Portrait of Jérôme de Boeck

New 2023 Lecturers Honoured


Lecturer in the field of 'Computational Methods in Management'.

Could you briefly describe your background, your research topics and your conception of university teaching?

I obtained a master's degree in mathematical sciences at ULB in 2011 and then specialized in operations research and continuous and combinatorial optimization methods during my PhD at ULB's computer science department. I worked there as an assistant from 2015 to 2021 under the supervision of Prof. Bernard Fortz. My thesis focused on several optimization problems related to the electricity supply chain, which is changing rapidly with the energy transition.

My work won the Olbrechts-Tyteca prize and I was a finalist for the European Doctoral Dissertation Award from the European Operational Research Society EURO.

My research focuses on the application of optimization methods to a wide variety of fields. From 2022 to 2023, I carried out a post-doctorate at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland on two projects with industrial partners. The first was to optimize the routing of train drivers for the national rail company (in response to the driver shortage). The second was to optimize waste collection on an inter-communal scale and provide local authorities with a decision-making tool. I'm still interested in other topics: optimizing routing protocols in telecoms networks, and the supply chain for short distribution channels.

Addressing a variety of contexts enables me to assert the discipline of operations research and optimization in our world and in the context of university teaching. Technical methods abound, but we still need to find the one that will solve the specific problem we're facing. In my view, it's essential to keep a critical eye on the discipline we're studying as part of a university apprenticeship, so as to remain in control of our knowledge and not be dependent on it.

Jérôme de Boeck

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