PhD Defence of Thomas Breugem
Thomas Breugem of Erasmus School of Economics defends his PhD thesis on Friday 24 January 2020. Supervisors are Dr Twan Dollevoet and Prof. Dennis Huisman.
In his research Thomas Breugem focuses on railway optimisation, in specific the crew planning (scheduling and rostering) process at Dutch Railways (Nederlandse Spoorwegen, abbreviated NS), while taking all kinds of difficult labour rules into account. According to Breugem, this is a true challenge from a scientific point of view. One of the main reasons is that the planning problems at NS are huge compared to e.g., planning at a typical airline company.
About Thomas Breugem
Before starting his PhD as fellow of the Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM, Thomas Breugem studied Econometrics and Management Science (specialisation Operations Research and Quantitative Logistics) at Erasmus School of Economics. In 2017 he won the first prize in the RAS Student Paper Award contest on analytics and fact-based decision making in railway applications. RAS (Railway Applications Section), a subdivision of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS), granted Breugem with a USD 1,000 cash prize for his paper ‘An Optimisation Framework for Fairness-oriented Crew Rostering’.