Resilience and Robustness of Dynamic Manufacturing Supply Networks


Active Members

  • Alan Champneys

    Prof Alan Champneys is Professor of Applied Nonlinear Mathematics at the University of Bristol. Via a DPhil in applied mathematics from Oxford and a postdoc at Bath, has been on the faculty at Bristol since 1993. He was Head of Dept of Eng Maths 2004-09. Since 2010 he’s been head of the Queen’s School of Engineering, comprising Aero, Civil and Mechanical Engineering. He is known for work in nonlinear dynamics - especially bifurcations, localised phenomena and non-smooth dynamics - engineering mechanics, renewable energy, biomathematics, and systems engineering. He has more than 100 journal papers, 7 EPSRC grants and was co-I of 2 EPSRC large grants funding the Bristol Centre for Applied Nonlinear Maths (2002-12). He has also had funding from BBSRC, Nuffield Foundation and the EU. Alan is known for championing interdisciplinary collaboration, being PI of Bristol’s EPSRC Bridging the Gaps and Cross-Disciplinary Feasibility Accounts. He was PI of the £3.4M EPSRC Bath/Bristol Systems Engineering EngD Centre (2007-11). He was EPSRC Adv Fellow 1997-2002 and has been an EPSRC College member since 1998. He was a member of EPSRC’s SAT for Engineering 2002-05. He is Editor IMA J Appl Math and on the Steering Committee of the KTN in Industrial Maths and was chair of the SIAM Activity Group in Dynamical Systems (2010-11).
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  • Bartholomew MacCarthy

    Prof Bart MacCarthy is Professor of Operations Management at Nottingham University Business School. His research spans the analysis, modelling and design of operational systems in business and industry. He has led major funded projects (EPSRC, EU, and industry) in effective decision support in planning and scheduling, supply chain planning and control, responsive order fulfilment, mass customization, and analysis of international supply networks. He has researched and consulted with a range of companies in automotive, aerospace, engineering, textiles and clothing, consumer products, food and logistics. He developed the Executive Masters programme in Global Supply Chain and Logistics Management with Rolls-Royce, now an open programme at Nottingham. Bart is European Editor for the International Journal of Production Economics. He was President of the European region of the Decision Science Institute in 2011/12 and has been an EPSRC college member for many years. He has published widely in both Operations Management and Management Science literatures. Of particular relevance here are the recent publications (MacCarthy & Jayarathne, 2012 MacCarthy et al, 2012, Brabazon & MacCarthy 2010, Er & MacCarthy, 2006).
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  • Daniel Ritterskamp

    Dr Daniel Ritterskamp is a Research Assistant at the University of Bristol. He obtained his PhD from the University of Oldenburg, before he moved to Bristol to work on this project. He has a background in theoretical physics and complex systems, such as neural networks and evolving food webs. In this project, he investigates the stability of supply networks by applying generalised modelling and other tools from dynamic systems theory.
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  • Dobrila Petrovic

    Prof Dobrila Petrovic is in the Faculty of Engineering and Computing at Coventry University and is a member of the CTAC. She isthe leader of the Supply Chain Modelling and Control subgroup. 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 supply chain management and control, inventory control, reverse logistics, production scheduling and forecasting. Dobrila was PI on three EPSRC funded projects directly relevant to this proposal in the area of decision support for operational supply chain management for manufacturing in the presence of uncertainty. She was part of a FP7 grant on supporting highly adaptive network enterprise collaboration through semantically enabled knowledge services and has funding from DSTL/MOD. She has published over 100 papers, was a member of the EPSRC Review College between 2003-12 and is Assoc Editor of IMA J Management Maths and Int J Systems Sci. Work of particular relevance to this proposal includes (Petrovic 2001, Petrovic et al 1998, Muqi & Petrovic 2012)
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  • Güven Demirel

    Dr Güven Demirel is Research Fellow at Nottingham University Business School. He previously worked as a pre-doctoral researcher in the Dynamics of Biological Networks group led by Thilo Gross at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems. After obtaining his PhD from the Technical University of Dresden, he moved to Nottingham to work on this project. He has a background in industrial engineering and physics and works mainly on interdisciplinary problems in the field of complex systems. His research focuses on developing analytical methods for solving dynamical processes on complex social and production networks. He is the author of five journal articles in prestigious journals including Science. In this project, he is developing and analyzing a suite of models based on optimizaton, probability, and dynamical systems theories to investigate the effectiveness of surveillance and development policies in supply networks as well as the stability of supply networks.
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  • Jiabin Luo

    Dr Jiabin Luo is a Senior Research Assistant in the Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing, Coventry University (UK). She obtained her PhD in Management Science from University of Southampton (UK) in 2013 before moving to Coventry to work on this project. She received her BSc degree in Mathematics from Zhongshan University (China), MSc degree in Statistics from University of Nottingham (UK), followed by another MSc degree in Risk and Stochastics from London School of Economics (UK). She is the author of four leading journal articles. Her research mainly focuses on the development of innovative optimisation models and decision support systems to solve real-world planning and management problems, particularly in the areas of transportation, logistics and supply chain management. In this project, she develops the fuzzy-scenario based approach to treat uncertainty and investigates the efficiency, robustness and resilience of supply networks.
  • John Quigley

    Professor John Quigley is in the Department of Management Science at the University of Strathclyde, from where he also obtained his PhD. As a Chartered Statistician, his main research interests concern developing models to support decision making under uncertainty. His doctoral work has been adopted for international standards IEC 61164 and forms part of BS5760. Under the DTI-funded REMM programme he developed a stochastic model and a structured process for probability elicitation to support Bayesian modelling as well as cooperative game theory analysis for supply network analysis with regard to reliability target trading. He has published 65 articles and is PI on the EPSRC Case Studentship for development of empirical Bayes methods for discrete event simulation, and is CI on Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) grant on the development of a multi-disciplined approach to risk for which one of the main themes is supply networks. Much of John’s research is industrially motivated with companies such as NASA, BAE Systems, Goodrich, Siemens, SELEX, Scottish Water, Alstom and Babcock.
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  • Lesley Walls

    Prof Lesley Walls is in the same Department. She has a PhD in Applied Statistics, is a Chartered Statistician and a Fellow of the Safety and Reliability Society. She is known for her work reliability modelling and risk management for technological systems and on resilience of supply networks. She has won the Royal Aero Soc Simms Prize (2003), and the Safety and Reliability Society Fryatt Prize (2007), and a best paper award at the IEEE Engineering Management Conference (2009). Lesley has led large industry research projects, including the REMM UK DTI- industry collaboration (1999-2001), Business Process Outsourcing (EPSRC 2005-9), Use of Expert Judgement in Safety Analysis (MOD, 2007-10) and a KTP with Scottish Water to develop an Asset Management Tool (2010-2012). She is CI on an EPSRC project on uncertainty in offshore wind turbine operation and (2011-13). She is Assoc Editor for IEEE Trans on Reliability and has worked with DSTL, RSSB, IBM, Sun and Weir Pumps. She is a Project Leader and a UK Expert on Reliability to the IEC TC56 WG2, for which she was awarded a Significant Service Award (2010). Of particular relevance to this proposal is the recent paper (Ali Agha et al 2012).
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  • Magdalena Ronge

    Magdalena Ronge is a Research Assistant in the Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing at Coventry University. She obtained her BSc degree in Electronics and Telecommunications engineering in Wroclaw University of Technology (Poland) and currently continuing her MSc degree in Advanced Informatics and Control in Poland and in European Systems and Control at Coventry University in order to obtain double degree. Her research focuses mainly on decision supporting systems for real-world problems. In this project she develops a novel fuzzy, multi-objective optimization model for the supply network under a variety of uncertainties.
  • Mahdi Parsa

    Dr Mahdi Parsa is a research associate at the Department of Management Science, University of Strathclyde.  Mahdi received his bachelor’s and master’s degree both in mathematics from AUT, Iran. He then obtained a Ph.D. in Computer Science at Griffith University in Australia. His research was mostly focused on designing algorithms and proving theorems in the areas of Algorithmic Game Theory and Computational Social Choice. He received the best Paper Award at the Australasian Computer Science Conference in 2012. Mahdi is currently exploring ideas for modeling strategic stochastic interactions by bridging probabilistic inference and game theory.
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  • Thilo Gross

    Dr Thilo Gross is Reader in Engineering Mathematics at the University of Bristol. After a PhD from Oldenburg in 2004 and postdoc work in Potsdam and Princeton he became Group Leader in the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems in Dresden in 2007 and Senior Lecturer at Bristol in 2011. He has held scholarships from the German National Merit and Humboldt foundations. Thilo’s work focuses on combining nonlinear dynamics and complex network theory. He is well known for the development of generalized modelling and work on self-organisation in adaptive networks, both of which have led to recent publications in Science. Beside his work in physics and mathematics, he has published in ecology, systems biology, and endocrinology. He is the author of 47 journal articles, 6 of which have been cited more than 100 times. These publications have earned several distinctions, including the cover of the New Journal of Physics, Best of 2010 issue. His recent publications have been covered by the BBC, the Wall Street Journal, Time, Wired among other popular media.
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The project "Resilience and Robustness of Dynamic Manufacturing Supply Networks" is funded by the EPSRC under grant number EP/K031686/1