Operations Research

Operations Research

We support decision making by using advanced methods. We work cross-disciplinary and turn complex challenges into opportunities by turning data into insight.

Today we have more data available than at any other point in history. In the Operations Research Section, we use data to support decision making by using advanced methods.

We support decision making by building mathematical models of the studied system. Mathematical tools like linear and integer programming, heuristics and simulation enable important decisions to be made quantitatively. Models and methods, however, often become complex when designed to accurately reflect the size and structure of real-life problems. Intractable models are often encountered. Hence, the development of new solution methods is an important activity.

The Operations Research Section has a holistic approach to Operations Research by covering all phases of an Operations Research project: From problem analysis, to model building and the development of new solutions methods to, finally, interpreting the obtained results.

The section is actively engaged in a wide set of application areas like financial engineering, manpower planning, sustainable transportation planning, health care operations and energy systems planning. In the section, we have established strong research traditions in public transport. Within maritime logistics, the section is recognized as internationally leading.

In addition to specific application areas, the section also has a focus on generic tools and methods spanning the application areas and look into the use of e.g. machine learning to strengthen the optimization methods that are part of the Operations Research toolbox.

The section regularly publishes in high-ranking journals such as Computers & Operations Research, Transportation Science, European Journal on Operational Research and Transportation Research, Part B. Several members of the section are associate editors of reputable Operations Research journals and they are frequently members of scientific/organizing committees for conferences.

If you are interested in a partnership or opportunities to collaborate with us, contact our Head of Section here.