This year’s status seminar of the BMBF Mathematics Program took place on 19 and 20 November at the Maritim Hotel in Bonn. Twenty-one projects in the two funding lines “Healthy Living” and “Energy Turnaround” presented their results. This year, the focus was on the application perspective. The collaborative research initiative IBOSS (Information Based Optimization of Surgery Schedules) was presented by Dr. Joachim Gerst of the Charité hospital. His lecture described the practice of surgical planning, the challenges that arise there, and the potential that can be unlocked by mathematics. Dr. Gerst also highlighted ways to improve employee satisfaction and quality of treatment, the benefits to the hospital, and the prospects for society.
Link to the project: http://www.zib.de/projects/information-based-optimization-surgery-schedules