Persönlicher Status und Werkzeuge

Prof. Dr. Peter Gritzmann


Geometry II



Contact Details

Business card at TUMonline

Academic Career and Research Areas

Professor Gritzmann (b. 1954) conducts research on discrete mathematics, applied geometry and optimization.  
After studying mathematics (with a minor in economic sciences) at the University of Dortmund, Professor Gritzmann was awarded a doctorate in 1980 at the University of Siegen. He completed his lecturer qualification there in 1984. Prior to his appointment as full professor of applied geometry and discrete mathematics at TUM in 1997, he held professorships and chairs at various universities in Germany and other countries – ultimately the Chair of Discrete Mathematics at the University of Trier. Long-term visiting professorships took him to the University of Washington (Seattle, USA), the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, USA) and Université Paris VII. He was Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs from 2008 until 2011. He is active as a member of numerous committees and associations, in particular as former President of the Association of German Mathematicians and Chair of the Feodor Lynen Selection Committee of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.


  • Karl Max von Bauernfeind Medaille (2000)
  • Max-Planck Forschungspreis (1992)    
  • Feodor-Lynen Forschungsstipendium der Alexander von Humboldt – Stiftung (1986-1987)
  • Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (1974-1978)

Key Publications

Brieden A, Gritzmann P: "On Optimal Weighted Balanced Clusterings:
Gravity Bodies and Power Diagrams". SIAM J. Discrete Math. 2011; 26: S. 415-434.


Gritzmann P, Ritter M, Zuber P: “Optimal wire ordering and wire spacing in low power semiconductor design” Math. Prog. 2010; 121: 201-220.


Brieden A, Gritzmann P, Kannan R, Klee V, Lovász L, Simonovits M: “Deterministic and randomized polynomial-time approximation of radii”. Mathematika. 2001; 48: 63-105.


Gardner R, Gritzmann P: “Discrete tomography: Determination of finite sets by X-rays”. Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 1997; 349: 2271-2295.


Gritzmann P, Sturmfels B: “Minkowski addition of polytopes: Computational complexity and applications to Gröbner bases”, SIAM J. Discrete Math. 1993; 6: 246-269.