Degree Theses

The chair of Business Computing and Operations Research supervises degree theses part of bachelor and master programs.

Please note the formal criterias of the examination board regarding degree theses.

Topics of degree theses

Below some suggested research areas are displayed. A concrete topic will be developed individually. Additionally, we supervise practical theses which arise from the current research projects in cooperation with businesses. If you are interested in writing a thesis, just ask a member of the chair.

  • Procedures for planned maintenance.
  • Recent approaches for transport planning and transport management
  • Models and methods for layout and location planning
  • Handling and variant diversity: Approaches for efficient mass customization
  • Planning and management: assembly line balancing
  • Scheduling algorithms
  • Approaches to support offshoring decisions
  • Models and methods for dynamic lot-size planning
  • Supply chain management and advanced planning systems
  • Planning systems for business management
  • Optimization of relational database systems
  • Knowledge-based systems

Application process

We impose no application period for degree theses. If you are interested in writing your theses at our chair, write an email to the professor sbock{at} or approach one of the research assistants by email or after a lecture. All details regarding the process of searching and finding a topic for your theses are discussed individually.

Selection of written theses

In order to give you an idea of the topics that have been chosen in the past, you can find below a selection:


  • Requirements analysis and specification of a monitoring system for container circuits
  • Development of an ATCS-based heuristic to minimize the weighted tardiness costs in the permutation flow shop problem with sequence-dependent set-up times
  • Analysis of solution methods for the quay crane scheduling problem
  • Development and evaluation of a genetic algorithm for sequence planning with order acceptance
  • Consideration of delivery reliability when determining safety stocks of externally procured goods on the example of the Vaillant Group
  • Analysis of solution procedures for the Multi-Level Capacitated Lot Sizing Problem with Setup-Times (MLCLSP-ST)
  • Implementation and evaluation of Dixon's method for solving the capacitated lot size planning problem
  • Projektcontrolling mit der Earned Value Analysis
  • Project controlling with the Earned Value Analysis
  • Analysis and assessment of current approaches to support offshoring decisions
  • Sales forecasts for a student union cafeteria - a case study at the Wuppertal University Social Welfare Service at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal
  • Column-oriented storage in relational databases
  • Machine Learning in Digital Marketing
  • Comparison of different solution techniques for the capacitated lot size planning problem with the model MLPLSP
  • Approaches for shelf optimization
  • Automated reporting of logistic processes for an international service company
  • Evaluation of models for scheduling with delivery decisions


  • Evaluation of the SAP workflow management system based on the prototype implementation of invoice verification in materials management
  • Development and evaluation of a genetic algorithm for the capacitated lot size problem with sequence-dependent setup costs and times
  • Overview and comparison of solution approaches for optimization problems of container logistics in terminals and modeling of an optimization problem for inland terminals
  • Development and evaluation of a simulated annealing approach for sequence optimization in the container terminal
  • Project knowledge management - challenges and barriers of knowledge management in projects and how to deal with them.
  • Newer approaches to internal location planning with integrated transport route planning
  • Proactive control approaches to the vehicle routing problem (VRP)
  • Neighborhood operations for metaheuristics for lot size control
  • Modellierung und Entwicklung von von Softwarefunktionstests in einem Projekt zur Optimierung von Lagerbewegungen in einem Containerterminal
  • Modeling and development of software function tests in a project to optimize warehouse movements in a container terminal
  • Evaluation of an optimization model for the creation of schedules for a gantry crane as well as the storage space allocation in a container terminal
  • Conceptual modeling of a data mart in healthcare
  • Social Project Management: Potential for influence and opportunities of social media in project management
  • Big Data Analytics

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