Ties Brands MSc.

Ties Brands

Ties Brands grew up in the south of the Netherlands, in a village called Gemert. He spent his university years in the far east of the Netherlands, in Enschede. He embarked on the course civil engineering, specifically traffic engineering in the later years of the course, and simultaneously took up applied mathematics, applied to the field of traffic and transport. He finished his master’s degree by writing his thesis at Goudappel Coffeng. This thesis concerned optimization of the tolls in road pricing. This was the reason for him to move to the beautiful town of Deventer. He became a consultant for Goudappel Coffeng in the field of public transport modeling, cost benefit analysis and mobility management the following year. He has combined this work with a PhD research at University of Twente from February 2010 onwards. This research involves applying network optimization techniques to the multimodal network of the Dutch Randstad area, with various objectives, including sustainability objectives.

Ties likes music; both listening at home or at a concert and playing it himself on the accordion or the recorder. In addition to this, he likes running, while enjoying the beautiful surroundings of Deventer. Once in a while, he participates a running race to measure his performance.



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Position: PhD Candidate


2008 – current

PhD Candidate at Centre for Transport Studies, University of Twente

2008 – current

Consultant public transport at Goudappel Coffeng, Deventer

2007 – 2008

MSc. Thesis at Goudappel Coffeng


2005 – 2008

Universiteit Twente, Faculteit Electrotechniek, Wiskunde en Informatica: MSc Applied Mathematics (cum laude).

Specialisatie: Industrial Engineering and Operations Research

Master thesis: Optimisation of toll levels in networks: An optimal toll design framework, using a pattern search approximation algorithm.

2004 – 2008

Universiteit Twente, Faculteit Construerende Technische wetenschappen: MSc Civil Engineering and Management (cum laude).

Specialisatie: Traffic Engineering and Management

Master thesis: Optimisation of toll levels in networks: An optimal toll design framework, using a pattern search approximation algorithm.

Winnaar afstudeerprijs Civiele Techniek 2009

2001 – 2004

Universiteit Twente, Faculteit Construerende Technische wetenschappen: BSc Civiele Techniek



Multi-objective network optimization

Multi-modal networks

Public transport

Pareto set analysis as decision support



Brands, T., Wismans, L.J.J. & Berkum, E.C. van (2014). Multi-objective Transportation Network Design: Accelerating Search by applying e-NSGAII. In C.C. Coello (Ed.), --- Proceedings of IEEE-CEC 2014 Symposium, 6-11 July 2014, Beijing, China (pp. 405-412). Beijing: IEEE press.


Brands, T. & Berkum, E. C. van (2014). Performance of a genetic algorithm for solving the multi-objective, multimodel transportation network design problem. International journal of transportation, (ISSN 2287-7940), 2(1), 1-20.


Brands, T., Berkum, E.C. van & Wismans, L.J.J. (2014). Multi-objective optimization of multimodal passenger transportation networks: coping with demand uncertainty. In M.G. Karlaftis, N.D. Lagaros & M. Papadrakakis (Eds.), --- Proceedings of 1st International Conference on Engineering and Applied Sciences, OPT-I, 4-6 June 2014, Kos Island, Greece (pp. 547-561). Greece: NTUA.


Oort, N. van, Brands, T., Romph, E. de & Aceves Flores, J. (2014). Incorporating unreliability of transit in transport demand models: theoretical and practical approach. In TRB (Ed.), Proceedings of 93th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, January 12-16 2014, Washington DC, USA. (paper no 1005 on usb stick) (pp. 1-17). TRB Washington.


Brands, T., Romph, E. de, Veitch, T. & Cook, J. (2013). Modelling public transport route choice with multiple access and egress modes. In --- Proceedings European Transport Conference. 30 September 2013 - 2 October 2013 Frankfurt Germany. (online) --- (pp. 1-16). Frankfurt: AET.


Ohazulike, A. E. & Brands, T. (2013). Multi-objective Optimization of Traffic Externalities using Tolls: A Comparison of Genetic Algorithm with Game Theoretical Approach. In IEEE (Ed.), Proceedings of IEEE Conference on Evolutionary Computation, Cancún, Mexico, June 20-23 2013. (pp. 2465-2472).


Oort, N. van, Sparing, D., Brands, T. & Goverde, R. M. P. (2013). Optimizing Public Transport Planning and Operations Using Automatic Vehicle Location Data: The Dutch Example. In T. Albrecht, B. Jaekel & M. Lehnert (Eds.), Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Models and Technologies for Intelligent Transport Systems, Dresden, Germany (pp. 291-300). Dresden, Germany: TUDpress


Oort, N. van, Leusden, R. & Brands, T. (2013). Betrouwbare modellen door onbetrouwbaar OV. In --- Proceedings Colloquium Vervoersplanologisch Speurwerk (CVS), 21-22 November 2013, Rotterdam. (online) (pp. 1-15). Rotterdam: CVS.


Brands, T. & Berkum, E. C. van (2012). Multi-objective optimization of multimodal transportation networks: Interpretation of the Pareto set from a case study in Amsterdam. (online). In Proceedings of TRAIL Beta congress, 30-31st of October 2012, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. (pp. 1-16). Rotterdam: TRAIL.


Brands, T. & Berkum, E. C. van (2012). Multi-objective optimization of multimodal transportation networks. (paper no 75 on USB stick). In Proceedings of the 1st European Symposium on Quantitative Methods in Transportation Systems, 4-7th of September 2012, Lausanne, Switserland. (pp. 1-6). Lausanne: Latsis.


Wismans, L. J. J., Brands, T., Berkum, E. C. van & Bliemer, M. C. J. (2012). Pruning and ranking the Pareto optimal set, application for the dynamic multi-objective network design problem. J. adv. transp., (ISSN 0197-6729), 1-18.


Brands, T. & Eck, G. van (2010). Multimodal network design and assessment: proposal for a dynamic multi objective approach. In T.P. Allkim, B. van Arem & T. Arentze e.a. (Eds.), 11th Trail Congress Connecting People - Integrating Expertise, 23 and 24 November 2010. (on CD-rom). Delft: TRAIL. Available from: 2010 TRAIL, Delft [01-13-2011].


Brands, T. & Berkum, E. C. van (2010). Optimalisatie van het multimodale vervoersnetwerk in de Randstad, rekening houdend met meerdere doelstellingen, In Colloquium vervoersplanologisch speurwerk (CVS), Roermond, 25-26 november 2010. (On-line). Roermond: CVS.


Brands, T., E.C. van Berkum, and D.H. van Amelsfort (2009), Optimal Toll Design in Dynamic Traffic Networks using a Pattern Search Approximation Algorithm, 88th annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington D.C.


Brands, T., D.H. Van Amelsfort and E.C. van Berkum (2008), Optimising Differentiated Tolls on Large Scale Networks, by using an Intellegent Search Algorithm, European transport conference, Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands