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Dennis Huisman

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Below, from left to right: Tom Spencer, myself, Leo Kroon and Graham Rand.
Tom and Graham were our coaches during the competition.

Personal Data

Full name: Dennis Huisman
Titles: prof. dr.
Affiliation: Econometric Institute, Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Position: Endowed Professor Public Transport Optimization (2 days per week)
Address: P.O. Box 1738, 3000 DR Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Room: H11-12
Phone: (+31) 10 - 40 81523
Fax: (+31) 10 - 40 89162

I also have a part-time position as Expertise Manager Logistic Processes at Netherlands Railways, department Process quality & Innovation (3 days per week).



In the academic year 2016-2017, I teach the courses Mathematical Programming and Seminar Logistic Case Studies. Furthermore, I will teach the logistic case in the bachelor course Basiswerkcollege Econometrie & Besliskunde.

During the academic years 2007-2008 and 2008-2009, I have taught the courses Quantitative methods for Logistics. In earlier years (2003-2004, 2004-2005, and 2006-2007), this course was known as Quantitative methods for location, distibution and transportation. During the academic year 2001-2002, I have taught the course Logistieke modellen 1 (Logistics models; first part about facility location and vehicle routing).

Furthermore, I have taught the following case studies in the course Logistic Case Studies (or Werkcollege Bedrijfseconometrie - Logistiek):

Finally, I have (co-)supervised the following students (at Erasmus University*) writing their master's thesis:

* I supervised several students at other universities when they did their internship at NS, and many bachelor theses.



Current research projects

Currently, the focus of my research is on public transport optimization, in particular railway applications. Examples are crew rescheduling, crew rostering and rolling stock management.

During the last years, I spent most time on developing an algorithm for crew re-scheduling. The problem deals with the re-scheduling the duties of train drivers and conductors in case of adjusted timetables and rolling stock plans. These changes are mainly caused by construction works on the railway infrastructure. After successful initial results of a prototype of the algorithm, the algorithm has been implemented in the software package CREWS - developed by the Portugese software company SISCOG - and used by NS.

Together with Daniel Potthoff, I worked on crew re-scheduling during disruptions. This research is the topic of the PhD dissertation of Daniel, who graduated on October 21, 2010. The title of his dissertation is Railway Crew Rescheduling: Novel Approaches and Extensions.

Together with Twan Dollevoet, I worked on delay management and dispatching problems in the railway world. Twan defended his PhD thesis on January 10, 2013. The title of his dissertation is Delay Management and Dispatching in Railways.

Erwin Abbink graduated on different aspects of crew management. Erwin defended his thesis on October 24, 2014. The title of his dissertation is Crew Management in Passenger Rail Transport.

Finished research projects


I defended my thesis "Integrated and Dynamic Vehicle and Crew Scheduling" on Friday February 20, 2004.

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An electronic version of my thesis can be found here. With the thesis, I was a finalist in the "2004 Transporation Science and Logistics Section Dissertation Prize Competition" of INFORMS. My promotors were Albert Wagelmans and Rommert Dekker. Until he passed away on January 29, 2002, I was also supervised by Richard Freling.

Richard Freling and I also developed a system for the integrated Vehicle and Crew Scheduling Problem.

Nederlandse Spoorwegen (Dutch Railways). This project, Rintel, deals with shunting passenger train units in a railway station. Before I was involved, Richard Freling did a lot of work in this project.
Based on this project, we have written an article entitled "Shunting of Passenger Train Units in a Railway Station" which has been published in Transportation Science (see publications). Moreover, Ramon Lentink and myself, won the first prize in the student research paper contest on Management Science in Railroad Applications with this paper in 2002. This competition was sponsored by RASIG (Rail Applications Special Interest Group; section of INFORMS) and Railway Age. The presentation of prizes happened during the INFORMS Annual Meeting in San Jose, California, USA on November 18, 2002. Click here for pictures of the ceremony.

Follow the link for my publications.

Management and Memberships

I am one of the founders of the Erasmus Center for Optimization in Public Transport (ECOPT), where we study planning problems that arise in public transport and develop solution methods for these problems and software to support the planning processes.

Furthermore, I am a member of INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences).

Since March 22, 2005, I am a member of ERIM (Erasmus Research Institute of Management).