Hi, I'm Jean

I'm the co-founder of two companies and hold an engineering and a PhD degrees

CEO of Dootix Sàrl
Marital status: married
Citizenship: Belgian
Current country of residence: Switzerland
Research topics: operations research, metaheuristics, hard combinatorial problems, management softwares

Currently: CEO at Dootix Sàrl
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I am the CEO of Dootix Sàrl, a software engineering company, and was the CTO of WeCan.Fund SA (sold in January 2017), a crowdlending start-up. Dootix is now part of the Fri Up start-up incubator in Switzerland. WeCan.Fund has been selected as one of the ten most promising start-ups (more than 130 applications) to join the Fintech Fusion incubator. The new way for private individuals to lend to small businesses.
I finished my PhD at the University of Geneva (Switzerland) with Prof. Nicolas Zufferey in June 2015.
During my PhD, I was focusing on operations management, decision analysis, optimization and metaheuristics. My favorite topics are vehicle routing, scheduling and green energy related problems.
I did an internship at the CIRRELT with Prof. Jean-Yves Potvin on an online vehicle routing problem (September 2013-February 2014).
I have done both my Bachelor (BSc. Communication Systems, 2004-2007) and my Master (MSc. Communication Systems, 2007-2009) at EPFL, with a specialization obtained in "Information and Communication Security". Therefore, I own an Engineer degree in this field.
My Master Thesis (2009) was achieved at Ericsson Eurolab, Aachen, Germany, and the topic was "DRM Convergence: Content Format Transcryption", under the supervision of Prof. Arjen Lenstra (EPFL) and Prof. Frank Hartung (Ericsson, RTWH).



J. Respen, N. Zufferey Metaheuristics for truck loading in the car production industry, International Transactions in Operational Research


J. Respen, N. Zufferey, E. Amaldi Metaheuristics for a job scheduling problem with smoothing costs relevant for the car industry, Networks


J. Respen, N. Zufferey, J-Y. Potvin Impact of Online Tracking on a Vehicle Routing Problem with Dynamic Travel Times, CIRRELT
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J. Respen, N. Zufferey Ant Algorithms for a Truck Loading Problem with Multiple Destinations, PMS 2014 Conference, Munich, Germany, 2014
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J. Respen, N. Zufferey, J-Y. Potvin Online vehicle routing and scheduling with continuous vehicle tracking, ROADEF 2014 Conference, Bordeaux, France, 2014
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J. Respen, N. Zufferey A Renault truck loading problem: from benchmarking to improvements, 14th EU/ME Workshop, Hamburg, Germany, 2013
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J. Respen, N. Zufferey, E. Amaldi Heuristics for a multi-machine multi-objective job scheduling problem with smoothing costs, 1st IEEE International Conference on Logistics Operations Management 2012, Le Havre, France, 2012
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I'm the founder and CEO of Dootix Sàrl, a software engineering company, specialized in custom development and event management software (DootixEvent and DootixVolunteers).
Traveling is my favorite hobby, I've been to South-East Asia (Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia), Nepal, Australia, USA, Canada, and of course European countries (France, Belgium, Italy, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Holland, etc.).
I'm a regular runner, skier and biker. I do as well like cooking (especially Asian cooking). And of course... I like coding!
I speak French (mother tongue), English, and some German.