Prof. Emma Hart appointed to the newly formed UK Research Panel for Operations Research


A recent theme day (September 15th 2015) co-organised by the Operational Research Society (ORS) and EPSRC brought together OR academics, industrialists and representatives of the research councils to discuss the current health of OR research in the UK along with future challenges and opportunities.  Important decisions have already been taken as a consequence of these deliberations. Perhaps the most significant of these is that EPSRC will now treat OR as a single research theme which cuts across large parts of its portfolio, rather than, as at present, disaggregating it into separate components (mathematical, computational etc).

 It was agreed that there are huge opportunities for OR research in meeting major contemporary challenges in industry and society. However, there was also a recognition that there continues to be a shortage of the skills that OR provides in both academe and practice and that there was an urgent need for the community, the Society and the Research Councils to give attention to sustaining a vibrant and valued OR research presence.

 As part of the Society‚Äôs response, its Board agreed to set up a new Research Panel with the goal of working to improve the health of OR research in the UK. This will certainly cover monitoring and building the research people pipeline; securing stronger engagement with research funders, including the research councils; enabling more successful applications for research funding and the encouragement of research collaboration both within academe and with end users. Draft aims and objectives are overleaf; one of the first tasks of the panel will be to finalise these.

The new Panel consists of 10 academics, appointed on the basis of their skills and experience. They are people with knowledge of how research funding works, a successful track record of obtaining funding, a can-do attitude and a non-partisan commitment to meet the strategic challenges faced by UK OR. In addition to Prof. Hart, the panel consists of members from a range of UK Universities: Lancaster, Strathclyde, Edinburgh, Queen Mary, Southampton, Loughborough, Cardiff, and Warwick.

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Emma Hart
Director of CEC
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Bio-inspired Computing
The Bio-Inspired Algorithms group within the Centre for Algorithms, Visualisation and Evolving Systems is a large and thriving group with interests in nature-inspired computing that include Evolutionary Computing, Hyper-Heuristics, Artificial Immune Systems and Swarm Intelligence.