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The Beta Research School for Operations Management and Logistics is a national university research school that educates PhD students and in which several scientific disciplines contribute to a deeper understanding of the performance of operational processes. These disciplines range from mathematics and computer science to labor psychology and organizational behavior. Each of these disciplines provides additional scientific knowledge necessary for the analysis, design and control of operational processes. As operational processes only exist in practice, Beta emphasizes science-based engineering of solutions and empirical validation of these solutions. The Beta PhD education program reflects the multidisciplinary nature of research within Beta, while providing the disciplinary depth necessary to contribute to science.

In Beta researchers of two Dutch universities work together. The Beta Research School combines research by several groups of the department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences (IE&IS), the department of Mathematics and Computer Science (MCS) and the department of Mechanical Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), and the Center for Telematica and Information Technology (CTIT) of the University of Twente (UT). About 80 researchers and over 70 PhD students participate in Beta.

Beta has officially been recognized by the Royal Dutch Academy for Sciences (KNAW) since 1998.

Thesis defense of Regien Sumo, December 16, 2014

On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, Regien Sumo will defend her thesis 'Fostering Innovation through Contracting in Inter-Organizational Relationships'.

This thesis has been approved by supervisors prof.dr. A.J. van Weele and prof.dr. G.M. Duysters and co-supervisor dr.ir. W. van der Valk.

The ceremony will take place at the Auditorium, Collegezaal 5 of the TU/e, at 16.00 hrs.

For a summary of the thesis click here

Frank Karsten wins Beta PhD Award 2014

During the Beta PhD Symposium 2014 the Beta PhD Prize was awarded to dr. Frank Karsten.

The Beta PhD Prize is awarded to the PhD who defended the best PhD thesis of Beta during the past year. The winner receives a certificate, a Beta PhD Award plaque and a cash prize of € 500,--.

Frank Karsten received the award for his PhD thesis Resource Pooling Games

Other nominees for this award were:

  • Joachim Arts for his thesis Spare Parts Planning and Control; for maintenance operations
  • Sharon Dolmans for her thesis The people behind the technology. Decision making in technology commercialization
  • Frank van den Heuvel for his thesis Co-location in Logistics. Geography, Synergy, Policy
  • Peter Hulshof for his thesis Integrated Decision Making in Healthcare. An Operations Research and Management Science Perspective

Criteria for selection of the prize winner are:

  • Scientific quality
  • (Scientific) originality
  • Quality of presentation
  • Scientific relevance
  • Potential for utilization and societal relevance