Caroline Jagtenberg awarded with prestigious Jo van Nunen award

Caroline Jagtenberg, former PhD student of CWI, received the prestigious Jo van Nunen award for her CWI PhD thesis “Efficiency and Fairness in Ambulance Planning” on 30 November. The price has been awarded by VLM (Vereniging Logistiek Management).

Publication date: 04-12-2017

Caroline Jagtenberg (former CWI PhD student) received the prestigious Jo van Nunen award for her CWI PhD thesis “Efficiency and Fairness in Ambulance Planning” on 30 November. The price has been awarded by VLM (Vereniging Logistiek Management).

This award is meant for research that positively positions Logistics and Supply Chain Management in the Dutch trade and industry and that builds a bridge between theory and practice.

Jagtenberg sheds a different light on the decision process in order to determine which ambulance to send to which incident.  Many researchers and practitioners use the ‘closest idle’  policy without  questioning  it, but this is  not  necessarily  optimal. Jagtenberg’s research shows that an  ambulance can be chosen,  such  that  remaining  idle  vehicles  remain  a  good  position  with  respect  to  expected  incidents  in  the  near  future. Jagtenberg: “Although we do not advise all EMS managers to immediately discard the closest idle dispatch method, we do show that the typical argument – that it would not lead to large improvements in the fraction of late arrivals – should be changed.”

The Jo van Nunen Award is an initiative of the Vereniging Logistiek Management. The price has been named after visionair Jo van Nunen that was well known for building bridges between theory and practice within Logistics, Supply Chain Management and Operations Research.

Caroline Jagtenberg executed her PhD research in the CWI Stochastics group. Her promotors were Rob van der Mei (CWI) and prof.dr. S. Bhulai (VU University).

More information:

CWI News item on PhD thesis

News item Jo van Nunen award in Dutch (Ortec website)

CWI Stochastics research group (video)