Decision Sciences & Systems
Technical University of Munich

Univ. Prof.
Dr. Martin Bichler

E-Mail: bichler at in.tum.de (S/MIME Certificate, RGB-CA)
Phone: +49 (0) 89 289 - 17500
Fax: +49 (0) 89 289 - 17535
Office: Room 01.10.061
Boltzmannstr 3
85748 Munich, Germany
Hours: by arrangement

Short Bio

Martin Bichler received his MSc degree from the Technical University of Vienna, and his Ph. D. as well as his Habilitation from the Vienna University of Economics and Business. He was working as a research fellow at UC Berkeley, and as research staff member at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, New York. Since 2003 he is full Professor at the Department of Informatics of the Technical University of Munich (TUM), and also a faculty member at the TUM School of Management. He was a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge (2008), at HP Labs Palo Alto (2008), Department of Economics at Yale University (2016), Department of Economics at Stanford University (2017). Martin is responsible for the Master's program in Information Systems at TUM and a faculty and board member of the Bavarian Elite Master program "Finance and Information Management". He is a fellow of the Agora Group on Market Design at the University of New South Wales, Australia. 

Vita and Publications

Research (Details)

Martin has contributed to different areas in computer science, operations research, and information systems. In particular he is interested in market design, optimization and resource allocation for cloud computing providers, econometrics, and data analysis. Martin has published in journals such as INFORMS ISR (6x), Management Science, Production and Operations Management, IEEE Transaction on Cloud Computing, IEEE Transactions on Services Computing, International Journal of Industrial Organization, Experimental Economics (2x), European Journal on Operational Research (5x), IEEE Computer, CACM, Computer Networks, Distributed and Parallel Databases, and SIGMOD Records and is on the editorial board of a number or journals. He received an HP Labs eAward, the IBM Faculty Award, and the INFORMS ISS Design Science Award, and holds several patents. Since 2012 he is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Business and Information Systems Engineering.

In 2014 Martin was ranked 19 overall and 3rd in terms of A+ publications in the 5-year ranking of the Handelsblatt among 2346 scholars in Europe. He was ranked 14 in terms of A+ publications in the lifetime ranking.

Research Transfer

He has been involved in the development of several software packages, which have been or are being used in industry practice. He has also been a consultant to policy makers and industry in different areas in the recent years:

  • Game-theoretical consulting in spectrum auctions in several countries including Austria (2x), Canada (2x), the Czech Republic, and Germany (2x). Academic work has influenced decisions by the US Federal Communications Commission and by the Canadian regulator. He is co-editing the Handbook of Spectrum Auction Design with Cambridge University Press.
  • Design of procurement auctions with industry partners such as Audi, BSH, E.On, Henkel, Lufthansa, Siemens, Telefonica and several others for direct and indirect materials. One of his projects won the Siemens SCM Olympics.
  • Development of algorithms and tools for server consolidation and resource allocation in virtualized data centers with a European IT service provider. Implementation of control algorithms for virtualized data centers of a multi-national Asian IT service provider.
  • Earlier contributions to open-source software projects such as the Prova rule engine or the Permoto performance modeling tool.

Recent Books

Selected Academic Activities


Martin Bichler is responsible for the Master program in Information Systems at TU München. He is also a board member of the ENB MSc Finance and Information Management. For a complete list of all offered courses, see the Teaching page. Martin received the TeachInf Award of the student union of the Department of Informatics five times for different courses.

  • Operations Research (5 ECTS)
  • Business Analytics (5 ECTS)
  • Auction Theory and Market Design (5 ECTS)

Recent Journal Publications

S. Albers, M. Bichler, F. Brandt, P. Gritzmann, and R. Kolisch. Algorithmic Economics und Operations Research. Informatik Spektrum, to appear, 2017. [ link ]

M. Bichler, V. Gretschko, and V. Janssen. Bargaining in spectrum auctions: A review of the German auction in 2015. Telecommunications Policy, to appear, 2017. [ link | pdf ]

M. Bichler, Z. Hao, and G. Adomavicius. Coalition-based pricing in ascending combinatorial auctions. INFORMS Information Systems Research, to appear, 2017. [ link | pdf ]

M. Bichler, A. Heinzl, and W. van der Aalst. Business analytics and data science: Once again? Business and Information Systems Engineering, 58(2), 2017.

F. Diebold and M. Bichler. Matching with indifferences: A comparison of algorithms in the context of course allocation. European Journal of Operational Research, to appear, 2017. [ link | pdf ]

S. Fadaei and M. Bichler. Truthfulness with value-maximizing bidders: On the limits of approximation in combinatorial markets. European Journal of Operational Research, to appear, 2017. [ link | pdf ]

W. van der Aalst, M. Bichler, and A. Heinzl. Open research in business and information systems engineering. Business and Information Systems Engineering, 57(6), 2016.

M. Bichler and J. Goeree. Frontiers in spectrum auction design. International Journal of Industrial Organization, forthcoming, 2016. [ link ]

S. Fadaei and M. Bichler. Generalized assignment problem: Truthful mechanism design without money. Operations Research Letters, to appear, 2016. [ link | pdf ]

K. Guler, M. Bichler, and J. Petrakis. Ascending combinatorial auctions with risk averse bidders. INFORMS Group Decision and Negotiation, 25(3):609–639, May 2016. [ link | pdf ]

A. Heinzl, M. Bichler, and W. van der Aalst. Disciplinary pluralism, flagship conferences, and journal submissions. Business and Information Systems Engineering, 58(4), 2016.

C. Kroemer, M. Bichler, and A. Goetzendorff. (Un)expected bidder behavior in spectrum auctions. INFORMS Group Decision and Negotiation, 25(1):31–63, 2016. [ link | pdf ]

A. Woke, M. Bichler, F. Chirigati, and V. Steeves. Reproducible experiments on dynamic resource allocation in cloud data centers. Information Systems, (1):98–101, 2016. [ link | pdf ]

A. Wolke, M. Bichler, and T. Setzer. Planning vs. dynamic control: Resource allocation in corporate clouds. IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing, 4(3):322–335, 2016. [ link | pdf ]

M. Bichler, K. Guler, and S. Mayer. Split-award procurement auctions: Can Bayesian equilibrium strategies predict human bidding behavior in multi-object auctions? Production and Operations Management, 24(6):1012–1027, June 2015. [ link | pdf ]

M. Bichler, A. Heinzl, and R. Winter. Practice impact of IS research. Business and Information Systems Engineering, 57(2), 2015.

A. Goetzendorff, M. Bichler, B. Day, and P. Shabalin. Compact bid languages and core-pricing in large multi-object auctions. Management Science, 61(7):1684 – 1703, 2015. [ link | pdf ]

A. Heinzl, R. Winter, and M. Bichler. Internationalization of information systems research and teaching. Business and Information Systems Engineering, 57(4), 2015.

R. Winter, M. Bichler, and A. Heinzl. Teaching: The little brother of research. Business and Information Systems Engineering, 57(6), 2015.

A. Woke, B. Tsend-Ayush, C. Pfeiffer, and M. Bichler. More than bin packing: On dynamic resource allocation strategies in cloud computing. Information Systems, 51(C):83–95, 2015. [ link | pdf ]

M. Bichler. Reflections on design science research in information systems. Business and Information Systems Engineering, 56(1):3, 2014.

M. Bichler, J. Goeree, S. Mayer, and P. Shabalin. Spectrum auction design: Simple auctions for complex sales. Telecommunications Policy, 38:613–622, 2014. [ link | pdf ]

M. Bichler, T. Hass, P. Loos, and R. Krishnan. Research areas in business and information systems engineering. Business and Information Systems Engineering, 56(1):2, 2014.

F. Diebold, H. Aziz, M. Bichler, F. Matthes, and A. Schneider. Course allocation via stable matching. Business and Information Systems Engineering, 56(2):111–125, 2014. [ link | pdf ]

M. Bichler, P. Shabalin, and J. Wolf. Do core-selecting combinatorial clock auctions always lead to high efficiency? An experimental analysis of spectrum auction designs. Experimental Economics, 16(4):511–545, 2013. [ link | pdf ]

M. Bichler, P. Shabalin, and G. Ziegler. Efficiency with linear prices? A theoretical and experimental analysis of the combinatorial clock auction. INFORMS Information Systems Research, 24(2):394–417, 2013. [ link | pdf ]

C. Hass, M. Bichler, and K. Guler. Optimization-based decision support for scenario analysis in sourcing markets with economies of scale and scope. Electronic Commerce Research and Applications, 12(3):152–165, 2013. [ link ]

I. Petrakis, G. Ziegler, and M. Bichler. Ascending combinatorial auctions with allocation constraints: Game-theoretical and computational properties of generic pricing rules. INFORMS Information Systems Research, 24(3):768–786, 2013. [ link | pdf ]

I. Petrakis, C. Hass, and M. Bichler. On the impact of real-time information on field service scheduling. Decision Support Systems, 53(2):282–293, 2012. [ link | pdf ]

T. Scheffel, G. Ziegler, and M. Bichler. On the impact of package selection in combinatorial auctions: An experimental study in the context of spectrum auction design. Experimental Economics, 15(4):667–692, 2012. [ link | pdf ]

T. Setzer and M. Bichler. Using matrix approximation for high-dimensional server allocation problems. European Journal on Operational Research, 227(1):62–75, 2012. [ link | pdf ]

M. Bichler and K. Battacharya. It-service-management und it-automation: Methoden und modelle für effizienten it-betrieb (editorial). Business and Information Systems Engineering, 53(1):2, 2011.

M. Bichler, A. Gupta, and W. Ketter. Designing smart markets. INFORMS Information Systems Research, 21(4):688–699, 2011. [ link ]

M. Bichler, S. Schneider, K. Guler, and M. Sayal. Compact bidding languages and supplier selection for markets with economies of scale and scope. European Journal on Operational Research, 214(1):67–77, 2011. [ link | pdf ]

T. Dierkes, M. Bichler, and R. Krishnan. Estimating the effect of word of mouth on churn and cross-buying in the mobile phone market with markov logic networks. Decision Support Systems, 51(3):361–371, 2011. [ link | pdf ]

T. Scheffel, A. Pikovsky, M. Bichler, and K. Guler. An experimental comparison of linear and non-linear price combinatorial auctions. INFORMS Information Systems Research, 22(2):346–368, 2011. [ link | pdf ]

M. Bichler. Combinatorial auctions: Complexity and algorithms. In Wiley Encyclopedia on Operations Research and Management Science. Fall 2010. [ link | pdf ]

O. Hühn, C. Markl, and M. Bichler. On the predictive performance of queueing network models for large-scale distributed transaction processing systems. Information Technology & Management, 2-3:135–149, 2010. [ link | pdf ]

C. Markl, O. Hühn, and M. Bichler. Short-term performance management by priority-based queueing. Service Oriented Computing and Applications, Springer Verlag, 3(1):169–180, 2010. [ link | pdf ]

S. Schneider, P. Shabalin, and M. Bichler. On the robustness of non-linear personalized price combinatorial auctions. European Journal on Operational Research, 206(1):248–259, 2010. [ link | pdf ]

B. Speitkamp and M. Bichler. A mathematical programming approach for server consolidation problems in virtualized data centers. IEEE Transactions on Services Computing, 3(4):266–278, 2010. [ link | pdf ]

Community Service

  • TRACK CHAIR, International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), Seoul, Korea, 2017.
  • SENIOR PROGRAM COMMITTEE MEMBER, ACM Conference on Economics and Computation, Netherlands, 2016.
  • STREAM CHAIR,  International Conference on Operations Research, Aachen, Germany, 2014.
  • TRACK CHAIR, International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), Milan, Italy, 2013.
  • FACULTY MENTOR, Doctoral Consortium, International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), Milan, Italy, 2013.
  • PROGRAM COMMITTEE CHAIR, International Conference on Electronic Commerce (ICEC), Singapore, 2012.
  • CLUSTER CHAIR, for the Auction Cluster of the INFORMS Annual Meeting, Charlotte, NC, USA, 2011.
  • ORGANIZING COMMITTEE, ICSE 2009 Workshop on Cloud Computing, Vancouver, BC, Canada, May 23, 2009.
  • ORGANIZING COMMITTEE, MKWI 2008, Munich, Germany, February 26-28, 2008.
  • PROGRAM COMMITTEE CHAIR, IEEE Conference on Service-Oriented Computing and Applications, Irvine, USA, June 19-20, 2007.
  • TRACK CHAIR, eServices: Applications, Service Management and Technologies, Wirtschaftsinformatik 2007, Karlsruhe, Germany, February 2007.
  • ORGANIZING COMMITTEE, „Service-oriented E-Commerce”, Multikonferenz Wirtschaftsinformatik (MKWI 2006), Passau, Germany, 20.-22.03.2006.
  • GENERAL CHAIR, IEEE Conference on E-Commerce (CEC 2005), Munich, Germany, July 2005.
  • PROGRAM COMMITTEE CHAIR, IEEE Conference on E-Commerce (CEC 2004), San Diego, USA, July 2004.
  • PROGRAM COMMITTEE CHAIR, DEXA E-Commerce and Web Technologies (ecWeb 2004), Zaragoza, Spain, Sept. 2004.
  • ORGANIZING COMMITTEE, „Coordination in Supply Networks" Track, Multikonferenz Wirtschaftsinformatik (MKWI 2004), Duisburg, Germany, 9.-11.03.2004.
  • ORGANIZING COMMITTEE, IEEE Conference on Electronic Commerce (CEC 2003), Newport Beach, CA, USA, June 26-28, 2003.
  • ORGANIZING COMMITTEE, Fourth International Symposium on Multimedia Software Engineering (MSE2004), Miami, FL, USA, Dec. 2004
  • ORGANIZING COMMITTEE/PROGRAM COMMITTEE CHAIR, 4th IEEE International Workshop on Advanced Issues of E-Commerce and Web-based Information Systems (WECWIS 02), Newport Beach, CA, USA, June 26-28, 2002.
  • ORGANIZING COMMITTEE, IBM Research Workshop on Dynamic Pricing in eBusiness, Yorktown Heights, NY, USA, July 16-17, 2001.
  • ORGANIZING COMMITTEE, ECIS 2000, Vienna, Austria, July 3-5, 2000.
  • Workshop CHAIR, CaiSE*00 Workshop on Infrastructures for Dynamic Business-to-Business Service Outsourcing (IDSO’00), June 6, 2000, Stockholm, Sweden.
  • WORKSHOP CHAIR, International Workshop on Component-based Electronic Commerce, Berkeley, California, USA, July 25, 1998.
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