Around the time of the Second World War, a new research field called Operations Research surfaced. It took a while before Operations Research became a research area at the Physics Laboratory. In 1955 a task force was established. At the end of 1956, dedicated “system research” was applied to signal processing. In 1957, game theory was demonstrated with electronics. From that period on, Operations Research became an important research field at TNO location The Hague Waalsdorp.
The use of operations research models required computers and processing of data (see also: computer history) and employees skilled in programming. This resulted in adaptation projects whose programming predominated.
A number of examples projects:
- The early period (1955 – 1964)
- Multi Criteria Analysis (MCA) (1970 – current)
- Hunting Operations (HUNTOP) (1978)
- HAwk Replacement Engagement Model (HAREM) (1989)
- GASMAL: A decision support system for chemical incidents (1990)
- Maritime Operational Research into Submarine Evaluation (MORSE) 1990
- Coverage Planner FELCOP (1992 – 2003)
- Single Airbase Logistics Model (SALOMO) (1994 – 2000)
- INtercept DIAgrams model (1995)
- FEL Planning Aid for Transport Helicopters (2000)
- Method to Analyse Relations Between Variables using Enriched Loops (MARVEL) (2006 -)
Moreover, direct support is offered to the deployed Royal Netherlands Armed Forces:
- Operational support in Afghanistan (2003 – 2010)