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Dr. SVEN ERLANDER

Fil.Dr. Sven Erlander is Professor at Linköping University since 1971, where he founded the Optimization Group. He served as chairman of the Department of Mathematics from 1973 to 1976, as Dean of Engineering from 1978 to 1983 and as Rector(President) of Linköping University from 1983 to 1995. He chaired the Board of the Technical Faculty from 1978 to 1983 and the Board of the University from 1983 to 1995. In 1999 he became Professor Emeritus.

Under the leadership of Dr. Erlander the number of students at the university as well as the number of full professors doubled to 14500 and 128, respectively.

A specialist in traffic modeling and traffic planning he developed in 1981 the special program TeknikCentrum for university-industry cooperation at Linköping University. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences since 1983, Board member of the Tage Erlander foundation for Science and Technology, and Board member of the Erlandergården foundation, and was chairman of the Westman-Werner foundation 1989-1993. He has served on governmental and other committees and was a Board member of the Traffic Safety Council 1966-1971, the Transport Research Delegation 1984-1987 and the Swedish Board for Industrial and Technical development 1990-1995. In 1995-1998 he was appointed by the government as revisor of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Erlander has served as Swedish representative on CRE's Permanent Committee(European Conference of Rectors).

Dr. Erlander served as chairman of the Board of the unique Health University from 1986 to 1995, and was the driving force in the take over from the provincial government of the School of nurses and other personal, approved by the government in 1995. He took a number of initiatives to promote the cooperation and contacts between Engineering, Science, Humanities, Social Sciences, Pedagogics and Teacher Training including the unification of the faculties of engineering and science and the merger of the departments of Tema and Cultural and social sciences. He was a strong supporter of the establishing of the engineering program in Engineering biology. He took the initiative leading to the International Graduate School of Management and Industrial Engineering IMIE at Linköping University. He started preparations for a major build up of the activities of the university in Norrköping. He took initiative to the Tryggve Holm Lecture and was instrumental in the establishing of the student building Kårallen in 1987.

Dr. Erlander took the initiative of introducing a unique regular orchestra course within the teacher training domain but open to all students at Linköping University. The course aims at promoting the musical abilities of the students and at the same time developing and maintaining an academic symphony. Dr. Erlander has also made it possible for the academic symphony and some of the many choirs and bands to have access to a specially designed hall for their instruction work. To promote the music activities at the university he has introduced a position as Director Musices.

Dr. Erlander has been an active supporter of the Science Center in Linköping - Fenomenmagasinet - and has taken a number of initiatives in order to make this outstanding institution, devoted to promoting schoolchildren's knowledge and experience of Science, come true.

Dr. Erlander maintains strong ties with the international scientific community, the University of Pennsylvania and Universitet de Montreal, in particular. Dr. Erlander took the initiative to and maintains a close relationship with the Institute of Applied Mathematics(prof Yue Minyi) in Beijing. He visited China in 1982, 1984 and 1994. He was instrumental in establishing the close cooperation with the Institute of Mathematics in Hanoi(prof Hoang Tuy). He has an honorary doctors degree from the University of Gdansk.

Dr. Erlander is the author/co-author of 5 books and 30 articles in international scientific journals in the fields of optimization, transportation, traffic, probability, statistics and traffic safety. He served on the Editorial Advisory Board for the scientific journal Transportation Research from 1967 to 1993.

He holds memberships in Mathematical Programming Society, Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), Swedish Mathematical Society, Swedish Statistical Society, Swedish Society for Operations Research, Swedish Chapter of the Regional Science Association.

Born in 1934, Dr. Erlander received his MS from Stockholm University where he also earned his Ph.D. in 1968. He was chairman of the Statistical Research Group at the Department of Mathematics , Stockholm University, during 1966-1971.

In 1957 Dr. Erlander married Lillemor Sandahl, Theo. Dr. and Bachelor of Business Administration, priest in the Lutheran Church of Sweden and specializing in industrial mission, and they have four children. Dr. Sven Erlander takes an interest in literature, the social sciences, music, politics and the performing arts.

Eighteen most recent publications:

"Tage Erlander Dagböcker 1955". Gidlunds förlag, 2005,

"Tage Erlander Dagböcker 1954". Gidlunds förlag, 2004, 210 p.

"Tage Erlander Dagböcker 1953". Gidlunds förlag, 2003, 257 p.

"Tage Erlander Dagböcker 1952". Gidlunds förlag, 2002, 260 p.

"Tage Erlander Dagböcker 1945-1949". Gidlunds förlag, 2001, 514 p.

"Tage Erlander Dagböcker 1950-1951". Gidlunds förlag, 2001, 514 p.

Together with J T Lundgren: "Cost minimizing behavior in random discrete choice modelling" in Urban and Regional Transportation Modeling, Essays in honor of David Boyce, ed. Der Horng Lee, Edvard Elgar, 2004, 70-82.

"Efficiency and the logit model", Annals of Operations Research, 82, 1998, 203-218.

Together with Jan T. Lundgren: 'Discrete spatial price equilibrium', in Network Infrastructure and the Urban Emvironment, Advances in Spatial Systems Modelling, Lars Lundqvist, Lars-Göran Mattsson and Tschangho John Kim, eds, Springer, 1998, p. 194-211.

"Den nya folkskolan och naturvetenskapen", Folkskolan och vetskapen, s.31-59, Jubileumsskrift i anledning av folkskolans 150-årsdag, Industriförbundets Förlag AB, 1992.

Together with Neil F. Stewart: "The Gravity Model in Transportation Analysis - Theory and Extensions". VSP, Utrecht, 1990, 226 p.

"Efficient population behavior and the simultaneous choices of origins, destinations and routes". Transportation Research B, vol. 24B, 1990, 363-373.

Together with T. Smith: "General representation theorems for efficient population behavior." Applied Mathematics and Computations, 36, 1990, 173-217.

"On the principle of monotone likelihood and log-linear models". Mathematical Programming Studies 25, 1985, 108-123.

Together with Kurt O. Jörnsten and Jan T. Lundgren: "On the estimation of trip matrices in the case of missing and uncertain data". Transportation Research B, Vol. 19B, 1985, 123-141.

"Entropy in linear programs", Mathematical Programming, Vol. 21, 1981, 137-151.

"Optimal spatial interaction and the gravity model", Lecture Notes in Economics and Mathematical Systems, 173, 1980, 107 p, Springer- Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York.