Scheduling and Timetabling
An overview of the lectures can be found in
Overview of lectures.
This is a tentative schedule. If you are interested in the overall picture, then
you can take a look in the overview of last year
(see overview 2012). Roughly speaking, the same topics will be
dealt with, but I will include new results in the course.
In total, I have scheduled six hours for lecturing:
I will not always use all four hours on Friday; I will announce it beforehand.
In principle, we start at 10.00 and continue until 12.45.
Wednesday, 13.15-15.00 (various rooms in BBL)
Friday, 09.00-10.45 (Minnaert 202)
Friday, 11.00-12.45 (various rooms in BBL)
(May 22): The results of the first assignment can be found
(May 15): On Friday May 17, we start at 10.00.
(May 15): The second assignment have been handed out at the lectures. This is
an individual assignment, and the deadline is Friday, May 31. You can find the
(May 1): There is no lecture on Wednesday, May 8. The deadline of the first
assignment is postponed until Wednesdag, May 15.
(May 1): On Tuesday May 7, Tim van Weelden will present his Master's thesis defense
on rostering in the UMC Utrecht. It starts at 15.30 in BBL 001. Next to being very
interesting, it also counts in the COSC colloquium series. Hence, you are all invited.
(May 1): On Friday May 3, we start at 10.00.
(May 1): Today's lecture will take place in BBL 001.
(April 24): For the first assignment (see below) you can work in groups
consisting of at most two persons.
(April 24): As announced during the lecture:
On Friday, April 26, we start at 10.00 in Minnaert 202.
(April 23): Tomorrow, the first lecture will be about `consultancy skills'.
Therefore, we have a special guest: Johan van Rooij from CQM. You are more
than welcome (in fact, you are all expected to show up) in BBL 061.
You have to present a talk of at most 25 minutes (including time for questions
and discussion) on a relevant subject; in case of doubt, you can contact me. If
you mail me the subject beforehand, then I might cluster talks with similar
I want to use three different days for the presentations (two parallel
sessions): Friday, June 21, Wednesday, June 26, and Friday, June 28. On all
days, we will have two parellel sessions (unless we decide differently).
The actual oral examination will last something like 60 minutes, but you will get some
questions immediately before the start of the examination that you can prepare (and will be
questioned about later). The examinations will take place in the exam week (if
necessary, these can take place in the week before that as well). You will have
to make an appointment.
Computation final grade
The final grade is computed as
0.25 × your score on the presentation +
0.25 × your score on the take-home assignments +
0.5 × your score on the oral examination.
Find a good model of the problem of finding the right quantities of rolling
stock. The goal is to test your `consultancy skills'; you are not supposed to
formulate the problem as an ILP or something like that. You can work in a group
consisting of at most two persons. You can obtain the desired information from
me by asking the right kind of questions by mail. There is one possibility to
ask me questions `head-to-head'; I advise to do at least one round of email
first. The deadline is May 8, at the start of the lecture. A short
description can be found here.
Last change: Wedneseday, April 24, 2013.