Project scheduling was my first love... and it will be my last!
My work and passion for research on resource-constrained project scheduling dates back from the early 90s when I was following a Project Scheduling course given by Willy Herroelen. From 1996 on, I joined his team as a researcher and met young colleagues, also PhD students, such as Christoph Schwindt and Jürgen Zimmermann at various conferences. We were all passionate about project scheduling, and working hard on our PhD.
There is no doubt that our students Business Engineering with a major in Operations Management excel in topics such as Decision Making, Supply Chain Management, Project Management, and much more. For the few on this planet who don’t know what I am talking about … you can learn about our programme ‘Business Engineering – Operations Management’ and why you should choose for it, by clicking here!
The research on statistical project control is lifting off with a new publication on the use of Support Vector Machine Regression techniques for improving the accuracy of project forecasting. The paper entitled "Support Vector Machine regression for project control forecasting" written by Mathieu Wauters and Mario Vanhoucke has been published in Automation in Construction.
ORASTalks is the app about Project Management and Decision Making for and by students and professionals, and is used during my teaching sessions at universities, business schools and company trainings across the world. Initially, ORASTalks was only available for iOS and Android at its introduction date in 2013, but recently we have put it also available for Windows Phone users.
Recently, a new article has been published in the Journal of Modern Project Management entitled "PMI Belgium's recognition of young PM potential". In this article, the collaboration between Ghent University and PMI Belgium is discussed and an overview of the previous editions of the PMI Belgium University Contest as well as the Master Thesis Awards is given.