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OR58 Stream - Renewable Energy and Sustainability

Stream Organiser

Dylan Jones
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Afzal Siddiqui
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Stream Definition

The energy sector currently has significant decisions to be made that require the scientific approach to decision making epitomised by Operational Research. This is true on global, national, and local scales and across all potential and current energy sources on the supply side, as well as demand side issues such as energy conversation and energy storage. The overall goal is to produce an efficient, effective and environmentally optimised energy sector, which leads to a myriad of models spanning all methodologies and topics of the Operational Research discipline. The energy stream at the OR58 would therefore like to attract high quality contributions that reflect the state-of-the-art in the theory and practice of the application of Operational Research to the energy sector. Topic contribution could include, but are not limited to, the following topics

  • Application of Operational Research methodologies to a particularly energy source (e.g. biomass, coal, hydro, gas, oil, nuclear, solar, tidal, thermal, wave, wind)
  • Use of Operational Research to predict and control energy demand
  • Use of Operational Research to optimise the mix of energies used at  global, national, regional, and local levels
  • Use of Operational Research to optimise the design and use of energy storage
  • The modelling of the multiple criteria effects of energy systems
  • The use of Operational Research to shape current and future energy policy    
  • Operational Research methods to match energy supply and demand
  • Operational Research studies aimed at understanding and modifying consumer energy use behaviour
  • Modelling of the interface between present and future energy usage and other societal trends (such as electric vehicle usage or increased computer storage needs)


Dylan Jones

Dr Dylan Jones is a Professor of Operational Research based in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Portsmouth. He is the Director of the Centre of Operational Research and Logistics (CORL). Prof Jones’s main area of expertise is the theory and application of decision problems with multiple conflicting objectives. He has published over 50 scientific articles on this topic and a keynote book on goal programming. Prof Jones has worked extensively on the application of Operational Research in various fields of application including healthcare planning and logistics, management of networks of container ports, the logistics of marine renewable energy, financial portfolio selection, and socio-economic applications such as analysing cinema going behaviour. His work has been funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Royal Society, European Union, Operational Research Society, and Technology Strategy Board. Prof Jones has many international research collaborations but has particular links to Universities in Spain and Brazil.

Afzal Siddiqui

Afzal Siddiqui is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Statistical Science. Previously, he was a Lecturer in Statistics at UCL (2005-2010) and a College Lecturer in the Department of Banking and Finance at University College Dublin. After having completed his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of California at Berkeley in 2002, Afzal served as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at UC Berkeley (2002) and a Visiting Post-doctoral Researcher at the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory(2002-2003). In addition, he is a Professor (20% time) at the Department of Computer and Systems Sciences of Stockholm University and a Visiting Professor at the Systems Analysis Laboratory of Aalto University. 


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