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The perfect plan: mathematicians use discrete optimisation to plan better. But that's no simple task: they must first translate the real problem into an abstract model and develop intelligent processes for finding the best possible solution.
Many roads lead to the destination. How math simplifies our daily life
Everything is abstract at first. Every important detail needs to be represented using an abstract model. How can a canal be described mathematically? Do nodes and edges help?
The Kiel Canal. Large ships are only able to pass each other at a few points along the canal and often need to wait. Good planning aims to cut the waiting times – a case for the optimisers...
The final test on the Kiel Canal. Today the discrete optimisers’ nodes and edges will be examined in exacting detail. Is everyone satisfied with the outcome?
How can you be certain that a good solution really is the best – and is there mathematical proof?
How can you prove a theorem and what does an algorithm looks like?
Formulae, lectures and hors d'oeuvres – the discrete optimisers are in the conference mood! But the question is: will they take home the European Excellence in Practice Award?
Theory between euphoria and frustration. Why mathematics and a house of cards have a lot in common – especially if there are cracks…