Staff

Meet the current members of our OR&S Research Group.

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Mario Vanhoucke

Mario Vanhoucke is a Professor of Business Management and Operations Research at Ghent University (Belgium), Vlerick Business School (Belgium, Russia, China) and UCL School of Management at University College London (UK). He has a PhD in Operations Management from the University of Leuven (Belgium) and a Master's degree in Business Engineering from the University of Leuven (Belgium). He teaches Project Management, Business Statistics, Decision Sciences for Business and Applied Operations Research.

His main research interest lies in the integration of project scheduling, risk management and project control using algorithmic modelling and optimization. He is an advisor for several PhD projects, has published +60 papers in various international publications and is the author of 4 project management books published by Springer, 1 business novel and 4 online books.

Mario Vanhoucke has been the founding member and Director of the EVM Europe Association (2009 - 2017). He also has - in collaboration with the company OR-AS - released a commercial project management software tool ProTrack 3.0 as well as a research PM software engine P2 Engine. One of his online learning tools is available at PM Knowledge Center

Short bio: Full Professor, OR&S member since 2001, PhD at KULeuven (2011, advisor: Erik Demeulemeester)

Broos Maenhout

Broos Maenhout is a Professor of Business Management and Operations Research at Ghent University (Belgium). He has a PhD in Operations Management, a Master's degree in Commercial Engineering and a Master's degree in Operations and Technology Management from Ghent University (Belgium). He teaches Operations Research and gives guest lectures in the course Applied Operations Research.

His main research interest lies in workforce staffing and planning and in the integration of personnel rostering and project scheduling using combinatorial optimization models. He has published several papers on the well-known nurse scheduling problem in international journals and is an active speaker at conferences. He is currently working on a research project focusing on the integration of ward budgeting, shift scheduling, patient scheduling and personnel rostering in the health care sector.

Short bio: Assistant Professor, OR&S member since 2003, PhD at UGent (2007, advisor: Mario Vanhoucke)

José Coelho

José Coelho is a Professor of Operations Research and Management Science at Universidade Aberta (Lisbon, Portugal) and INESC Technology and Science (INESC TEC, Porto, Portugal) and has collaborations with Mario Vanhoucke that date back to 2001. They have created a network generator RanGen 2 and have solved various resource-constrained project scheduling problems using the integration of a metaheuritic search and a Boolean satisfiability problem solver.

Short bio: Professor, OR&S member since 2001, PhD at University of Lisbon (advisor: Luis Valadares Tavares)

Annelies Martens

Annelies Martens is a research assistant at the Operations Management group of the faculty of Economics and Business Administration at Ghent University (Belgium). She obtained a Master's degree in Business Engineering at UGent and has joined the OR&S group in 2014. She has obtained her PhD in 2018 entitled "Buffer management methods for project control" and works now as a postdoctoral researcher in our team.

Her research interest lies in the optimization and the integration of risk management and project control.

Short bio: Researcher, OR&S member since 2014, Obtained here PhD at UGent in 2018 (advisor: Mario Vanhoucke), currently PostDoc

Tom Servranckx

Tom Servranckx is a research assistant at the Operations Management group of the faculty of Economics and Business Administration at Ghent University (Belgium). He obtained a Master's degree in Business Engineering at UGent and has joined the OR&S group in 2015. 

His research interest lies in the optimization of project baseline schedules, and the integration with project control.

Short bio: Researcher, OR&S member since 2015, Obtained here PhD at UGent in 2020 (advisor: Mario Vanhoucke), currently thinking about next steps.

Rob Van Eynde

Rob Van Eynde is a research assistant at the Operations Management group of the faculty of Economics and Business Administration at Ghent University (Belgium). He obtained a Master's degree in Business Engineering at UGent and has joined the OR&S group in 2017. 
 
His research interest lies in the optimization of project baseline schedules, and the integration with risk analysis and project control.
 
 
Short bio: Researcher, OR&S member since 2017, Working on a PhD at UGent (advisor: Mario Vanhoucke)
 

Jakob Snauwaert

Jakob Snauwaert is a research assistant at the Operations Management group of the faculty of Economics and Business Administration at Ghent University (Belgium). He obtained a Master's degree in Business Engineering at UGent and has joined the OR&S group in 2017. 
 
His research interest lies in the optimization of project baseline schedules, and the integration with risk analysis and project control.
 
Short bio: Researcher, OR&S member since 2017, Working on a PhD at UGent (advisor: Mario Vanhoucke)
 

Weikang Guo

Weikang GUO is a research assistant at the Operations Management group of the faculty of Economics and Business Administration at Ghent University (Belgium). She obtained a Master's degree in Software Engineering at Chongqing University(P. R. China) and has joined the OR&S group in 2017. Her research interest lies in the optimization of project baseline schedules, and the integration with risk analysis and project control.
 
Short bio: Researcher, OR&S member since 2017, Working on a PhD at UGent (advisor: Mario Vanhoucke)
 

Izel Unsal

İzel Ünsal is a research assistant at the Operations Management group of the faculty of Economics and Business Administration at Ghent University (Belgium). She obtained a Master's degree in Building Science/Construction Management in METU (Turkey) and has joined the OR&S group in 2017. Her research interest lies in the optimization of project baseline schedules, schedule simulations and project control in construction projects.
 
Short bio: Researcher, OR&S member since 2017, Working on a PhD at UGent (advisor: Mario Vanhoucke)
 

Jingyu Luo

Jingyu Luo is a research assistant at the Operations Management group of the faculty of Economics and Business Administration at Ghent University (Belgium). He obtained a Master's degree in Systems Engineering at Shenyang Jianzhu University and has joined the OR&S group in 2017. His research interest lies in the optimization of project earned value under Resource/Capital constraint, and some other uncertain circumstances.
 
Short bio: Researcher, OR&S member since 2017, Working on a PhD at UGent (advisor: Mario Vanhoucke)
 

Jie Song

Jie Song is a research assistant at the Operations Management group of the faculty of Economics and Business Administration at Ghent University (Belgium). She obtained a Master's degree in Western Economics at Northwestern Polytechnical University and has joined the OR&S group in 2017.
 
Short bio: Researcher, OR&S member since 2017, Working on a PhD at UGent (advisor: Mario Vanhoucke)
 

Xin Guan

Xin Guan is a research assistant at the Operations Management group of the faculty of Economics and Business Administration at Ghent University (Belgium). She obtained a Master's degree in Management Science and Engineering at Northeastern University (P. R. China) in 2014 and has joined the OR&S group in 2018. Her research interest lies in decision models on project risk response.

Short bio: Researcher, OR&S member since 2018, Working on a Joint PhD at UGent (advisor: Mario Vanhoucke)

Dries Bredael

Dries Bredael is a research assistant at the Operations Management group of the faculty of Economics and Business Administration at Ghent University (Belgium). He obtained a Master's degree in Business Engineering at UGent and has joined the OR&S group in 2019. 
 
His research interest lies in the optimization of project baseline schedules, and the integration with risk analysis and project control.
 
Short bio: Researcher, OR&S member since 2019, Working on a PhD at UGent (advisor: Mario Vanhoucke)

Rojin Nekoueian

Rojin Nekoueian is a research assistant at the Operations Management group of the faculty of Economics and Business Administration at Ghent University (Belgium). She obtained a Master's degree in Industrial Engineering at Amirkabir University of Technology (Iran) and has joined the OR&S group in 2020. 
 
Her research interest lies in the optimization of project baseline schedules, and the integration with risk analysis and project control.
 
Short bio: Researcher, OR&S member since 2020, Working on a PhD at UGent (advisor: Mario Vanhoucke)

Forough Vaseghi

Forough Vaseghi is a research assistant at the Operations Management group of the faculty of Economics and Business Administration at Ghent University (Belgium). She obtained a Master's degree in Reservoir Engineering at Amirkabir University of Technology (Iran) and has joined the OR&S group in 2020. 
 
Her research interest lies in the optimization of project baseline schedules, and the integration with risk analysis and project control.
 
Short bio: Researcher, OR&S member since 2020, Working on a PhD at UGent (advisor: Mario Vanhoucke)

PhD graduations:

Jeroen Burgelman 

PhD title: Scheduling and evaluating multiple execution alternatives in project planning

Short bio: Researcher, OR&S member between 2014 and 2020, PhD at UGent (advisor: Mario Vanhoucke)

Tom Servranckx

PhD title: Flexible network structures for resource-constrained project scheduling

Short bio: Researcher, OR&S member since 2015, PhD at UGent (advisor: Mario Vanhoucke)

Mick Van den Eeckhout

PhD title: The impact of project and personnel scheduling flexibility on the staffing budget

Short bio: Researcher, OR&S member between 2015 and 2019, PhD at UGent (advisor: Broos Maenhout. Co-advisor: Mario Vanhoucke)

Annelies Martens

PhD title: Buffer management methods for project control

Short bio: Researcher, OR&S member since 2014 (currently PostDoc), PhD at UGent (2018, advisor: Mario Vanhoucke)

Pieter Leyman

PhD title: Heuristic algorithms for payment models in project scheduling

Short bio: Researcher, OR&S member between 2012 and 2016, PhD at UGent (2016, advisor: Mario Vanhoucke)

Louis-Philippe Kerkhove

PhD title: Improving decision making for incentivised and weather-sensitive projects

Short bio: Researcher, OR&S member between 2012 and 2016, PhD at UGent (2016, advisor: Mario Vanhoucke)

Jordy Batselier

PhD title: Empirical evaluation of existing and novel approaches for project forecasting and control

Short bio: Researcher, OR&S member between 2012 and 2018, PhD at UGent (2016, advisor: Mario Vanhoucke)

Mathieu Wauters

PhD title: Time/cost optimization and forecasting in project scheduling and control

Short bio: Researcher, OR&S member between 2010 and 2015, PhD at UGent (2015, advisor: Mario Vanhoucke)

Jeroen Colin

PhD title: Single and multi-variate methods for statistical project control using earned value management.

Short bio: OR&S member between 2009 and 2015, PhD at UGent (2015, advisor: Mario Vanhoucke)

Veronique Sels

PhD title: Hybrid (meta-)heuristic optimization for single machine, parallel machine and job shop scheduling problems.

Short bio: OR&S member between 2007 and 2011, PhD at UGent (2011, advisor: Mario Vanhoucke)

Vincent Van Peteghem

PhD title: Meta-heuristic procedures for the multi-mode project scheduling problem.

Short bio: OR&S member between 2005 and 2011, PhD at UGent (2010, advisor: Mario Vanhoucke)

Broos Maenhout

PhD title: Exact and meta-heuristic algorithms for nurse shift scheduling problems

Short bio: OR&S member from 2003, PhD at UGent (2007, advisor: Mario Vanhoucke)

Dieter Debels

PhD title: Exact and heuristic optimisation for various resource-constrained project scheduling problems.

Short bio: OR&S member between 2002 and 2006, PhD at UGent (2006, advisor: Mario Vanhoucke)