New to OR Organising Committee


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Chair

Laura Brudenell, Dstl
Email: [email protected]

Biography

Laura Brudenell is a Senior Analyst with the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), with OR experience in military logistics and casualty estimation. She received her BSc (Hons - First Class) from Aston University in Mathematics with Professional Placement in 2014. She has supported the Dstl attendance at the OR Society Careers Events and is a keen STEM ambassador. Laura is currently the Staff Officer to Robert Solly, Head of Defence and Security Analysis Division at Dstl, the department responsible for the organisation's OR tools and techniques.

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Programme Co-ordinator

Anisha Patel, Dstl
Email: [email protected]

Biography

Anisha graduated from Cardiff University in 2015 with a BSc in Mathematics and its Applications, and joined the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory on the graduate scheme straight after university. Anisha is currently enjoying working on a wide range of projects where she is able to practise using different operational research techniques such as modelling, decision support and network analysis. She’s also done some work on policy impact and was lucky enough to attend the Military Operational Research Society Symposium last year at the United States Military Academy and present the analysis.

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Programme Co-ordinator

Fahim Ahmed, University of Strathclyde
Email: fahim.ahmed[email protected]

Biography

Fahim Ahmed has recently joined the Department of Management Science at Strathclyde University as a teaching associate. His areas of expertise are mainly in discrete event simulation and more broadly in the use of simulation methodologies within service operations. He attained his doctorate from Loughborough University in 2015. His PhD thesis was focused on the adaptation of computer science methodologies in simulation conceptual modeling.

Fahim holds a Bachelor’s in Electronics Engineering from NED University of Engineering and Technology, Pakistan (2005), and Master’s in Systems and Control Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden (2007). Fahim has been involved in teaching at various reputable business schools in Pakistan including KSBL and IBA. Within the UK, he has taught for undergraduate and postgraduate programs at Loughborough and Warwick University. He is a member of The Operational Research Society and has been actively engaged in research and teaching throughout his postgraduate career.

He has so far published in major simulation conferences and journals including Winter Simulation Conference, Simulation Workshop series (SW12 and SW 14), IEEE virtual reality conference and Journal of Discrete Event Dynamics from his research works. Currently, he is also involved in a project from NHS (funded by Scottish government) along with Gillian Anderson and Robert Van Der Meer at the Department of Management Science (Healthcare Operations group). 

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Keynote Editor / Scheduler

Ahmed Kheiri, Lancaster University
Email: [email protected]

Biography

Dr Ahmed Kheiri is an Assistant Professor in Operations Research at Lancaster University Management School, Department of Management Science, and a member of the Optimisation Research Group. He received his BSc (Hons - First Class) from the University of Khartoum, Sudan, in 2007, and received his MSc (Distinction) and PhD from the University of Nottingham in 2010 and 2014 respectively. He then held research positions at the University of Exeter and the Cardiff School of Mathematics. Dr Kheiri has good inter-disciplinary research that broadly contributes to the growing field of search and optimisation. His research interests cut across operational research, artificial intelligence and data science, investigating flexible and general cross domain optimisation methods to solve combinatorial optimisation problems.

Conference Manager

Hilary Wilkes, The OR Society
Email: [email protected]