Dr. Kai Helge Becker
Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB)
Takustraße 7
14195 Berlin (Germany)
Room: 3352
Email: my surname at zib dot de

About me

I am a reseacher at the research group on Energy Network Optimization at Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB), where I work on the project Acyclic Network Flows funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft under Germany´s Excellence Strategy – The Berlin Mathematics Research Center MATH+. The project aims at developing a better algorithm for optimizing the type of non-linear network flows that occur in water, gas and hydrogen networks.

My academic interests include

In conjunction with my academic activities I have experience with with various projects where I applied Operations Research methods to problems in different industries, such as optimizing the purchase, transport and storage of natural gas, designing optimal electricity tariffs, public transport planning, managing invasive species and production planning.


1998 Diplom in Business Mathematics, Department of Mathematics, University of Hamburg, Germany.
2005 M.A. in Sociology, Department of Sociology, University of Hamburg, Germany.
2010 PhD in Operational Research on Twin-constrained Hamiltonian Paths on Theshold Graphs: an approach to the Minimum Score Separation Problem, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.
2016 Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia (Higher education teaching certificate).


Since 2017 Researcher at the Energy Network Optimization Group at Zuse Institute Berlin
2016-2017 Lecturer in Management Science, University of Strathclyde Business School, Glasgow, UK
2011-2016 Lecturer in Operations Research, Department of Mathematics, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
2008-2010 LSE Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
2002-2005 Operations Research Consultant for BP Energie GmbH, Hamburg
1998-2002 Research Assistant at the Department of Economics and Business Administration, University of Hamburg, Germany

Current Working Papers


Papers in refereed journals and refereed conference proceedings Further Publications

Conference Presentations and Talks (Selection)

Teaching Experience

Over the years I have taught a number of courses in various areas of Operations Research and its mathematical foundations. Topics include: