The ORBEL Award:
Win a 1000 euro for the best Operations Research thesis!

Every year, the Belgian Operations Research Society hands out the ORBEL Award to the best student's thesis on Operations Research. The prize is a 1000 euro, and is sponsored by OM Partners. The deadline for submission is November 1, 2016, and the prize will be handed out during the yearly conference. See the ORBEL Award rules.

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  • Orbel Award Rules
  • Winners
  • Look also at the new ORBEL Wolsey award!
    The new ORBEL Wolsey award, sponsored by n-Side, has just been announced, to reward the best and most significant OR implementation contributed to Open-Source.

Orbel Award Winners

EditionWinnersTitle
2017 Liesa D’haeseleer Central allocation of pupils to schools
2016 Kobe Geryl
University of Gent
Supervisor: Tarik Aouam
Order acceptance in production planning
2015 Matteo Balliauw
Universiteit Antwerpen
Supervisors: Dorien Herremans and Daniel Palhazi Cuervo
A variable neighborhood search algorithm to generate piano fingerings for polyphonic sheet music
2014 Héloïse Hoyos
UCL
Supervisor: Mathieu Van Vyve
Optimisation de la planification des machines à papier chez Idempapers
2013 Cyrille Lefevre
& Sophie Marquet
UCL/Core
Supervisor: François Glineur with Y. Deville, G. Avoine
Optimization of patient transport dispatching in hospitals
2012 Bart Gadeyne
& Pieter Verhamme
UGent
Supervisor: Birger Raa
Optimizing maritime container operations
2011 Derek Verleye
UGent
Supervisor: El-Houssaine Aghezzaf
Modellering en optimalisatie van waterproductie en -verdeling bij de Vlaamse Maatschappij voor Watervoorziening (VMW)
Modelling and optimization of water of production and distribution of drinking water at VMW (Flemish Agency for Water Supply)
2010 Thijs Dewilde
KULeuven
Supervisor: Frits Spieksma
Het Profit-based Latency Probleem
The Profit-based Latency Problem
2009 Arnaud Vandaele
FPMs and EPFL
Supervisors: D. Tuyttens (FPMs) and M. Bierlaire, M. Salani and I. Vacca (EPFL)
Measures of congestion in container terminals
2008 Nicolas Gillis
UCL
Supervisor: F. Glineur
Approximation et sous-approximation de matrices par factorisation positive : algorithmes, complexité et applications
(Matrix approximation and underapproximation by nonnegative factorization: algorithms, complexity and applications)
2007 Dieter Claeys
UG
Supervisor: H. Bruneel
A discrete-time Queueing Model with Batch Service
2006 Joke Devriese
VUB
Supervisor: F. Plastria
Brandweerlocatiemodellen en toepassingen op Belgie
(Fire station location models and applications to Belgium)
2005 Evy Hellinckx
KUL
Supervisor: F. Spieksma
Customer relationship management: de optimalisatie van de planning van campagnes
(Customer relationship management: optimization of campaign planning)
2004 François Warichet
UCL
Supervisor: L. Wolsey
Résolution d'un problème de portefeuille formulé en un programme quadratique mixte
(Solution of a portfolio problem formulated as a mixed-integer quadratic program)
2003 Toon Westra
Gent
Supervisors: R. De Wulf and E. Ducheyne
Integratie van genetisch algorithmes en GIS voor optimalisatie van ecologische en economische functies in Kirkhill Forest, Aberdeen, Schotland
(Integration of genetic algorithms and GIS for optimization of ecological and economic functions in Kirkhill Forest, Aberdeen, Scotland)
2002 Jean-François Macq
UCL
Supervisors: L. Wolsey and B. Macq
Optimisation d'un système de travail coopératif sur Internet
(Optimization of an internet cooperative work system)
2001 Christophe Steynen
FPMs
Supervisors: M. Pirlot and Ph. Fortemps
Classification des lésions pulmonaires sur base de cartes protéomiques
(Classification of lung lesions based on proteomic maps)
2000 Bert Timmers
KUL
Supervisor: D. Van Oudheusden
Pooling of repairable spare parts between airliners
1999 Philippe Hauchamps
FPMs
Supervisors: J. Teghem and Ph. Fortemps
Optimisation du planning de maintenance des unités de production d'électricité du réseau belge
(Optimization of the maintenance planning for electricity power plants on the Belgian network)

Orbel Award Rules

  1. This award, organised by ORBEL, the Belgian OR-society (SOGESCI-B.V.W.B.), is bestowed on the author(s) of a scientifically oriented student's thesis with the exception of PhD theses. The criteria for judgement are based on the efficiency and effectivity of the scientific approach applied to solve the problem under study. The author(s) should put emphasis on the application of existing methods in new areas or on the application of new solution methods for models recognised as useful for solving real-life management problems. One of the criteria will be, therefore, the actual collaboration with industry during the thesis elaboration.
  2. The award is sponsored by OM Partners n.v., a software and consulting company specialised in the development and implementation of supply chain planning solutions. The award is named: ORBEL Award (with indication of the current year in which it is delivered), Sponsored by OM Partners
  3. The amount of the award will be fixed every year in agreement with OM Partners n.v. The amount is set to 1000 EUR for the academic year 2011-2012.
  4. The thesis shall be written either in Dutch, French or English. Its text should preferably not be longer than 50 pages. It must be submitted in 3 copies or preferably by e-mail in PDF-format to the place indicated on the invitation poster on the ORBEL site before October 31 of the current year. This date can be revised if necessary.
  5. The candidates in the short-list established as in 9) will be invited by the jury to give a half-hour presentation about their work. This presentation is a prerequisite for obtaining the award.
  6. The authors should have the Belgian nationality or should have followed their studies completely or partially at a Belgian institute.
  7. Members of the Administration Board of ORBEL (SOGESCI-B.V.W.B.) are not allowed to participate.
  8. The jury is set up by the ORBEL (SOGESCI-B.V.W.B.) and consists of five members. The Board approves the selection of the chairman. The jury members (academics and industrials) come on an equal basis from both language communities (chairman not included). In addition, none of the jury members shall be connected in any way with the candidate, either academically or socially.
  9. The jury prepares a short-list of candidates invited to make a presentation to the jury. In case several candidates have the same promoter, the latter will be consulted prior to the establishment of the short-list. The candidates who are not present at the time indicated by the jury in the invitation letter for presenting their work are eliminated without further deliberation.
  10. The jury members take part in the deliberations organised by the chairman. Decisions made by the jury are only valid if at least two thirds (chairman included) of the members participate in the deliberation. The award is presented to the candidate achieving a clear majority of the votes. Abstention votes are not allowed.
  11. The jury members convene on the invitation of the chairman for the presentations of the short-listed candidates. The jury has the right not to award the prize or to divide it among several authors. The minutes of the meeting, signed by all jury members present are put forward to the president of ORBEL (SOGESCI-B.V.W.B.) These minutes are made available to OM Partners.
  12. The results of the award are made public during the next ORBEL-conference, during which the award winner will present his work. OM Partners will publish the results of the award deliberation in their OM Partners publications.
  13. The Administration Board of ORBEL (SOGESCI-B.V.W.B) shall settle all disputes with regard to this set of articles.
    (as accepted by the ORBEL Administration Board in Brussels on March 11, 2011)