Meet the people behind the Dutch OR Society
Operations Research has many faces. For instance, while an OR practitioner may be trying to apply existing OR techniques to a complex and “dirty“ practical problem, an OR academic may be studying the theorectical aspects of a completely new method. The Dutch OR Society NGB would like to an association where all operation researchers feel at home. To accomplish this it is important that the society stimulates mutual contacts, for instance by making the activities of its members more transparant. Of course, it is also important that the high level at which OR stands in the Netherlands is regulalry brought to the attention of the outside world. Furthermore, I will personally commit myself to to strengthening the ties with the umbrella organizations EURO and IFORS.
With my knowledge and passion for Operations Research and mathematics I’m working as an OR consultant at CQM. By applying a brought range of Data Science techniques I improve our customer’s processes and decision making.
Erik is lecturer at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam.
For several years, I have been applying my Operations Research knowledge to practical problems at ORTEC. This covers a wide range of applications, including staff rostering, vehicle routing and express logistics. At ORTEC we deliver OR both in software products and consultancy studies, where the goal is always to improve the world using our passion for mathematics. Furthermore, we maintain a close relationship with the academic world: personally, I collaborate with academics through conferences, research projects, shared publications and the organization of challenges/competitions.
At the moment, I am a PhD student at CWI, the national research institute for mathematics and computer science. My research is about applying Operations Research techniques to improve the operations of inland container transportation. I like to develop algorithms that are scientific justified, useful in practice and easy to understand. My ambition is to better connect academia and industry, in order to achieve that in industry state-of-the-art methods are used and in academia researchers focus on problems that are faced in practice.
I am an assistant professor at the Netherlands Defence Academy in Den Helder. In my work, I combine theoretical research with working on military applications. I joined the board of the NGB because I like to bring people form practice and science together and because I like to make people enthusiastic about OR and mathematics.