Short biography of Rob van der Mei

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  Full Professor in Applied Mathematics

VU University
Faculty of Sciences, Department of Mathematics
Room R4.51
De Boelelaan 1081a
1081HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Telephone: +31-20-444 7628 (Thursday), E-mail:

Centre for Mathematics and Computer Science (CWI)
Manager Research and Development
Leader of the research theme Logistics
Industrial Liaison Officer
Science Park 123
1098XG Amsterdam, Netherlands
Telephone: +31-20-592 4129, E-mail:

I received M.Sc. degrees in Mathematics and in Econometrics from the VU University Amsterdam, and a Ph.D. degree in queueing theory from the University of Tilburg in 1995. Currently, I am a Distinguished Full Professor at the VU University Amsterdam, the head of the research theme Logistics, manager Research and Development, and the Industrial Liaison Officer at CWI. Before going to academia, I have been working for over a decade as a consultant and researcher in the ICT industry, working for the Royal Dutch PTT, KPN, AT&T Labs USA and TNO ICT. My main research activities are in the area of Stochastic Operations Research, at the challenging interface of theory and application. Over the years, I have built up a huge network of research contacts and collaborations with industries and governments, and established many public-private partnerships. My research interests include emergency response systems, predictive policing, management of road traffic, HR analytics, modeling and scalability analysis of ICT systems, mobility, service logistics, freight logistics, grid computing, revenue management, military operations research, sensor networks, call centers, queueing theory and data analytics. I am the initiator and leader of the celebrated project ‘From Reactive to Proactive Planning of Ambulance Services’ (REPRO), and a co-founder of the spin-off company Stokhos Emergency Mathematics. Currently, I am also the chair of the European COST project named ‘Autonomous Control for a Reliable Internet of Services’ (ACROSS). I am the co-author of over 150 papers in journals and refereed proceedings.
Rob van der Mei / Last update September 2017