Automated Scheduling Optimisation and Planning (ASAP) Research Group
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Dario Landa-Silva

Associate Professor in Computer Science, Faculty of Science

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Expertise Summary

My research interests are on the interface between computer science, operations research and artificial intelligence for the application of modelling, search and optimization techniques to tackle constrained combinatorial problems in order to underpin the development of intelligent decision support systems across a range of real-world applications. See the Research Summary for more details.

I am in the editorial board of the Memetic Computing Journal and the Neural Computing and Applications Journal both published by Springer. I am also a member of the EPSRC Peer Review College and have served in the scientific committees for various international conferences and workshops, organized various special sessions and tracks in international conferences and workshops, act as reviewer for various scientific journals and books and participate in various associations and conferences.

Also, I have carried out work on the transfer of knowledge and application of research expertise to industry. In particular, I have provided consultancy on the development of personnel scheduling software and have led four Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) projects. Each of these KTP projects have consisted on the application of modelling, search and optimization techniques for the development of optimization software engines for a given problem in industry (main areas being personnel scheduling, vehicle routing and transportation planning).

Teaching Summary

I have 25 years experience teaching in higher education. After some years in Industry, I worked as a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer for several Institutions in Mexico. While studying for my PhD, I… read more

Research Summary

My research interests are on the interface between computer science, operations research and artificial intelligence for the application of modelling, search and optimization techniques (e.g.… read more

Selected Publications

I have 25 years experience teaching in higher education. After some years in Industry, I worked as a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer for several Institutions in Mexico. While studying for my PhD, I worked as a Lecturer in Computing for the Broxtowe College (now Castle College Nottingham). After completing a post-doctoral project, I became a Lecturer in Computer Science at The University of Nottingham.

In the past, I also contributed as part-time tutor in Computing in the Centre for Continuing Education at The University of Nottingham. I have also been an Adjunct Professor at Korea University over the past few years and invited lecturer at Masaryk University.

Courses I have delivered in Higher Education include: Quality Assurance and Testing, Operations Research and Modelling, Heuristic Search Methods, Operations Research and Optimisation, Algorithms Design and Operations Research, Large Scale Systems Design, Computability, Commercial and Industrial Systems Design, Discrete Mathematics, Algorithms Design, Theory of Computational Languages, Data Structures, C/C++ Programming, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Graphics, Compilers Construction, Intelligent Systems, Systems Programming and Delphi Programming. Courses I have delivered in Continuing Education include: Security in Personal Computing, PC Fundamentals, Information Age, Digital Media, Making Digital Sound, Making MIDI Sound, IT Project and Diploma in Office Applications.

Current Research

My research interests are on the interface between computer science, operations research and artificial intelligence for the application of modelling, search and optimization techniques (e.g. meta-heuristics, hyper-heuristics, evolutionary algorithms, mathematical programming, multi-objective and multi-criteria methods) to tackle constrained combinatorial problems (e.g. office space allocation, space planning, personnel scheduling, timetabling, task assignment, room assignment, vehicle routing, transport planning and similar problems) in order to underpin the development of intelligent decision support systems across a range of real-world applications.

ASAP Research Group

The University of Nottingham
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