U Psi Psi: Uncertainty-Aware Planning and Scheduling in the Process Industries

Awarded by
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

Principal Investigator (UCL):         Prof Lazaros Papageorgiou
Principal Investigator (Imperial): Dr Panos Parpas
Co-Investigators:                               Dr Vivek Dua, Dr Ruth Misener, Dr Wolfram Wiesemann
External Collaboration:                   Prof Stratos Pistikopoulos

Decision makers are continuously faced with the challenge of optimising production planning and scheduling problems to reduce costs under uncertainty. Our partnership, which includes 2 universities, was awarded £1.54M (EP/M028240/1 & EP/M027856/1). Imperial Department of Computing was awarded £423k.

Dr Richard Oberdieck gave us a great start as the first Research Assistant who contributed to this project. As a part of his contribution, Richard developed a robust optimization-based strategy for explicit model predictive control. His work was presented in several conference venues.

Next, Dr Dimitrios Letsios took UPsiPsi in some exciting new directions. Dr Letsios received 2nd Prize for his work at the 2017 Department of Computing Research Associate Symposium. Dr Letsios and I used this grant to establish a collaboration with Royal Mail. The collaboration with Royal Mail has received national attention, e.g. as exemplified by the excellent MSc thesis of Natasha Page, who was runner up for the May Hicks Award from the Operational Research Society (Imperial news article here).

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