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OR59 - Organising Committee

Conference Co - Chairs

Jiyin Liu, Loughborough University     


Sayara Beg, Data Sciences Ltd           



MAI - Chair

Matthew Robinson, IBM Ltd UK



Programme Co-ordinators

 Nigel Phillips, visiting fellow at LSBU  



David Collier, Consultant/LSE       



Keynote/Extended Abstract Editor

Dobrila Petrovic, Coventry University



Programme Scheduler

Antuela Tako, Loughborough University



Sponsorship/Exhibition Organiser

Malcolm Cree, Catalyze Ltd



Conference Organiser

Hilary Wilkes, The OR Society



Advisory Committee

Stewart Robinson, Loughborough University



Gilberto Montibeller, Loughborough University




Jiyin Liu

Jiyin Liu is Professor of Operations Management and leader of the Logistics and Transportation Analytics research interest group in the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University.  He works in both operational research and operations management areas. Jiyin received his PhD in Manufacturing Engineering and Operations Management from the University of Nottingham and worked at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.  He is also a visiting chair professor at Northeastern University of China. His research is mainly on modelling and optimisation of operations planning problems in logistics and production systems. He focuses on problems with both academic significance and practical relevance. His work has been supported by research funding agencies and by industry.  He publishes his research outputs in leading academic journals in the area of operational research, such as EJOR, JORS and OR, as well as in the areas of operations management, transportation, and engineering.  He was editorial board member of Journal of Scheduling and Journal of Chinese Institute of Industrial Engineers.  He was also involved in organising a number of international conferences. Jiyin has collaborated with companies within and outside the UK such as Baosteel, British Telecom, Hongkong International Terminals, Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited, and Philips Electronics.  He received the Franz Edelman Finalist Awards (INFORMS) for Achievements in Practice of Operations Research and Management Sciences twice for works on decision support in container terminal operations (2004) and in steel industry (2013), respectively.

Sayara Beg

A Fellow of The Operational Research Society, a MEIT member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology and a member of the International Institute of Privacy Professionals.  Specialising in the field of Operational Research, Advance Analytics and Data Science, promoting and implementing the discipline of advanced analytical methods to apply to complex transformation and change initiatives, policies and processes. Designing and implementing data privacy frameworks aligned to Information Protection Regulations.

Matthew Robinson

Matthew is an Analytics Specialist in the software part of IBM which covers the analytics portfolio from descriptive through predictive to prescriptive and cognitive analytics. His focus in on the use of appropriate tools to address business problems and the practical considerations of implementation. Matthew has over 25 years business analytics experience from a business and IT perspective including working in utilities, manufacturing and retail. He has been a member of the OR Society for over 25 years.

Nigel Phillips

Nigel is a data scientist and software engineering consultant developing human solutions to contemporary technical challenges. He is a visiting research fellow at the School of Engineering, London South Bank University where he taught for 20 years and ran the Information management subject group. Nigel was instrumental in setting up the BSc in Business Intelligence (now Data Science) the first in the UK. More recently, he has been involved in developing a variety of applications for Cognitive Computing using IBMs Watson and is consultant on several data science projects.

Nigel’s research interests currently include, computational topology for smarter old buildings, crowd sourcing for real-time management and the feedback and the psychological and cultural aspects of decision making with specific reference to automated political integrity checking. Nigel is a member of the BCS and OR Society and a founding member of Analytics Network.

Dobrila Petrovic

Dobrila Petrovic is Professor of Optimisation and Control in the Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing at Coventry University. Her main research work has been in the area of modelling and treatment of uncertainty in management and control by employing fuzzy-logic based reasoning in various domains such as logistics, supply chain management and control, inventory control, production scheduling, reliability and maintenance. Prof Petrovic was the principal investigator on four EPSRC funded projects in the area of supply chain optimisation, scheduling and rescheduling in production and medical domains, and modelling of supply chain robustness and resilience. She was participating in two European - FP7 research project on supporting highly adaptive network enterprise collaboration and global production networks. She was also collaborating with MOD/Dstl, in the area of development of intelligent control for unmanned vehicles and development of fuzzy causal maps for different military problems.

Prof Petrovic has published over 100 papers in scientific journals, edited books and conference proceedings. She is an Associate Editor of International Journal of Systems Science, International Journal of Systems Science: Operation & Logistics and IMA Journal of Management Mathematics. She was a Programme coordinator of a number of conferences including OR53 and International Conferences on Decision Support System Technology, ICDSST, 2015-2017.

Antuela Tako

Antuela is a Senior Lecturer in Operational Research at the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University. She holds a PhD in Simulation and an MSc in Management Science and Operational Research from the University of Warwick. Antuela’s research focuses on the practice of simulation modelling. Her research interests include: behavioural simulation, the comparison of simulation approaches (Discrete-Event Simulation and System Dynamics), the combination of problem structuring methods with discrete event simulation modelling, participative and facilitated simulation modelling and conceptual modelling. She is an expert in facilitated simulation modelling and she runs projects to support health and social care organisation to make decisions through the use of simulation. Antuela Tako’s research has appeared in the European Journal of Operational Research, Journal of the Operational Research Society, Decision Support Systems and BMJ Quality and Safety. She is an Associate Fellow of the Operational Research Society (AFORS).

Malcolm Cree

Malcolm joined Catalyze Ltd. in early 2016 after 36 years’ service in the Royal Navy.  He served in most types of warship, from Minehunters to Aircraft Carriers, deploying frequently.  Highlights included the Gulf during the Tanker War, Adriatic during the Bosnian crisis and at the 1997 Hong Kong handover.  He commanded the destroyer HMS GLOUCESTER, 2002-2004, a Coalition Task Group in the Gulf in 2008 and spent two years in charge of Operational Sea Training for all British and many NATO warships. Having served in the MoD’s Equipment area and twice in the Navy’s Resources and Plans division, as well as being involved in several major Defence change programmes over the years, his last appointment, as a Rear Admiral, 2013-2015, was leading a comprehensive transformation programme. 

He read History at Bristol University (BA Hons), is graduate of the French Collège Interarmées de Defense, taught on the UK Advanced Command and Staff Course and he attended the Royal College of Defence Studies 2010-2011, graduating with a distinction in the King’s College London MA in International Security and Strategy.  He is an Associate Professor of Exeter University’s Strategy and Security Institute and an occasional lecturer at RUSI and the Advanced Command and Staff College.

For over 15 years Malcolm has had a special interest in the practical application of decision theory, particularly in developing business strategy, selecting courses of action and prioritising portfolio investment.  He has facilitated many Decision Conferences and recently instigated a strategic Balance of Investment process in the Navy’s HQ and drove the adoption of Portfolio, Programme and Project management across the Command.  

Malcolm was appointed CBE in the 2015 Queen’s New Year’s Honours. 

He is a patron of the charity ‘Flying for Freedom’ and a trustee of Blind Veterans UK.  Malcolm lives in Hampshire with his wife Diana and, among other things, enjoys sailing, cycling, cooking, history and current affairs.  He has two grown up daughters.

Stewart Robinson

Stewart Robinson is Professor of Management Science and Dean of the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University.  Previously employed in simulation consultancy, he supported the use of simulation in companies throughout Europe and the rest of the world.  He is author/co-author of six books on simulation.  His research focuses on the practice of simulation model development and use.  Key areas of interest are conceptual modelling, model validation, output analysis and alternative simulation methods (discrete-event, system dynamics and agent based).  Stewart is co-founder of the Journal of Simulation and the Simulation Workshop conference series.  He was President of The OR Society 2014-15.  Home page:

Gilberto Montibeller

Gilberto Montibeller is a Full Professor of Management Science at Loughborough University, and a member of its Management Science and Operations Group, one of the leading teams worldwide focused on Behavioural Operations Research. He has been on the faculties of the London School of Economics (LSE, UK), Kingston Business School (UK), and the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC, Brazil) before joining Loughborough University in 2015. Gilberto was awarded a BSc (Hons) in Electrical Engineering from UFSC and worked as a junior executive at British American Tobacco Brazil, before deciding for an academic career.  He then received an MSc in Engineering Economic Analysis (UFSC) and a DSc in Engineering Economic Analysis (UFSC/University of Strathclyde, UK), continuing his studies as a Pos-Doctoral Fellow in Management Science at the University of Strathclyde.

He is an expert on strategic decision and risk analysis.  As a decision scientist, Prof Montibeller has more than twenty years of experience in conducting decision analytic projects for private and public organisations, in Continental Europe, Britain, and South America. Client organisations include Defra, UK National Audit Office, World Health Organisation (WHO), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Babcock International, Itaipu Binational (Brazil and Paraguay), and the Brazilian Centre for SMEs (SEBRAE), among others. Two of his main areas of applications are resource allocation against emerging threats, particularly health and terrorist ones, and multi-criteria health prioritisations. Prof Montibeller has extensive experience with management education and training. He has been a regular speaker at LSE Enterprise executive education courses, and taught successful courses at the LSE Executive Summer School. He has led in-company training for a large number of organisations such as Alcoa Inc., Japan Tobacco Int., CMS Cameron McKenna, and Surrey County Council. He has also taught in MBA programmes, both at Warwick Business School and Kingston Business School.