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dr. D.R.J. Prak (Dennis)

Assistant Professor

About Me

Dennis Prak is an assistant professor in the department Industrial Engineering and Business Information Systems at the University of Twente. Dennis' main research interests are in inventory management, demand forecasting, data-driven optimization, aviation, and logistics on a broad definition. He coordinates and teaches in the Minor Aerospace Management & Operations, teaches in the Minor Aircraft Engineering, and supervises BSc and MSc graduation projects on the above-mentioned subjects. He holds an MSc in Operations Research (2014), a Research MSc in Economics & Business (2014), and a PhD (2019) from the University of Groningen. Until 2021 he was a visiting researcher at the Technical University of Munich in Germany.


Expertise

Business & Economics
Compound Poisson
Demand Forecast
Estimator
Inventory Control
Inventory Control Model
Inventory Theory
Parameter Estimation
Social Sciences
Demand Forecast

Research

Until 2021 Dennis was a guest researcher at TU Munich, performing an NWO-Rubicon funded project that focused on data-driven inventory management in dynamic supply chains.

Dennis is leader of the project team "Integrated Learning and Optimization for Mobility and Transportation Services", a collaboration with four PhD students and two principal investigators at TU Munich and DTU in Copenhagen. This interdisciplinary project uses concepts from data-driven optimization, stochastic programming, and machine learning to develop decision support for shared mobility, both at the planning and the operational level.

Dennis' PhD research was funded by an NWO Research Talent grant and focused on the interface between demand forecasting and inventory management. Dennis has furthermore published on different topics in inventory management, econometrics, and applied statistics.

Dennis' further research interests are in inventory management, demand forecasting, data-driven optimization, aviation, and logistics on a broad definition.

Publications

Recent
Gammelli, D., Wang, Y. , Prak, D., Rodrigues, F., Minner, S., & Pereira, F. C. (2022). Predictive and prescriptive performance of bike-sharing demand forecasts for inventory management. Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, 138, [103571]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trc.2022.103571
Prak, D., Teunter, R., Babai, M. Z., Boylan, J. E., & Syntetos, A. (2021). Robust compound Poisson parameter estimation for inventory control. Omega, 104, [102481]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.omega.2021.102481
Prak, D., Saccani, N., Syntetos, A., Teunter, R., & Visintin, F. (2017). The Repair Kit Problem with positive replenishment lead times and fixed ordering costs. European journal of operational research, 261(3), 893-902. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejor.2017.02.019
Prak, D., Teunter, R., & Syntetos, A. (2017). On the calculation of safety stocks when demand is forecasted. European journal of operational research, 256(2), 454-461. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejor.2016.06.035

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Education

Dennis coordinates and teaches in the Minor Aerospace Management & Operations, intended for third-year BSc students and part of the HTHT Minor package Aeronautical Engineering & Management. He also teaches in the Minor Aircraft Engineering, which is part of the same package. 

Furthermore, Dennis supervises BSc and MSc graduation projects on inventory management, demand forecasting, data-driven optimization, supply chain management, aviation, and logistics.

Affiliated Study Programmes

Bachelor

Master

Courses Academic Year  2021/2022

Courses in the current academic year are added at the moment they are finalised in the Osiris system. Therefore it is possible that the list is not yet complete for the whole academic year.
 

Courses Academic Year  2020/2021

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Ravelijn (building no. 10), room 3311
Hallenweg 17
7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Ravelijn  3311
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

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