Algorithmics

Welcome to the Algorithmics group, a section of the Department of Software Technology of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science at Delft University of Technology.

In the Algorithmics group, we aim to design, and understand fundamental properties of, planning and coordination algorithms for intelligent decision making in real world applications, such as for coordinating electrical loads within network constraints, or logistic processes on a shunting yard or container terminal. Apart from dealing with the inherent scalability challenge in such combinatorial domains, we work on two main research objectives. First, we aim to understand how to build predictive models from data that facilitate effective planning and scheduling algorithms dealing with uncertainty, for example to find robust solutions. Our second research objective is to understand how to effectively incorporate behaviour and preferences of stakeholders in the decision-making process.

To realize these objectives we focus on the following research topics:

  • Model-based reinforcement learning: How to deal with uncertainty in planning?
  • Multi-party optimization: How to account for preferences and possibly strategic behaviour in multi‚Äźactor planning?
  • Constraint reasoning: How to support individual and group scheduling decisions?
  • Meta-heuristics: What are effective general heuristic methods to support decisions taking into account different preferences?

We aim to apply these techniques in sectors such as logistics and transportation, energy, and maintenance. To realise these applications we pay attention to handling large amounts of available data as well as to the development of advanced algorithmic toolboxes based on generic methods and techniques.

Job openings

  • Neil Yorke-Smith has one opening for a PhD position in the Brains for Buildings project. Deadline is 31 March 2021.
  • Mathijs de Weerdt and Matthijs Spaan have two openings for PhD positions in the AI4B.io project: one on smart plant scheduling with Dr. De Weerdt and one on reinforcement learning for a self-driving lab with Dr. Spaan. Deadline is 15 March 2021.
  • Our group holds a number of openings for MSc projects for TU Delft students.
  • If you're among the best students in your class (CS/AI/Maths) and interested in obtaining your PhD by contributing to our mission (see above), please send an email to the professor you'd like to be your promotor indicating your topic/direction of interest.

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28 maart 2018

Neil Yorke-Smith gave an invited talk at the STEP Conference 2018

Neil Yorke-Smith gave an invited talk at the STEP Conference 2018 on Citizenship in the Age of AI (news post at DDFV).

28 maart 2018

Simon Mountakis defended his PhD thesis

Simon Mountakis defended his PhD thesis.

19 maart 2018

Mathijs de Weerdt won the best poster award at ICT.OPEN 2018

Mathijs de Weerdt won the best poster award at ICT.OPEN 2018 with his work on Intention-Aware Routing for Electric Vehicles.

09 augustus 2017

PhD student Erwin Walraven released a software toolbox

PhD student Erwin Walraven released a software toolbox containing accelerated algorithms for solving Partially Observable Markov Decision Processes.

17 maart 2017

PhD student Rens Philipsen was interviewed

PhD student Rens Philipsen was interviewed by the energiepodium.nl

08 december 2016

PhD student Gleb Polevoy has become doctor of the week

PhD student Gleb Polevoy has become doctor of the week (defence December 6, 2016)

01 september 2016

We are organizing the International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS) 2018 in Delft

We are organizing the International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS) 2018 and the International Conference on Integration of AI and...

18 mei 2016

Erasmus Energy Forum Science Award 2016

Rens Philipsen, German Morales-Espana, Mathijs de Weerdt, and Laurens de Vries won the Erasmus Energy Forum Science Award 2016 with their paper on Imperfect...

01 maart 2016

Proposal granted for Optimising Flexible Energy Use in Industry for the NWO ESIpose program

Our proposal for Optimising Flexible Energy Use in Industry for the NWO ESIpose program was granted (2 PhD students)

08 juni 2015

Mathijs de Weerdt was been elected as teacher of the year 2015

Mathijs de Weerdt was been elected as teacher of the year 2015 of the Computer Science department at TU Delft.

Delft University of Technology - Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS)

Contact us

Visiting Address
Building 28

Room: 320 East 3rd floor
Van Mourik Broekmanweg 6
2628 XE Delft
The Netherlands

Mailing Address
EEMCS, Algorithmics
P.O. Box 5031, 2600 GA Delft
The Netherlands

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