prof.dr.ir. E.C. van Berkum (Eric)

Full Professor

About Me

Eric was born and raised in Hengelo (O). After high school, where he received the diploma Gymnasium b, he went to the University of Twente to study Applied Mathematics. He received a BSc and MSc in Applied Mathematics from this university and a PhD in Civil Engineering from Delft University of Technology. After a career as a software engineer at Cap Gemini he moved in 1988 to Goudappel Coffeng, a traffic and transport consultancy in Deventer. He worked there for 21 years in which he held several positions, mainly in research and in product and model development. His main research interest is on transport modelling, networks, travel behaviour and traffic management. In 1998 he became a part-time professor in traffic management at the Centre for Transport Studies at the University of Twente. In 2009 he left Goudappel Coffeng and became a full professor in Transport Engineering and Management and also head of the Centre for Transport Studies. In 2016 he also became head of the Department of Civil Engineering as part of the Faculty of Engineering Technology.

Professional experience

  • 2009 - current
    Full Professor and Head of the Centre for Transport Studies, University of Twente
  • 1998 - 2009 
    Part time Professor, Centre for Transport Studies, University of Twente
  • 1988 - 2009  Goudappel Coffeng, Deventer, the Netherlands
  • 1985 - 1988  Cap Gemini, Utrecht, the Netherlands

Relevant functions

  • Organizer and Scientific chair of Summer school on Autonomous Road Transport Systems: Behavioural responses and impact, held at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, September 9-12, 2014 Functie bij : Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
  • Member of program committee of the 17th International IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Qingdao, China, October 8-11, 2014.. Functie bij : IEEE.
  • Member of the editorial Board of the Journal Tijdschrift Vervoerswetenschappen. Functie bij : Tijdschrift Vervoerswetenschappen


  • 1993 PhD, Civil Engineering, Delft University of Technology.

    Thesis title: Impact of Information, Dynamics in Route and Departure Time Choice

  • 1984 MSc, Applied Mathematics, University of Twente.

    Thesis title: Cross Decomposition and the Capacitated Facility Location Problem.

  • 1982 BSc, Applied Mathematics, University of Twente.

    Thesis title: Properties of Hamiltonian Random Graphs.


Travel Time
Multiobjective Optimization
Evolutionary Algorithms
Genetic Algorithms
Traffic Management

Ancillary Activities

  • KIVI
    voorzitter afdeling verkeer en vervoer


Recent Articles
Huang, B., Fioreze, T., Thomas, T., & van Berkum, E. C. (2017). Cycle2Work: An Empirical Study on Potential Personalised Rewarding Schemes Delivered via Smartphone Technologies. Paper presented at 12th European Congress on Intelligent Transportation Systems, ITS 2017, Strasbourg, France.
Bezembinder, E. M., Wismans, L. J. J., & van Berkum, E. C. (2016). Multi-objective asessment framework for intersection alternatives under different demands. In Proceedings of the 95th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), 10-14 January 2016, Washington DC, USA. (online no. 16-0714) (pp. 1-15). Washington, DC, USA: Transportation Research Board (TRB).
van Essen, M. A., Thomas, T., Chorus, C., & van Berkum, E. C. (2016). The role of travel time information on day-to-day route choice behavior based on real-world experiments. In TRB (Ed.), Proceedings of The 95th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Board, Washington DC, USA, 10-14 January 2016. (online no.16-0806) (pp. 1-20). Washington: TRB.
Wismans, L. J. J., Suijs, L. C. W., Krol, L., & van Berkum, E. C. (2015). In-car Advice to Reduce Negative Effects of Phantom Jams. Transportation research record, 2489, 1-10. DOI: 10.3141/2489-01
Other Contributions

Master Theses

For more theses see this website.


UT Research Information System


Bachelor Module 8:

  • Modellering/Optimalisatie Van Transportprocessen


  • Traffic Operations
  • Traffic Management
  • Transport Research Project
  • Intelligent Transport Systems
  • Mathematical Optimization in Transport
  • He has supervised 100+ MSc students

Affiliated Study Programmes




Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst - Ring (building no. 21), room Z228
De Horst 2
7522LW  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst - Ring  Z228
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands