Erasmus Center for Optimization in Public Transport (ECOPT)
The mission of ECOPT is to study planning problems that arise in public transport and to develop solution methods for these problems and software to support the planning processes.
The fact that we work in an academic environment guarantees that we are familiar with state-of-the-art techniques, while our contacts with public transport companies ensure that we know about the actual problems that these companies face in practice.
Twan Dollevoet defended his Ph.D.-thesis "Delay Management and Dispatching in Railways" on January 10, 2013. Articles about his research appeared in the Volkskrant, on Radio 1, and on BNR.
On January 11, 2013, ECOPT organizes the workshop "Innovative Approaches in real-time Railway Operations". Click here to see the announcement of this workshop.
Luuk Veelenturf was awarded the second prize in the student research paper contest on analytics and fact-based decision making in railway applications with the paper "A recoverable robust solution approach for real-time railway crew rescheduling". The paper is jointly written with Daniel Potthoff, Dennis Huisman, Leo Kroon, Gábor Maróti, and Albert Wagelmans. The contest was organised by the Railway Application Section of INFORMS. Luuk presented the paper at the annual INFORMS meeting in Phoenix (AZ) on October 14 and was presented the prize druing the business meeting later that day by Juan Morales.
For more information on the contest and the abstract of the winning paper, click here
Several new papars have recently been submitted. Technical reports of these papers can be found in the publications section.
Joris Wagenaar is a new member of ECOPT!
We want to draw your attention to the website www.ComPuTr.eu, that has been launched recently. On the website, you find information on the NWO project "Complexity in Public Transport", in which Evelien van der Hurk and Paul Bouman are involved.