Business Technology and Operations

The research and education in the department of Business technology and Operations (BUTO) is focused on applying mathematical models and innovation strategies in several areas: logistics, manpower planning, business informatics, data analytics, technology, location analysis and geomarketing. Interdisciplinary research is a must in these domains.



VUB-Campus Etterbeek, Pleinlaan 2, B-1050 Brussels (Pleinlaan 5, 4th floor), at 5 minutes walking distance from the Etterbeek train station, and 10 minutes from the metro stations Petillon or Delta.


  • Thomas CRISPEELS

    Phone: +32 2 614 83 09
    E-mail: Thomas.Crispeels@vub.be
    Office: Pleinlaan 5, room 4.27

    Research domain: Innovation, R&D Strategy, Life Sciences, Technology Entrepreneurship


  • Peter DE BRUYN

    Phone: +32 2 614 83 10
    E-mail: Peter.De.Bruyn@vub.be
    Office: Pleinlaan 5, room 4.26

    Research domain: Business Informatics, Enterprise Engineering, Business Process Design



    Phone: +32 2 614 83 19
    E-mail: Marc.Goldchstein@vub.be
    Office: Pleinlaan 5, room 4.27

    Research domain: Technology Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Strategy, Software, ICT


  • Marie-Anne GUERRY

    Phone: +32 2 614 83 02
    E-mail: Marie-Anne.Guerry@vub.be
    Office: Pleinlaan 5, room 4.14

    Research domain: Mathematical Modeling, Markov Chain Models, Manpower Planning, Quantitative Human Resources Planning



  • Tias GUNS

    Phone: +32 2 614 83 21
    E-mail: Tias.Guns@vub.be
    Office: Pleinlaan 5, room 4.29

    Research domain: Data Mining, Constraint Programming



  • Imre KESERÜ

    Phone: +32 2 614 83 23
    E-mail: Imre.Keseru@vub.be
    Office: Pleinlaan 5, room 4.39

    Research domain: Sustainable Transport Planning, Travel Behaviour, Transport Geography, Commuting


  • Philippe LEBEAU

    Phone: +32 2 614 83 01
    E-mail: Philippe.Lebeau@vub.be
    Office: Pleinlaan 5, room 4.20

    Research domain: City Distribution, Electric Vehicles, Urban Consolidation Centers, Sustainable Logistics



    Phone: +32 2 614 83 57
    E-mail: Yves.Molenbruch@vub.be
    Office: Pleinlaan 5, Room 4.13

    Research domain: Vehicle Routing and Scheduling Problems, Demand-Responsive Mobility, Public Transport, Autonomous Electric Shuttles


  • Alexandre THYS

    Phone: +32 2 614 83 37
    E-mail: Alexandre.Thys@vub.be
    Office: Pleinlaan 5, room 4.26

    Research domain: Economic Geography, Marine Energies & Minerals, Sustainable Marine Development



    Phone: +32 2 614 83 40
    E-mail: Lieselot.Vanhaverbeke@vub.be
    Office: Pleinlaan 5, room 4.13

    Research domain: Location Analysis, Operations Research, Electromobility, Geomarketing


Senior researchers


Voluntary scientific collaborators

Data Analytics Lab

The VUB Data Analytics lab is headed by prof. Vincent Ginis, at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences and Solvay Business School. The lab has strong ties to the MOBI research group, the Artificial Intelligence Lab, the Applied Physics research group, and collaborates with several academic and industrial partners.

The Data Lab is a multidisciplinary group of enthusiastic researchers at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. We use the connection between data analysis and the properties of complex systems to analyze interdisciplinary issues. In doing so, we develop data analysis tools based on information theory, nonlinear dynamics, and statistical physics. This combination enables an imaginative, cross-disciplinary, and insightful approach to complex problems at the interface between artificial intelligence, applied physics, and operational research. The research's primary focus is on gaining insight into the operation and application of artificial neural networks.


MOBI, the Mobility, Logistics and Automotive Technology Research Centre, is leader in defining the state-of-the-art in Electromobility and Socio-Economic Evaluations for sustainable mobility and logistics.

40 years of expertise – 150 projects last 5 years – 16 ongoing EU projects – 100+ staff 

For specific information, you can go to the MOBI website.