PhD defence G.J. (Gert-Jaap) Polinder


Prof.dr. D. Huisman


Dr. M.E. Schmidt

Friday 18 Dec 2020, 09:30 - 11:00
PhD defence
Spoken Language
Senate Hall
Erasmus Building
Campus Woudestein
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On Friday 18 December 2020, G.J. Polinder will defend his PhD dissertation, entitled: ‘New Models and Applications for Railway Timetabling’.

In this thesis, we developed new models and algorithms to support the design of a railway timetable. In Chapter 3, we proposed a new optimisation approach for strategic timetabling, i.e., to develop a completely new timetable from scratch. This is extended in Chapter 4 and applied to timetabling situations in which infrastructure related restrictions are relevant. In Chapter 5, we proposed an iterative approach to modify bounds of PESP-activities, to allow the existence of a feasible solution to a PESP instance. Finally, in Chapter 6, we proposed a mathematical model that incorporates periodic disturbances in a periodic timetabling model, to compute a delay-resistant timetable. All methods are tested on real-world instances from Netherlands Railways (NS).

Due to corona, the PhD defences do not take place publicly in the usual way in the Senate Hall of the Professor Andries Querido Room. The candidates will defend their dissertation either in a small group or online.

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