Field trip to IBM Research Zürich



March 5, 2013  -  05:30-21:00

IBM Research Rüschlikon/Zürich

Heidelberg Chapter of SIAM: Our field trip to IBM Research Zurich

We wrote a short summary of our trip for the SIAM student blog.

After an exciting year in 2012, we started our 2013 activities with a great field trip to the IBM global research lab in Zurich, Switzerland. Because mathematical and computational sciences play a key role in the lab’s research program, it was an ideal destination for our chapter’s field trip.

At 5:15 a.m., twenty (still tired) chapter members met at the IWR Heidelberg. Thanks to the generous support of SIAM and the Heidelberg Graduate School MathComp, we were able to charter a bus that took us to Rüschlikon near Zurich. Karin Vey, executive briefing manager, warmly welcomed us with coffee and cake in IBM’s impressive visitor centre with its exhibitions of past and current IBM technology. In comfortable conference facilities, the scientific program started with three presentations from IBM researchers. After a general overview on the lab’s research activities, talks on integer programming and simulation-based assembly systems optimization concluded the first part of the workshop.

After lunch in the on-site cafeteria, three of our members contributed to this exchange with talks on integer optimal control, experimental design, and simulation of subdiffusive transport. Intermittent coffee breaks left ample opportunity for further questions and discussions. The final presentation, given by Moshe Rappoport, was a “Global Technology Outlook” that gave interesting insights into the direction of future developments at IBM. Last but not least, we got a glance of the newly constructed nanotech centre.

At 5.30 p.m., we left for Zurich and met for a joint dinner in the historic city centre where the lively dialogue from the day continued in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. Career opportunities were of particular interest and extensively discussed before taking the bus back to Germany where we arrived as an exhausted, but glad for the opportunity, group at around 1 a.m. the next day.

We thank IBM research Zurich for the invitation, the time, the hospitality and the dialogue with the Heidelberg Chapter of SIAM.

Visual Impressions from the Workshop

Announcement: Field Trip to IBM Zurich on March 5

Courtesy of IBM Research - Zurich. Unauthorized use not permitted.
Courtesy of IBM Research - Zurich.
Unauthorized use not permitted.

We are pleased to announce our first event 2013:


On March 5 (Tuesday) we are going to visit one of IBM's global research labs in Zürich/Rüschlikon, Switzerland!


As mathematical and computational sciences play a key role in their research program, it is an ideal destination for a field trip. For more information about research at IBM Zürich, see


The schedule for the day is:


05:30  Leave Heidelberg by bus
10:30  Arrive in Rüschlikon
11:00  Karin Vey: IBM Research in a Nutshell
11:20  Juliane Dinkel: Gomory-Chvâtal Cutting Planes and a Natural Extension to Binary Integer Programming
11:55  Stefan Wörner: Simulation-based Reorder Point Optimization for Assembly System with Capacity Constraints
12:30  Lunch at Cafeteria
13:30  Christian Kirches: Industrial Applications of Fast-Mixed Integer Optimal Control
13:55  Christoph Weiler: Model Validation for Complex Industrial Processes
14:20  Break
14:30  Mario Mommer: Modelling and Simulation of Transport through Disordered Media
15:00  Moshe Rappoport: Global Technology Outlook
16:00  Break
16:10  Karin Vey: Nanotech Center Tour
17:00  Depart to Zurich
18:00  Dinner and City Walk
21:00  Return to Heidelberg
01:00  Arrive in Heidelberg


The official program includes talks by IBM researchers as well as talks by our members. If you are interested in giving a short talk about your research please state so in your response.


If you want to take part in this trip, please register by e-mail.

Travel expenses (i.e. the bus trip) will be covered by the Heidelberg Chapter of SIAM. However, the slots in the bus are limited and will be distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis.