• Optimal Control of Material Flow Systems by Multi-Scale-Network-Models (OptiFlow)
  • Acronym: OptiFlow
  • Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG)


  • Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Simone Göttlich (Business Mathematics, University of Mannheim) 
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. mult. Alexander Verl (ISW, University of Stuttgart)


Physical material flow simulaton, discrete, event-oriented simulation or flow simulation are approaches for improving the material flow of systems. The methods are generally suitable for very individual aspects, as for example control optimization of individual material flow elements or the (local) heuristic throughput optimization of the entire system.

The objective of this project is to investigate a global throughput optimization of the material flow with the theory of the classical optimization with multi-scale network models known from mathematics. Then ein control and layout optimization is planned. For this purpose, a close cooperation between mathematical and engineering sciences is required.

Keywords: Multi-scale network models, optimal material flow control


  • M.Sc. Christian Scheifele (ISW, University of Stuttgart)
  • M.Sc. Marion Pfirsching (Professor Business Mathematics, University of Mannheim)