R.N. (Rolf) van Lieshout MSc

Rolf van Lieshout
Erasmus School of Economics (ESE)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
ERIM PhD Candidate
Field: Logistics & Information Systems
Affiliated since 2017

PhD Track Improving the Resilience of Railway Systems

Railway systems occasionally get into a state of out-of-control, meaning that barely any train is running, even though the required resources (infrastructure, rolling stock and crew) are available. These situations can either be caused by large disruptions or unexpected propagation and accumulation of delays. Because of the large number of affected resources and the absence of detailed, timely and accurate information, currently existing rescheduling methods cannot be applied in out-of-control situations. In this research, we investigate a recently proposed framework aiming at reducing the impact of these situations and - if possible - avoiding them. Specifically, we develop novel mathematical models for adjusting the line plan on the day of operations, investigate self-organizing dispatching techniques for rolling stock and crew, and analyse methods to inform and steer the passengers.

railway disruption management, rolling stock and crew rescheduling, dispatching, self-organizing systems
Time frame
2017 -
Research Seminar
As: Speaker


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