The evidence submitted to the international panel of the recent International Review of Mathematics and Statistics (IRM), resulted in the field of statistics being highlighted as one of the strengths of the mathematical sciences in the UK, while the separate International Review in Operational Research acknowledged OR —and Healthcare modelling, in particular— to be very strong in a global context.

Several strong research groups exist in Cardiff in Operational Research and Statistics, but there is an urgent need to strengthen representation throughout Wales. By generating collaboration in research, for example, with the existing groups in the Business/Management and the Medical School areas at Swansea, the Statistics/OR cluster will strengthen representation outside Cardiff.

Membership from those outside HEIs, such as industry, business and commerce, is essential if the institute is to meets its aims. Strong links already exist in some areas and these will be further strengthened by focused activities targeted at widening membership and involvement.

The cluster's day-to-day running is coordinated by the steering committee which includes:

Please contact Prof. Harper for more information on our activities, any suggestions to be included in the Cluster mailing list.


A particular feature of the cluster is that members are from a number of different academic schools/departments, such as those from Maths, Business, Medicine, Computer Science and Social Sciences. We are all united by our common interest in research in Statistics and OR, with particular research interests including healthcare modelling, transportation, supply chain management, medical statistics, combinatorial and stochastic optimisation, queueing theory, timetabling and scheduling, metaheuristics and consumer behaviour.

Cardiff University
Iskander Aliev Email Web Page Robert Bares Email Web Page
Malcolm Beynon Email Web Page Ben Carter Email Web Page
Mark Clatworthy Email Web Page Bruce Curry Email Web Page
Stephen Disney Email Web Page Kath Dowsland Email Web Page
Frank Dunstan Email Web Page Glyn Elwyn Email Web Page
Daniel Farewell Email Web Page David Fone Email Web Page
Jonathan Gillard Email Web Page Jeff Griffiths Email Web Page
L. P. Grishchuk Email Web Page Paul Harper Email Web Page
Kerry Hood Email Web Page Takamichi Hosoda Email Web Page
Chris Hurt Email Web Page Stephen Hurley Email Web Page
Terence Iles Email Web Page Nikolai Leonenko Email Web Page
Rhyd Lewis Email Web Page Christine Mumford Email Web Page
Robert Newcombe Email Web Page Scott Orford Email Web Page
Lyudmyla Sakhno Email Web Page Vippal Savani Email Web Page
Xiang Song Email Web Page Jonathan Thompson Email Web Page
John Watkins Email Web Page Janet E. Williams Email Web Page
Hartanto Wong Email Web Page Anatoly Zhigljavsky Email Web Page
Damian Farnell Email Web Page Email Web Page

Aberystwyth University
Alan Jones Email Web Page John Lane Email Web Page

University of South Wales
Fasihul Alam Email Web Page Hasan Al-Madfai Email Web Page
John Haywood Email Web Page Martyn Jarvis Email Web Page
John Wyburn Email Web Page

Swansea University
Alan Hawkes Email Web Page Mark Kelbert Email Web Page
Alan Meyer Email Web Page Igor Sazonov Email Web Page

In addition we have a number of industrial members who act as a point of contact for passing on cluster information to their employees. These include:

Paul Allin Office for National Statistics Chair, South Wales RSS
Martin Brand Office for National Statistics Head of Methodology
Kate Chamberlain Welsh Assembly Government Chief Statistician
William Dowsland Gower Optimal Algorithms Director
Jonathon Gray Wales Centre for Health Director of Healthcare Improvement
Gareth John Health Solution Wales Director
Alan Roderick Corus Group Senior Operational Research Engineer

Engaging with industry is critical also to the success of our cluster, and many academic members in our cluster have well established links to industry given the applied nature of our topics.


  • The cluster runs a weekly seminar series. Topics of seminars are varied and have included vehicle routing problems (delivered by Prof. Richard Eglese, OR Society President-Elect), simulation of cardiac pathways in Wales, metaheuristics, joint modelling of longitudinal and competing risks data, and applications of submodular optimisation to scheduling with controllable processing times.

  • A cluster two-day workshop on “Statistical Modelling in Consumer Research” (led by Professor Zhigljavsky) took place 27-28 August 2008 (Programme Registration) .

  • WIMCS part-sponsored a PhD Symposium on OR for Healthcare Modelling which was held in January 2009 at the Millennium Stadium. 26 PhD students attended.


Download the latest cluster newsletter here (PDF)

  • The Centre for Optimisation and Its Applications has recently been established and is an interdisciplinary centre which encourages joint research and applied projects among members of the Schools of Mathematics, Engineering, Computer Science and Business. It also encourages increased awareness of the rapidly growing field of optimisation through publications, conferences, joint research and student exchange. The Director of the Centre is Professor Anatoly Zhigljavsky.

  • LANCS. A £13M initiative brings Cardiff University together with the Universities of Lancaster, Nottingham and Southampton to develop world-leading work in the field of Operational Research. Operational Research uses advanced analytical methods, including mathematical and computer modelling, to arrive at the best solutions to complex problems. It is widely used in healthcare, industry, finance and defence. Operational Research techniques are used, for example, in airport scheduling, road traffic management, freight logistics and numerous other areas of modern life. The initiative by the four Universities - together known as ‘LANCS’ - is supported with a Science and Innovation Award from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). LANCS will bring about a significant expansion of the national research base in Operational Research to build new research capacity and help UK industry to compete in the global market.

The cluster poster prepared for the International Review 2010 is here


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