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.

2ND TRAIL/BETA CONGRESS, Tuesday 17 November 2015, Muntgebouw, Utrecht REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

Based on many positive reactions we received earlier, TRAIL and Beta are organising a 2nd  TRAIL Beta PhD conference on Tuesday 17 November next in het Muntgebouw in Utrecht.

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  posters.

In the morning (10 – 12 hr), we organise workshops:

-  Ethics of authorship, publishing and citing (by Prof. Caspar Chorus & PhD Dorine Duives - DUT)
-  Job Crafting (by Lonneke Dubbelt - TUE)
-  How to become the next professor or CEO? (by Prof. Henk Meurs - MuConsult)
-  How to balance practice and academic interests? (by Prof. Albert Veenstra - DINALOG)
In the afternoon (13 – 17 hr), 40 PhD students from Beta and TRAIL will present their work in the parallel sessions on:
 -  The effect of human behaviour
-   Traffic Management
-   Transport management and land use
-   Production maintenance materials coordination and transportation
-   Transport Freight Management
-   Quantitative models for analysis of operational processes.