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PhD Summer School

Below please find the summer school information with updated tentative program and participation fees.

We are excited to announce a special summer school on Healthcare Operations Research this summer at the University of Twente, the Netherlands! The event targets PhD students working on OR applications focused on improving healthcare. Participants will learn state-of-the-art OR techniques taught by renowned international professors, learn about how to successfully engage with the healthcare practice, and meet other PhD students from around the world. The program includes a wide variety of components including technical lectures, tutorials, inspiring seminars, interactive activities and a design competition of a serious game that demonstrates a healthcare OR/OM concept to healthcare professionals. The total workload of the summer school is 2 European Credits (2 ECs = 56 hours), consisting of preparation and contact hours.

Where and When?

The event will take place on University of Twente’s campus in Enschede, the Netherlands, from July 21st to July 25th 2017, right after the IFORS conference in Quebec City, Canada (July 17 – 21) and before the INFORMS Healthcare 2017 meeting in Rotterdam, the Netherlands (July 26 – 28) and the ORAHS meeting in Bath, UK (July 31 – August 4). The INFORMS Rotterdam conference can be easily reached by train from Enschede, immediately following the summer school.

Contributing professors
Tentative program




Friday, July 21st

Before 18:00

Arrival of participants


18:00 – 23:00

Dinner, getting to know each other and forming groups

Saturday, July 22nd

9:00 – 9:15



9:15 – 10:30

You're Wanted! - We look back at the history of OR in Healthcare, and give an overview of what has and has not been accomplished so far. Also, we outline the great challenges that current and near future healthcare faces

Dr. Sally Brailsford

10:30 – 12:30

Game on! - Participants team up and design a prototype serious game that demonstrates a healthcare OR/OM concept to healthcare professionals/students.

Dr. Derya Demirtas

Dr. Erwin Hans

12:30 – 14:00

Lunch and brainstorming session on the assignment


14:00 – 16:45

System Dynamics and Hybrid Simulation

Dr. Sally Brailsford

16:45 – 18:15

Queueing Theory

Dr. Richard Boucherie

18:15 – 20:15



20:15 – 22:45

Group activity


Sunday, July 23rd

9:00 – 11:30

Markov Decision Processes for Medical Decision Making

Dr. Brian Denton

11:30 – 12:30

Free time to work on assignment


12:30 – 14:00



14:00 – 16:30

Inverse Optimization

Dr. Timothy Chan

16:30 – 19:00



19:00 – 21:30

Making an impact?! - We address how to engage practice, how to organize your research to maximize impact. We also address the tension between consultancy and research, "easy solutions" and "fancy (but too complex for practice) OR".

Dr. Timothy Chan

Dr. Eva Lee

Dr. Erwin Hans

21:30 – 23:00

Group activity


Monday, July 24th

9:00 – 11:30

Machine learning and mathematical programming

Dr. Eva Lee

11:30 – 19:00

Day trip including lunch & dinner


19:00 – 21:00

Game Demonstrations (Part 1)


21:00 – 22:30

Return to Enschede


Tuesday, July 25th

9:00 – 11:00

Game Demonstrations (Part 2)


Who can apply?
  • PhD students working on an OR/OM in Healthcare project.
  • Attendees are expected to have a MSc-level knowledge in deterministic & stochastic OR.
  • Post-docs have a lower priority than PhD students. They may apply, but are only accepted if there are places left.

Unfortunately, the application deadline for the summer school has passed. It is no longer possible to apply.

Participation fee, accommodation, traveling, and catering

We are happy to report that the participation is only € 50 for PhD students, thanks to our generous sponsors! Catering and accommodation are included in the participation fee. Traveling costs will be paid by the participant. Accommodation is on-campus in shared cabins. The cabins are cozy and are nicely located between sports facilities, and a short walking distance to the summer school and various amenities. A very nice place to be in summer time – very fitting for a summer school. They are shared (gender separated) by at most 10 people. If you prefer to have a hotel room for yourself, you can stay at your own expense at the on-campus Hotel Drienerburght, where rooms are approx. €70 per night.

(updated March 31, 2017, 19:47GMT+1)