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Manager, Business Optimization
Zurich Research Laboratory, Zurich, Switzerland


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Dr. Ulrich Schimpel is the manager of the Business Optimization group at IBM Research, Zurich. His team focuses on Industry Solutions in the areas of highly networked business environments that face strong variability throughout their value chain, esp. supply chains, smartGrids (energy), and (public) transportation. He holds a degree in Information Systems (Dipl. Wi-Inf.) from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, and received a PhD from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany.

The first time Ulrich Schimpel joined IBM Research, Zurich was in 2001, working on new approaches to optimize safety stock levels using neural networks. After 4 years he returned to the IBM Zurich Lab focusing on applying queuing networks to supply chain management and pursuing his PhD research in collaboration with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in the area of optimizing multi-supplier replenishment processes applied to the supply chain of a large car manufacturer. Besides the academic work he was active in consulting, R&D, and rollout of IBM Dynamic Inventory Optimization Solution (DIOS), for which he also provided 3rd-level support.

Ulrich Schimpel became a Research Staff Member in 2008. He served as the project manager for IBM Multi-Echelon Simulation and Optimization (MESO) as well as for IBM Advanced Cross-Inventory Optimizer (AXIO), the successor of IBM DIOS, for which he performed R&D, consulting, and 3rd-level support. He has won various awards and recognitions, including an IBM Outstanding Innovation Award and an IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Award.

Ulrich Schimpel has been the Research Relationship Manager (RRM) for Retail and a member of the Patent Review Board at IBM Research, Zurich for several years. Moreover, he has served as a supervisor to several Master's and undergraduate students.