Verolog Doctoral Dissertation Prize

The VeRoLog Doctoral Dissertation Prize (VeRoLog DDP) is issued by the EURO working group on Vehicle Routing and Logistics optimization (VeRoLog) and is awarded at each VeRoLog annual conference. The purpose of the prize is to distinguish an outstanding PhD thesis on Operational Research methods applied to the Vehicle Routing and Logistics Optimization. Nominations are NOT restricted to members of societies that belong to EURO. To be considered, a dissertation should be nominated by the supervisor of the thesis (one of them in case of multiple supervisors).

The VeRoLog Doctoral Dissertation Prize 2020 considered PhD theses on Operational Research methods applied to the Vehicle Routing and Logistics Optimization defended between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019. The jury was chaired by Juan José Salazar Gonzalez and included Karl Doerner and Fabien Lehuédé. The jury selected a winner after a very difficult work from 7 applications. The applicants, nominators and titles were:

  • Okan Dukkanci / Bahar Kara / Green Location and Routing Problems with Conventional
  • Alexandre Florio / Richard Hartl / Models and solution methods for stochastic vehicle routing problems
  • Filipe Manuel Gonçalves Rodrigues / Cristina Requejo / Inventory Routing under Uncertainty
  • Piotr Matl / Thibaut Vidal / Balanced Vehicle Routing: Models, Methods, Insights
  • Samuel Pelletier / Ola Jabali and Gilbert Laporte / Goods Distribution with Electric Vehicles
  • Jussi Rasku / Tommi Kärkkäinen / Toward Automatic Customization of Vehicle Routing Systems
  • Debdatta Sinha Roy / Bruce Golden / Data-driven optimization and statistical modeling to improve decision making in logistics

The deadline for submissions was February 3, 2020, and each member of the jury studied all the submitted material during two months in a first phase. The seven applicants submitted excellent material, and the jury wants to congratulate all the candidates and supervisors for their top-level research results. The jury had a first Skype meeting on April 7, coming out with three finalists to be further analyzed in a second phase. The finalists were Alexandre Florio, Filipe Manuel Gonçalves Rodrigues, and Samuel Pelletier. Then, the jury took three more weeks to analyze again the material of these three candidates and had a second Skype meeting on April 29. After a very long discussion, the jury selected the winner:  Alexandre Florio.

We congratulate Dr. Alexandre Florio and his PhD advisor Prof. Richard Hartl. The prize will be awarded at the VeRoLog meeting 2021.

Past Awardees

VeRoLog DDP 2012 was awarded to Bjorn Petersen in Bologna, June 18th, 2012. Chair of the Jury was Paolo Toth.

VeRoLog DDP 2013 was awarded ex-aequo to Roberto Roberti and Thibaut Vidal in Southampton, July 8th, 2013. Chair of the Jury was Angel Corberan.

VeRoLog DDP 2014 was awarded to Magnus Stalhane in Oslo, June 25th, 2014. Chair of the Jury was Frederic Semet.

VeRoLog DDP 2015 was awarded to Timo Gschwind in Vienna, June 6th, 2015, Chair of the Jury was Richard Eglese.

VeRoLog DDP 2016 was awarded to Jorgen Haar in Nantes, June 8th, 2016, Chair of the Jury was Stefan Irnich.

VeRoLog DDP 2017 was awarded to Mor Kaspi in Amsterdam, July 8th, 2017, Chair of the Jury was Geir Hasle.

VeRoLog DDP 2019 was awarded to Dominik Goeke in Seville, June 3th, 2019, Chair of the Jury was Wout Dullaert.