University Researcher

David Lai

Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences


David Lai is an Assistant Professor in the OPAC group (Operations, Planning, Accounting and Control) of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His research focuses on distribution logistics and network optimization. David Lai is specialized in formulating novel mathematical models for routing and scheduling problems, and exploiting model structures for inventing efficient exact and metaheuristic methods. This includes several world-recorded algorithms in speed and solution quality on various staff rostering and vehicle routing benchmark instances. His research is often motivated by real-world applications such as staff shift rostering, tram scheduling, distribution logistics, vehicle loading at ferries, inventory optimization for food supply chains, etc.


David Lai has completed his Ph.D. in the Systems Engineering and Engineering Management Department at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2014. Before joining the Eindhoven University of Technology in 2020, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Supply Chain Analytics at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

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