Field Trip to Lufthansa Systems AG in Frankfurt

For the fifth time, the Heidelberg Student Chapter of SIAM [1] organized a field trip to an industrial company. These field trips enable our members to get hands-on insights in real-world applications of mathematics in big companies. Furthermore, they are a great platform for networking and getting an overview on job opportunities for mathematicians and computer scientists. This field trip took place on December 6, 2018, and was organized in cooperation with Lufthansa Systems. Lufthansa Systems is one of the leading information technology service providers for the aviation industry, its headquarters being located in Raunheim near Frankfurt (Main). For the first time we were joined by people from Upstream [2] – a program, which promotes young female mathematicians.


The day at Lufthansa Systems started with a delicious breakfast, followed by an introduction of the company – its goals, services, clients, etc. Afterwards they gave us a tour through their offices, including a meeting with Pepper, their friendly robot, and presented their modern work spaces. Then we moved on to the first technical talk, where they gave us insights over how they tackle problems regarding route planning and coping with the arising difficulties like incorporation of the constantly changing route restrictions and the influence of the weather. During lunch we then had the chance to get in contact with the Lufthansa Systems members in a more informal manner and to learn more about what it is like to work for and at Lufthansa Systems.


In the afternoon we moved on to more talks, some of which were given by our group. Having already heard how to optimize the route for a single plane we then learned how resilient schedules can be created and how the crews are assigned to the flights. Our members were eager to learn and asked many questions. Finally, we were told about current career possibilities at Lufthansa Systems. Altogether, this field trip led to greater understanding of the mathematics in the field of aviation and the Heidelberg Student Chapter of SIAM wants to thank Lufthansa Systems for making this day a huge success and for being such a great host!