Research @ HEC Liège

Research @ HEC Liège

Supply Chain Management and Business Analytics


Research activities in the fields of supply chain management (SCM) and business analytics (BA) are focused on analyzing data collected from a variety of sources and decision making informed by data analysis and supported by optimization techniques, with the aim of enabling enterprises and organizations to improve their service levels and operational efficiency, in particular in the context of supply chain and logistics management.

Research activities in those fields are mostly based in the research centre QuantOM (Quantitative methods and Operations Management), which is the association of around twenty researchers.

In 2016, the research field SCM&BA was nominated as the expert field of HEC Liège in the category of international quality research, thanks to the numerous high quality scientific publications of its members.

The research center QuantOM is also extremely active in organizing research seminars and conferences. The following is a collection of the conferences organized by its researchers in recent years:


14th ESICUP Meeting – May 3-5, 2017

EURO Special Interest Group on Cutting and Packing, ESICUP, gathers practitioners, researchers and Operations Research educators with interests in the area of Cutting and Packing.

The purpose of ESICUP is to improve communication among individuals working in this field. Founded in 1988, during the EURO/TIMS Conference in Paris, it has now around 600 members from the entire world. ESICUP is since 2003 a Working Group of the Association of European Operational Research Societies (EURO).

The 14th ESICUP Meeting, organized at HEC Liège on May 3-5, is the 2017 regular meeting of ESICUP and follows meetings in Wittenberg (Germany), Southampton (United Kingdom), Porto (Portugal), Tokyo (Japan), L'Aquila (Italy), Valencia (Spain), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Copenhagen (Denmark), La Laguna (Spain), Lille (France), Beijing (China), Portsmouth (UK), and Ibiza (Spain).




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Transport Research Days – May 18-19, 2017

Benelux Interuniversity Association of Transport Researchers (BIVEC-GIBET) presently unites both academic staff and professional people qualified in fields such as transport economics, transport geography, urban and spatial planning, logistics and operations research, regional economics, transport law, engineering, and other related social sciences.

Biannually, Transport Research Days conference offers young and established scholars from the three Benelux-Countries an opportunity to present their research findings to an informed audience of transport researchers.

The 2017 edition, Towards an Autonomous and Interconnected Transport Future, was organized in Liège on May 18-19. To recognize outstanding papers and PhD dissertations in transportation research a Best Paper Award, a Best Junior Paper Award, and the Piet Rietveld Award were attributed.




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22nd NLDB Conference – June 21-23, 2017

Since 1995, the International Conference on Natural Language Processing and Information Systems (NLDB) brings together researchers, industry practitioners, and potential users interested in various applications of natural language in the database and information systems field. The integration of databases and natural language has been quest for many years; yet progress has been made, and it is now an established field thanks to developments in natural language and technologies, which made the storage and analysis of large electronic corpora possible.

The 22nd edition of the conference was organized at HEC Liège, and co-chaired by Ashwin Ittoo and Elisabeth Métais (Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers).

Around 100 submissions were received from researchers all over the world, including the USA, Canada, the EU region, UK, China, Russia, and India. Only 22 of them were selected for publications in the well-known Lecture Notes in Computer Science Series of Springer. See this link




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ORBEL 32 – February 1-2, 2018

ORBEL is the annual conference of the Belgian Operational Research (OR) Society, a member of EURO, the association of European OR Societies, and Belgian representative of IFORS (International Federation of OR Societies). The conference is intended as a meeting place for researchers and users of OR, statistics, computer science, and related fields. It provides managers, practitioners, and researchers with a unique opportunity to exchange information on quantitative techniques for decision making. ORBEL welcomes every year more than one hundred participants from Belgium and from France, Germany, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands.

The 32nd edition of the Belgian Operational Research Society’s annual conference (ORBEL 32) was organized by the research centre QuantOM (Quantitative Methods and Operations Management) of HEC Liège on February 1-2, 2018. The conference brought 140 participants together and offered a rich program with three distinguished keynote speakers;

  • Prof. Michel Bierlaire, EPFL Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne;
  • Prof. Dominique Feillet, Ecole des Mines de Saint-Etienne and LIMOS;
  • Prof. Martin Savelsbergh, H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering, Georgia Tech;

and 80 talks contributed by authors and coauthors from Belgium and from Algeria, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Turkey.




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Data Science Liège Community

The mission of Data Science Liège is to offer a forum, upon which participants can leverage to federate data science initiatives, showcase projects and ideas, call for support and partnerships, disseminate knowledge, and stimulate public awareness.

Data Science Liège is the first such initiative in the Walloon region, after similar successful initiatives in Brussels, and the Flemish cities of Gent, Antwerp, and Leuven.

The Data Science Liège community was started by Ashwin Ittoo and Nicolas Neysen. It is sponsored by Prayon. The community was officially launched on the 8th February 2018 – an event attended by the University Rector and representatives from various industries, such as Prayon, NRB, Cap Gemini, Accenture, and EY.  There were approximately 150 participants.

Meetups will be organized on a monthly basis; the second one is scheduled for the 9th March 2018.




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