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

On Friday 18 December 2020, G.J. Polinder will defend his PhD dissertation, entitled: ‘New Models and Applications for Railway Timetabling’.
Promotor
Prof.dr. D. Huisman
Co-promotor
Dr. M.E. Schmidt
Start date

Friday 18 Dec 2020, 09:30

End date

Friday 18 Dec 2020, 11:00

Space
Senate Hall
Building
Erasmus Building
Location
Campus Woudestein
Spoken Language
English

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.