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Welcome to our Operations Research group

Oct
01

Four new students join the world of OR.

Today, four new students joined our OR&S group for a period of 4 years to carry out high quality (hopefully :-)) research in Operations Research, with a focus on Project Management and Personnel Planning and the development of integrative tools for both disciplines. The four new students are, in alphabetical order:

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PMI-Belgium award for best thesis in Project Management

Sep
22

PMI-Belgium recognizes the importance of research (again!).

The student Pieter Leyman has received the PMI-Belgium prize for the best thesis on Project Management during the graduation ceremony for the Commercial Engineers (Handelsingenieurs) on 22/09/2012. The thesis was supervised by Prof. dr. Mario Vanhoucke from the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration (www.feb.ugent.be) from the Ghent University.

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ArcelorMittal award for best thesis at Ghent University: Operations Research Rules!

Sep
22

ArcelorMittal award for best thesis at Ghent University.

The student Louis-Philippe Kerkhove has received the ArcelorMittal prize for the best thesis during the graduation ceremony for the Commercial Engineers (Handelsingenieurs) on 22/09/2012. The thesis was supervised by Prof. dr. Mario Vanhoucke from the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration (www.feb.ugent.be) from the Ghent University.

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Flashback: OR-AS in the early days

Sep
16

Flashback: Those were the days...

From RanGen to ProTrack and P2 Engine

Back in the days, somewhere in the beginning of 2000, the Operations Research & Scheduling (OR&S) group was investigating the impact of the network structure of a project on the performance of algorithms to schedule projects within limited resources.

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P2 Engine: First example scripts available online

Aug
29

P2 Engine, our software tool that is used by both students and PhD researchers, has now a new webpage where example files can be downloaded. For those who are familiar with the two Project Management books, the scripts should be able to clarify how we did our experiments during the development of ProTrack and P2 Engine.

The example scripts illustrate to the user...

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OR-AS article: Integrating Risk with EVM

Aug
28

Integrating Risk with Earned Value

OR-AS article in the Measurable News, issue 2 (2012), is available on-line now!

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BBC News: Analytics to support decision making

Aug
18

Analytics must be put centre stage in decision making!

How to move to a fact-based decision-making process?

In a viewpoint on the BBC news on August 16, 2012, Stacy Blanchard (Senior director, talent and organisation, Accenture) expressed the need to have strong analytical skills to support decision making in today's volatile business environment.

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Research meets Practice in Bangkok

Jul
25

International Conference on Applied Operational Research - ICAOR

On Wednesday, July 25, 2012, A presentation has been given at the International Conference on Applied Operational Research (ICAOR) in Bangkok, Thailand. 

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EVM Europe - Mission, theme and support

Jul
12

The board of EVM Europe had a meeting at the campus of University of Twente to discuss practical details, sponsorship agreements, workshop theme and many other things for the upcoming event in November 28-29, 2012. In order to clarify some issues, the mission, conference theme and academic support has been set into the spotlight at the website.

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EURO in Lithuania: 12 points for Belgium!

Jul
10

EUROvisionOR Contest: 12 points for Belgium!

Four of our Operations Researchers from the OR&S group at Ghent University are now in Vilnius, Lithuania for the 25thEuropean Conference on Operational Research

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