o.Univ. Prof. Dr. Richard F. Hartl

Contact Information
PositionFull Professor
AffiliationUniversity of Vienna
Department of Business Decisions and
AddressOskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1, A-1090
Vienna, Austria
Telephone+43 1 4277 38091

Academic milestones and positions

1995 – presentFull Professor in Business Administration, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
1993 – 1995Full Professor in Business Administration and Vice Dean, OvG University of Magdeburg,
Magdeburg, Germany
1989 – 1993Associate Professor (Tenure) in Operations Research Vienna University of Technology,
Vienna, Austria
1987Habilitation (Venia Docendi) in Operations Research Vienna University of Technology,
Vienna, Austria
1983 – 1988Assistant Professor for Operations Research, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna,
1982Post Doctoral Fellow at the Faculty of Management Studies, University of Toronto, Toronto,
1981Research Assistant at the Institute for Operations Research, Vienna University of
Technology, Vienna, Austria
1980PhD (Dr.techn.) in Operations Research, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
1980System Engineer Trainee IBM Austria, Vienna, Austria

Main research areas and results

Research areaModelling in production, operations management, and transportation
Important resultsVarious applications in production, scheduling, lot sizing, vehicle routing, location, etc. Developing efficient solution methods (mainly metaheuristics, but also exact methods) and deriving managerial implications
Research areaTheory and design of metaheuristic algorithms
Important resultsFirst convergence proof for genetic algorithms, development of an efficient variant of ant colony optimization, box splitting for multi-objective combinatorial optimization
Research areaDynamic models of the firm and optimal control
Important resultsContributions to the theory (e.g. necessary conditions for state constraints, monotonicity theorem) and applications of optimal control to various firm problems – derivation of managerial implications

10 Most important publications

2019Leveraging single-objective heuristics to solve bi-objective problems: Heuristic Box Splitting and its application to vehicle routing. Networks. an international Journal, 73 (4), p. 382-400. with P. Matl, T. Vidal, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/net.21876
2018The delivery problem: optimizing hit rates in e-commerce deliveries,
Transportation Research Part B, 117 A (November) 455-472 with A. Florio, D. Feillet, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trb.2018.09.011
2017Possible market entry of a firm with an additive manufacturing technology.
International Journal of Production Economics 194,190-199, with P.M. Kort, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpe.2017.06.013
2016A bi-objective home care scheduling problem: Analyzing the trade-off between costs and client inconvenience, European Journal of Operational Research 248 (2, January) 428–443, with K. Braekers, S.N. Parragh, F. Tricoire, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejor.2015.07.028
2015The generalized consistent vehicle routing problem, Transportation Science 49 (4), 796-816, with Attila A. Kovacs, Bruce L. Golden, Sophie N. Parragh, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1287/trsc.2014.0529
1999An Improved Ant System Algorithm for the Vehicle Routing Problem, Annals of Operations Research, 89, 319–328 (1180 citations) with B. Bullnheimer, C. Strauss, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1018940026670
1994Dynamic optimal control models in advertising: recent developments, Management Science 40 (2) 195-226 (436 citations), with G. Feichtinger, S.P. Sethi, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1287/mnsc.40.2.195
1986Optimale Kontrolle ökonomischer Prozesse: Anwendungen des Maximumprinzips in den Wirtschaftswisssenschaften, de Gruyter, Berlin (600 citations), with G., Feichtinger, ISBN 978-3-11-010432-5

Additional research achievements

2022 Invited Opening Keynote Verolog Hamburg
2021 GOR Science Award
2021Invited Opening Keynote OR Bonn
2019/2Invited Keynote, ORBEL 33 – 33rd conference of the Belgian Operational Research Society, Hasselt, Belgium
2018/9Invited Closing Keynote, OR2018 – the annual international conference of the German Operations Research Society (GOR), co-organized with the Belgian Operational Research Society, Brussels, Belgium
2016/12Invited Keynote, ICAMIS – International Conference on Applied Mechanics and Industrial Systems, Muscat, Oman
2014-2023Treasurer, Member of the Administrative board, International Federation of Operational Research Societies (IFORS)
2011-2012Member of executive board, VHB – German Verband der Hochschullehrer für Betriebswirtschaft e.V.
Ad hoc referee for research funding institutions such as NSF, NSERC, FWO, FNRS, DFG, for Universities in Belgium, England, Germany, Greece, Netherlands, Swizzerland, Turkey, UAE, US, and for various leading journals
Committee member of the EURO excellence in practice award (2012), the EURO doctoral dissertation (2015, 2016, Chair 2018), and the INFORMS – TSL Lifetime Award (2013)
Senior Extramural Fellow of the Center for Economic Research (CentER), University of Tilburg:
Associate Editor: Transportation Science, OR Perspectives
Editorial Board: EURO Journal on Transportation and Logistics, BuR – Business Research,
Central European Journal of Operations Research, Swarm Intelligence)

Conferences organized

MIC2005 „Vienna“ 6th Metaheuristics International Conference
Vienna, August 22-26, 2005
Eighth Viennese Workshop on Optimal Control, Dynamic Games and Nonlinear Dynamics
Vienna, May 14-16, 2003
Seventh Viennese Workshop on Optimal Control, Dynamic Games and Nonlinear Dynamics
Vienna, May 24-26, 2000
Sixth Viennese Workshop on Optimal Control, Dynamic Games, Nonlinear Dynamics and Adaptive Systems
Vienna, May 21-23, 1997

Journal Editor

Central European Journal of Operations Research – Member of Editorial Board
OR-Spektrum Member of Editorial Board from 1997 – 2002, Member of the Advisory Board since 2003
Optimal Control, Applications and Methods: Subject Editor