Jesper Larsen

Management Science, Operations Research

  • Akademivej, 358, 136

    2800 Kgs. Lyngby


Personal profile


Jesper Larsen received his MSc in Computer Science in 1995 from the University of Copenhagen and his PhD in Operations Research in 1999 from The Technical University of Denmark (DTU). He has been assistant and associate professor at DTU since 2000 and the now holds professor chair in Operations Research at the Department of Technology, Management and Economics (DTU Management). Besides his role as professor, he is also head of the Management Science division as well as department head of education.

Jesper teaching Operations Research on the BSc and MSc level. He is also a popular supervisor and he has supervised more than 120 bachelor projects and master theses mostly in collaboration with industry.
From 2009 to 2016 he was Head of Studies for the MSc programme on Industrial Engineering and Management at DTU. He was one of the founding fathers for the BSc program in data science at DTU as well as the Business Analytics program  on MSc level.

Professor Larsen's research interest span optimization problems in transport optimization and resource planning in healthcare. He is the author of more than 50 papers and reports and is used as a reviewer for all top-journals in Operations Research. He has supervised more than 10 PhD students. He has been part of numerous program committees for key conferences as well as reviewer for many research agencies world-wide.  Professor Larsen is currently member of the Executive Committee of the European Association of OR Societies (EURO) as well as associate editor of OR Spectrum and TOP.

He has participated in numerous optimization projects with industry partners within transport (Danish State Railways, BaneDanmark and Deutsche Bahn and Qampo) as well as healthcare (Qampo, Novo Nordisk and Rigshospitalet).

Jesper is the 2017 recipient of the Hedorf Foundation Prize for excellence in transportation research.

Other information

I am teaching integer programming and industriel applications of advanced methods. I have been or is currently supervisor for more than 20 MSc thesis' and 5 Ph.D. students. Additionally I am member of the advisory board for the MSc in Transport and Traffic at the Technical University of Denmark. Since 2006 I have been member of the executive committee of the European association of OR-societies (EURO). Furthermore I am chair of the Nordic section of the Math. Programming Society. I am editor-in-chief of the Danish OR newsletter as well as I am country editor for International Abstracts of Operational Research, as well as guest-editor of 2 special issues in Computers & Operations Research resp. International Journal of Operations Research. I arranged a Nordic summerschool (2002) and workshops in vehicle routing (2000 and 2003), and I was chair of the organising committee of the 1st Nordic Optimization Symposium in 2006.

International Experience:
I have been research fellow at the University of Auckland in 1997 (6 months), 2005 (2 months) and 2006 (3 months). Additional I was guest researcher at the University of Linköping in 2003. Jeg have been examinator on Ph.D. theses from Sweden and Australia, and examinator on MSc. theses from New Zealand. Furthermore I have been reviewer for the Chilean Research Council and for the 6th and 7th framework in the EU.

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Research areas

Operations Research is an applied science and my focus is at manpower planning and related areas. I have worked with automatics rostering for home care (in cooperation with Zealand Care), disruption management (with British Airways and DSB S-tog) and general manpower planning (with Cimber Air and ATS Data). My other focus area is vehicle routing for the transport sector. Here I have worked with the development of the basic methods for efficient planning of fleets of vehicles (in collaboration with Transvision). Additionally I have assisted Danish companies with knowledge on the potential and possibilities in automatic planning.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

Operations Research, Informatics and Mathematical Modelling, Technical University of Denmark


Ph.d., operationsanalyse, Informatik og Matematisk Modellering, Danmarks Tekniske Universitet


Computer Science, Department of Computer Science, University of Copenhagen


Cand.scient., datalogi, Datalogisk Institut, Københavns Universitet


External positions

Associate Professor, Technical University of Denmark


Associate Professor, Technical University of Denmark


Assistant Professor, Technical University of Denmark



  • User defined:
  • Automated Planning
  • Operations Research
  • Vehicle Routing
  • Transport Optimization
  • Mathematical optimization


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