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‐actor 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.
- Mathijs de Weerdt has a PhD position together with Karen Aardal on the combination of machine learning and optimization, supporting the energy transition (see also this 2-minute video explanation about the project)
- Our group regularly has several open PhD positions: please check (and monitor) academictransfer.com.
- Our group holds a number of openings and ideas 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.
From start to finish
Video: Research and education opportunities for master students
Research and Education for Master Students
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.
01 november 2014
BNAIC Best Demo Award 2014 for Peter Novák
Peter Novák received the BNAIC Best Demo Award 2014 for his demonstration Enhancing Operational Work in Maritime Safety-and-Security Tasks.
01 juli 2014
Erwin Walraven received the Ngi-NGN Informatie Scriptieprijs 2014
Erwin Walraven received the Ngi-NGN Informatie Scriptieprijs 2014 for his thesis Traffic Flow Optimization using Reinforcement Learning.
20 juni 2014
Honorable Mention for the ICAPS 2014 Outstanding Paper Award
Frits de Nijs and Tomas Klos received an Honorable Mention for the ICAPS 2014 Outstanding Paper Award for their paper A Novel Priority...
20 juni 2014
Honorable Mention for the ICAPS Best Dissertation Award 2014
Leon Planken received an Honorable Mention for the ICAPS Best Dissertation Award 2014 for his thesis Algorithms for Simple Temporal Reasoning.
01 juni 2014
Nomination for the Science Award of the Erasmus Energy Forum 2014
Frits de Nijs, Mathijs de Weerdt, and Matthijs Spaan were nominated for the Science Award of the Erasmus Energy Forum 2014 with their paper Efficient...
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