The location routing problem (LRP) unites two important challenges in the design of distribution systems. On the one hand, the delivery of goods to customers needs to be planned as effectively as possible, and on the other hand, the location
The University of Antwerp Operations Research Group (ANT/OR) is hiring a full-time PhD researcher in the field of Operations and Supply Chain Management. The ideal candidate has a master’s degree in civil/business engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, or other related field
The University of Antwerp Operations Research Group (ANT/OR) is hiring at least two full-time researchers on the topic of “optimization methods for on-demand planning of public buses”. Both pre-doctoral and post-doctoral researchers can apply. These vacancies are part of a
On 21 February 2018, Kenneth Sörensen gave a plenary lecture at the ROADEF 2018 Conference in Lorient, France. You can watch the entire lecture here.
Bicycle Sharing Since the turn of the millennium, an explosion of Bicycle Sharing Systems (BSSs) has been observed in cities throughout the world (see Figure 1). These initiatives allow individuals to rent a bike from an automated rental station, use it
At the latest conference of the German OR Society in Hamburg (www.or2016.de), I gave a semi-plenary talk on the history of metaheuristics. This talk is the live-version of a chapter that will soon appear in the Handbook of Heuristics (Springer). This
The number of people affected by natural disasters or displaced by conflict, persecution, violence or human rights violations has been steadily increasing, doubling in a decade and reaching 82 million in 2015. At least 440 000 people lost their lives in only
The coalition versus individual partners. Looking for efficiency in a horizontal logistic co-operation.
Over the last decades, the transportation sector has put an enormous effort into improving the efficiency of its operations. Algorithms developed in the Operations Research community for operational transportation planning problems, most notably vehicle routing problems, have contributed considerably in
Complex problems are entangled with our everyday life, usually without us noticing. We rely on fast-speed internet, where each package traverses several routers around the globe. We use transportation systems and rely on train and airport providers to reliably schedule
Optimization and horizontal collaboration The freight transportation sector accounts for a major percentage of the global economy. According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, the transportation of goods and services contributed 1156 billion dollars to the US economy