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Dr Tri-Dung Nguyen PhD

Associate Professor in Operational Research/ Management Sciences

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Dr Tri-Dung Nguyen is currently an Associate Professor in Operational Research and Management Science at the University of Southampton, jointly, at both the Mathematical Sciences and the Business School.


  • 2004 – 2009, PhD in Operations Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • 2003 – 2004, MSc in High Performance Computation for Engineered Systems, Singapore-MIT Alliance, Singapore
  • 1999 – 2002, BSc in Software Systems Engineering, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia

Career history

  • 03/2015 - present, University of Southampton: Associate Professor in Operational Research & Management Science (Business School and Mathematical Sciences)
  • 09/2010 – 02/2015, University of Southampton: Lecturer in Operational Research & Management Science (Business School and Mathematical Sciences)
  • 2009 – 2010, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign: Visiting Research Assistant Professor (School of Civil & Environmental Engineering)

Dr Nguyen has worked for several financial firms (Credit Suisse, Fidelity in the USA), IT firm (Fujitsu-Siemens in Germany), and logistics/research institutes (PSA in Singapore, ATCRC in Australia).

Research interests

I am interested in applying mathematical modelling, game theory, and other operational research techniques to a wide range of real-world applications. My areas of expertise include large-scale optimisation, computational game theory, and optimisation under uncertainty. I have recently received a prestigious 5-year EPSRC Fellowship to carry out research on cooperative game theory and to apply this to novel applications. The project also involves using computational algebraic geometry to solve combinatorial problems, especially those arisen from game theory.

I am currently looking for PhD students visit for more information.

Research projects

Research group

Operational Research

Affiliate research groups

Computational Optimisation, Game Theory

  • MATH6002 - Deterministic OR Methods
  • MANG6046 - Mathematical Programming
  • MANG6100 - Game Theory for Business Applications
  • MATH6005 - Visual Basic and Applications
  • MATH3016 - Optimization

(EPSRC Fellowship) Cooperative Game Theory: New Mathematical and Algorithmic Approaches

Cooperative game theory is a branch of game theory that offers a conceptually simple and intuitive mathematical framework to model collaborative settings involving multiple decision makers (players). Solutions of cooperative games offer different ways to share the profit or cost among the players in a way that ensures the fairness and stability of the collaboration, while considering the possibility that any subgroup of players has the option to form their own coalition.

The focus of this project is on the most generic class of cooperative games - the integer maximisation games. These games arise in settings where the players in each coalition need to solve an integer maximisation problem to achieve the best interests of their coalition. The proposed research addresses a fundamental question of how to distribute payoff under a new paradigm with the presence of uncertainty and in the context of reasonably large games.

The research also aims to address a fundamental challenge in operational research, which is how to efficiently solve a large number of discrete optimisation problems sharing some common structures.

Dr Tri-Dung Nguyen
Building 54 Mathematical Sciences University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number : 54/10005

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