Prof. Dr. Stefan Funke

This lecture takes place twice a week (on average 3 h of lecture and 1 h tutorial) in the following slots:

Time Location Schedule
Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb.
Tuesday 12:00 - 13:30 V 38.01 13., 20., 27. 3., 10., 17., 24. 1., 8.*, 15., 22. 12., 19., 26. 2.*
Thursday 9:52 - 11:22 V 38.04 15., 22., 29. 5., 12., 19., 26. 3., 10., 17. 7., 14., 21., 28. 4.*

* MC-Test     ** Question Session

Note the slightly shifted slots to accomodate students that need to be flown in from Hohenheim.

The first lecture will be on Oct. 13th, 2015 at 11:55!

There will be a written exam at the end of the semester (unless your Prüfungsordnung does not allow that; in that case, there will be an oral exam). Prerequisite for participation in the exam is a ‘Schein’, i.e. you need to pass two (out of three) MC-tests.


The results of the first MC-Test are out now. You can find the results at the institute’s notice-board near room 1.101.
There will be no lecture on jan. 7th.
For the MC-Test 2: You will be allowed to use pencil and eraser or Tipp-Ex to correct your answers on the answer sheet
The results of the second mc test are announced at the insitute’s notice-board near room 1.101.
Summary Slides with exclusions
3rd mc test will take place on mon feb 29th at 14:00 in room 0.108.
The results of the mc test 3 are announced at the institute’s notice board.
A prerequisites list is announced at the institute’s notice board. Please check your state!
You can find the exam results at the institute’s black board. The exam review will take place on wednesday april 20th at 3:45 p.m. in V38 room 1.140.
You can find the exam results at the institute’s black board. The exam review will take place on wednesday october 19th at 2:00 p.m. in V38 room 1.140.


Filip Krumpe

The final dates of the tutorials are announced during lecture at least one week before the tutorial takes place. For each tutorial there will be an exercise sheet. Please take a look at the sheet before the tutorial and solve the problems on your own.

We will discuss the problems during the tutorial.

Exercise Sheets:

The fist exercise sheet will be discussed at thursday,oct. 22nd. Please be prepared.

The 2nd exercise sheet (update: mcf link) will be discussed at thursday, nov. 5th. Please be prepared.

The 3rd exercise sheet will be discussed at thursday, nov. 26th. Please be prepared.

The 4th exercise sheet will be discussed at thursday, dec. 10th. Please be prepared.

The 5th exercise sheet will be discussed at thursday, jan. 14th. Please be prepared.

The 6th exercise sheet (update: add PCS problem) will be discussed at thursday, jan. 28th. Please be prepared.


A very good book on approximation algorithms by Shmoys and Williamson can be found online.

Lecture Notes (currently from WS 14/15).

Basic Concepts

should be easy to find via google, e.g.

Intended Audience

Students at the master (INF, SWT, INFOTECH, Winfo, …) or advanced Bachelor level.


[Nov’18] Our paper on regret minimization has been accepted at AAAI 2019 (acceptance rate 16.2%)!

[Oct’18] Our paper on alternative route planning for bicycles has been accepted at ALENEX 2019!

[Apr’18] Martin has successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis. Congratulations!

[Jan’18] The journal version of our paper on k-hop path covers will receive a publication award from our university!

[Nov’17] Our paper on a theoretical explanation for several speed-up techniques for route computation has been accepted at AAAI 2018!

[Oct’17] Thomas’ paper on area preserving map simplification has been accepted at ALENEX 2018!

[May’17] Daniel’s and Martin’s paper on rational points on the unit sphere has been accepted at ISSAC 2017!

[Apr’17] Our paper on personalized route planning with dynamic approximation guarantees has been accepted at SEA 2017!

[Jan’17] Martin’s paper on map matching has been accepted at SIAM SDM 2017!

[Nov’16] Our paper on simultaneous maze solving has been accepted at AAAI 2017.

[Okt’16] Two papers, one on growing balls (!), the other on map simplification will be presented at ALENEX 2017.

[Sep’16] Our paper on Deducing Individual Driving Preferences has been accepted at the 24th ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS 2016.

[Feb’16] Our paper on placing loading stations for EVs has been accepted at ICAPS 2016.

[Jul’15] Paper about our GeoSearch Engine OSCAR at the 16th Int. Conf on Web Information Systems Engineering (WISE)!

[Jun’15] We feel very honored to have our VLDB’14 paper almost verbatimly reproduced in the ‘prestigous’ journal IJSETR, see here. Yeah! 😉

[Feb’15] We were lucky to receive a Google Research Award for research on personalized route planning!

[Sep’14] Our paper “On k-Path Covers and their Applications” has received a Best Paper Award at the 40th Int. Conference on Very Large Databases (VLDB) in Hangzhou (5 out of 139 accepted out of 695 submitted papers).

[Sep’14] Our paper on “Energy-efficient Routing: Taking Speed into Account” has received a Best Paper Award at the 37th German Conference on Artificial Intelligence (KI).

[Jul’14] Our paper “Placement of Loading Stations for Electric Vehicles: No Detours Necessary!” has received a Honorable Mention at the 28th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) in Quebec City (5 nominated out of 398 accepted out of 1406 submitted papers).

[Mar’14] Our StuPro-Team has completed their great “SchulScheduler” project.

[Nov’13] Jochen has defended his PhD thesis and moved on to TomTom.

[Feb’13] Sabine has defended her PhD thesis (already in Dec’12) and received the INFOS award for best CS PhD thesis in 2012!

[Mar’12] Our paper Path Shapes - An Alternative Method for Map Matching and Fully Autonomous Self-Localization presented at GIS 2011 has received the Best Paper Award, also see the ACM SIGSPATIAL newsletter.