Fall semester: September – December / Spring semester: January – June.
Courses are given on Wednesdays.
Location: as central as possible in the Netherlands (since 2017 this is Boswell-Beta Institute, Utrecht, at ca. 5 minutes walking distance of Utrecht Central Station).
Course days run from 10:00-16:00 h.
All courses are taught in English.
For all courses, there will be an assignment.
The courses are open to all PhD students within the area of OML, and also to students from research masters and honors tracks of master programs.
We also welcome participants from the industry and governmental sector. Their pre-knowledge should be at the same level as for participating PhD students (per course, the precise pre-knowledge is specified). The lectures are fully focused on PhD students rather than a ‘business audience’. This program could be attractive for PhDs or other graduates who are working in companies or the governmental sector on business, software or policy development.
Participation is free for groups that are part of TRAIL/Beta.
For other participants, the fees are as follows: 500 Euro per PhD course for students (PhD students, research master students, honors track students) of groups that are not part of TRAIL/Beta, and 1000 Euro per PhD course for participants from the industry and the governmental sector.
We distinguish domain-oriented courses and methodological courses. Of the regular courses given to date, the course ‘Machine learning’ can be regarded as a methodological course. Other courses are on e.g., inventory, transport, and facility logistics. These are called domain-oriented courses.
Each domain-oriented course is led by a senior researcher who is internationally known as a scientific expert on the topic of the course. The content of the course is in line with current developments in the field. The course forms a basis for positioning current and potential new subjects of research.
Each methodological course is led by a senior researcher who is aware of the latest developments regarding this methodology and who can demonstrate the methodology on the basis of recent research.
The senior researcher who leads a course can involve fellow lecturers as long as they are highly qualified. The senior researcher is expected to give at least half of the course.
In each course, there is a form of examination (often assignments). Participants get graded and their grades appear on their certificates. Summer schools with a form of examination (e.g., an assignment) must at least be assessed with pass/fail.
All courses are evaluated by both lecturers and participants. If the evaluation of a course is low, we expect that course will be adjusted based on the feedback.
Participants are required to attend all classes. Only in exceptional cases (e.g. illness, funeral, presenting own research at international conference) a participant can miss a course day. A motivated request for absence should be send to the GP-OML office that will check whether the reason is accepted. At most 1 course day per course may be missed in order to get a certificate.
Participants who only participate in a course without doing the examination, will receive 25% of the credit points. Note that these participants are required to also attend all course days (cf. point above).
The maximum number of students per course is 25 – Beta and TRAIL PhD students have priority, from four weeks prior to the start of a course it will be ‘first-come, first-served’. We check if applicants can be accepted for a course.