Dr. Mathijs de Weerdt

Mathijs M. de Weerdt is an Associate Professor within the Algorithmics Group of the TU Delft, Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EWI), Department of Software and Computer Technology, and Scientific Staff Member with the theme group on Computational Intelligence and Multi-agent Games of the national research institute for Mathematics and Computer Science.

Research interests

My current work is all related to dynamic mechanism design for planning and scheduling. For example, moving towards sustainable energy, the production costs of electricity become dependent upon the weather. Users planning electricity-consuming activities have individual objectives that are different from those of electricity generators. As a society we are interested in a pricing scheme for electricity with an equilibrium for electricity consumption and production that optimizes the social welfare. The design of such a mechanism is an example of mechanism design in a dynamic setting involving planning and scheduling of activities. The focus of my research thus in fact is a synthesis of the research areas of algorithm design and game theory.

In my research, I contribute to two important practical problem domains: that of energy, realized by a strong cooperation in the context of Smart Grids with the group Electrical Power Systems, and that of transportation, building upon the considerable expertise and contacts in our research group. Together with my (former) PhD student Leon Planken we study the temporal aspects of such problems.

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