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Markus Leitner is an Associate Professor at the Department of Operations Analytics at the School of Business and Economics, VU Amsterdam.

Markus Leitner received his PhD (Dr. techn.) in Computer Science from the Vienna University of Technology in 2010 and his habilitation (venia docendi) in Operations Research from the University of Vienna in 2016. Before joining VU Amsterdam, he was employed as a fixed term Assistant Professor (University Assistant) at the University of Vienna. Prior to that he was a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at Vienna University of Technology, University of Vienna and Université libre de Bruxelles. He was also a visiting researcher at the Interuniversity Research Centre on Enterprise Networks, Logistics and Transportation (CIRRELT) in Montreal, Canada.

Markus is an Associate Editor of the INFORMS Journal on Computing (Area: Nework Optimization), Omega (Area: Production Management, Scheduling and Logistics), and Networks. He currently serves as a Member of Council of the INFORMS Section on Telecommunication and Network Analytics and is regularly involved in program committes of scientific conferences such as, e.g., INOC 2022, ISCO 2022, EURO 2019, INOC 2019, or the TSL Workshop 2019.



Markus main research interests include combinatorial optimization and operations research (exact and heuristic techniques). He develops and applies methods based on mixed integer programming to solve challenging problems arising in network design, transportation, logistics, social network analysis, or telecommunication. His research outcomes have been published in major international journals such as Mathematical Programming, Mathematics of Operations Research, Transportation Science, or Transportation Research B.


Markus has taught a variety of courses for bachelor, master, and PhD students such as Mathematical Programming, Operations Research II, Decision Support, Linear, Nonlinear, and Integer Optimization, Optimization under Uncertainty, Advanced Optimization, Game Theory, Supply Chain Management in Emerging Economies, Graph Algorithms and Network Flows, or (Introduction to) Business Mathematics. 

He is currently responsible for the courses Decision Making in Supply Chains (MSc in Transport & Supply Chain Management), Integer Linear programming (Research master program in Business Data Science), and Decomposition Methods (Research master in Business Data Science). He is also the program director of the master program in Transport & Supply Chain Management. 

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Academic qualification

Habilitation (Operations Research), University of Vienna

PhD (Computer Science), Vienna University of Technology

Basic Teaching Qualification, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Ius Promovendi, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

User created Keywords

  • Operations Research
  • Mathematical Programming
  • Management Science
  • Network optimization
  • Logistics
  • Transportation
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Social Network Analysis


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