Bio: Martin Grötschel

Prof. Grötschel has been President of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) since October 2015. He was full professor of mathematics at the University of Augsburg (1982-1991) and for information technology at the Institute of Mathematics of Technische Universität Berlin from 1991 to 2015. He served as the Vice President of Konrad-Zuse-Zentrum für Informationstechnik Berlin (ZIB) from 1991 to 2012 and as President of ZIB from 2012 to 2015. From 2002 to 2008 he chaired the DFG Research Center MATHEON “Mathematics for key technologies”. Furthermore, he held many other administrative positions in the service of the sciences.

His mathematical research interests include optimization, discrete mathematics, and operations research. He has authored and edited 15 books and written more than 150 papers. He has deep interest in applications of mathematics and was engaged in many projects with industry in areas such as telecommunication, electronics, software, logistics, traffic, transportation, energy, and production technology. Professor Grötschel has also been involved in various projects on scientific information and communication as well as open access, open science, mathematical and IT-aspects of digital humanities.