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prof. dr. K.J. Roodbergen

Professor of Quantitative Logistics

Kees Jan Roodbergen is professor of Quantitative Logistics at the University of Groningen, and Director of the Center for Operational Excellence (University of Groningen). He holds a MSc degree in Econometrics & Operations Research from the University of Groningen and a PhD degree from Erasmus University Rotterdam. He has been a visiting researcher at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA and Université Laval, Canada.

His research interests include e -commerce Logistics, Warehouse optimization, Vehicle Routing, Traveling Salesman Problem, and Inventory Management. He has applied various techniques from the field of Operations Research in practical studies. His methods for warehouse optimisation have been implemented in a number of Warehouse Management Systems.

Roodbergen serves on the Scientific Advisory Council of the World Food Logistics Organization, which represents companies specialised in handling cooled and frozen food products. Until 2013 he served as member for international affairs on the College-Industry Council on Material Handling Education in the USA. This council is affiliated with the Material Handling Industry of America and facilitates the information interchange between industry and academia. He was a jury member for the "Thuiswinkel/PostNL Dynamic Delivery Award" and other practice awards in e-commerce.

He has published his work in various academic journals, including Operations Research, IIE Transactions, and Interfaces. For his research, he has regularly received external funding. This includes funding for the projects "Towards virtual ports in a physical internet" (NWO, 2015), "Improving Transport and Accessibility through new Communication Technologies" (Interreg IVB, 2013), "Cargo Hitching" (Dinalog, 2012), and "Cross-chain order fulfilment coordination for internet sales" (Dinalog, 2010). In these projects he served either as main applicant or as co-applicant.

2011 - present Professor of Quantitative Logistics at University of Groningen
Side positions
2012 - present Director of the Center for Operational Excellence (University of Groningen)
2016 - present Member of the editorial advisory board for the professional magazines Business Logistics and Value Chain Management
2015 - present Member of "Klankbordgroep Cross Chain Collaboration Centers" (TKI Dinalog)
2015 - present Teacher Masterclass E-commerce logistics (Logistiek Academy & Nyenrode Business University).
2008 - present Member of the "Scientific Advisory Council" of the World Food Logistics Organization (USA).
Previous positions
2013 Visiting professor at Université Laval, Quebec, Canada (3 months, research visit).
2008 - 2011 Associate professor at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University
2007 Visiting professor at Virginia Tech, department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (May - October)
2001 - 2013 Visiting professor at BEM - Management School Bordeaux, France.
2001 - 2008 Assistant professor at RSM Erasmus University
2000 - 2001 Instructor at RSM Erasmus University
1999 Visiting scholar at Georgia Tech, School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (October - December)
1996 - 2000 Ph.D. candidate at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Previous side positions
2013 - 2014 Member of the jury for the award " / PostNL Dynamic Delivery Award"
2011 - 2013 Member of the jury for the award "Webshop with the Best Logistics Operation"
2010 - 2013 Member of the College-Industry Council on Material Handling Education (USA).
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