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The University of Southampton
CORMSIS Centre for Operational Research, Management Sciences and Information Systems

CORMSIS Seminar - OR Saves Lives! Event

16:00 - 17:00
16 February 2017
Room 3041 Building 2, Southampton Business School

For more information regarding this event, please email Dr Yuan Huang at .

Event details

Abstract of the talk: Healthcare systems are stochastic in nature; that is they typically operate in an environment of uncertainty and variability, both at scale and within highly complex and connected networks. Furthermore, many healthcare services are under significant pressure to deliver more with less. OR methods can help healthcare providers move towards optimally configured services. In this talk I will provide an overview of some current and recent OR healthcare modelling projects at Cardiff, highlighting different OR methods and demonstrating impact.   I have also become particularly interested in aspects of behavioural OR; that is to incorporate human behaviours within the healthcare models themselves. This is a particularly challenging task, and I will highlight some related research endeavours.

Speaker information

Professor Paul Harper,School of Mathematics, Cardiff University,Paul is Professor of Operational Research and Deputy Head of the School of Mathematics, Cardiff University.  He is also Director of the Health Modelling Centre Cymru (hmc2), a pan-Wales centre for modelling in healthcare, Director of Impact & Engagement for Mathematics, and a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.  His research interests are primarily in stochastic OR methods and applications to healthcare systems, and he has been an investigator on in excess of £6m of funding from various research councils and direct from the health service.   Paul is an Editor for the journal Health Systems and in 2015 the Cardiff healthcare modelling team were awarded the Times Higher Education prize for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Technology'. You may find more information about Paul on his webpage (

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