Heidelberg Seminar on Optimal Control


Event information


This seminars aims at bringing researchers in optimal control and numerical mathematics together for a week of recent research results, collaboration and – most importantly – ample time for in depth discussions. Additionally, snowboarding as well as cross-country and alpine skiing is available (or can be learned on site).


The seminar has previously been organized by Roland Herzog’s numerical mathematics group at the TU Chemnitz and has now been moved to Heidelberg’s Scientific Computing and Optimization group.

Location and housing

The seminar will again take place at Hotel Gürtl" (" Hotel on google maps) in Haus im Ennstal, Austria. There are several rooming options available and this year’s pricing is as follows:

  • 119 € per night and person in a double room including breakfast and dinner,
  • 21,50 € surcharge per night for single rooms,
  • 3,50 € surcharge per night for “comfort” double rooms (new category, up to availability),
  • 12,50 € seminar attendancy fee per day and person (max of 5 days) and
  • 2,50 € per night local overnight tax.



The following program is preliminary. Especially the off-day on Wednesday may be subject to change.

time/day Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Until 15:00 Gen. Dicussion Gen. Dicussion Gen. Dicussion Gen. Dicussion Gen. Dicussion Gen. Dicussion
15:00-16:00 Rösch - How large is the gap in no-gap second-order optimality conditions? Steinhardt - A Variational Calculus for Optimal Control of Networks of Scalar Conservation Laws Herberg - Inexact Second Order Optimization using Randomized Sketching Gen. Dicussion Meinlschmidt - Optimal Control for Fokker-Planck Equations via Renormalized Solutions Herter - Eigenvalue Optimization with Respect to Shape-Variations in Electromagnetic Cavities
16:00-17:00 Herzog - Die SCOOP Template Engine Ulbrich - Convergence of Discrete Adjoint Schemes for Optimal Boundary Control of Conservation Laws Kreis - Multilevel Training of Residual Neural Networks Gen. Dicussion Diehl - Optimal Control of Multiphase Flow in the Context of Wetting Phenomena Dittrich - DC Reformulation of Cardinality Constrained Problems in Function Spaces
17:00-18:00 Gen. Dicussion Müller - Schwarz-Preconditioned Newton for (slightly nonsmooth) Optimal Control of PDEs Jacob - A Recursive Multilevel Algorithm for Deep Learning Gen. Dicussion Simon - Coefficient Control for Obstacle Problems Gen. Dicussion
From 19:00 Opening and Dinner Joint Dinner Joint Dinner Joint Dinner Joint Dinner Joint Dinner Joint Dinner


We would like to make the slides corresponding with the talks available to all participants. Please, once you have given your presentation, upload your slide here. You can access all participants talks here (password will be given out at the event).


If you would like to share some of your images with the other participants, feel free to upload them here. You can access all shared pictures here (password will be given out at the event).

Covid 19

You can find the current conditions concerning the Covid-19 situation at the hotel’s website. More information TBA.

Participation and registration

If you are interested in participating in this event, please contact Georg Müller for more information. Also, more information will be announced shortly.