Experienced Researchers

Experienced Researchers participating in this program include:

Anita Schöbel (Georg-August University Goettingen, project coordinator and site leader)
Anita Schöbel is full professor for mathematics. Her research area is mathematical optimization with a strong focus on applications. She has extensive experiences within research projects with various companies. In 2007 she received the Klaproth-Preis and in 2008 the Stiftungspreis der Universität Göttingen for raising public awareness.
Within the project she will share the experience from her various industry projects, provide case studies to optimization problems, offer numerical procedures and databases for experimenting with real-world data and provide skills on robustness issues and traffic planning.

Jutta Geldermann (Georg-August University Goettingen)
Jutta Geldermann is full professor for business administration. Her research area is production and logistics, with a focus on resource efficiency and application of operations research. She has extensive experiences within research projects funded by industry, ministries, European Union, or Environmental Agencies.
Within the project she will provide case studies from resource efficiency in production and logistics and provide skills on multi-criteria decision support.

Gert Lube (Georg-August University Goettingen)
Gert Lube is professor for Applied Mathematics. He works at numerical methods for partial differential equations, in particular at singularly perturbed problems including incompressible flow problems with high Reynolds numbers. He worked on various projects in cooperation with physicists and engineers, in particular at Deutsche Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR). Within OptALI he will give courses on continuous optimization and optimization with partial differential equations. Applications include transport processes and flow problems.

Stephan Westphal (Georg-August University Goettingen)
Stephan Westphal is a junior professor at the university of Goettingen.
He wrote his dissertation on online routing and scheduling and also works at approximation algorithms and mechanism design with applications e.g. in telecommunication. He was leader of several industrial projects, showing his major interest in applying mathematics in industry and logistics.

Marie Schmidt (Georg-August University Goettingen)
Marie Schmidt is a postdoc at the university of Goettingen. She wrote her dissertation on the integration of passenger routing into public transportation problems and also works on robust and online optimization. Before obtaining her PhD in 2012, Marie has been seconded as an early-stage researcher to Auckland for three months in 2011.

Juliane Manitz (Georg-August University Goettingen)
Juliane Manitz finishes her PhD in April 2014 at the Department for Statistics at the University of Göttingen. She writes her dissertation about the inference of propagation processes on networks. She applies her methods to problems in foodborne disease epidemiology, genetic epidemiology and public transportation.

Jochen Schulz (Georg-August University Goettingen)
Jochen Schulz is a postdoc and system administrator at the institute for numerical and applied mathematics. His interests lies in scientific computing and technical tools to solve mathematical problems. His role in OptAli is to support researchers and students solving highly demanding optimization problems. This includes the software LinTim for traffic planning.

Horst W. Hamacher (Technical University Kaiserslautern, site leader)
Horst W. Hamacheris a full professor for mathematical optimization and mathematics in education. He is the head of the German Operations Research Society (GOR) and was the inaugural Julius-von-Haast Fellow by the Ministry of Research, Science and Technology, New Zealand. Horst W. Hamacher is one of the leading scientists in location planning and network optimization.
His role in the project will be to give lectures on applied optimization problems, in particular in health care and location planning and to coordinate industry contacts of exchanged researchers visiting UNIKL.

Sven O. Krumke (Technical University Kaiserslautern)
Sven O. Krumke is a full professor for mathematical optimization. He was awarded a Zuse-Fellowship by the Zuse Institute Berlin. He was a coordinator of the European DONET (“Discrete Optimization: Theory and Applications”) and of the DFG-Priority Programme (“Online-Optimization of Large Scale Systems”) and vice-coordinator of the Research Programme “Mathematics and Practice” at the University of Kaiserslautern. The main research interests of Sven O. Krumke are online optimization and approximation algorithms.
He will give lectures on online optimization and integer programming in practice and contribute his experience in building up international exchange programmes.

Stefan Ruzika (Technical University Kaiserslautern)
Stefan Ruzika is a junior professor for mathematical optimization and application. Stefan Ruzika is a Fulbright Fellow and Outstanding Master Student of Clemson University and received the dissertation award of the University of Kaiserslautern. His research includes multicriteria and network optimization as well as integer programming.
With his experience in interdisciplinary and applied research projects, he will foster the linkage between research institutions included in this proposal. He will research applications of multicriteria optimization.

Marc Goerigk (Technical University Kaiserslautern)
Marc Goerigk is a postdoc at the University of Kaiserslautern. His research includes evacuation planning, robust optimization and traffic optimization. He has been seconded as an early-stage researcher to Auckland and Christchurch for three months in 2012, and completed his PhD the same year.

Clemens Thielen (Technical University Kaiserslautern)
Clemens Thielen is a junior professor for mathematical optimization with applications in algorithmic game theory at the University of Kaiserslautern.
He wrote his dissertation on approximation and complexity aspects in algorithmic mechanism design. The research of Clemens Thielen also includes approximation algorithms, scheduling problems, network flows, and online optimization.
Moreover, he is part of several interdisciplinary and applied research projects.

Sabine Büttner (Technical University Kaiserslautern)
Sabine Büttner received her PhD from the University of Kaiserslautern and has a PostDoc position in Kaiserslautern since 2014. During her PhD, she mainly focused on studying problems in the field of Online Optimization and Delay Management and Routing Problems. She also considered Robust Optimization Problems and continued that when starting to work on Evacuation Problems lately.
She visited the University of Auckland for two months in 2014 as an unexperienced researcher.

Jesper Larsen (Technical University of Denmark, site leader)
Jesper Larsen (site leader) is professor of Operations Research. His main areas of research are routing and scheduling problems, typically originating in manpower planning problems. Furthermore he has focused on robust planning and disruption management. He has been working together with airlines and railway companies. In addition hereto his theoretical interests are on the use of the structure of the constraint matrix in order to achieve fast and efficient solutions. Within OptALI he will contribute case studies on integer programming applied to transportation problems.

David Pisinger (Technical University of Denmark)
David Pisinger is professor of Operations Research. He is active within many fields of OR, but his main focus is on cutting, packing and routing. He is overing theoretical topics as well as applications, often in collaboration with companies. In OptALI he will contribute with lectures on the application of cutting, packing and routing models in applications and the dissemination of his experience of industrial collaboration.

Thomas Stidsen (Technical University of Denmark)
Thomas Stidsen is associate professor of Operations Research. His main area of research is telecommunication. In addition Thomas has a strong interest in modelling of integer programming problems and more theoretically the application of decomposition methods. Thomas’ role will be to share his experience in applications of optimization in telecommunication. He will present seminars on decomposition methods during his exchange.

Berit Dangaard Brouer (Technical Univeristy of Denmark)
Berit is a Postdoctoral Fellow at DTU Management Engineering on the project “Competitive Liner Shipping Network Design”. Her research concerns network design with a particular focus on liner shipping network design making cost effective transportation networks for containerized goods considering important real life aspects such as level of service. There are some similarities between the topology of public transportation network and liner shipping networks to which end Berit contributes to and profits from OptAli by discussing models and solution methods for network design problems.

Richard Lusby (Technical University of Denmark)
Richard Lusby is assistant professor of Operations Research. His main areas of research are industrial applications of column generation and set packing based formulations. He is currently part of the strategic research program working on robustness and disruption mangement for an integrated rail infrastructure. He has also worked with airlines and healthcare.

Mette Gamst (Technical University of Denmark)
Mette Gamst is assistant professor of Operations Research. Her main areas of research are integrated flow and scheduling problems. She also takes a strong interest in generic solution methods for integer programs including improvement of decomposition methods. Mette contributes to OptALI with sharing knowledge on decomposition methods and will present seminars on decomposition of flow and scheduling problems with practical applications.

Line Blander Reinhardt (Technical University of Denmark)
Line is Postdoc in Operations Research on the Enerplan project in coorporation with Mærsk and the EWTC II project which is done in coorporation with Blekinge Institutet of Technology, the Danish Transport Authority and the Region of Blekinge (Sweden). Her main areas of research are routing and scheduling problems. She takes a strong interest in in routing problems originating from real life situations. Line profits from and contributes to OptALI by sharing knowledge on methods and problems through participation in discussion sessions and presentations at seminars.

Matthias Ehrgott (University of Auckland)
Matthias Ehrgott is a full professor of Operations Research. His main research interests are in multiobjective optimization and applications in medicine and transportation. He won the Wiley prize for best applied paper in Multicriteria Decision Analysis in 2002. He has been an invited speaker at international conferences (OR Bremen 2005, MOPGP Conference Nantes 2006, IEEE Symposium Honolulu 2007).
His role in the project will be to transfer his knowledge in the multicriteria optimization, especially its role in real world applications to the partner institutions through courses and seminars. He will advise postgraduate students at partner institutions in joint research projects.

David Ryan (University of Auckland)
David Ryan is the Professor of Operations Research at the University of Auckland. His research interests are mathematical programming and optimization theory and their application in scheduling and timetabling. He is well known for his work in airline operations research and was a finalist in the INFORMS Edelman award competition in 2000. He is a fellow of INFORMS and the inaugural winner of the Hans Daellenbach award of the Operational Research Society of New Zealand.
Within OptALI David will lecture on scheduling and rostering problems using set partitioning models and efficient algorithms at the European sites. He will facilitate contacts with industry in New Zealand.

Andrew Mason (University of Auckland, site leader)
Andrew Mason is an Associate Professor in Operations Research at the University of Auckland. His research focus is on using optimization and heuristic solution methods (and combinations of these) to solve practical problems, including those in personnel scheduling, rostering and network models. He uses column generation and simulation techniques in his work on ambulance services optimization. He is a winner of the 2001 Euro Award for Excellence in Practice for work on supply chain optimization in the pulp mill industry and was, until 2014, the President of the Operations Research Society of New Zealand. He is the developer of the free OpenSolver and SolverStudio tools for optimisation in Excel. In OptALI he will share his expertise on the combination of simulation and optimisation in practical applications.

Andrea Raith (University of Auckland, site leader)
Andrea Raith is a lecturer in Operations Research. Her research focuses on multicriteria methods in transport. She combines combinatorial optimization and variational inequalities in new approaches to classic transport planning problems.
Her role will be to participate in teaching and supervision of graduate students at the European partner institutions.

Rupert C. Storey (University of Auckland)
Rupert is a Research Associate in fluid dynamics. His research areas of expertise are computational modelling, focusing on the high-resolution simulation of wind turbine arrays. His work aims to facilitate the development of optimal control strategies for wind turbines to increase turbine performance and reduce fatigue loading.

Oliver Sinnen (University of Auckland)
Oliver Sinnen is a senior lecture in Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research is dedicated to the domain of parallel computing. In that domain he is regularly faced with difficult optimisation problems, mainly scheduling problems, where program tasks need to be ordered and allocated to processing units. He investigates accurate modelling of the problems and different solution techniques ranging from non-guaranteed heuristics to optimal solvers based on Integer Linear Programming and exhaustive searches like A*.

John Raffensperger (University of Canterbury)
John Raffensperger is senior lecturer in Management. He is researching a range of real-world applications of optimization. His range of methods includes linear programming, decomposition algorithms, auctions, and graph theory problems. His current main focus is the application of optimization to problems of the environment, especially water quantity and quality. He has studied a variety of problems including scheduling, military readiness, cutting stock, fishery management, and nutrition, having published extensively.
Within OptALI, Dr Raffensperger will contribute expertise in optimization methods applied to water resources and lectures on auctions. He will also be involved in co-supervision of PhD students.

Kenneth Kuhn (University of Canterbury)
Kenneth Kuhn is a lecturer in Civil Engineering whose research and teaching focus on the applications of mathematical optimization in transportation engineering. He is the newsletter editor for the Operations Research Society of New Zealand, and a member of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences. He previously spent two months working at the German
Aerospace Center (DLR) in Braunschweig, Germany and has published work done with DLR colleagues.
His role will be to participate in teaching and supervision of graduate students at the European partner institutions as well as contributing his expertise in transportation planning.

Mark Milke (University of Canterbury, site leader)
Mark Milke is associate professor in Environmental Engineering. He conducts research in solid waste management and systems engineering. He has conducted optimisation research on: project selection (with the New Zealand Department of Conservation), permeable reactive barriers, and water markets (with John Raffensperger). His interests on this exchange programme relate to the links between optimisation and other systems engineering tools – uncertainty analysis, cost estimation, decision theory, system behaviour, and parameter estimation. His role would be as associate supervisor for graduate students.
In OptALI he will participate in the joint supervision of PhD candidates and contribute expertise in linking optimisation applications with systems engineering tolls.

Venkateswarlu Pulakanam (University of Canterbury)
Venkateswarlu Pulakanam is a senior lecturer in Management. He has over thirty years of academic and industry experience. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the College of Business and Economics at University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. Prior to moving to New Zealand, he was an academic staff at University of Stirling, Scotland and National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai, India. His teaching and research interests include quality, operations and project management. Venkateswarlu Pulakanam was MBA Director for three years at University of Canterbury and has worked in industry as Process Improvement Manager and as a management consultant. He is a Senior Member of American Society for Quality (ASQ) and an ASQ certified Six Sigma Black Belt. His role will be to contribute his expertise in project management and to facilitate contacts with industry in New Zealand.

Tadao Takaoka (University of Canterbury) is Professor of Computer Science at University of Canterbury. He has been teaching and doing research mainly in Theoretical Computer Science, including formal semantics and design and analysis of algorithms. His algorithm research includes shortest path algorithms, maximum subarray algorithms and k-center algorithms. In OptALI, his shortest path algorithms will hopefully be used as parts of transportation systems. Also he is interested in collaboration with partner universities in research and supervising post-graduate students.

Jeanette McLeod (University of Canterbury) is a Lecturer in mathematics. Her area of research is graph theory; specifically, the Graph Reconstruction Conjecture and variations of this problem involving digraphs and coloured graphs; phylogenetic trees and the underlying mathematical structure of treespace and how this impacts computational searches for the optimal tree; and developing graph theoretic metrics within phylogenetic based interaction models in order to better predict the behaviour of ecological networks.

Matthias Galster (University of Canterbury)
Matthias Galster is a lecturer in Software Engineering in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering. His main research is about studying and improving the way we develop high quality software, including productive teams, processes and practices. His focus is on software requirements engineering and software architecture.

Chin-Long Lee (University of Canterbury) is a lecturer in Structural Engineering. He conducts research in nonlinear structural analysis and computational mechanics. He has conducted optimisation research on: finite element development based on variational principles, material plasticity based on the principle of maximum plastic dissipation. His interests on this exchange programme relate to the links between optimisation and structural engineering: structural system identification (parameter estimation), structural shape/configuration optimisation. In OptALI he will contribute expertise in linking optimisation applications with nonlinear structural analysis.