Best Thesis in Applied Math Award

Best Thesis in Applied Math Award 2021 for Daniel Gomon

2 september 2021

At the first Dutch Mathematics Community Event the Best Thesis in Applied Math Award 2021 was awarded to Daniel Gomon for his thesis “Continuous time control charts: generalizations and an application to the Dutch Arthroplasty Register (LROI)”. Daniels research was aimed at early identification of quality problems in transplantation surgery for the LROI (Landelijke Registratie Orthopedische Implantaten). According to the jury his presentation was clear, also for (relative) layman. The jury especially liked how Daniel showed the pros and cons for each of the methods he had analysed. The Dutch Arthroplasty Register will implement the result of Daniels work, faster detection of problems in the health care around hip prostheses, as soon as possible in order to improve the quality of care.

Maaike Vollebergh and Irene Kuin, the other finalists, also received praise from the jury for their work and presentation. The research of Irene took place in the challenging environment of the judiciary, where mathematics is not commonly used and data availability is limited. She did however develop a method within an Approximate Dynamic Programming framework for the optimal scheduling of law cases. The success of this work is clear as the judiciary is going to fund two PhD-students for follow-up.

Maaike Vollebergh showed with a simple pictogram why the current planning model of the Netherlands Railways doesn’t work optimally. She introduced a new methodology which she tested on the rail network of Noord Holland. The results are promising and the Netherlands Railways already had another master student performing follow-up research.

We congratulate all three finalists for their excellent work and presentation.


Finalists for the Best Thesis in Applied Math Award 2021

The Innovation Committee of Platform Wiskunde Nederland proudly presents the three finalists for the Best Thesis in Applied Math Award 2021. On September 1st the finalists will present their work at the Dutch Math Community Event.

Daniel Gomon wrote his thesis both for a master in Mathematics as well as a master in Statistical Science for the Life and Behavioural Science at University Leiden. His research was aimed at early identification of quality problems in transplantation surgery for the LROI (Landelijke Registratie Orthopedische Implantaten). Daniel developed two extensions of a continuous time cumulative sum chart, that lead to problem detection up to 15 months earlier.

Irene Kuin did research for the Raad van Rechtspraak as part of her master in Applied Mathematics at University Twente. Using data on availability of judges and the specialisms, Irene developed a method within an Approximate Dynamic Programming framework for optimal scheduling of law cases, both for single (one judge) as multiple cases (three judges).

Maaike Vollebergh did her master in Applied Mathematics at Technical University Delft and performed research on optimisation of railway timetabling for Dutch Railways (Nederlandse Spoorwegen, NS). Maaike applied Operations Research techniques and introduced the Open Periodic Event Scheduling Problem in order to come to a new method for incorporating flexible use of railways in the Satisfiability formula.


The Innovation Committee of the Dutch Platform for Mathematics

Best Thesis in Applied Math Award

Call for Submission 2021

Graduates of Master’s programs and their supervisors are invited to submit high quality theses on any topic in the area of applied mathematics. Does your thesis comply to all of the below?

  1. The thesis was written as part of a Master’s program at a Dutch university.
  2. The thesis has been written in close cooperation with an external party, e.g., a company, a governmental institution or a foundation.
  3. The thesis has a clear applied mathematical focus, and must contain original theoretical and/or empirical work.
  4. The thesis is finalised (submitted and graded) during the period between October 15, 2018 and April 30, 2021.

In that case your thesis is eligible for submission for the 2021 Applied Math Award of the Innovation Committee of the Dutch Platform for Mathematics.

The deadline for submission is May 15th, 2021. The jury, consisting of members of the Innovation  Committee of the Dutch Platform for Mathematics, will assess the theses and select three finalists. The three finalists will have to present their thesis on Wednesday September 1st, during the Math Community Event organized by the Innovation Committee. During this (online) event, the winner will be chosen by a jury of three top level mathematical professionals. An invitation for the event will follow in due course.

The author of the winning thesis will receive an award and €500. The runners-up will both receive €250. Expenses for the Math Community Event will be reimbursed for all three candidates.

Candidates or their supervisors should submit their thesis by emailing a PDF version of the thesis to the Dutch Platform for Mathematics (bureau@platformwiskunde.nl), together with the names of the external party  and university involved and the name of the supervisor on behalf of the university.

Additional information on the process can be provided by Vivi Rottschäfer (vivi@math.leidenuniv.nl).

The winner of the 2019 Award is Tineke School. She wrote the thesis: “A Log Gaussian Cox process for predicting chimney fires at Fire Department Twente”.

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