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Paying Someone for Not Using a Resource is a Bad Idea

When organizations are putting significant effort in innovations and pilot projects and as scientists we have our doubts about the theoretical foundations of the new approach, I strongly believe it is our obligation to warn those organizations. Of course this is particularly the case if these are governmental organizations that …

International Conference on the Integration of Constraint Programming, Artificial Intelligence, and Operations Research in Delft

I’m co-chairing the 15th International Conference on the Integration of Constraint Programming, Artificial Intelligence, and Operations Research (CPAIOR) with Willem-Jan van Hoeve. It will be will be held in Delft, The Netherlands, June 26-29, and co-located with the 28th International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS). We have just sent out …

Scientific advisor at Dutch Railways (NS)

Last week I started at the Dutch Railways in Bob Huisman’s group on Maintenance Research and Development as a scientific advisor, for one day a week. My aim is to support and further increase the exchange of knowledge and experience between Dutch Railways and Delft University of Technology. I aim …

Solving Road Congestion Problems with Algorithms?

State-of-the-art in-car navigation systems contribute to preventing road congestion, because avoiding traffic jams helps dissolving it. Currently, the more advanced systems already are using both historic travel times as well as recently observed travel times to estimate future travel times for road segments, and base their route navigation advice upon …

Funding awarded for project with Eindhoven in program Big Data: real time ICT for logistics

Geert-Jan van Houtum, Onno Boxma, Uzay Kaymak, Alp Akcay, Rik Eshuis, Willem van Jaarsveld, Stella Kapodistria, and Yingqan Zhang from Eindhoven University and Sicco Verwer and me from Delft have been awarded a grant for our research proposal on Real-time data-driven maintenance logistics with support from Philips, Fokker, and Nederlandse Spoorwegen. Sicco and I will work with a …

Learning by Teaching

Our master’s level course on Economics and Computation is given in the form of a seminar, using the principle of “learning by teaching“. We are quite happy with the current setup, so here I’d like to share some of the details. The objectives of the course are first, that students can recognize situations …