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Kees Jan Roodbergen is professor of Quantitative Logistics at the University of Groningen, and Director of the Center for Operational Excellence (University of Groningen). He holds a MSc degree in Econometrics & Operations Research from the University of Groningen and a PhD degree from Erasmus University Rotterdam. He has been a visiting researcher at the Georgia Institute of Technology (USA), Virginia Polytechnic Instititute and State University (USA), and Université Laval (Canada).

His research interests include E -commerce Logistics, Warehouse optimization, Vehicle Routing, Traveling Salesman Problem, and Inventory Management. He has applied various techniques from the field of Operations Research in practical studies. His methods for warehouse optimisation have been implemented in Warehouse Management Systems.

Roodbergen serves on the Scientific Advisory Council of the Global Cold Chain Foundation, an organization aiming at improving the handling and logistics of cooled and frozen food products. Until 2013 he served as member for international affairs on the College-Industry Council on Material Handling Education in the USA. This council is affiliated with the Material Handling Industry of America and facilitates the information interchange between industry and academia. He was a jury member for a number of practice awards in e-commerce.

He has published his work in various academic journals, including Operations Research and Transportation Science. For his research, he has regularly received external funding. This includes funding for the projects PIONEER (TKI Dinalog, 2019), e-global (NWO, 2017), "Towards virtual ports in a physical internet" (NWO, 2015), "Improving Transport and Accessibility through new Communication Technologies" (Interreg IVB, 2013). In these projects he served either as main applicant or as co-applicant.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

External positions

Member of the Program Board, Graduate Program Operations Management & Logistics

1-Jan-2021 → …

Member of the Program Board, TRAIL Research School

1-Jan-2021 → …

Member of Steering Group, Topsector Logistiek


Chair of the Jury, Shopping Awards


Chair of Expert Group, ShoppingTomorrow


Member of the editorial advisory board for the professional magazines Business Logistics and Value Chain Management, Value Chain Management

1-Sept-2016 → …

Teacher Masterclass E-commerce logistics, Logistiek Academy

1-Jan-2015 → …

Member of "Klankbordgroep Cross Chain Collaboration Centers" (TKI Dinalog), TKI Dinalog


Member of Jury, Thuiswinkel / PostNL Dynamic Delivery Award


Member of the Jury, Beste Logistieke Webshop


Member, College-Industry Council on Material Handling Education


Member of the Scientific Advisory Council, Global Cold Chain Foundation

1-Jan-2008 → …


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