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D. (Dennis) Huisman

"The fun is in developing new methods but also applying them"

Associate Professor

Dennis Huisman
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Logistics & Information Systems
ERIM Membership:
Member ERIM, affiliated since 2005

Dennis Huisman is a part-time associate professor of Logistics and Management Science at the Econometric Institute, Erasmus School of Economics (ESE).

Professor Huisman's current research focuses on Operations Research models and techniques that can support the planning and operations of a railway operator in relation to complex logistical issues.

He combines his role at ESE with that of expertise manager logistic processes at the Netherlands Railways. He was a member of Netherlands Railways team that won the Franz Edelman Award, also known as the Super Bowl of Operations Research, in 2008.

Professor Huisman is a co-founder and director of the Erasmus Center for Optimization in Public Transport. He is co-chair of the conference OR2013 (International Conference on Operations Research) in Rotterdam.

He obtained his PhD from Erasmus University Rotterdam in 2004. His PhD thesis dealt with integrated and dynamic vehicle and crew scheduling.

Publications (30)
  • Book contributions (5)
    • Kroon, L.G. & Huisman, D. (2011). Algorithmic Support for Railway Disruption Management. In J.A.E.E. van Nunen, P. Huijbregts & P. Rietveld (Eds.), Transitions Towards Sustainable Mobility (pp. 193-210). Heidelberg: Springer.
    • Jespersen-Groth, J., Potthoff, D., Clausen, J., Huisman, D., Kroon, L.G., Maroti, G. & Nielsen, M.N. (2009). Disruption Management in Passenger Railway Transportation. In R.K. Ahuja, R.H. Moehring & C. Zaroliagis (Eds.), Robust and Online Large-Scale Optimization (5868) (pp. 399-421). Berlin: Springer.
    • Groot, S.W. de & Huisman, D. (2008). Vehicle and Crew Scheduling: Solving Large Real-World Instances with an Integrated Approach. In M. Hickman, P. Mirchandani & S. Voß (Eds.), Computer-aided Systems in Public Transport (Lecture Notes in Economics and Mathematical Systems, 600) (pp. 43-56). Berlin: Springer.
    • Huisman, D., Jans, R., Peeters, M. & Wagelmans, A.P.M. (2005). Combining Column Generation and Lagrangian Relaxation. In G. Desaulniers, J. Desrosiers & M.M. Solomon (Eds.), Column Generation (GERAD 25th Anniversary Series) (pp. 247-270). New York: Springer.
    • Freling, R., Huisman, D. & Wagelmans, A.P.M. (2001). Applying an integrated approach to vehicle and crew scheduling in practice. In S. Voss & J.R. Daduna (Eds.), Computer-aided scheduling of public transport (pp. 73-90). Berlin: Springer.
  • Doctoral thesis
    • Huisman, D. (2004, Februari 20). Integrated and dynamic vehicle and crew scheduling. Erasmus University Rotterdam (163 pag.) (Amsterdam: Thela Thesis - Academic Publishing Services). Prom./coprom.: A.P.M. Wagelmans & R. Dekker.
Recognitions (2)
  • Side position (1)
    Name organisation Netherlands Railways (Nederlandse Spoorwegen, NS)
    Role Consultant
    Start date 01-01-2004

  • ERIM Awards (1)
    Name ERIM Impact Award
    Year 2008

PhD Projects (3)

Railway Timetabling during Disruptions

Ilse Louwerse
PhD Candidate: Ilse Louwerse Role: Daily Supervisor Timeframe: 2011 -

Delay Management and Dispatching in Railways

Twan Dollevoet
PhD Candidate: Twan Dollevoet Role: Co-supervisor Defended: 10 January 2013 Full text: Download this thesis

Railway Crew Rescheduling: Novel Approaches and Extensions

Daniel Potthoff
PhD Candidate: Daniel Potthoff Role: Co-supervisor Defended: 21 October 2010 Full text: Download this thesis
Events (3)
Sep 3, 2013 OR 2013 Conference - the International Conference on Operations Research
  Conference |

Apr 4, 2008 The New Dutch Timetable: The OR Revolution
  ERIM Research Seminar | Logistics

Mar 23, 2007 Crew Scheduling: from Planning towards Operations
  ERIM Research Seminar | Logistics

Visiting address
Office: H11-12
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 PA, Rotterdam
Postal address
Postbus 1738
3000 DR, Rotterdam

Latest publication

Louwerse, I. & Huisman, D. (2014). Adjusting a Railway Timetable in Case of Partial or Complete Blockades. (EI reprint reeks EI-1616). Rotterdam: Econometric Institute.

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PhD Defence: Delay Management and Dispatching in Railways

Passenger satisfaction has become an important performance indicator for passenger railway operators. In his PhD dissertation, Twan Dollevoet develops models and solution methods to compute wait-depart decisions with the aim of minimising…