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. From 2016-2020 he also was head of the Department of Civil Engineering as part of the Faculty of Engineering Technology.

Professional experience

  • 2021 - Full Professor Transport Engineering, Faculty of Engineering Technology, University of Twente
  • 2020 - Head of section Transport Engineering and Management, Faculty of Engineering Technology, University of Twente
  • 2015 - 2020 Head of Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering Technology, University of Twente
  • 2009 - 2020 Head of the Centre for Transport Studies, Faculty of Engineering Technology, University of Twente
  • 2009 - Full Professor, chair Traffic Engineering and Management, Faculty of Engineering Technology, 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


  • 1993 PhD, Civil Engineering, Delft University of Technology.
    Thesis title: Impact of Information, Dynamics in Route and Departure Time Choice, supervisor: prof dr ir R. Hamerslag

  • 1984 MSc, Applied Mathematics, University of Twente.
    Thesis title: Cross Decomposition and the Capacitated Facility Location Problem, supervisor: prof dr Y. Dirickx

  • 1982 BSc, Applied Mathematics, University of Twente.
    Thesis title: Properties of Hamiltonian Random Graphs, supervisor: prof dr C. Hoede.


Engineering & Materials Science
Travel Time
Business & Economics
Network Design
Route Choice
Traffic Management
Travel Time
Earth & Environmental Sciences
Travel Time

Ancillary Activities

  • NCOI
    lid academic board voor de sector techniek
  • tijdschrift vervoerwetenschap
    redactielid tijdschrift vervoerwetenschap
  • KIVI
    voorzitter afdeling verkeer en vervoer


Eikenbroek, O. A. L., Luan, X., Corman, F. , & van Berkum, E. C. (2022). Social rerouting in public transport networks. Abstract from 32nd European Conference on Operational Research, EURO 2022
, Espoo, Finland.
Thomas, T. , Huang, B., Groenewolt, B. , & van Berkum, E. C. (2021). Smartphone challenges to stimulate cycling: clues from a living lab in Enschede. In M. N. Mladenovic, T. Toivonen, E. Willberg, & K. T. Geurs (Eds.), Transport in Human Scale Cities (pp. 121 – 131). (NECTAR Series on Transportation and Communications Networks Research). NECTAR. https://doi.org/10.4337/9781800370517.00020
Eikenbroek, O. A. L. , Still, G. J. , & van Berkum, E. C. (2021). How Route Guidance with Small Detours for Only a Fraction of All Travelers Can Significantly Improve Network Performance. Abstract from 8th International Symposium on Dynamic Traffic Assignment, DTA2021, Seattle, Washington, United States.
Nijland, F. , Gkiotsalitis, K. , & van Berkum, E. C. (2021). Improving railway maintenance schedules by considering hindrance and capacity constraints. 1-23. Paper presented at 100th Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting 2021, Virtual Event.
Eikenbroek, O. A. L. , Still, G. , & van Berkum, E. (2020). Improving the Performance of a Traffic System by Fair Rerouting of Travelers. Abstract from 11th International Conference on Computational Logistics, ICCL 2020, Enschede, Netherlands.
Other Contributions

Recent Master Theses

  • 06-04-2020 | Rogier Busscher: Societal effects of mobility as a service. Supervisors: van Berkum, Thomas, Wismans, de Kievit (external). Company: Goudappel Coffeng
  • 22-04-2020 | Teun Borghuis: Effects of road pricing on the traffic flows in the region of Eindhoven. Supervisors: van Berkum, Thomas, Bekhuis and van Burgsteden (external) Company: Royal HaskoningDHV


Recent Bachelor Theses

  • 06-07-2020 | Oscar Hoogeslag: Smart Traffic in a Network. Supervisors: van Berkum, Kamphuis (external). Company: Sweco
  • 06-07-2020 | Jesse Vink: Vehicle Classification in Transport Models. Supervisors: van Berkum, Rimme (external). Company: Sweco

For more theses see this website


UT Research Information System


Coordinator of the Master Track Transport Engineering and Management and responsible for the Profile Transport and Logistics in cooperation with IEBIS (Industrial Engineering and Business Information Systems)



  • coordinator of M-course Traffic Management (5EC)
  • lecturer in M-course Transport Research Project (5EC)
  • lecturer in M-course Intelligent Transport Systems (5EC)
  • lecturer in M-course Network Modelling and Forecasting (5EC)
  • lecturer in M-course Mathematical Optimization in Transport (5EC)


Affiliated Study Programmes



Courses Academic Year  2022/2023

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Courses Academic Year  2021/2022

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst Complex (building no. 20), room Z216
De Horst 2
7522LW  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst Complex  Z216
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands