Operational Research (OR) is the discipline of applying advanced analytical methods to help make better decisions.
We are a committed and vibrant team of more than 30 academic staff and postgraduate students. We collaborate with more than 150 industrial partners across the world to enable impact arising from our research.
Operational Research in Southampton ranks 2nd in the UK, based on the 'power' benchmark as calculated from the results of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, and 48th world-wide in the latest QS World University Rankings. In the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, 100% of our research was deemed to be world leading or internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance, and rigour.
Our group runs three MSc programmes, Operational Research, Operational Research and Finance and Operational Research with Statistics and teaches an extensive portfolio of both undergraduate and postgraduate courses, as well as undertaking consultancy work for external organisations. Each summer, our MSc students undertake a three months summer project, working on a real-world problem. With the support of leading academic researchers, they apply modelling, analytical and mathematical techniques to analyse a wide range of business opportunities and challenges.
You can apply to our PhD programme via this link. The research interests of the OR Group at Southampton cover a wide range of topics which can be divided in the following sub-groups:
We are a highly active team of internationally recognized researchers, with strong links to the University of Adelaide, Beijing University, University of Bologna, Bremen University, University of California Davis, University of Coimbra, Cornell University, Instituda Matematica Pura et Aplicada Rio de Janeiro, University of Freiberg, Leuven University, MIT, University of Montreal, Technical University Munich, the Newton Institute at Cambridge University, University of Seville, and organisations such as Barclaycard, Boeing UK, British Airways, Eurocontrol, the European Space Agency (ESA), Ford, Lucent, the National Air Traffic Service (NATS), NHS, the Office of National Statistics (ONS), the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), Thomas Cook, TUI, Virgin Media, as well as others.
Operational Research at Southampton is a leading partner within the £5.4m EPSRC-funded LANCS initiative and the EPSRC-funded National Taught-course Centre in Operational Research (NATCOR), which provides in-depth training for PhD students in OR.
Our MSc summer project scheme has been running for over 30 years. Each year, over 60 students work on projects for external organisations.
We hold an annual specialist recruitment fair, usually early November, open to employers looking to recruit students with analytical skills, such as mathematics, statistics, and Operational Research.
We take part in CORMSIS, the Centre for Operational Research, Management Science, and Information Systems, a joint research endeavour of the Department of Mathematical Sciences and the Business School of the University of Southampton. CORMSIS is the largest of such groups in the UK, and spans the full spectrum of current Operational Research and Management Science.
|Staff Member||Primary Position|
|Nor Aliza BT Abd Rahmin||Postgraduate research student|
|Athanassios N. Avramidis||Lecturer|
|Shuanghua Bai||Postgraduate research student|
|Marton Benedek||Postgraduate research student|
|Patrick Beullens||Associate Professor at Mathematical Sciences|
|Yalin Bi||Postgraduate research student|
|Russell Cheng||Emeritus Professor|
|Stefano Coniglio||Lecturer in Operational Research|
|Walton P Coutinho||Postgraduate research student|
|Christine Currie||Associate Professor|
|Andria Ellina||PhD Student|
|Jörg Fliege||Head of Operational Research|
|Fangsheng Ge||Postgraduate research student|
|Narges Haghi||Postgraduate research student|
|Hattie Hall||Postgraduate research student|
|Navid Izady||Visiting Lecturer|
|Farhana Johar||Postgraduate research student|
|E Mushota Kabaso||Post Graduate Researcher|
|Gerhart Knerer||Doctoral candidate (part-time)|
|Tri-Dung Nguyen||Associate Professor|
|Hou-Duo Qi||Associate Professor|
|Alice Robins||Postgraduate research student|
|Christina Saville||Postgraduate research student|
|Benjamin C Shelbourne||Postgraduate research student|
|Huifu Xu||Professor of Operational Research|
|Lifeng Yang||Postgraduate research student|
|Alain B. Zemkoho||Lecturer|
|Shenglong Zhou||Postgraduate research student|
|Decision Making Under Uncertainty||Active|
|Multi-dimensional Scaling in Complex Networks||Active|
|Multiple-Source Localization Problems||Active|
|Numerical Methods for Nonlinear Optimisation||Active|
|Operations Research methods in algorithm cooperative games||Active|
|Optimisation in Data Dimension Reduction and Visualization||Active|
|Rich variants of the capacitated vehicle routing problem||Active|