The Institute for Operations Research has its main research interests in the fields of Mathematical Optimization and Mathematics of Operations Research. These fields have a multitude of facets and a strong interdisciplinary character. Consequently, research at IFOR covers a broad range of topics from basic mathematical questions in algorithm design and analysis to industrial collaborations. Despite this diversity of considered problems, there is a strong interplay between many of our research directions.
IFOR also serves as a bridge, supporting all departments of ETH regarding problems in optimization: from mathematical modeling, through their analysis, and in their computational solution. Furthermore, IFOR has extensive experience with industrial collaborations.
Two primary research thrusts at IFOR are Combinatorial Optimization and Mixed Integer Optimization. Furthermore, we present a selection of some strongly interdisciplinary projects on a separate page.