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I am Associate Professor of Transport Optimization at the School of Business and Economics, department of Operations Analytics. I joined the department of Operations Analytics as an Assistant Professor in 2014. In 2012, I received my PhD in Operations Research from the School of Industrial Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). I have a Master degree in Industrial Engineering and Bachelor degree in Mathematics and Physics. Prior to joining VU Amsterdam, I was postdoctoral researcher at TU/e from 2012 to 2014.


My research focuses on modeling and solving real-life problems arising in transportation. In particular, I am interested in developing exact methods for variant transportation problems inspired from practice. I also have several years of experience as a consultant and algorithms expert. My research results have been successfully implemented and tested in several projects with industry, and published in leading academic journals: Transportation Science, European Journal of Operational Research, Computers and Operations Research and the International Journal of Production Economics.


Project: Sensing Logistics (SensLog), Amount: €600.000 (2018-2021)

Innovative sensors enable capturing large amounts of data about freight flows and are more and more applied in practice. To reap the benefits of sensory data, the project will particularly focus on three topics: to develop models and decision support tools for sensor placement and sensor repositioning strategies, generate predictive models for logistics operations; to improve logistics performance; and finally to develop suitable offline and online algorithms to reschedule/re-route logistics operations.


Project: Sensors for Sustainable Logistics, Amount: €100.000 (2021-2022)

Innovative sensors enable capturing large amounts of data about freight flows and are more and more applied in practice. The project particularly focuses on:

  • Use sensory data to better estimate temperature changes during transport operations
  • Incorporate insights from sensory data in deterministic models and algorithms for integrated sustainable decision-making on consolidating products into trucks, designing distribution routes and on operating the cooling equipment for fresh products.
  • Exploring sensory data to define data-driven stochastic/robust models to support dynamic decision making
  • Decide on the vehicle fleet mixt for sustainable and cost-efficient transport plans
  • Evaluate the benefits of the data-driven stochastic/robust decision models using real-life data



I am the course coordinator of the following subjects:

  • Business Processes
  • Logistics Analysis

Ancillary activities

  • Eyefreight BV | Bunnik | Algorithms Expert | 2014-10-01 - present

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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


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