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OR58 - Organising Committee

Conference Co - Chairs

Djamila Ouelhadj, University of Portsmouth
Bio

Email: djamila.ouelhadj@port.ac.uk
   

Alan Robinson, Dstl
Bio

Email: APROBINSON@mail.dstl.gov.uk

 
   

Programme Co-ordinators

 Alessio Ishizaka, University of Portsmouth
Bio

Email: alessio.ishizaka@port.ac.uk

   

Antonio Martinez-Sykora, University of Southampton
Bio

Email: a.martinez-sykora@soton.ac.uk

 
   

Keynote/Extended Abstract Editor

James Bleach, Government OR
Bio

Email: drjimbleach@gmail.com

   

Programme Schedulers

Banafsheh Khosravi, University of Portsmouth
Bio

Email:  banafsheh.khosravi@port.ac.uk

Christopher Haynes, Dstl
Bio

Email:  cehaynes@mail.dstl.gov.uk

   

Sponsorship/Exhibition Organiser

Tom Baldwin, Polaris Consulting Ltd 
Bio

Email: TomBaldwin@polarisconsulting.co.uk     

   

Social Events Organiser

Martin Keys, Dstl
Bio

Email: mailto:keysrus@btinternet.com

   

Conference Organiser

Hilary Wilkes, The OR Society

Email: Hilary.wilkes@theorsociety.com

   

 

Bios

 Djamila Ouelhadj

Dr Djamila Ouelhadj is a Reader in Operational Research (OR) and the Chair of the Logistics and Operational Research Group (LORG) in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Portsmouth. She is the Director of Enterprise and Innovation of the cross-faculty Centre for Operational Research and Logistics (CORL) and the Director of MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management. She has carried out successful research in OR for more than 18 years. She obtained her PhD from the University of Nottingham. She then worked as a post-doctoral research fellow and a lecturer for six years in the Automated Scheduling, Optimisation and Planning Research group (ASAP) at the University of Nottingham. Her main research interests are OR and the development of novel mathematical optimisation models, advanced meta-heuristic methods, cooperative agent-based optimisation, and intelligent decision support systems for automatically producing high quality solutions to a wide range of real-world optimisation, scheduling and logistics problems. Real-world problems include: manufacturing, healthcare, nurse rostering, vehicle routing and transportation, supply chain and production management, sustainability and renewable energy, etc. Her research activities have resulted in publications in International distinguished journals and refereed conference proceedings. She has acted as a referee for a number of journals and has been a member of the programme committees of a number of International Operational Research conferences. She has chaired the scheduling stream in OR53, OR54, OR55, OR56, and OR57. She has organised several Southern Operational Research Society Workshops on Optimisation and Scheduling, Modern Heuristic Methods in Healthcare, Operational Research for Logistics and Transportation, Logistics in Offshore Wind Farm Services. She is the Southern Regional Representative to the General Council of the Operational Research Society and a member of the Operational Research Society, UK. Her research work has been funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), European Union, Innovate UK, and the Royal Society. She has extensive international collaborations with universities in Europe, Brazil, China, Thailand, and Malaysia.
As the Director of Enterprise and Innovation, she has successfully led the innovation activities of CORL, and has established extensive links with business and the Catapults (Transport Systems, Satellite Applications, Offshore and Renewable Energy). Catapults are elite Technology and Innovation Centres established and overseen by the UK's innovation agency, Innovate UK (previously known as the Technology Strategy Board, TSB). Since 2013, she has chaired the Research and Innovation CORL events and several industrial workshops on the Science of Better Decision Making, which have attracted a large number of practitioners.

 

 Alan Robinson

ALAN ROBINSON, FORS, has been working in Defence Operational Research/Analysis* for over 30 years.  He currently works in the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), which is an Agency of the Ministry of Defence.  He is a Dstl Fellow in the Defence and Security Analysis (DSA) Division, where he advises on the technical quality of the work delivered by DSA Division and on the development of its technical capabilities.

 

 

 

 

 

 Alessio Ishizaka

Alessio Ishizaka is Professor in Decision Analysis, research lead and Deputy Director of the Centre of Operations Research and Logistics (CORL) at the Portsmouth Business School of the University of Portsmouth. He received his PhD from the University of Basel (Switzerland). He worked successively for the University of Exeter (UK), University of York (UK) and Audencia Grande Ecole de Management Nantes (France). He has been visiting professor at the Politecnico di Torino, Università degli Studi di Trento, INSA Strasbourg, Université de Lorraine, Universität Mannheim, Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Universität der Bundeswehr Hamburg, Université d’Aix-Marseille, Università degli Studi di Torino, Università degli Studi della Tuscia and Università degli Studi di Padova. His research is in the area of decision analysis, where he has published more than 40 papers. He is regularly involved in large European funded projects. He has been the chair, co-organiser and guest speaker of several conferences on this topic. Alongside his academic activities, he acts as a consultant for companies in helping them to take better decisions. He has written the key textbook Multicriteria Decision Analysis: methods and software..

 

 Antonio Martinez-Sykora

Antonio Martinez-Sykora is a Lecturer in Business Analytics at the University of Southampton. He finished the PhD on June 2013 at the University of Valencia (Spain) and he joined the University of Southampton as a   research assistant in September 2013. His research is mainly focused in combinatorial optimisation, in particular on the area of cutting and packing involving irregular shapes and on the area of routing problems, in which he designed several exact procedures for different problems based on mathematical modelling.

 

 

 

 

 James Bleach

Dr James Bleach is a Senior Analyst who applies analytical and modelling techniques to generate high quality, objective and robust evidence that informs UK Government policy makers and enables them to make better decisions. James, whose academic background is in Astrophysics, has also been a member of the Editorial Board for the science journal Open Physics since 2003, and a Language Editor for Paladyn. Journal of Behavioral Robotics since 2013. He is an Associate Fellow of the Operational Research Society, a Chartered Physicist of the Institute of Physics, and a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Ambassador – a role that involves supporting and encouraging young people to actively engage with STEM, thereby helping to inspire the STEM professionals of the future.

 

 

 Banafsheh Khosrav

Dr Banafsheh Khosravi is a Lecturer in Operational Research and a member of the Logistics and Operational Research Group (LORG) in the Department of Mathematics and a member of the Centre for Operational Research and Logistics (CORL) at the University of Portsmouth. She did her PhD in Management Science - Operational Research at the University of Southampton following her MSc and BSc degrees in Industrial Engineering. She also worked on a joint European Space Agency (ESA) project among five European universities while she was at the University of Southampton. She was a Research Associate in the Health and Social Care Modelling Group (HSCMG) at the University of Westminster before joining University of Portsmouth. Her main research interests are in the areas of combinatorial optimisation, scheduling, heuristics and their applications in transportation and health care.

 

 Christopher Haynes

I have been in Dstl over 15 years working in the field of OR. I am currently the Senior analyst for the Capability Analysis and Balance of Investment Team. The team supports Ministry of Defence decision makers and the Front Line Commands, on campaign-level issues using Balance of Investment and campaign modelling across domains to compare equipment options.

 

 

 

 

 

 Tom Baldwin

Tom is a Principal Consultant with Polaris Consulting, where he specialises in applying operational analysis to a range of defence problems for government and industry clients. This includes problem structuring methods, simulation modelling, multi-criteria decision analysis and business case support. Tom regularly collaborates with academia including the University of Portsmouth’s Centre for OR and Logistics. Tom is an Associate of the OR Society and has presented at ISMOR and the OR Society’s Defence Special Interest Group. Tom previously worked at Dstl and SIMUL8 Corp., following OR degrees at Lancaster and Strathclyde universities.

 

 

 

 Martin Keys

I was educated at the Universities of East Anglia and Leicester, where I obtained a BSc in Physics with Mathematics and an MSc in Experimental Space Physics respectively. Since 1981 I have worked in the MOD as an Operational Analyst (military operational research). Over my time within the MOD I have increasingly had a range of managerial responsibilities and involvement in human resourcing/business management issues. I am currently a Principal Analyst at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL); with a particular interest in the development of the technical/managerial skills in staff and their advancement; I am the Dstl Senior Mentor for the ORS. I am a Fellow of the Operational Research Society (FORS), A member of the General Council of the ORS and Chairman of the Operational Research Society Training Working Group. I am also a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (Chartered MCIPD)