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 defence of Jing Li (Sept 15 2015) and Anna Franceschetti (Sept 22 2015)

On Tuesday, September 15, 2015 Jing Li will defend her PhD thesis 'New Channel Introduction and Customer Touchpoint Experience in a Multichannel Environment'

On Tuesday, September 22, 2015 Jing Li will defend her PhD thesis 'Sustainable City Logistics; Fleet planning, routing and scheduling problems'


2ND TRAIL/BETA CONGRESS, Tuesday 17 November 2015

Based on many positive reactions we received earlier, TRAIL and Beta are organising a 2nd TRAIL/Beta PhD conference.

The aim of this conference is to give PhD students the opportunity to present and discuss their ongoing or finished work informally with colleagues from the universities, exploring joint interests and planning for any future joint work/publications, through parallel sessions and a poster market.

In addition we plan to organise tutorials/workshops like: How to defend your thesis, What’s next after your PhD?, Scientific Integrity, (Poster) presentation tips & tricks and Working Together with industry during your PhD in the morning (final program will be set ASAP).

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