The healthcare sector is globally growing, in quantity and complexity. Hence, conventional planning becomes a much more challenging task. Novel advances ask for highly specialized optimization methods to improve the efficiency of current healthcare systems.

The 1st IBOSS-ECMath workshop "Optimization Methods in Healthcare" aims to connect people that work in this intersecting fields of operations research and process planning in healthcare. We will present computational optimization methods for different healthcare planning problems and discuss how we can make them routine applications in daily operations.


This workshop is funded by the Einstein Center for Mathematics Berlin and the MODAL AG.










Thursday, October 18, 2018


10:00 – 10:30     


Matthias Diemer (Charité & VOPM)

Requirements for Practical Use Cases Joachim Gerst (Charité)


10:30 - 11:00      

IBOSS: Information Based Optimization of Surgery Schedules

Katharina Bieker (Uni Paderborn)

Mona Rams (FU Berlin)

Alexander Tesch (ZIB)


11:00 - 11:30      

Current Developments in the IBOSS Optimization Tool

K. Bieker, M. Rams, A. Tesch


11:30 - 11:45      

Coffee break


11:45 - 12:15      

HealthFaCT - Optimization of medical care in rural environments

Johanna Schneider (ITWM)


12:15 - 12:45      

Routing of patient transports based on historical data

Sebastian Tschuppik (Erlangen)


12:45 - 13:45      



13:45 - 14:15      

OP-Benchmarking in Digmed

Enno Bialas (digmed)


14:15 - 14:45      

Operating Room Planning in Timerbee

Marcus Ehrenburg (Imilia GmbH)


14:45 - 15:15      

Interactive operating theater scheduling with planning horizons

Michael Helmling (ITWM)


15:15 - 15:30      

Coffee Break


15:30 - 16:00      

Simulation-based evaluation of operating room management policies

Jan Schönfelder (UNIKA-T)


16:00 - 17:00      

Open Discussion on Selected Topics in Practical Challenges in Healthcare



Dinner (Luise)


Friday, October 19, 2018


10:00 - 10:30      

Invited talk

Models, algorithms and performance analysis for adaptive operating room scheduling

Guanlian Xiao (University of Eindhoven)


10:30 - 11:00      

Invited Talk

Scheduling under uncertainty – an overview of recent developments

Roel Leus (KU Leuven)


11:00 - 11:30      

Stochastic Extensible Bin Packing

Guillaume Sagnol (TU Berlin)


11:30 - 11:45      

Coffee break


11:45 - 12:30      

Open Discussion on Selected Topics in Mathematical Optimization of Healthcare


12:30 - 13:30      

Lunch + Farewell