Prof. Dr. Martin Josef Geiger


Martin Josef Geiger

Welcome to my homepage.

My most-preferred communication channel is emailnot {phone, fax, mail}. If you urgently want/need to reach me, send me one (even if calling me on the phone sounds like a good idea to you, it’s not). Seriously.

Alternatively, you may approach me directly in the gym, i.e. the one below the Mensa, where I combine my passion for heavy problem solving with heavy (but still sensible, age-appropriate) lifting. Or, as the saying goes, „education is important, training hard is importanter.“ 😉

Current teaching

October–December 2017: M.Sc. course „Operative Planung und Scheduling“ (Wednesday, 0945–1300), M.Sc. seminar „Logistik-Management“.

Academic sabbatical from January–September 2018.

General research interests

I am interested in hard (mostly: NP-hard) combinatorial optimization problems with applications in routing, scheduling, and timetabling. In this context, I am particularly focussing on (i) how to devise novel, best-in-class planning approaches and algorithms , (ii) structural properties of combinatorial search spaces, and (iii) the efficient implementation of modern heuristics in running systems (which includes the identification of efficiently solvable sub-problems and the construction of problem-specific, appropriate data structures).

Some of my research activities are devoted to optimization/implementation challenges. In fact, quite some time and effort goes into those events, hopefully finding interesting approaches for novel, intriguing problems.

Selected current projects and obligations

  • Committe member: 2018 Open Conference of the IFIP WG 8.3 on Decision Support Systems (IFIP 2018 DSS).
  • Together with Christian Stürck and Patrick Gerhards: solving the, once and for all (which is a bold statement).
  • Together with Rudolf Vetschera, guest editor of a special issue of the Central European Journal of Operations Research.
  • Together with Sandra Huber and Adiel Teixeira de Almeida, co-editor of „Multiple Criteria Decision Making and Aiding – Cases on Decision Making Methods and Models with Computer Implementations“, Springer Verlag.
  • Guest editor of the special issue of the IMA Journal of Management Mathematics on Decision Analysis and Multicriteria Decision Methods for Mathematical Modelling of Decisions (accepted papers are to appear in 2018).
  • Working on a couple of papers…

After being born November 1973 in Ellwangen an der Jagst, I grew up in Aalen, Germany, where I also earned my „Abitur“ (A-levels) at the Schubart-Gymnasium.
I am, since 1996, married to Monika Geiger, née Pilinszki.


My formal qualifications are based on my studies in „Wirtschaftswissenschaften“ (Economics and Business Administration) at the Universität Hohenheim at Stuttgart, Germany, which I completed 1999 with a Diploma ranking 4th of all graduating students (=top 3%). I am also „Doktor der Wirtschaftswissenschaften ( Dr. oec.)“ (summa cum laude) (Universität Hohenheim; submitted 2004, awarded 2005), and hold the academic degree of Master of Philosophy in Computer Science from the University of Nottingham, UK. Also at the Universität Hohenheim, I successfully completed a postdoctoral „Habilitation“, earning the „Venia Legendi“ in „Betriebswirtschaftslehre“ (Business Administration; submitted 07/2008, awarded 2009).

Industry and academic positions held

Prior to joining the faculty of the Helmut-Schmidt-University/ University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg in July 2009, I held a position as a tenured Associate Professor in Operations and Supply Chain Management at the University of Southern Denmark, Odense campus, Denmark (2008–2009). Before, I was an „Akademischer Rat“ (translates to something like a non-tenured Assistant Professor) at the „Lehrstuhl für Industriebetriebslehre“ (Production and Logistics Management Department) of the Universität Hohenheim at Stuttgart, Germany (2005–2008).

From 2003 to 2005, I was member of the Automated Scheduling, Optimisation and Planning Research Group at the University of Nottingham, UK, conducting research on a project involving an industrial partner from the printing industry. 2001 to 2002: research and teaching assistant, „Lehrstuhl für Industriebetriebslehre“ (Production and Logistics Management Department), Universität Hohenheim at Stuttgart, Germany.

I gained some industry experience during my times as a business consultant at „Bauder Management Partner“ (now called averi) in Stuttgart, Germany (1999–2000).

In 2008, I ranked first for a W3 (full) professor position at the Mercator School of Management of the Universität Duisburg-Essen, Germany, an offer I declined (instead, I moved to Odense, Denmark, see above).

Contributions to the scientific community

Over the years, I have made some contributions to the scientific community (apart from publishing papers, presenting my work at conferences, serving on scientific committees of conferences and workshops, and reviewing many manuscripts).

  • From 2005 to 2011, I was editor of the newsletter of the International Society on Multiple Criteria Decision Making.
  • In 2007, Prof.  Dr. Walter Habenicht an I organized the meeting of the EURO EU/ME-Working Group, the working group on metaheuristics.
  • In 2011, I did organize and host the workshop of the GOR Working Group „Entscheidungstheorie und -praxis“.
  • In 2013, I had the honor of organizing the MCDA/M Summer School.
  • Later in 2013, Prof.  Dr. Andreas Fink and I organized the meeting of the EURO EU/ME-Working Group, the working group on metaheuristics.
  • Also in 2013, we did organize and host the workshop of the GOR Working Group „Entscheidungstheorie und -praxis“ in Hamburg, again, this time together with the Decision Analysis Special Interest Group DASIG of the British OR Society.
  • In 2015, it was our pleasure organizing the 23rd International Conference on Multiple Criteria Decision Making, MCDM 2015.
  • In 2016, and together with my fellow colleagues at HSU, we organized and hosted the annual conference of the German Operations Research Society GOR, the OR 2016.
  • From 2005–2011 and 2013–2017: In my capacity as the editor of the newsletter of the Internal Society on Multiple Criteria Decision Making, and as organizer of the MCDM 2015 conference, I served on the Executive Committee of the MCDM Society.

Selected Scientific Awards, Honors, and similar stuff

  • Finalist of the European Academic Software Award 98 (EASA 98) in Oxford, UK, with the computer program developed for my Diploma Thesis.
  • Winner of the Rudi Häussler Award 2001, an award for promising young researchers (2045 €).
  • Laureate of the German Operations Research Society GOR at the EURO Summer Institute on Decision Analysis and Artificial Intelligence in Toulouse, France, 2001.
  • Winner of the European Academic Software Award 2002 (EASA 2002) in Ronneby, Sweden, with the computer program developed for my Doctoral Dissertation.
  • Winner of the EURO-fellowship for ELAVIO 2005, July 25–29, 2005, Villa de Leyva, Colombia (1122 €).
  • Winner of the Südwestmetall Prize 2005 for my Doctoral Dissertation (5000 €).
  • MCDM Conference Chairmanship Award 2015.

Some of my research activities have been financially supported by organizations outside my university. To mention are in particular:

VeRoLog 2017VeRoLog Solver Challenge 2016-2017

(finals held in July 2017 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands)

Optimization problem: multi-period, multi-product pickup and delivery problem with inventory constraints (scarce equipment) and possible transfers (reuse of equipment).

  • Winner of the restricted-resources challenge, 22 (out of 25) best-known-solutions in the all-time-best-challenge.

ACP Challenge 2016

(part of the 22nd International Conference on Principles and Practice of Constraint Programming, September 2016, Toulouse, France)

Optimization problem: scheduling of torpedoes in steel production.

Kaggle „Santa’s Stolen Sleigh“ Problem

(held from December 2015–January 2016)

Optimization problem: capacitated vehicle routing problem on a sphere with a novel objective function, large graph with 100,000 nodes.

VeRoLog 2015VeRoLog Solver Challenge 2015

(finals held in June 2015 in Vienna, Austria)

Optimization problem: coach trip with shuttle service problem.

ROADEF 2014EURO/ROADEF Challenge 2014

(finals held in July 2014 in Barcelona, Spain)

Optimization problem: operative routing and scheduling of rolling stock in train networks.

VeRoLog 2014VeRoLog Solver Challenge 2014

(finals held in June 2014 in Oslo, Norway)

Optimization problem: swap-body vehicle routing.

MISTA 2013 Challenge

(finals held in August 2013 in Gent, Belgium)

Optimization problem: multi-mode resource-constrained multi-project scheduling.

Kaggle „Traveling Santa“ Problem competition

(held from December 2012–January, 2013)

Optimization problem: finding two edge-disjoint minimal paths in a large graph with 150,000 nodes.

Nurse Rostering Competition

(finals held in August 2010 in Belfast, Northern Ireland)

Optimization problem: building a roster for nurses in hospitals (=a timetabling problem).

ITC 2007International Timetabling Competition ITC 2007

(finals held in August 2008 in Montréal, Canada)

Optimization problem: curriculum based course timetabling.

EASA 2002European Academic Software Award 2002

(finals held in November 2002 in Ronneby, Sweden)

EASA 1998European Academic Software Award 1998

(finals held in September 1998 in Oxford (Keble College), UK)

ANOR CoverMartin Josef Geiger, Sandra Huber, Sebastian Langton, Marius Leschik, Christian Lindorf and Ulrich Tüshaus:
Multi-attribute assignment of trains to departures in rolling stock management – A contribution to the EURO/ROADEF 2014 Challenge.
Annals of Operations Research, Vol./Issue/Pages: TBA.

EJOR CoverSandra Huber and Martin Josef Geiger (2017):
Order matters – A Variable Neighborhood Search for the Swap-Body Vehicle Routing Problem.
European Journal of Operational Research, Volume 263, Issue 2, December 2017, Pages 419–445, ISSN 0377-2217.

JMCDARichard Allmendinger, Matthias Ehrgott, Xavier Gandibleux, Martin Josef Geiger, Kathrin Klamroth and Mariano Luque (2017):
Navigation in multiobjective optimization methods.
Journal of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis, Volume 24, Issue 1–2, January–April 2017, Pages 57–70.

EJOR Cover

Martin Josef Geiger (2017):
A multi-threaded local search algorithm and computer implementation for the multi-mode, resource-constrained multi-project scheduling problem.
European Journal of Operational Research, Volume 256, Issue 3, February 2017, Pages 729–741, ISSN 0377-2217.

Networks CoverMartin Josef Geiger (2017):
On an effective approach for the coach trip with shuttle service problem of the VeRoLog solver challenge 2015.
Networks, Volume 69, Issue 3, May 2017, Pages 329–345.

This is what linguistic analytics found out about me (quite accurate, but maybe it’s just a lucky guess):


Google refers to me as a „mathematician“ (remark: Mathematicians are likely to challenge this conjecture):


Computing my Erdös-number results in a value of at most 4.

Kaggle refers to me as a competitions expert, which is rather funny, given the fact that I participated in only two competitions.

Other values can be computed, such as h-index, g-index, etc. (but I don’t keep track).