Putting graph theory into practice
If you talk to Lukas Fuchs, his Swabian dialect might be one of the first things you notice. What you may not know is that he just received a master’s degree in mathematics with the highest honors! There isn’t anything Lukas can’t do – except maybe go unnoticed.
As a working student, Lukas was part of the development team for MENTZ’s GENIOS optimization software. “Because of the lockdowns implemented to reduce the spread of Corona, I mainly worked in home office; but that worked out quite well. Mathematicians can work well from home,” affirmed the 24-year-old.
Lukas began his time at MENTZ with an eight-week internship on “routing and optimization” at our Stuttgart office. “Studying mathematics can be a bit theoretical at times, but my initial time at MENTZ allowed me to gain first-hand experience how theory can be applied in practice. In fact, I was constantly in touch with real-world issues through my job at MENTZ,” assured Lukas, whose operations are used in the GENIOS optimizer. “GENIOS weighs criteria differently, which enables schedulers to plan duties fully automatically for their personnel. It helps avoid inconvenience like split duties and unnecessarily long breaks and keeps desired working hours,” explained Lukas.
For the transport authorities that use GENIOS, optimization addresses workers needs while keeping fleet use at it most economical.
Dual Study Programs at MENTZ – Mathematics or Computer Science
Lukas’s master’s thesis on “Matching Hypergraphs” at the University of Ulm was jointly supervised by his mathematics professor and two MENTZ employees with doctorates from our Munich and Münster offices:
Dr. Roland Hesse and Dr. Markus-Ludwig Wermer head departments at MENTZ and are experts in the fields of “genetic optimization” and “graph theory.” Both are part of the GENIOS optimization team. Dr. Wermer specializes in .NET development, and the planning and optimization of public transport systems. “We supervise interns. We hired both Lukas and his predecessor after their internships. After successfully completing a master’s degree, Lukas wants to continue his education in a doctoral program, which we are more than happy to support,” said Wermer.
Beyond supervising bachelor’s and master’s theses, MENTZ also offers three positions with a dual studies program in computer science. We work in cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences in Münster, the Cooperative State University in Baden-Würtemberg, and the University of Applied Sciences in Munich. This means that one position is offered for each of our branch offices in Münster and Stuttgart, as well as one at our company headquarters in Munich.
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