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Transport Analytics: Using Big Data to Improve Efficiencies in Logistics

Venue: Room BE0.41, Richard Morris Building, Loughborough Uni
Speaker: Matt Hague, Microlease
Date: Wednesday, 25 February 2015 at 18:00 - 19:30

Microlise is one of the world's leading telematics solutions providers, with customers in over 130 countries. @Microlisemonitor some of the worlds largest distribution fleets as well as providing white label solutions into OEMs including MAN, DAF and JCB, as well as Tata Motors in India.

In the UK, Microlise track the usage, location, fuel economy and health of over 60,000 HGVs, with Microlise systems processing 4.5 billion miles of driving data per annum. Whilst customers use this data within their operations to more efficiently manage their fleets, Microlise recognises there is a huge potential
in leveraging the aggregated and anonymised big data to provide our customers and other third-party organisations with value-added information.

Matt Hague's brief presentation will provide an overview of how Microlise is starting to use big data to allow customers to benchmark their operations to make their drivers and managers lives easier and better manage risk

Matt Hague graduated from university in Manchester in 1994. Hopes of joining the RAF were not
realised on medical grounds so Matt undertook postgraduate studies and spent a short time in academia, before joining Microlise as a teaching company associate.Matt has worked for Microlise ever since and was responsible for Microlise's move into telematics and transport management systems nearly 15 years ago. A director of the company for approaching a decade, Matt is now responsible for product strategy, consultancy and marketing.

Matt is married with two sons and lives in Ampthill where, when he's not ferrying his boys to various sporting events, attempts to play the occasional game of rugby.

This is a joint event with the OR Society, Analytics Network and is open to both members and non-members.  For more information please contact Michael Mortenson (


How do you solve a problem like Analytics?

Venue: Room BE.0.40, Richard Morris Building, School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University
Speaker: Stewart Robinson, President of the Operational Research Society
Date: Wednesday, 14 January 2015 at 18:00 - 19:30


“Analytics” seems to be everywhere, job adverts abound, companies talk of their analytics capabilities, and the press regularly report on activities in analytics. Meanwhile, in the OR world, our US counterpart, INFORMS, have thrown huge resources at analytics. So how should we, as UK based OR practitioners and academics, respond? In this talk I shall reflect upon my own analytics journey which started in around 2006. We shall ask what is
analytics? Is it just another fad or something that will stay? And we shall finish by thinking about what this means for us. Come ready to discuss your own ideas on how we “solve a problem like analytics.”

STEWART ROBINSON is Professor of Management Science and Associate Dean Research at Loughborough University, School of Business and Economics. 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 five 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). Professor Robinson is co-founder of the Journal of Simulation and President of the Operational Research Society. He is helping to lead an OR Society Charitable Project on Analytics Education. Home page: