Dennis Prak is an assistant professor in the department Industrial Engineering and Business Information Systems at the University of Twente. He is also a visiting researcher at the Technical University of Munich, Germany, where he performs an NWO-Rubicon research project on data-driven inventory control and leads an IGSSE project team on integrated learning and optimization for mobility and transportation services. 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.
Dennis' main, NWO Rubicon-funded research, that he currently performs as a guest researcher at TU Munich, focuses on data-driven inventory management in dynamic supply chains. The aim is to exploit explanatory data to learn inventory policies within fast-changing business settings, and furthermore mind the trade-off between performance, interpretability, and robustness.
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.
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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.