Mathijs de Weerdt
I am an Associate Professor on Multi-Party Optimization and group chair of the Algorithmics Group of the TU Delft, Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EWI), Department of Software and Computer Technology.
I am working on algorithms and mechanisms for optimization problems that involve multiple parties. This includes (dynamic) mechanism design with algorithms for planning and scheduling (under uncertainty). For example, moving towards sustainable energy, the production costs of electricity become dependent upon the weather. Users planning electricity-consuming activities have individual objectives that are different from those of electricity generators and network operators. As a society we are interested in a pricing scheme for electricity with an equilibrium for electricity consumption and production that optimizes the social welfare. The design of such a mechanism is an example of mechanism design in a dynamic setting involving planning and scheduling of activities.
In my research, I contribute to two important practical problem domains: that of energy, realized by a strong cooperation in the context of Smart Grids with the department of Electrical Sustainable Energy, and that of transportation, building upon the considerable expertise and contacts in our research group.
Mathijs de Weerdt is an associate professor at the Delft University of Technology. Mathijs's PhD thesis has been completed in 2003, and he received the prestigious VENI grant from NWO to support his research into coordinated planning from 2005 to 2008. Mathijs is (co-)promotor of in total 12 PhD students of which 6 have completed their PhD thesis.
Honors, grants as main applicant, and awards
- 2019. RVO Urban Energy: Flex-DC
- 2018 ICT.Open poster prize
- 2016 Erasmus Energy Forum Science Award
- 2016 NWO-URSES+: Future-proof Charging
- 2016 NWO ESI-pose: Flexibility in Industry
- 2015 Best teacher award in Computer Science (Delft)
- 2014 NWO-URSES: Gaming beyond the copper plate
- 2011 Honorable mention ICAPS best paper
- 2009 Basic-NGI: Dynamic contracting in infrastructures
- 2004 NWO/STW-VENI national personal grant
- 1998 Master's cum laude
- Chair of the ICAPS conference 2018
- Co-chair of conference on CPAIOR 2018
- Organizing Committee (scholarship chair) of the International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS) in 2014
- PC member of the AAMAS conference 2008-now (SPC in 2009,2010,2012,2016-)
- PC member of the ICAPS conference 2010-now
- PC member of the IJCAI conference 2009-now
- PC member of the AAAI conference 2016-now
- PC member of the ACM EC conference 2012-now
- PC member of the BNAIC conference 2006-now
- PC member of several workshops, mainly at AAMAS and ICAPS.
- Organizer of the multiagent planning workshop (at AAMAS'07 and ICAPS'08)
- Tutor for the EASSS summer school 2005-2008,2014 (see the EASSS'14 website for slides and Extra Material on Dynamic and Online Mechanism Design).
- Research fellow of both the Research School for Transport, Infrastructures, and Logistics (TRAIL)
- Research fellow of the School for Information and Knowledge Systems (SIKS)
- Board member of the Dutch Association for Theoretical Computer Science (NVTI)
Former Projects and PhD Students
- Supervisor of HE Lei, a PhD student shared with National University of Defense Technology to coordinate and schedule multiple agile autonomous satellites in a constellation (two years in Delft on a CSC scholarship 2017-2019)
- Project leader of the NWO URSES+ Future-Proof Flexible Charging project involving one post-doc position (German Morales, later Natalia Romero) and a programmer (Koos van der Linden) (2017-2019)
- Project leader and promotor of Rens Philipsen in the NWO USES GCP project (tbd)
- Project leader and promotor of Joris Scharpff in the NGI project on Dynamic Contracting in Infrastructures (tbd)
- Co-promotor of Mengxiao Wu and Jasper Hoogland from CWI, group on Intelligent Autonomous Systems (tbd)
- Project leader and promotor of Frits de Nijs in the project on Dynamic Capacity Control and Balancing in the Medium Voltage Grid with Alliander (defence April 2019)
- Co-promotor of Jaume Jordan at Universitat Politècnica de València (defence August 2017)
- Co-promotor of Gleb Polevoy in the SHINE project (defence 2016)
- Co-promotor of Leon Planken on Temporal Planning (defence 2013)
- Co-promotor of Tamas Mahr (defence 2011)
- Co-promotor of Sicco Verwer on Learning of Timed Automata (defence 2010)
Project without PhD students: Routing of electrical vehicles
I did a study when visiting Southampton for about 10 weeks. Among other things, this resulted in a journal publication on routing and en-route charging of electrical vehicles. See this fun video on Minimising Queues at Electric Vehicle Charging Stations produced by Sebastian Stein about our research. We also published our dataset.
In 2017 (April-May) I was a visiting scholar at Duke University with Vincent Conitzer.
Below are all publications by Mathijs de Weerdt listed in the TU Delft repository (Pure). Most are also included in the DBLP here. The website with publications of Mathijs de Weerdt at Google Scholar additionally contains an up-to-date citation count and h-index.
- Advanced Algorithms (responsible teacher)
- Algorithms for Intelligent Decision Making (CS4210-A) (co-teacher)
- Algorithms for Intelligent Decision Making Project (CS4210-B) (co-teacher)
- Coordinator of (pilot with) the Bachelor Research Project
- Mathijs has been supervisor of 30+ master's students thesis projects.
- He teaches Algorithm Design to Teachers in Secondary Education, Inf4All, my lecture on Greedy and Dynamic Programming algorithms on YouTube (in Dutch), and the related slides of this third meeting
- He contributed to the design of the 2018 CS Bachelor curriculum
Mathijs de Weerdt was elected teacher of the year of Computer Science Delft in 2015.
Talks and tutorials
- AI for a responsible power system (February 2019)