Bio Sketch

Francesco Corman was born in Rieti (Italy) in 1982. He graduated "Summa Cum Laude" at his bachelor in Computer Science and at his master degree in Automation and Management Engineering, both at the University "Roma Tre" of Rome, in 2004 and 2006 respectively.
His master thesis about realtime rerouting of railway traffic has been carried out within an international exchange program with Delft University of Technology and resulted in a number of awards among which the best engineering thesis award by University "Roma Tre", the best master thesis award by the Italian Operations Research Society (AIRO), and the second place at the Student Paper Award 2006, by the Railroad Application Section of Informs (the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science).

After his master, he shortly joined the research group on Automation and Industrial Organization at the University "Roma Tre". Between 2007 and 2010 he was back at TU Delft for a PhD in innovative approaches for dynamic railway traffic management, resulting in his thesis "Real-time Railway Traffic Management: dispatching in complex, large and busy railway networks" . He spent the years 2011 and 2012 at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, as a full time research associate at the Centre for Industrial Management/Traffic and Infrastructure. Between 2013 and 2016 he has been with the Department for Maritime and Transport Technology, Section of Transport Engineering and Logistics at Delft University of Technology as Assistant Professor.

During his research career, he produced more than 35 high impact articles in journals and book chapters and presented more100 works at international conferences. He has been working together with researchers of more than 10 different institutions in Europe and worldwide. He was awarded in 2007 with the Best Paper Award of the Railroad Application Section of Informs, and nominated for the Best Paper Award at the 8th IEEE ICSNC Conference; he received nominations for his outstanding works at the International Seminar of Railway Operations Research 2011; at the EURO Doctoral Dissertation Award 2012, and a post-doc grant from the Flanders Research Foundations in 2012. He supervised/coauthored works awarded as best papers at the Railway Application Sections (with X. Luan, 2014), at the Conference on advanced Systems for Public Transport - CASPT (with P. Kecman, 2015), and at the AGIFORS Anna Valicek prize (with M. Sama', 2016).

He received teching qualification in 2015 and has been assistant lecturer and course coordinator for courses on "Quantitative Methods for Logistics", "Introduction to Transport Engineering and Logistics", "Logistic Organization of Public Transport", "Railway Traffic Management", "Public Transport Operations and Design", "Supply Chain Engineering", "Interdisciplinary Fundamentals of Transport Infrastructure and Logistics". He is an alumnus and member of the Netherlands Research School in Transportation and Logistics TRAIL, Informs, TRB, member of the Permanent Evaluation Committee of master VLITS in Transport, Logistics and Intelligent Transportation Systems of KU Leuven.


A brief Curriculum Vitae is available here :


My research interests focus on Optimization in transport and Logistics:

  • Optimization of transport networks under uncertainty
  • Optimization in Railway Traffic Control and Public Transport Systems
  • Scheduling of discrete event systems
  • Distributed control of network structures
  • Simulation and decision support systems
  • Uncertainty Dynamics
  • Analystics in logistics and maintenance
  • A-priori and online data collection and quality assessment


dr. ir. Francesco Corman

tel : +31 6 833 18 966

I have a personal photographic blog at the address (most posts in italian).