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SW18 - Organising Committee

Conference Co-Chairs

Thomas Monks - Bio
NIHR CLAHRC Wessex Data Science Hub
Faculty of Health Sciences, University Hospital Southampton
Southampton, HANTS. SO16 6YD
Tel: +44 (0) 23 8059 7983

Dr C S M Currie - Bio
Mathematical Sciences, University of Southampton
Tel: +44 (0) 23 8059 3647

Programme Chairs

Anastasia Anagnostou - Bio 
Dept. of Computer Science, Brunel University London
Uxbridge, Middlesex. UB8 3PH
Tel: +44-1895-266227

Rudabeh Meskarian - Bio 
NIHR CLAHRC Wessex Data Science Hub
Faculty of Health Sciences, University Hospital Southampton
Southampton, HANTS. SO16 6YD

Duncan Robertson - Bio 
School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University
Loughborough. LE11 3TU

Masoud Fakhimi - Bio 
Surrey Business School, University of Surrey
Guildford, Surrey. GU2 7XH
Tel: +44(0)14 8368 6380

Poster Chair

Tom Boness - Bio 
Operational Research in Health Ltd
3 Queen’s Road
Reading, Berkshire RG1 4AR

Advisory Board

Stewart Robinson 
School of Business and Economics
Loughborough University
Leicestershire. LE11 3TU          

Simon J.E. Taylor
Department of Computer Science
Brunel University, Uxbridge
Middlesex. UB8 3PH



 Thomas Monks

Thomas Monks is Director of the NIHR CLAHRC Wessex’s Data Science Hub, University of Southampton.  He holds a BSc in Computer Science and Mathematics, MSc in Operational Research and PhD in Simulation Modelling. He was co-chair of the OR Society Simulation special interest group until 2017 and co-chair of SW16.  He is an associate editor for Health Systems and the Journal of Simulation. His research interests include applied simulation modelling of urgent and emergency care systems, capacity planning and optimization of health systems. His ORID ID is


 Christine Currie

Christine Currie is Associate Professor of Operational Research in Mathematical Sciences at the University of Southampton, UK, where she also obtained her Ph.D. She is Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Simulation.

Christine was co-chair of the Simulation Special Interest Group in the UK Operational Research Society until September 2013. Her research interests include mathematical modelling of epidemics, Bayesian statistics, revenue management, variance reduction methods and optimization of simulation models.  Her email address is


 Anastasia Anagnostou

Anastasia Anagnostou is a Research Fellow in the Modelling & Simulation Group, Department of Computer Science, Brunel University London. She holds a BSc(Hons) in Electronics Engineering, an MSc in Telemedicine and e-Health Systems, and a PhD in Distributed Modelling & Simulation. Her research interests lie in the areas of Advanced Computer Infrastructures for Modelling and Simulation, Open Science for Simulation, Hybrid Distributed Simulation and Modelling and Simulation for Healthcare and Industrial Applications. She was Programme co-Chair for the OR Society’s SW16 and member of organising committees for international conferences sponsored by IEEE and ACM/SIGSIM. Since 2011, she has been involved in several interdisciplinary research projects with stakeholders from industry and academia across manufacturing, healthcare, defence and food supply chains.


 Rudabeh Meskarian

Following an MSc in operational research at University of Southampton, Dr Meskarian pursued a PhD in decision making under uncertainty, exploring various stochastic and robust programming and optimisation method with application in healthcare, finance and manufacturing. Following her PhD, she received the EPSRC Doctoral Prize award that enabled her to pursue a research project in robust optimisation and worst case scenario analysis, looking at fractional and bi-level optimisation techniques. This was followed by a year of postdoctoral fellowship in Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) where she worked on models and methods in discrete choice modelling with application is market research, recommender systems and transportation networks. She joined NIHR CLAHRC Wessex as a research fellow where her research interests are applying simulations, stochastic programming and optimisation techniques in healthcare.


 Duncan Robertson

Dr Duncan Robertson joined the Management Science Group at Loughborough in 2014.  Prior to that, he held posts at Warwick Business School (as Assistant Professor of Strategic Management), Manchester Business School, UEA London, Sun Yat-sen University in China, as well as holding a visiting post at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and teaching at London Business School.  He is a Fellow and Trustee of St Catherine’s College in the University of Oxford.  His research interests lie on the intersection of strategic management and agent-based modelling.
Before undertaking his DPhil at Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG working in the City of London, Australia, and New Zealand, where he specialized in advisory and corporate finance roles within the banking sector.  He originally trained as a physicist at Imperial College London.

 Masoud Fakhimi

Dr. Masoud Fakhimi is a Teaching Fellow in Management Information System at the University of Surrey Business School. He holds a BSc in Industrial Engineering, MSc in Management and PhD in Modelling & Simulation. Masoud’s research focuses on the application of ORMS techniques for Sustainable Development. His research interest include: Simulation for Triple Bottom-line Analysis, Hybrid Simulation, Green Supply Chain Management and Simulation for Healthcare. Since 2012, he has been involved in several research projects in healthcare, manufacturing, education and food supply chain.


 Tom Boness

Tom Boness is a software engineer at Operational Research in Health (ORH), where he specialises in writing simulation models of emergency services and non-emergency patient transport providers.  Since joining ORH in 2013 Tom has worked on a number of simulation models and other software tools used by ORH and its clients – including the Royal Flying Doctor Service and New South Wales Ambulance in Australia, the London Ambulance Service in the UK, and the British Colombia Ambulance Service in Canada.Tom’s fields of interest are discrete event and agent based simulation, and pickup and delivery problems.  Tom holds a PhD in Theoretical Physics from University College London.