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 2016-2021 he also was head of the Department of Civil Engineering as part of the Faculty of Engineering Technology.



  • 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

  • KIVI
    voorzitter afdeling Verkeer en Vervoer
  • NCOI
    lid academic board


Eikenbroek, O. A. L., Luan, X. , van Berkum, E. C., & Corman, F. (2023). De potentie van sociaal reisadvies als sturingsmaatregel in het openbaar vervoer. Tijdschrift vervoerswetenschap, 59(3), 66-82.
Eikenbroek, O. A. L. (2023). Variations in Urban Traffic. [PhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UT, University of Twente]. University of Twente. https://doi.org/10.3990/1.9789055843213
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.
Zhang, B. (2021). Taking back the wheel: transition of control from automated cars and trucks to manual driving. [PhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UT, University of Twente]. TRAIL Research School. https://doi.org/10.3990/1.9789055842841
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.
Huang, B. (2020). The influence of interventions on cycling. [PhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UT, University of Twente]. University of Twente. https://doi.org/10.3990/1.9789055842810
Other Contributions

Supervisor of PhD theses

Oskar Eikenbroek Variations in Urban Traffic 2023
Erwin Bezembinder Junction design: Rules and network effects 2021
Bo Zhang Taking Back the Wheel: Transition of Control from Automated Cars and Trucks to Manual Driving 2021
Amelia Huang The influence of positive interventions on cycling 2020
Mariska van Essen The potential of social routing advice 2018
Ties Brands Multi objective optimization of multi modal transport networks 2015
Jaap Vreeswijk The dynamics of user perception, decision making and route choice 2015
Anthony Ohazulike Road pricing mechanisms. A game theoretic and multi-level approach.  2013
Luc Wismans Towards sustainable traffic management 2012
Wendy Weijermars Analysis of Urban Traffic Patterns using Clustering 2007
Collins Makoriwa Performance of traffic networks. A mosaic of measures 2006
Bart Elbers Development of an indicator for traffic flow stability with application to ramp metering 2005

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  2023/2024

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Courses Academic Year  2022/2023

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