Prof.dr.ir. A. (Alexander) Verbraeck

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Prof.dr.ir. A. (Alexander) Verbraeck (MSc in applied mathematics 1987 (cum laude); PhD in logistics 1991), is a full professor at Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, Multi Actor Systems Department. His research focuses on modeling and simulation, especially in heavily distributed environments and using real-time data. Examples of research on these types of simulations are real-time decision making, interactive gaming using simulations, and the use of 3D virtual and augmented reality environments in simulations.  The major application domain for research is logistics and transportation. In addition Alexander has a position as adjunct professor at the R.H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, USA. Here, he applies the modeling and simulation research for studying real-time supply chains. . His applied research in simulation, gaming, and training has been funded by organizations such as Maersk, Shell, KLM, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Port of Rotterdam, the National Forensics Institute, and Dutch Railroads. He presented over 100 refereed papers at conferences, wrote close to 20 book chapters, and published his work in a dozen journals.

  • S. Boyson, Th. Corsi, A. Verbraeck. “The e-supply chain portal: a core business model”. Logistics and Transportation Review Part E, Vol. 39, 2003, pp. 175-192.
  • T.M. Corsi, S. Boyson, A. Verbraeck, S.P.A. van Houten, C. Han, J. MacDonald, “The Real-Time Global Supply Chain Game: New Educational Tool for Developing Supply Chain Management Professionals”. Transportation Journal, 45(3), 2006, pp. 61-73.
  • M.F.W.H.A. Janssen, A. Verbraeck. “Comparing the strengths and weaknesses of Internet-based matching mechanisms for the transport market”. Transportation Research part E – Logistics and Transportation Review. Vol 44, 2008, pp. 475-490.
  • M.Bosch-Rekveldt, Y. Jongkind, H.G. Mooi, H. Bakker, A. Verbraeck. “Grasping project complexity in large engineering projects: The TOE (Technical, Organizational and Environmental) framework”. International Journal of Project Management. Vol 29, No 6, 2011, pp. 728-739
  • D. Çetinkaya, A. Verbraeck, M.D. Seck, " Model Continuity in Discrete Event Simulation". ACM Transactions on Modeling and Computer Simulation 25(3), Article 17, pp. 1-24. DOI: dx.doi.org/10.1145/2699714

More publications

Module manager of:

  • SPM9325 – Simulation Masterclass (Q1)
  • EPA1332 – Discrete Systems Modeling (Q3+4)

Teacher in the following modules: 

  • TB233A – Discrete Modellen
  • SPM4416 – Project Management of Large Engineering Projects
  • SPM4123 – Designing Complex Systems from a Systems Perspective

A small subset of my projects: 

  • SALOMO – Situational Awareness for Logistic Multimodal Operations in container supply chains and networks (2011-2016)
  • Railway Gaming Suite – Simulation and Serious Gaming for Railway Coordination and Operation (2010-2018)
  • IDVV –Simulation and Gaming to Support  Long-term Innovation for Inland Waterways in The Netherlands (2012-2014)
  • Charlie Papa – Serious Gaming for Close Protection (2011-2013)

Alexander Verbraeck

Professor


Department:
Multi-Actor Systems

Group:
Policy Analysis

Secretary
Vera van Bragt


Research interests:
Simulation
Logistics
Transportation
Distributed Systems
Serious Gaming


Additional information

Prof.dr.ir. A. (Alexander) Verbraeck

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Links

GSCG - Global Supply Chain Game
DSOL - Distributed Simulation Object Library (Java-based)
OpenTrafficSim - Open Simulation Library for Traffic and Transport (Java-based)
DJUNITS - Delft Java Units Library
DJUTILS - Delft Java Utilities Library SIM0MQ - Message bus for distributed simulations using 0MQ

Biography

Alexander Verbraeck (MSc in applied mathematics 1987 (cum laude); PhD in logistics 1991), is a full professor at Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, Policy Analysis Department. His research focuses on modeling and simulation, especially in heavily distributed environments and using real-time data. Examples of research on these types of simulations are real-time decision making, interactive gaming using simulations, and the use of 3D virtual and augmented reality environments in simulations for training. The major application domains for research are logistics and transportation, and safety and security. He chairs the Freight Transport and Logistics domain in the interdisciplinary TU Delft Transport Institute, and is a Fellow in the Research School TRAIL for Transport, Infrastructure and Logistics. In addition Alexander has a position as adjunct professor at the R.H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, USA. Here, he applies the modeling and simulation research for studying real-time supply chains.

Expertise

  • Discrete-event simulation
  • Distributed, real-time systems
  • Agent-based simulation and hybrid simulation
  • Systems engineering
  • Serious Gaming
  • Risk Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • (Multimodal) Transportation Systems
  • Simulation and Gaming for Transport and Logistics
  • Simulation and Gaming for Safety and Security

Running Projects

Recent and ongoing projects:

HERoS – Health Emergency Response in Interconnected Systems (2020-2023). The coronavirus outbreak is continuing to spread. The number of infected people and the death toll continues to rise. We work on developing the large-scale simulation models that combine agent-based approaches with discrete-event simulation techniques for speed, by which we can test the policies at different policy levels. (TUD-MAS-BA: simulation toolkit)

MIRRORS – Multiscale integrated Traffic Observatory for large Road Networks (2018-2023). MIRRORS is a 5-year NWO-TTW project with 2 PostDocs and 3 PhD students that will create a modelling infrastructure for large-scale traffic models based on data analytics. (TUD-MAS-PA: co-applicant)

TRANSSONIC – Transport Self Organization through Network Integration and Collaboration (2017-2021). The TransSonic project is a 4-year project in the Complexity in Logistics call of NWO and the Top Institute Logistics in The Netherlands (TKI-Logistics). The project researches the technical and organizational blockers and enablers, and their interaction, for providing integrated seamless multimodal transport services in the Netherlands. (TUD-MAS-PA: project lead)
    
COMPLEXITY IN HI-TECH SUPPLY CHAINS (2017-2021). High-tech systems are produced in a joint effort of some hundred teams of highly specialized engineers employed by the system integrator and hundreds of suppliers. Because of the sheer size and complexity of the supply chain, it is impossible to oversee the entire operation. Led by TU Eindhoven and supported by ASML, Philips, VDL and Hilti, we investigate and prescribe how teams should coordinate deliveries such that responsive, resilient and cost-effective supply chains emerge. (TUD-MAS-PA: co-applicant)

GAMPSISS: GAmeful Music Performances for Smart, Inclusive, and Sustainable Societies (2017-2021). GAMPSISS is an interdisciplinary NOW/SIA research project, led by Codarts, the University of the Arts in Rotterdam. Smart, inclusive, and sustainable societies need public values such as openness and tolerance to be rooted in citizens’ minds and behaviour. We explore how artistic performances that fuse classical music and gaming will contribute to transforming the existing listening culture into one required for smart, inclusive, and sustainable societies to emerge. (TUD-MAS-PA: co-applicant)

T-TRIPP – Tools for Translation of Risk Research into Policies and Practices (2017-2021). The T-TRIPP project, commissioned by NWO and the Ministry of Health, aims to contribute to a better translation between research results to policy and practices, and from policy goals to research goals in the field of modern biotechnology. It thereby aims to integrate societal needs and objectives in the process in order to stimulate the development of safe and responsible industrial biotechnology products. We develop serious games to promote biosafety and biosecurity. (TUD-MAS-PA: co-applicant)

Past projects

Some of the recent past projects:

Smart Sensing (2017-2019). ProRail Innovation wanted to assess the possibilities for automatic recognition and registration of rail cars, as well as their wagon numbers and dangerous cargo signs. The project was one of the technologies that was evaluated for the purpose of increasing the information quality of rolling stock, especially for dangerous cargo. (TUD-MAS-PA: project lead)

i-TRACK – Integrated system for real-time tracking and collective intelligence in civilian humanitarian missions (2016-2019). This 4-year H2020 project aims at developing real-time tracking technologies and decision support solutions for humanitarian aid workers. TU Delft is responsible for two of the eight work packages, focused on setting up realistic scenarios and simulations to stress-test the system, and to evaluate the effectiveness of the iTRACK system. (TUD-MAS-PA: co-applicant).

INDEEP – Innovation Network Design Enabling Excellent Ports (2017-2019). The aim of INDEEP is to determine the preconditions and the mechanisms to innovate effectively and successfully, specifically for the logistics sector with its special properties. We use a number of already awarded Top Sector projects from the SmartPort roadmap 'logistical connectivity' as case studies to generate a toolkit with best practices and lessons learned. (TUD-MAS-PA: co-applicant)

SYNCHRO-GAMING – Simulation and Serious Gaming for Rail Cargo and Synchromodal Transport in the Logistics Chain (2015-2018). The goal of this 4-year NWO / TKI-Logistics project is to identify the (combinations of) measures for improvement of efficiency, reliability, flexibility and sustainability of logistics chains that are most effective, and obtaining support from the parties involved who have to coordinate the measures to implement. Research is carried out into synchromodal planning algorithms, if possible, in real-time, data-driven simulations, and serious games for collaboration and situational awareness with which the measures can be designed and tested. (TUD-MAS-PA: co-applicant)

ProRail Railway Gaming Suite (2010-2019): In a 9-year 2.5 million Euro project, we research innovative gaming and distributed simulation concepts for the Dutch Rail Network Operator ProRail. Several simulation engines for different aspects of the network are linked through HLA (High Level Architecture, IEEE standard 1516), and development takes place through the DSEEP process for distributed simulation. Games are both high-tech and low-tech, and aim at testing new control and management concepts in the organization to help ProRail manage the busiest rail network in Europe. (TUD-MAS-PA: co-applicant)

Bangladesh Transport Network (2016-2017). In a one-year project for the World bank, a study was conducted to improve the resilience of Bangladeshi transportation network to natural hazards by assessing the criticality of links on the multimodal transport network. The project combined graph theoretical analyses of the transport network, discrete-event simulation studies of cargo transport, and exploratory modelling and analysis studies to assess the wide variety of options for the World bank to invest in Bangladesh, given the deep uncertainty characteristics of the problem. (TUD-MAS-PA: project lead)

SALOMO – Situational Awareness for Logistic Multimodal Operations in container supply chains and networks 2011-2016). Modern supply chains become longer and more complex due to increasing globalization, labor offshoring, and growth, which are more vulnerable to disturbances, which resonate throughout the network and make planning more difficult. The project focused on eight innovations to be studied in container terminals in the Port of Rotterdam. (TUD-MAS-PA: project lead)

publications
Publications in Pure
subjects
2005 - Designing Multi-actor Services Systems
2005 - Strategic Management of Large Engineering Projects
2005 - Service Systems Engineering
2005 - Simulation of Logistic Systems
2005 - Simulation Master Class
2005 - Discrete Systems Modelling
2005 - Discrete Models
2005 - Project Discrete Modelling
2006 - Designing Multi-actor Services Systems
2006 - Project Management
2006 - Strategic Management of Large Engineering Projects
2006 - Project Discrete Modelling
2006 - Discrete Systems Modelling
2006 - Simulation of Logistic Systems
2006 - Simulation Master Class
2007 - Discrete Models
2007 - Project Discrete Modelling
2006 - Discrete Models
2006 - Designing Multi-actor Systems
2006 - Service Systems Engineering
2007 - Simulation of Logistic Systems
2007 - Strategic Management of Large Engineering Projects
2007 - Discrete Systems Modelling
2007 - Designing Multi-actor Systems from an Engineering Perspective
2007 - Simulation Master Class
2007 - Designing Multi-actor Systems from an Engineering Perspective
2007 - Introduction to Designing Multi-actor Systems
2007 - Project Management
2008 - Service Systems Engineering
2008 - Simulation of Logistic Systems
2008 - Discrete Models
2008 - Business Systems Analysis Project
2007 - Designing Multi-actor Systems
2007 - Service Systems Engineering
2008 - Discrete Systems Modelling
2008 - Project Management
2008 - Introduction Risk Management
2008 - Project Discrete Modelling
2008 - Designing Multi-actor Systems
2010 - Discrete models
2011 - Project Management
2011 - Project Management
2009 - Discrete Models
2009 - Simulation of Logistic Systems
2009 - Simulation Master Class
2010 - Simulation of Logistic Systems
2010 - Project Management
2010 - Advanced Project Management
2010 - Simulation Master Class
2009 - Introduction to Designing Multi-actor Systems
2009 - Project Management
2009 - Introduction Risk Management
2009 - Advanced Project Management
2010 - Introduction to Designing Multi-actor Systems
2010 - Project Management
2010 - Introduction Risk Management
2012 - Strategic Management of Large Engineering Projects
2014 - Project Management
2015 - MAS Design from engineering perspective
2015 - Designing Multi-actor Systems
2014 - Discrete Systems Modelling
2014 - Project Management
2013 - Simulation Master Class
2014 - Simulation Master Class
2014 - Simulation Master Class
2013 - Discrete Systems Modelling
2012 - Simulation Master Class
2012 - Project Management
2013 - Strategic Management of Large Engineering Projects
2013 - Project Management
2013 - Discrete Modelling
2012 - Advanced Project Management
2014 - Discrete Simulation
2013 - Project Management
2013 - Simulation Master Class
2016 - Discrete Simulation
2015 - Discrete Simulation
2015 - Discrete Systems Modelling
2015 - Project Management
2015 - Simulation Master Class
2015 - Simulation Master Class
2015 - Strategic Management of Large Engineering Projects
2015 - Project Management
2012 - Project Management
2012 - Project Management
2012 - Discrete Modelling
2014 - Strategic Management of Large Engineering Projects
2016 - TIL Research and Design Methods
2016 - Simulation Master Class
2016 - Systems Engineering
2016 - TIL4030-16 E
2016 - TIL4030-16 P
2016 - Simulation Master Class
2017 - TIL Research and Design Methods
2017 - TIL4030-16 E
2017 - TIL4030-16 P
2017 - Simulation Masterclass
2017 - Discrete Simulation
2017 - Discrete Simulation
2017 - Discrete Simulation
2016 - Simulation Masterclass
2016 - Game Design Project
2016 - Simulation Master Class
2017 - Introduction to TPM Modelling
2017 - Introduction to TPM Modelling
2017 - Advanced Discrete Simulation
2017 - Advanced Discrete Simulation
2017 - Advanced Discrete Simulation
2016 - Advanced Discrete Simulation
2017 - Game Design Project
2016 - Introduction to TPM Modelling
2016 - Introduction to TPM Modelling
2016 - Discrete Simulation
2016 - Advanced Discrete Simulation
2018 - TIL Research and Design Methods
2018 - Simulation Masterclass
2018 - Discrete Simulation
2018 - Discrete Simulation
2018 - Discrete Simulation
2018 - Introduction to TPM Modelling
2018 - Introduction to TPM Modelling
2018 - Advanced Discrete Simulation
2018 - Advanced Discrete Simulation
2018 - Advanced Discrete Simulation
2018 - Game Design Project
2015 - Systems Engineering
2016 - Discrete Simulation
2016 - Advanced Discrete Simulation
2020 - Introduction to TPM Modelling
2019 - Introduction to TPM Modelling
2019 - System Dynamics
2020 - Integration Moment
2020 - Integration Moment
2021 - Game Design Project
2018 - Introduction to TPM Modelling
2020 - Simulation Masterclass
2019 - Integration Moment
2019 - Integration Moment
2020 - Discrete Simulation
2020 - Discrete Simulation
2020 - Discrete Simulation
2019 - Game Design Project
2019 - Discrete Simulation
2019 - Discrete Simulation
2019 - Discrete Simulation
2019 - Introduction to TPM Modelling
2019 - Introduction to TPM Modelling
2019 - Introduction to TPM Modelling
2019 - TIL Research and Design Methods
2019 - TIL4030-16 E
2019 - TIL4030-16 P
2019 - Simulation Masterclass
2020 - Game Design Project
2021 - Introduction to TPM Modelling
2021 - Simulation Masterclass
ancillary activities
Wetenschappelijk werknemer bij een andere universiteit of onderzoeksinstituut - Simulation Laboratory, National University of Defense Technology, Changsha, China

2020-11-05 - 2022-11-05

Education

Wetenschappelijk werknemer bij een andere universiteit of onderzoeksinstituut - University of Maryland, R.H. Smith School of Business, Supply Chain Management Lab

2002-01-03 - 2022-11-01