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Full Professor and Chair of Combinatorial Optimization in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His key field of expertise is operations research, especially combinatorial optimization problems and applications thereof. He combines an interest in theoretical results with the desire to affect practice.  

Within his field, Frits is particularly interested in various scheduling, routing, and clustering problemsHe is especially interested in sport scheduling; in addition, he works on other applications of combinatorial optimization such as kidney exchange models, combinatorial auctions, and computational revealed preference.Also, logistic challenges, such as the optimization of inland waterway transport have his interest. These problems are connected to computer science, discrete mathematics, (applied) economics, management science, and indeed, he has great interest in problems that are in the intersection of other scientific disciplines and combinatorial optimization. 

Understanding the precise characteristics of today’s relevant optimization problems, and dealing with the abundant presence of data, are key in developing techniques that can solve tomorrow’s combinatorial optimization problems!

Academic background

Frits Spieksma obtained his MSc in Econometrics from the University of Groningen (1987) and hisPhD in Operations Research from Maastricht University (1992).Spieksma worked for more than nine years at Maastricht University, with a short sidestep to the University of British Columbia, and eventually became full professor at KU Leuven before joining TU/e in 2018.  

He has supervised more than 10 PhD students, many of whom found their way to academia. He is founder of the EURO Working Group OR in Sports, which aims to bring together quantitative research related to sport. He is also a member of the organizing committee of MathSports International, which brings together mathematics and sports. And in the past, he has helped optimize the playing schedule of the Belgian football league 

Currently, Frits is Associate Editor or Editorial Board member of Operations Research Letters, OMEGA, INFORMS Transactions on Education, Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports, and 4OR. He has also published around 100 papers in scientific journals and organized several international conferences.

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Research Output

Practical combinatorial optimization

Spieksma, F. C. R., 21 Feb 2020, Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 28 p.

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The multi-league sports scheduling problem, or how to schedule thousands of matches

Davari, M., Goossens, D., Beliën, J., Lambers, R. & Spieksma, F. C. R., Mar 2020, In : Operations Research Letters. 48, 2, p. 180-187 8 p.

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    The transportation problem with conflicts

    Ficker, A. M. C., Spieksma, F. C. R. & Woeginger, G. J., 2020, In : Annals of Operations Research.

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    Using feedback to mitigate coordination and threshold problems in iterative combinatorial auctions

    Vangerven, B., Goossens, D. R. & Spieksma, F. C. R., 31 Mar 2020, In : Business & Information Systems Engineering.

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  • Building Kidney Exchange Programmes in Europe: an overview of exchange practice and activities

    Biro, P., Haase-Kromwijk, B., Andersson, T., Ásgeirsson, E., Baltesová, T., Boletis, I., Bolotinha, C., Bond, G., Böhmig, G., Burnapp, L., Cechlárová, K., Di Caccio, P., Fronek, J., Hadaya, K., Hemke, A., Jacquelinet, C., Johnson, R., Kieszek, R., Kuypers, D., Leisman, R. & 10 others, Macher, M-A., Manlove, D., Menoudakou, G., Salonen, M., Smeulders, B. M. L., Sparacino, V., Spieksma, F. C. R., de la Oliva Valentín Muñoz, M., Wilson, N. & van de Klundert, J., 1 Jul 2019, In : Transplantation. 103, 7, p. 1514-1522 9 p.

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    Courses

    Decision theory

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    Non-linear optimization

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    Optimization

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    Student theses

    Algorithms for parallel machine scheduling with a sequence dependent cost function: application in a printed circuit board assembly production environment

    Author: Reusken, E., 28 Oct 2019

    Supervisor: Buchin, K. A. (Supervisor 1), Spieksma, F. C. (Supervisor 2), Kowalczyk, D. (Supervisor 2), van de Ven, M. (External person) (External coach) & de Wit, L. (External person) (External coach)

    Student thesis: Master

    Impact of user preferences when scheduling a conference

    Author: Nelemans, M., 28 Jun 2018

    Supervisor: Spieksma, F. (Supervisor 1)

    Student thesis: Bachelor

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    Integer programming for kidney exchange

    Author: Heijmans, J. H., 31 Aug 2018

    Supervisor: Spieksma, F. (Supervisor 1)

    Student thesis: Bachelor

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    Intermittent traveling salesman problem

    Author: Tullemans, R. H., 20 Jun 2019

    Supervisor: Spieksma, F. (Supervisor 1)

    Student thesis: Bachelor

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    Job allocation in large-scale networks with locality constraints

    Author: Cardinaels, E., 24 Sep 2018

    Supervisor: Borst, S. (Supervisor 1), van Leeuwaarden, J. (Supervisor 2) & Spieksma, F. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

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