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OR58 Stream - Infrastructure

Stream Organiser

Andy Chow
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Email: ho.chow@ucl.ac.uk

Fuzhan Nasiri
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Email: fuzhan.nasiri@concordia.ca

Tohid Erfani
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Email: t.erfani@ucl.ac.uk

 

Stream Definition

The population growth increases demand for energy, water, transport, and other infrastructure services. This ever-increasing demand also raises various global problems including congestion, energy, environmental impact, safety and security. Continuous construction of new infrastructures will not be a sustainable solution due to the increasingly tight fiscal, physical and environmental constraints. Consequently, governments, businesses, and research teams around the world are looking for more effective ways to utilise and operate infrastructure systems. Operational Research (OR) techniques offer opportunities for improving infrastructure planning and management practices with respect to costs, resource efficiency, sustainability and resilience.

This stream is looking for presentations on current research and practices in the applications of OR techniques in infrastructure planning and management including (but not limited to):

  • Infrastructure facility and operations management
  • Physical asset management, maintenance and reliability analysis
  • Infrastructure network design and planning
  • Infrastructure sustainability and resilience
  • Risk assessment and management
  • Resource efficiency in infrastructure systems
  • Infrastructure financing and business models
  • Life cycle cost optimization
  • Infrastructure supply chain management
  • Infrastructure and public policy
  • Infrastructure interdependency analysis .

Bio

Andy Chow

Andy Chow is a lecturer at Centre for Transport Studies at University College London (UCL), UK. Andy's research lies in developing tools for understanding and managing transport system. Andy received his undergraduate degrees in Civil Engineering and Mathematics from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; and later his doctoral degree in transport studies from University College London in 2007. His doctoral dissertation on dynamic system optimal traffic assignment received a Gordon Newell Memorial Dissertation Prize in 2008. Andy has been conducting a number of consultancies and professional courses for a number of national and international organisations including UK Department for Transport, Transport for London, Network Rail, MTR (Hong Kong). Before joining UCL in Spring 2010, Andy spent three years as a postdoctoral researcher at University of California at Berkeley in the United States and worked on various intelligent transport systems (ITS) research projects.

Fuzhan Nasiri

Dr. Fuzhan Nasiri is an assistant professor at Department of Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering at Concordia University, Canada.  He is doing research at the interface of systems science and sustainability. He is particularly interested in exploring the interactions between complex engineered, organisational, and natural systems. His expertise provides a solid foundation for investigating the ways in which engineering, management and policy solutions can be orchestrated to ensure sustainability of infrastructures, services, and facilities. Before joining Concordia, he worked at University College London (UCL) as a faculty member (2011-2014), at Yale University as a research scientist (2009-2011), and at GERAD research group as a postdoctoral fellow (2007-2009).

Tohid Erfani

Dr. Tohid Erfani is a Lecturer in Water Engineering at UCL Department of Civil, Environment and Geomatic Engineering, member of UCL centre for resource efficiency and the environment (CREE) and water management research group. He is advisor to the UK Governmental Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (GEMA) for energy networks and water sector economics. Tohid’s current research is focused on system modelling using operational research and agent based approaches as well as evolutionary based optimisation algorithms to solve water network distribution system, capacity expansion problem under uncertainty, water-energy-food-waste dynamics, and water market design and trades. His research experiences also cover the design of new classical and nature-inspired algorithms to solve multi-objective, expensive to evaluate, constrained and stochastic problems applied to the areas of environmental modelling, logistics and transport studies, economical analysis, robotics, and aerospace application and design.

 

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