Is Data Science a game changer for Operations Research?




                           With Alexander Rinnooy Kan and

                   other speakers from industry and academia

The Operations Research in the Netherlands is worldwide considered to be of high quality, both with respect to research and real-life applications. People in the international Operations Research community are often surprised that such a small country as the Netherlands has so many Operations Research consultancy companies and practitioners. Moreover, the number of Franz Edelman award finalists and winners in the Netherlands is astonishing.

On the other hand, it seems that the Dutch Operations Research community (both in academia and industry) is not eager to embrace Data Science as a valuable addition to Operations Research. Industry, however, seems to look more and more for Data Scientists who are broader educated than Operations Researchers. This observation triggers several questions. Should current Operations Research practitioners get better acquainted with the developments in Data Science and expand their skill set? Should Data Science courses be included in educational programs, such as our MSc and PhD programs? What are the scientific and practical challenges when Operations Research is combined with Data Science? Is it time to step out of our comfort zone?

Join the seminar and learn from experts all about the impact of Data Science on Operation Research!


  • Emile Aarts (rector magnificus, Tilburg University)
  • Dimitris Bertsimas (Professor OR/Statistics, MIT)
  • Merwin de Jongh (Founder & CTO, Building Blocks)
  • Gertjan de Lange (SVP, AIMMS)
  • Patrick Hennen (COO at ORTEC Data Science)
  • Han Hoogeveen (Utrecht University)
  • Aziz Mohammadi (Dir. Advanced Analytics, VodafoneZiggo)
  • Seppo Pieterse (Fellow and Founder of Quintiq)
  • Alexander Rinnooy Kan (UvA, Big Data Alliance)
  • Arjen Vestjens (Managing Partner, CQM)
  • Bernard Vroom (OR Group Manager, Air France-KLM)

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