dr. P.L. (Pieter ) Van den Berg

Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Member ERIM
Field: Logistics & Information Systems
Affiliated since 2016

Pieter van den Berg is an assistant professor of transportation and logistics at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. His research focuses on the application of Operations Research to the logistics of emergency service providers and public transportation. His work has been published in leading journals in the field of Operations Research such as Transportation Science, European Journal of Operations Research and Interfaces, as well as medically oriented journals such as Injury Prevention and BMC Emergency Medicine. He obtained his MSc in Econometrics and Operations Research from VU University Amsterdam and his PhD in Applied Mathematics from the Delft University of Technology.


  • Academic (14)
    • Abdelwahed, A., Berg, P., Brandt, T., Collins, J., & Ketter, W. (2020). Evaluating and Optimizing Opportunity Fast-Charging Schedules in Transit Battery Electric Bus Networks. Transportation Science, 54(6), 1601-1615. https://doi.org/10.1287/trsc.2020.0982

    • Van Den Berg, P. L., Fiskerstrand, P., Aardal, K., Einerkjær, J., Thoresen, T., & Røislien, J. (2019). Improving ambulance coverage in a mixed urban-rural region in Norway using mathematical modeling. PLoS ONE, 14(4), [e0215385]. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0215385

    • Berg, P., & van Essen, JT. (2019). Scheduling non-urgent patient transportation while maximizing emergency coverage. Transportation Science, 53(2), 319-622. https://doi.org/10.1287/trsc.2018.0823

    • Van Den Berg, P. L., & Theresia Van Essen, J. (2019). Comparison of static ambulance location models. International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management, 32(3-4), 292-321. https://doi.org/10.1504/IJLSM.2019.098321

    • van den Boomen, M., van den Berg, P. L., & Wolfert, A. R. M. (2018). A dynamic programming approach for economic optimisation of lifetime-extending maintenance, renovation, and replacement of public infrastructure assets under differential inflation. Structure and Infrastructure Engineering, 15(2), 193-205. https://doi.org/10.1080/15732479.2018.1504803

    • Roislien, J., Berg, P., Lindner, T., Zakariassen, E., Uleberg, O., Aardal, K., & van Essen, JT. (2018). Comparing population and incident data for optimal air ambulance base locations in Norway. Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine, 26(42). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13049-018-0511-4

    • Garner, AA., & Berg, P. (2017). Locating helicopter emergency medical service bases to optimise population coverage versus average response time. BMC Emerging Medicine, 17(31). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12873-017-0142-5

    • Berg, P., Legemaate, GAG., & van der Mei, RD. (2017). Increasing the Responsiveness of Firefighter Services by Relocating Bases in Amsterdam. Interfaces, 47(4), 352-361. https://doi.org/10.1287/inte.2017.0897

    • Reuter-Opperman, M., Berg, P., & Vile, JL. (2017). Logistics for Emergency Medical Service systems. Health Systems, 6(3), 187-208. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41306-017-0023-x

    • Jagtenberg, CJ., Berg, P., & van der Mei, RD. (2016). Benchmarking online dispatch algorithms for Emergency Medical Services. European Journal of Operational Research, 258(2), 715-725. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejor.2016.08.061

    • Roislien, J., Berg, P., Lindner, T., Zakariassen, E., Aardal, K., & van Essen, JT. (2016). Exploring optimal air ambulance base locations in Norway using advanced mathematical modelling. Injury Prevention, 23(1), 10-15. https://doi.org/10.1136/injuryprev-2016-041973

    • Berg, P., Kommer, GJ., & Zuzáková, B. (2016). Linear formulation for the Maximum Expected Coverage Location Model with fractional coverage. Operations Research for Health Care, 8, 33-41. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.orhc.2015.08.001

    • Aardal, K., Berg, P., Gijswijt, D., & Li, S. (2015). Approximation algorithms for hard capacitated k-facility location problems. European Journal of Operational Research, 242, 358-368. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejor.2014.10.011

    • Berg, P., & Aardal, K. (2015). Time-dependent MEXCLP with start-up and relocation cost. European Journal of Operational Research, 242, 383-389. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejor.2014.10.013

  • Academic (2)
    • Abdelwahed, A., van den Berg, P. L., & Brandt, T. (2019). Enabling sustainable public transport in smart cities through real-time decision support. In 40th International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2019 [2682] Association for Information Systems. 40th International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2019 http://hdl.handle.net/1765/123230

    • Berg, P., van Essen, JT., & Harderwijk, EJ. (2016). Comparison of static ambulance location models. In 2016 3rd International Conference on Logistics Operations Management (GOL) (pp. 1) http://hdl.handle.net/1765/99786

  • Professional (3)
    • Berg, P. (2020). Een boost voor verduurzaming: elektrificatie van het busvervoer in de regio Rotterdam. In STAtOR http://hdl.handle.net/1765/130782

    • Berg, P., Legemaate, G., & van der Mei, RD. (2016). Boosting the Responsiveness of Firefighter Services with Mathematical Programming. In ERCIM news 105 (Vol. 105)

    • Aardal, K., van Barneveld, TC., Berg, P., Bhulai, S., van Buuren, M., van Essen, JT., Jagtenberg, CJ., Kommer, GJ., Legemaate, G., & van der Mei, RD. (2015). Van reactieve naar proactieve planning van ambulancediensten. In Nieuw Archief voor de Wiskunde 3

  • External (1)
    • Berg, P. (2016). Logistics of emergency response vehicles: facility location, routing, and shift scheduling. Delft University of Technology. http://hdl.handle.net/1765/93460

  • Role: Daily Supervisor
  • PhD Candidate: Ayman Abdelwahed
  • Time frame: 2017 -
  • Role: Daily Supervisor
  • PhD Candidate: Negin Jamili
  • Time frame: 2018 -

As part of a large European project on sustainable ports, we offer a PhD position in smart and sustainable transport within ports. With the increasing awareness of climate change, industries are under more and more pressure to reduce their carbon footprint. One sector that contributes significantly to CO2 emission are international ports. In this project, we study ways to reduce the carbon footprint of one of the largest ports in the world. To do this, we study the implementation of electric, and potentially autonomous, transportation modes within the port. We will particularly focus on two modes of transport: 1) autonomous and electric barges for inter-terminal transportation, 2) green connected trucks. In two separate work packages, we study the challenges in the implementation of these green alternatives. In the third part of the research, we develop a simulation model combined with optimization that can determine the optimal use of the different modes of transportation.

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