• PO Box 513, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

    5600 MB Eindhoven


  • 1181 Citations
1985 …2019
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Personal profile

Research profile

Cor Hurkens is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His areas of expertise include operations research, software, algorithms and control systems. Cor’s research focuses on worst case analysis of all kinds of combinatorial algorithms, complexity of all kinds of combinatorial problems, solution methods based on polyhedral theory, and approximation methods based on local search. Cor is also involved in applied mathematical modeling, supervising industrial projects and writing papers on mathematical methods. In reviewing papers, Cor is eager to spot false arguments in research papers, and helpful to ameliorate  colleagues’ papers, fixing the last details.

Academic background

Cor Hurkens obtained his PhD in Mathematics from Tilburg University and also holds an MSc in the same field from TU/e. He received his PhD in 1989 and joined TU/e as an Assistant Professor in the same year. He was closely involved in the post graduate program Mathematics for Industry, and is now mostly involved in industrial projects as master project supervisor. His educational heart is in mathematical modeling throughout the whole mathematics curriculum.

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Research Output 1985 2019

Column generation based math-heuristic for classification trees

Firat, M., Crognier, G., Gabor, A., Hurkens, C. A. J. & Zhang, Y., 6 Jul 2019, (Submitted) In : Computers & Operations Research. 29 p., 1810.06684v1

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Classification Tree
Column Generation
Decision trees
Linear programming
Integer Linear Programming

High-tech low-volume production planning

de Kruijff, J. T., 5 Jul 2019, Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 134 p.

Research output: ThesisPhd Thesis 1 (Research TU/e / Graduation TU/e)Academic

Open Access

Revenue maximization in an optical router node using multiple wavelengths

Abidini, M. A., Boxma, O., Hurkens, C., Koonen, T. & Resing, J., 12 Mar 2019, Proceedings of the 12th EAI International Conference on Performance Evaluation Methodologies and Tools, VALUETOOLS 2019. Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, p. 47-53 7 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Linear programming

A column generation approach for the shift design and rostering problem in airport ground handling

Firat, M., van Twist, J. & Hurkens, C. A. J., 8 Jul 2018

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractAcademic

Preferred numbers
1 Citation (Scopus)

Integer programming models for mid-term production planning for high-tech low-volume supply chains

de Kruijff, J. T., Hurkens, C. A. J. & de Kok, A. G., 16 Sep 2018, In : European Journal of Operational Research. 269, 3, p. 984-997 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Production Planning
Integer programming
Integer Programming
Supply Chain
Supply chains


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Student theses

A generic task planning toolkit

Author: Bogerd, F., 31 Aug 2007

Supervisor: Aerts, J. (External coach), Huisman, K. (External person) (External coach) & Hurkens, C. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master


Collaborative filtering with privacy

Author: van Duijnhoven, A., 31 Aug 2003

Supervisor: Hurkens, C. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master


De logistieke prestaties van route systemen en een mogelijke toepassing van tijdsafspraken in het inseminatieproces

Author: Houben, E., 31 Aug 1997

Supervisor: Wessels, J. (Supervisor 1), Vorstermans, J. (External person) (External coach), van Dijk, D. (External person) (External coach) & Hurkens, C. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Depth estimation for stereo image pairs

Author: Boesten, D., 31 Jan 2010

Supervisor: Vandewalle, P. (External person) (Supervisor 1), Hurkens, C. (Supervisor 2) & Pendavingh, R. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Determination of a time-optimal movement strategy for a step-and-scan wafer stepper

Author: Kuijpers, C., 30 Apr 1993

Supervisor: Lenstra, J. (Supervisor 1), Melissen, J. (External person) (Supervisor 2) & Hurkens, C. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master