star Research Students

The following Postgraduate Research Students have completed their doctorate during the REF census period. For a list of current students please view departmental pages. Where possible, we have linked to the full-text electronic version of the PhD theses. The other PhD theses are available on request by contacting

Name Project Title
WILLIS, Kevin Oliver Integration of Multi-Objective Analysis Techniques to Simulation Optimization
RIES, Jana Instance-Based Flexible Parameter Tuning for Meta-Heuristics using Fuzzy-Logic
ZAIBIDI, Nerda Zura Modelling human fairness in cooperative games: a goal programming approach
LIN Zhougeng Combining simulation and multi-objective optimisation for equipment quantity optimisation in container terminals
MARTIN Simon Multi-agent based cooperative search in combinatorial optimisation
MULHERN Colm Collective induced phenomena in systems of coupled oscillators

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star Research Collaborations

Collaboration with research users in industry has directly informed our research strategy.

We aim to develop a culture of engagement with other organisations that leads to mutually beneficial relationships. We work to promote expertise with a view to developing relationships on a national and international level, leading to research collaborations, participation in international consortia, and engagement with users. The Department ensures full involvement in these projects by funding visits to international project preparation events before funding is secured. When we engage with end-users, the University’s Research and Innovation Services (RIS) often acts as a conduit, as does our Institute of Industrial Research (IIR), which has an enviable record of industrial and commercial experience. One particular focus is in the direction of renewable energy research (exemplified by the current LEANWIND project). In order to foster collaborations, the department encourages long-stay research visits from staff at existing and prospective partners and has hosted year-long visiting lectureships for staff from Chinese Universities, together with Summer Internships, including annual interns from City University Hong Kong.

Group involvement in Major EU funded consortia and with industrial partners includes:

LOGMAN (Logistics and Manufacturing Trends and Sustainable Transport) project, with AustriaTech, SYKE Finnish Environment Institute, and several others. SEABILLA (Sea Border surveillance) project, with Alenia Aeronautica, BAE Systems, Selex, Thales, Telespazio, EADS Defence and Security, and several others. 2OM (offshore wind energy) a consortium of Universities led by Le Havre, with partner CRiTT (transport and logistics) supported by many companies, including AREVA, Port of Ramsgate, Marine South East, aiming to liaise with UK and French off-shore wind industries. LEANWIND (Offshore wind energy) in collaboration with 31 entities, including ACCIONA Infrastructures and Energy, Maersk Training, A2SEA A/S, and EDP Innovations. Plans for an EU cost action with partners in Coimbra (Portugal) and Rotterdam (Holland.)

Collaborations with local industry include:

CADRE (Congestion Avoidance Dynamic Routing Engine) funded by South East England Development Agency (SEEDA), with Comsine (lead partner), Hampshire County Council, Smartcom Software, Transport Research Laboratory (TRL), and ViaMichelin. IMAS (Cost-Effective Inventory Management in the Armed Services through Improved ABC Optimisation) funded by Centre for Defence Enterprise (MoD), with Polaris Consulting Ltd. EEMS (Embedded Energy Management System) funded through the Technology Strategy Board’s Emerging Technologies - Energy Efficient Computing competition - brokered by the University's RIS, and in collaboration with the University's IIR, with partner Xyratex.

Research with external collaborators illustrating inter-disciplinary work includes:

Collaboration on solar sails (Waters) with the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. Development of algebraic methods for the study of chemical reaction dynamics (Banaji) with the Department of Biomolecular Chemistry at U. Wisconsin and Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Imperial College, London. Directed transport in Hamiltonian systems (Hennig) with Institute for Theoretical Physics, Humboldt, Berlin, Institute for Physics, Augsburg, and Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems. Application of statistical mechanics to geological hazards (Burridge) with Earth and Environmental Sciences at Portsmouth. Burbanks has recently joined a collaboration with the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Utah, Logan, USA, to study superfluidity in doped Helium-4 clusters.

Members of both groups have been active in organising workshops and conferences. Hennig organised a mini-symposium "Stochastic Systems" at the international Dynamics Days (2010) and the international workshop 'Dynamics Day Pompey 2010' with plenary speaker Serge Aubry (Saclay). Waters and Simon (NCSG) co-organised the workshop "Modern approaches to dynamical integrability" (2011) for which LMS funding of £3700 was secured. Li was General Secretary for the 5th China-Australia Workshop on Optimization Theory and for the 1st International Symposium on Optimization and Complex Systems (China, 2011). The Logistics and Operational Research Group receives support from the OR Society and Southern OR Group for its workshops, including a one-day workshop on Logistics and Operational Research for the Offshore Wind Farm Sector (2013). Jones is a member of the International Organising Committee for the Multi-Objective Programming and Goal Programming (MOPGP) conference series (2000-present) and conference Chair for the 8th International MOPGP Conference (Portsmouth, 2008), having organised the first of these bi-annual conferences in 1994 and been a key part of its International Committee since.

Researchers in both groups are active as Editors and reviewers for many journals. Hennig reviews for journals including Europhysics Letters, Journal of Mathematical Physics, Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and General, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, New Journal of Physics, Nonlinearity, Physical Review Letters, Physical Review B, Physical Review E, and Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena. Banaji reviews for the SIAM Journal of Applied Mathematics, for a number of funding bodies, and also for Zentralblatt and Mathematical Reviews. Jones is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Health Management and Information. Simon (NCSG) reviews for a number of journals including: Annales de l'Institut Fourier, Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems, and Nonlinearity. Chlebikova reviews for Algorithmica, Discrete Applied Mathematics, and Discrete Mathematics, and Waters reviews for Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy. Li is guest editor for the Pacific Journal on Optimization and a reviewer for journals including the SIAM Journal on Optimization, and Mathematics of Computation.

Osbaldestin is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and Jones is Southern Region representative on the National Council of the British Operational Research Society.

Staff in both groups are invited to give keynote addresses and seminars at international conferences. Li was invited to speak at the 2nd Sino-German Workshop on Optimization, Modeling, Methods and Applications in Industry and Management and the International Conference on Spectral Theory of Tensors (both in China, 2012). Waters was invited to speak at the 8th AIMS Conference on Dynamical Systems, Differential Equations, and Applications (2010). Jones was plenary speaker at the International Conference of the Multiple Criteria Decision Making Society (Spain, 2013), and at the Applied and Computational Mathematics Conference (Brazil, 2013). Hennig was invited to speak at the International Conference “Nanotechnology” (Chemnitz, 2008), the Annual Conference of the German Physical Society (2009 and 2010), Dynamics Days (Bristol, 2010), the International Workshop “Nonlinear Lattice Dynamics” (Potsdam, 2011), and at the international conferences “Nonlinear Waves and Solitons in Lattices” (2012) and “Quodons in mica: Nonlinear localised travelling excitations in crystals” (Spain, 2013). Banaji has been invited to speak at many conferences, including at "Theorems on Biological Circuits IV" (Harvard, USA, 2011) and was the invited keynote speaker at the fNIRS 2012 conference on near-infrared spectroscopy (UCL, London) and at Algebraic and Numeric Biology (Austria, 2010), giving the opening keynote talk.

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