The proposed research areas show considerable potential for synergies. Combinatorial optimization can be extended to dynamic and stochastic optimization (building synergies between Bomze and Pflug), statistical methods and optimization in statistics are closely related (Uhler and Pflug). In addition optimization heuristics, which already have significant practical impact in combinatorial optimization (Raidl and Henzinger), are increasingly relevant also in stochastic optimization (Raidl and Pflug). Synergies between cutting plane methods (and decomposition methods in combinatorial optimization, in general) and copositive optimization will be considered by Bomze. The topic of global optimization is treated by Bomze, Bot, Neumaier and Schichl. Nonlinear optimization will be treated by Bot, Neumaier and Schichl.
The following graph illustrates the cooperation network.