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 can be practiced (or learned) on site.


The seminar has previously been organized by Roland Herzog’s numerical mathematics group at the TU Chemnitz and has since moved to his Scientific Computing and Optimization group at the University of Heidelberg. Feel free to visit last year’s edition’s website here.

Location and housing

The seminar will again take place at Hotel Gürtl" (" Hotel on google maps) in Haus im Ennstal, Austria. The cost per participant is dependent on the chosen rooming option and this year’s pricing is comprised of the following:

  • Accomodation including breakfast and dinner per person and night at
    • 134€ in a “comfort” double room when shared
    • 152€ in a standard double room in single configuration
  • 15€ seminar attendancy fee per day and person (max of 5 days) and
  • 2,50€ per night local overnight tax.


  1. Roland Herzog (U Heidelberg)
  2. Robert Scheichl (U Heidelberg)
  3. Niklas Baumgarten (U Heidelberg)
  4. Hannes Meinlschmidt (FAU)
  5. Andreas Potschka (TU Clausthal)
  6. Stefan Ulbrich (TU Darmstadt)
  7. Isabel Jacob (TU Darmstadt)
  8. Jannik Breitkopf (TU Darmstadt)
  9. Mira Urban (TU Darmstadt)
  10. Theodor Komann (TU Darmstadt)
  11. Clara Bernklau (TU Darmstadt)
  12. Anton Schiela (U Bayreuth)
  13. Laura Weigl (U Bayreuth)
  14. Frederik Köhne (U Bayreuth)
  15. Arnd Rösch (U Duisburg-Essen)
  16. Winnifried Wollner (U Hamburg)
  17. Anna Lentz (U Würzburg)
  18. Bastian Dittrich (U Würzburg)
  19. Katharina Lorenz (UBW)


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
15:00-15:45 Rösch - Algebraic flux correction schemes for optimal control problems Potschka - Flow-based optimization methods and preconditioners for multiple saddle-point systems Jacob - A recursive multilevel algorithm for deep learning Gen. Dicussion Lentz - Spatially sparse optimization problems Urban - Robust Optimization and Distributionally Robust Optimization of Energy Systems
15:55-16:40 Ulbrich - Snapshot generation for POD models of semilinear parabolic optimal control problems based on a simplified Newton method Lorenz - Dirichlet control of the Stokes Problem towards treatment of non-convex domain Köhne - Adaptive Step Sizes for Preconditioned Stochastic Gradient Descent Gen. Dicussion Dittrich - The Largest-K Norm for General Measure Spaces and its Connection to L^0-Constrained Problems Komann - Robust Design Optimization of Electric Machines with Isogeometric Analysis
16:50-17:35 Scheichl - A Complex-Projected Rayleigh Quotient Iteration for Targeting Interior Eigenvalues Wollner - Pressure-robustness in the context of optimal control Breitkopf - Optimal Control of the Generalized Riemann Problem for Hyperbolic Systems of Conservation Laws Gen. Dicussion Schiela - Numerik auf differenzierbaren Mannigfaltigkeiten: einige Grundlagen Bernklau - Simulationsbasierte Optimierung und Optimales Design von Experimenten für Benetzungsvorgänge
17:45-18:30 Gen. Dicussion Meinlschmidt - Regularity of quasilinear parabolic problems and optimal control involving gradients Gen. Dicussion Gen. Dicussion Weigl - Newton’s Method on Vector Bundles Herzog - A bundle-method for convex optimization on manifolds
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 pictures 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).

Participation and registration

If you are interested in participating in this event, please contact Georg Müller for more information.