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Professor Chris Potts 

Professor of Operational Research

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Professor Chris Potts is a Professor within Mathematical Sciences at the University of Southampton.



Current Position

Research interests

Research Interests 

Combinatorial Optimization, especially scheduling in production and transport.

Research Projects 

Air traffic management: scheduling of airport runways to improve throughput while maintaining minimum separation times between aircraft.

Train scheduling: increasing usage of the capacity imposed by the current infrastructure.

Vehicle routing and scheduling: design of local search methods for non-standard models that capture many of constraints that are present in real-world problems.

Production scheduling: design of models and development of algorithms for problems that are more closely related to industry practice than those of classical scheduling.

Research group

Operational Research

Affiliate research groups

Computational Optimisation, Transportation, Production Planning and Supply Chain

Research project(s)


Rail Capacity and Demand

Research work in rail capacity at Southampton was initiated with the OCCASION project (2010-2012), followed-up with a Knowledge Transfer Secondment with Arup (2013-14) and continues with the DITTO project (2014-2017). Research work on rail demand forecasting at Southampton was initiated with Rail Research UK (2003-2010) and has continued with a series of grants, contracts and consultancy studies.

  • Leading Southampton's contribution to the LANCS Initiative, a £13M project in collaboration with Lancaster, Nottingham and Cardiff to increase research capacity in foundational Operational Research
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Working Papers

MATH6002 Deterministic OR Methods

Professor Chris Potts
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