deerberg and S. Wenzel) (2001-2004)
  • BMBF-Project: KogiPlan - Cooperation, GIS and decision support for location planning (with U. Jasnoch and H. Voss) (2000-2003)
  • ISSI-Project: "Delay management in multi-modal traffic systems" (with A. Schöbel) (2000-2002)
  • ISSI-Project: "Analysis and optimization of logistics systems on an organisatorial level" (with H. W. Hamacher) (1998-2000)
  • DFG exploratory focus: "Efficient algorithms for discrete problems and their applications" (with H. W. Hamacher, and K. Klamroth) (1995-2000)

Research projects with industry

  • Determination of optimal Order-Penetration-Points for pot production . (2002-2005)
    • Project partner: Fissler GmbH, Idar-Oberstein.
  • Analysis and replanning of stopping points for DB. (2003/2004)
    • Project partner: DB AG, Berlin.
  • New approaches to sales territory planning. (2002-2005)
    • Project partner: geomer GmbH, Heidelberg.
  • Effective order picking using mathematical optimization. (2002-2004)
    • Project partner: Pierau-Planung, Hamburg (and their customers, who may not be mentioned as the project is still running).
  • Simulation and optimization methods supporting the planning process of a large warehouse. (since 2001)
    • Project partner: psb GmbH, Pirmasens (and their customers, who may not be mentioned as the project is still running).
  • Analysis and optimization of locational decisions in Supply Chain Design. (2000-2006)
    • Project partner: SAP AG, Walldorf. 
  • Multi-level production planning with highly dynamic BOMs. (2002)
    • Project partner: ICON Industrie Consulting GmbH, Karlsruhe.
  • Holiday planning for airlines. (2000)
    • Project partner: Lufthansa AG, Frankfurt.

Further activities

  • Lecturer for "Production and Operations Management" at Hector School
  • Member of the executive board of Gesellschaft für Operations Research (since 01/2009)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of “Health Care Management Science” (since 01/2008)
  • Chairman of the working group Health Care Management (02/2006-02/2009)
  • Editor-in-Chief of “Computers ‘& Operations Research” (since 10/2006)
  • Speaker of the Boards of European Working Group on Locational Analysis (EWGLA) (since 12/2007)
  • Member of the advisory board of Gesellschaft für Operations Research (10/2007-12/2008)
  • Member of the external Advisory Board des Centro de Investigação Operacional da Fundação da Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa (since 04/2007)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of „Computers & Operations Research“ (by 9/2006)
  • Referee for the magazines "European Journal of Operational Research", "Mathematical Methods of Operations Research", "Mathematical Programming", "Operations Research Letters", "Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis", "Transportation Science", "Location Science", "OR Spektrum", "Zentralblatt für Mathematik", "Mathematical Reviews" und "Operations Research".
  • Associate Editor von “Operations Research Letters”
  • Member of the VDI expert committee „Simulation und Optimierung“ and „Modellbildung“.
  • Supervision of numerous dissertations, diploma- und seminar theses

Publications and talks