35B208 :Improving Society Lab EOR


Voertaal Engels
Werkvorm: Workshops and project for triples or foursomes. (Collegerooster)
Tentamenvorm: Participation in the workshops is compulsory. For the final project, an essay has to be written (in English) and participation in two planned meetings in the spring of the second year is compulsory. (Geen informatie over tentamendata bekend)
Studielast:6 of 0 ECTS credits afhankelijk van het programma, zie onder.
Inschrijving:By e-mail
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prof.dr.ir. E.R. van Dam (Coordinator)

prof.dr.ir. H.A. Fleuren

dr. J.C. Engwerda

dr.ir.ing. M.J.P. Peeters

prof. dr. A.J.J. Talman

dr. R.C.M. Brekelmans

dr. M. Salm

M. Balvert MSc

prof.dr.ir. D. den Hertog

prof. dr. K.J.M. Huisman

dr.ir. G.W.P. Charlier

prof. dr. T.E. Nijman

prof. dr. B. Melenberg

dr. F.C. Drost

Doel van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

In this course students learn how to apply the techniques and theory from Econometrics and Operations Research to real-life applications. In the workshops, they discover that the theory they just learned can be applied to a variety of real-life applications. They are motivated by observing that with Econometrics and Operations Research one can really improve society in an essential way. Moreover, the students learn how to present. Finally, this course gives students more insight into their future career possibilities.

During the final project the students learn:

  • to work on cases that call upon several courses at the same time;
  • to independently conduct the analysis of a problem;
  • to train their skills in presenting and writing;
  • to train their discussion skills and social skills, by discussing the findings in their own and other projects in a variety of roles;
  • to creatively use quantitative modeling for the solution of problems;
  • to make use of their intuition.

Inhoud van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

In each of the workshops, a real-life application will be treated in which the student applies the theory and techniques just learned in other courses. After a short introduction, the students will work in small groups on the real-life case and apply Econometrics and Operations Research techniques to solve the real-life problem. At the end, the students present their solutions, and finally the teacher/ company discusses how this case was solved in reality.

The topics may vary each year, but they are all related to “Improving Society”. Examples:

  • Optimizing food supply to fight hunger in the world (in cooperation with World Food Program);
  • Improving cancer treatment by optimization (in cooperation with MAASTRO Clinic);
  • Protecting the Netherlands against floods with minimal costs (in cooperation with Deltares). 

In the final project, groups of 3 or 4 students conduct a case study in the area of Business Analytics and Operations Research, Quantitative Finance and Actuarial Science, or Econometrics and Mathematical Economics. Two compulsory meetings are planned to present and discuss the progress; one of the supervising lecturers presides the meeting. The compulsory parts of the final project include the writing of an essay, the presentation of the findings, and the active participation to all discussions. Participation to the final project is only possible after registration on time (early February); details will be announced on Blackboard Course info.

Bijzonderheden (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

In order to start with the final project in the second semester of year 2 a minimum of 66 ECTS will have to be passed.
In order to start a BSc Thesis EOR (300TET), the course 'Improving Society Lab EOR’ is required.

Gewenste voorkennis

For participation in the final project: Communication and Information Skills, Probability and Statistics, Statistics for Econometrics, Mathematical Analysis 2, Advanced Linear Algebra.

Verplicht voor

  • BSc Econometrie en Operationele Research ( 2016: 6 ECTS, 2016: 0 ECTS )